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Worship with us on Zoom this month

Following the latest government guidance, we are unable to offer services inside the church building until after 2 December at least. Please join us as we worship on Zoom - Together while Apart. You'll find information about our Zoom services here. The church remains open daily for private prayer.

The details on the page below apply for when our services inside the church building resume.


Book here for our 10.30am
Sunday Service at St Andrew's

To ensure adequate social distancing inside the building when our 10.30am worship inside St Andrew's resumes, we ask you to book your place here using the Eventbrite booking system. We can't be sure when we will return to Sunday worship inside the church, but at present we will work on the date being 6 December - this is subject to change.  

 

 


You can also book on the Eventbrite website here.

Alternatively, book by phone
If you don’t have internet access, or prefer not to use it, please call Sue Mulligan on 07913 666296 and she will book the place for you.
 
Junior Church
When Junior Church is able to meet on Sundays, it does so with a slightly different format week-by-week. Sometimes we will gather in the St Andrew's Centre for 10.30am; some Sundays we will meet at 10.15am for Woodland Worship in Hertingfordbury; once a month we will meet in St Andrew's Church for Families@4 in the afternoon; and some weekends we will come together via Zoom for a Family Quiz. Find out more about Junior Church here.
 
Zoom worship continues
Our 10.30am Sunday Service on Zoom continues (if you aren't on our mailing list, please contact Phil in the Office. Details HERE)
 
8.00am Sunday Communion in church - currently suspended
The Sunday 8.00am Communion is a BCP service. When it is able to go ahead, you don't need to book in advance for this.
 

What can I expect when worshipping inside church?

When we are are able to worship inside the church building, we are following guidance from both the government and the Diocese to make the church as safe and as welcoming as possible. Things are different but we can assure you of a very warm welcome and heartfelt worship.

We recommend that you arrive before 10.20am to allow time for being 'checked in' and directed to your seat.

The current guidance from the Church of England relating to The Rule of Six states that at a church service, 'People must not be part of a group of more than six unless they are from the same household or support bubble'. 

Remember to maintain a safe distance from people not within your household, even when outside.

Please note:
  • You will be 'checked in' as you arrive, ensuring that you are registered for Track and Trace purposes.
  • You will need to wear a face covering unless you have an exemption and we ask that you sanitise your hands as you come in. You will be directed to a socially distanced place to sit.
  • Some children’s activities resume from 11 October (Junior Church details here) but children in church will need to sit with their family. Sorry - the Children’s Corner will not be in use.
  • The Choir will sing during the service, but no congregational singing is allowed.
  • There will be no physical sharing of the Peace (enthusiastic waving to one another is encouraged).
  • At Communion, please wait until you are invited to come forward. Communion will be in one kind only.
  • There will be a collection plate at the back of the church. There is also the Giving by Text option and, in time, donations will be possible through a card reader that will be installed.
  • We regret that we are not able to offer refreshments at the end of the service.
  • The toilet will be available.
  • We know it's hard, but you are encouraged to leave promptly after the service and to avoid 'mingling'!
  • Everyone is welcome, but please do not come to church if you are self-isolating, or if you, or anyone in your household, are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of Covid-19 (such as a fever, cough, lack of taste/smell).
 
Need to cancel your booking?
Should you later need to cancel your booking, you can either manage your booking through your own Eventbrite account (via your confirmation email), or inform Sue Mulligan (07913 666296) or the Administrator (standrew.hertford@btinternet.com). Thank you.
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.