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Lockdown Exhibitions

at St Andrew's and St Mary's
Saturday 9 - Sunday 17 October


 

At St Andrew’s Church
Our Lockdown in 30 Objects

This free exhibition at St Andrew’s Church reflected on our experience of living through the coronavirus pandemic. 

A4 Poster 30 Objects new backgThe exhibition consisted of 30 objects (such as an old boot with its sole detached, a denim jacket themed with West End shows, and a zimmer frame), accompanied by stories from their contributors to explain why they chose these items to illustrate something of their experience of the pandemic.

The collection of objects and stories gave an insight into how life has been throughout this time for a cross-section of our community, and we hoped that visitors also found echoes of their own personal experiences in it. 

We invited visitors to the exhibition to share their impressions with us and become part of the conversation. It was an opportunity for us all to talk about our own experience of lockdown; what we missed, what we cherished and what has mattered to us. We enjoyed hearing about your own “lockdown objects”, too.

Many of us have had mixed emotions during the pandemic. There have been times of joy, but also times of sadness and loss, and so we offered people an opportunity to express this by setting aside an area of the church for people to show their gratitude and another to allow people to express their sadness.

Some visitor comments...

"An emotional experience."
"Very meaningful, we want to reflect on it."
"The contribution by the young man who didn't get to America really moved me."
 "I'm inspired to pull out my own Lockdown items."
"The socks exhibit made me feel quite emotional... how everyone helped each other and it brought out the best in us."

 



Exhibition 4

October Churchyard display - Lockdown and Thankfulness

Our churchyard displays have been incredibly popular and during the Exhibition we had another display, showcasing some of the fun (and not so fun!) things that we did during Lockdown.
 

At St Mary’s, Hertingfordbury
The animals that got us through Lockdown

This free exhibition of photos and paintings celebrated the animals that kept us company and kept us sane through the long months of Lockdown. The event ended with a celebration service and tea (and pet treats!) on the Sunday afternoon.

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.
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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.
 
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.