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Together while apart

In these times of isolation and uncertainty, it’s more important than ever that we should continue to connect and commune with one another, albeit remotely, and in spirit, rather than in person. We will update this page as often as possible.
 

St Andrew's at home and in church

Find our more about worshipping with us via Zoom or at services inside the church building - Worship and Prayer
 

Families and younger ones

colour hand prints - ideas goJunior Church and our TMM Youth Group are meeting again (safely and socially distanced). Tracy (Family, Children and Youth Worker) is also continuing to connect with families online. You can find all sorts of resources through the Sele Messy Church Facebook page. You can contact Tracy on email: standrewstracy@gmail.com.


Storytime with Rev. Alan
Rev Alan tells the story of Iris and Isaac by Catherine Rayner


Faith at home
Rescouces from the Church of England to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people.
 

Meditation & Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a very helpful way of bringing us into a deeper awareness of the present moment. It can be helpful in dealing with stress or anxiety. Alan is hosting a weekly Meditation and Mindfulness session from The Rectory, Wednesdays at 8.00pm, on Zoom. Please contact the church office if you'd like to be added to our mailing list and receive the Meditation meeting invitation details: standrew.hertford@btinternet.com
You may wish to try this Mindfulness guide at home.
 

Prayers

Be still - the groveMany of us might like to pray more regularly at home, either alone or with those we live with.

 

Daily Prayers

We have produced some short Daily Prayers, which you could use at home. 


Pray for Hertford

Every other week on Sunday evening at 7.00pm you are invited to take part in a shared time of prayer for our town. Please see the Pray for Hertford flyer to find out more.
 

The Prayer of Stillness

A brief guide by Rev. Wendy Sellers to The Prayer of Stillness, as practiced by the Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer.


Prayer resources

It helps to have a structure, so Wendy has offered these recommendations:

  • Church of England Daily Prayer Available via the website and also through a very convenient app. It includes morning, evening and night prayer (compline) each day, including the readings, and has links to prayers and other useful extras. It is free to use but costs £2.99 if you should want offline access.
  • Church of England Time to Pray is another free app which gives a more flexible approach to prayer throughout the day. As it’s new, I haven’t used it yet so look forward to any feedback.
  • Northumbria Daily Prayer This is available via a webpage and is updated daily. It is much less formal (and shorter) than the Church of England versions. I do add in the Lord’s Prayer as a minimum.
  • Ignatian Spirituality If you prefer something less wordy then I recommend the website ignatianspirituality.com. The backbone of this is the Examen – a time of prayer with space to offer God all our hopes and concerns. Prayasyougo is an app that offers this form of prayer.
     
Lift up your hearts - prayers and reflections from the Church Times

The Church Times is producing a weekly collection of prayers and reflections which will hopefully help to support people who are deprived of the gifts that come from churchgoing. Everything there will appear on www.churchtimes.co.uk, and on a page in the printed paper; but it is designed to fit on an A4 sheet, down­loadable for free from their website.
 

You are not alone

Things might be feeling pretty uncertain right now and that can lead to heightened anxiety. It's also difficult for very many who can’t go to a funeral, whether for family, friend or neighbour. The Church of England is offering extra support and you'll find information here.
There are many ways in which we are keeping in touch and communicating with one another. More details about what we are doing can be found below and via the links to other pages.
 

Thought for the day

Each morning, we post a Thought for the Day in our WhatsApp Group, on our Facebook page and via our church email. Find out more here.
 

Breathe and Coffee Mornings

While we cannot meet in person for our monthly Breathe prayer gathering or Coffee Morning, we can still be together while apart, and Breathe now happens on the first Saturday of the month on Zoom.
 

Do you need support?

We are keen to support the most vulnerable in our community and reach out to people, including those who may not have access to the internet for email or social media. If you feel you need support, please get in touch:
Jane Cohen, Churchwarden: janiedcohen@gmail.com
Sue Mulligan, Churchwarden: suemulligan@ntlworld.com

 

Citizens Advice East Herts

If you need advice during the coronavirus outbreak, Citizens Advice is still here to help. You'll find information on our website or go straight to www.citizensadviceeastherts.org.uk

 

Useful links

Church of England
Homepage of Church of England
Mental health reflections
Dealing with loneliness and isolation - five top tips
Reflections for those who can't attend a funeral
Citizens Advice 
Worship on the BBC
BBC TV Sunday worship
Radio 4 Sunday Worship
Radio 4 Daily Service
Livestreaming
The Church Livestream Directory (CPO)
Church Times
Prayers and reflections from the Church Times
 

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 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.