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BANNER Prayer 960 x 320Prayers for the Journey 

A prayer to begin the day

All that I am Lord
I place into your hands
Everything I work for
I place into your hands
Everything I hope for
I place into your hands
The troubles that weary me
I place into your hands
The thoughts that disturb me
I place into your hands
Each that I pray for
I place into your hands
Each that I care for
I place into your hands
The choices I make
I place into your hands
 

A prayer for peace

Calm me, O Lord, as you stilled the storm
Still me O Lord, keep me from harm
Let all the tumult within me cease
Enfold me Lord in Your peace
                                                           

A prayer for healing

O Christ our healer
as in times past
not all the sick and suffering
found their way to your side
but had to have their hands taken
or their bodies carried
or their names mentioned;
So we confident of your goodness
come ourselves
and bring others to you
Amen
 

A prayer of concern

May oppressed people, and those who oppress them, free each other
May those who are handicapped, and those who think they are not, help each other
May those who need someone to listen touch the hearts of those who are too busy
May the homeless bring joy to those who open their doors reluctantly
May the lonely heal those who think they are self-sufficient
May the poor melt the hearts of the rich
May seekers for truth give life to those who are satisfied that they have found it
May the dying who do not wish to die be comforted by those who find it hard to live
May the unloved be allowed to unlock the hearts of those who cannot love
May prisoners find true freedom and liberate others from fear
May those who sleep on the streets share their gentleness with those who cannot understand them
May the hungry tear the veil from the eyes of those who do not hunger after justice
May those who live without hope cleanse the hearts of their brothers and sisters who are afraid to live
May the weak confound the strong and save them
May violence be overcome by compassion
May violence be absorbed by men and women of peace
May violence succumb to those who are totally vulnerable
That we might be healed
                                                                                L’Arche Community

 
A prayer to end the day

Lighten my darkness Lord
Let the light of your presence
Dispel the shadows of night
Christ with me sleeping
Christ with me waking
Christ with me watching
Each day and each night
The peace of all peace be mine this night
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit              
Amen
 

A prayer of blessing

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you
Wherever he may send you
May he guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm
May he bring you home rejoicing
at the wonders he has shown you
May he bring you home rejoicing
Once again into our doors
                                                Northumbria Community
 
 

Prayers for the Journey pdf document

 

Glenys
Hello and welcome to St Andrew's. If you are new, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning. During the period of Covid-19, please see the information at the bottom of this page.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our main Sunday Service starting at 10.30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you find a parking space and can settle in before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team who will be wearing a Welcome Badge.

Plan your journey:
Unfortunately, St Andrew's does not have its own carpark. However, there is a council-run pay and display carpark a short distance along St Andrew Street, to the east of the church - there is no charge for parking in this carpark on Sundays, but please check for charges on other days.

This is a useful East Herts Council website page for full details of parking in Hertford.

There are single yellow lines outside the church with parking restrictions, but some 30-minute parking bays are situated on the opposite side of the road for short stays (longer on Sundays).

Open Google Maps

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilet towards the back of the church, behind the kitchen.

Our Service

The service will usually begin promptly at 10.30am and will last between 60 and 75 minutes. We enjoy the presence of an excellent choir who help us sing hymns (modern and traditional) as well as provide anthems and special songs through the period of communion. We have a traditional organ but also benefit from music played on the piano and by our band (eg on the Second Sunday of each month when we have an All-Age Service in which our children and young people are fully involved).

Each 10.30am service includes a sermon, prayers and eucharist.

After the service, everyone is invited for coffee and conversation - some like to stay for a  quick chat while others remain in the church for a longer time.

Communion

Children and Young People

We have a great programme lined up for our children. This is organised by our Family, Children and Youth Worker, Tracy Plumpton, who is always delighted to welcome new faces. Those arriving before their first service at St Andrew’s can ask to see Tracy or one of the other leaders.

We really value worshipping God together as a family, so children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service before being invited to leave for the age appropriate activities after the first hymn. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy.

The children and young people then return to the main service in time to join the eucharist and, if confirmed, take Holy Communion or, if not, receive a blessing.

There is a Children's Corner in church where you can go at any time. You will find books, toys and drawing materials there.

Toilet and baby-change facilities are located at the back of church, behind the kitchen.

Junior Church celebration

Getting Connected


Home Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week. Check out Home Groups on our website and see if there’s one that you could join. Alternatively, speak to a member of the Welcome Team who will give you the information that you need.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. Please contact Phil in the Church Office.

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS DURING COVID-19:
What we describe above reflects our normal practice on Sunday mornings. However, since March 2020 we have had to adopt new ways of organising ourselves. For up-to-date information about current services (in church and online via Zoom), please look at details on our Worship and Prayer Page and note that when we're able to worship inside the church building, we ask you to book places at our 10.30am Sunday Service in church (book here). Everyone entering the church is asked to wear a face covering (don’t worry if you forget, we have a supply by the entrance door!).
 
Get in touch with us
If you have any questions, please do get in touch. You'll find our contact details here.

We hope that you will feel at home at our church.