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Funerals and Memorial Services

When a loved one dies, a funeral gives those left behind the chance to both mourn and give thanks for the life of the deceased. A Christian funeral provides that opportunity, within the comfort of belief in a loving God and His promise of eternal life.

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Funerals can take place at St Andrew’s or our ministers can lead a funeral service from a crematorium or cemetery. The first step is usually to talk to the funeral director who will then contact us. The minister would then agree the details of the service with you. There is a great deal of flexibility with regard to content, for example through poems and music.

Burial of ashes
St Andrew’s no longer has an open graveyard, so we cannot provide full burials. However, the ashes of a loved one can be buried within our grounds, with a short service provided by one of our ministers. Burials and burial of ashes may be possible in St Andrew's Cemetery (North Road, Hertford) if you have a family grave there.
 
Memorial services
Memorial services can be held in our church building, providing a chance to give thanks for your family member or friend using images, music, reading, prayer and in any other way that seems fitting. If you would like to organise a Memorial Service, please get in touch with Rev Alan, Bill or Wendy. This is a good option if it was not possible to hold a full funeral during the Covid-19 crisis, or for any other reason.

Here to help
Grief can stay with us for many years. We offer an annual service in November when we remember and name our dead, to which all are warmly invited. The church is also open for prayer during the day, so you might like to light a candle or leave a prayer. And if you just need someone to talk to, then please do get in touch with one of our ministers.


Rev. Alan Stewart: 01992 582726
h.alanstewart1@gmail.com

Rev. Bill Church: 01992 410469
churchwj@hotmail.com
 
Rev. Wendy Sellers: 01707 372315
revwendy55@gmail.com
 

More information

A Church of England Funeral is available to everyone, giving support before, during and after the service. For more information about Church of England funerals and burials, there is a dedicated website here with guidance on how we are with you every step of the way.

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).

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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.