- a roundup of news from St.Andrew's

Here's some information about what is happening during Holy Week and Easter at St. Andrew's. With the Coronavirus affecting the opening of the church and our activities it will be a very different Easter this year. Instead of coming to church visit our Social Media sites:

April 9th - Maundy Thursday

7:00pm. Evening Prayer and meditations for Maundy Thursday
Broadcast on Facebook and YouTube the evening starts with Night prayers including a special reflection for Maundy Thursday by Sarah McTimoney, and then leading into a meditation on the last supper and the words of institution from 1 Corinthians 11 led by the Rev Mark East.

April 10th - Good Friday

9:00am - then throughout the day,  a Programme of worship and meditations for Good Friday
Starting at 9:00am with Morning Prayer led by Dave Cullen, then every hour throughout the day there will be a different meditation streamed on Facebook and YouTube. The Rev Mark East will be looking at the different characters who were at the cross and their view of the crucifixion. The day concludes with Evening Prayer at 7:00pm. 

St. Andrew's response to the  Covid-19 epidemic

This page deals with our church's response to the present coronavirus epidemic and how you can get help if you are self-isolating.


What is on:-

  • You can contact us via email. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • We are streaming a Worship service via our Facebook page on Sundays at 10. See the Current Sunday Worship news page.
  • We are holding simple services of daily Morning & Evening Prayers, led by church members, at 9am & 7pm many of which are live via our Facebook page.
  • The Thursday Food Bank continues but with a new procedure for distribution to help maintain social distancing.
    We are not accepting food donations for the Food Bank, but if you wish to give please lay aside a sum of money. We will need it later.)
  • We have a lively WhatsApp self help group in operation, see below.
  • We have an active telephone help group.Phone 07510 444487, see below.
  • We are proactively seeking to support vulnerable people who are not into social media, see  below.

What's Not on:-

  • We have cancelled all public acts of worship for the time being in accordance with requirements by the Government.
    These include the regular Sunday services, the Wednesday Communion, special services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day.

We are very sorry that because of the current Coronavirus epidemic we are not able to offer any public acts of worship at St. Andrew's.

This includes Sunday services, Midweek services and special  services for Holy Week and Easter. We are acting in accordance with guidelines from the Archbishops, and the government on Social Distancing for the protection of the the vulnerable.

For the latest news visit the virus update page.

For those who want to participate in Worship

Although we cannot have a public worship service in church, we are using social media to stream a morning service on a Sunday morning and daily services of Morning and Evening prayers by members of the church broadcast from their own homes.

The Sunday morning has to be pre-recorded, but goes out on both our YouTube and Facebook pages.

The daily services are streamed live on our Facebook page at 9am & 7pm. The services are reproduced some 45 minutes later on our YouTube page.

Here's a link to the church YouTube video page

Here's a link to the church Facebook video page

St. Andrew's Food Bank exists to provide food for people in need. If you find you cannot provide food for your family, whatever the reason, the Food Bank can help to tide you over until you're on your feet again.

The Food Bank is open every week. Call at St Andrew's Church Hall off Haughton Greeen, on a Thursday afternoon, 1:30 to 2:30pm.

During the Coronavirus epidemic we are keeping the Food Bank open, but with a strict procedure to maximize Social Distancing. Please follow the guidance of our helpers for everyone's health.

Sadly we cannot accept gifts of food at the moment, but if you wish to donate please lay aside a sum of money. We will need the money later.

We are always looking for more donors to replenish our supplies! Will you help?

We are giving out over 100 tins a week, the average week is 14 bags, with 8 tins/bag. Please add a couple of tins to your shopping this week -soup, beans, tomatoes, fish, meat, fruit and vegatables are all needed. Can you arrange a collection at your place of work?

If you can help us please drop off your contributions at the church office any weekday morning or contact the church office to arrange a pick up. Thank you to all our contributers whose generosity is priceless. 

For more information see our Food Bank Page.

Logo: Alpha

The Alpha Course is starting again

The next Alpha Course is due to start on Wednesday 29th April, 7:00 for 7:30 in St. Andrew's church hall.

However in the circumstances it is highly likely we won't be able to do this. But we leave this notice here as we live in hope!

If  we can't have this Summer course then we'll be back in the Autumn. Please keep watching this space.

The Alpha course will begin in April then continue each Wednesday evening into the Summer. We start with lots of food at 7pm, and it's a relaxed and informal time with a video and more information. You'll get a warm welcome, enjoy the company and the chat. Bring a friend!

Remember our slogan when you try it: " No cost!  No obligation to come to further evenings! No pressure!"

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Each evening looks at a different question around faith and life and is designed to create conversation. It meets weekly for about 11 weeks, and includes a "Holy Spirit Away Day" at a local venue. 

Graphic:Front cover of Andrew's Net

Andrew's Net is our church magazine and is published three times a year. It contains lots of useful information about St.Andrew's. We always welcome potential contributions for publication. Do let us know if you have anything to share.

The edition that never was!

Sadly the Easter 2020 edition was never printed. It was ready for the printer when the Coronavirus restrictions on movement were introduced preventing us distributing it. And subsequent events have made some of the material incuded to be outdated.

However you can download a copy here in pdf format. It's a big file so we've split it into 3 parts of 4 pages each. Pages 1-4. Pages 5-8. Pages 9-12.

Please be aware it is not possible to open the church on a Wednesday at the moment. Hope to see you when the coronavirus crisis is over.

In addition to the normal range of services St. Andrew's is open and manned on many Wednesdays throughout the year for heritage visits, prayer and reflection. The 2020 season is from Wednesday 4th March, and continues through until the end of November.

March, April - Wednesdays 10:15am - 3:15pm.
May to September - Wednesdays 10:15am - 4:15pm.
October, November - Wednesdays 10:15am - 3:15pm.

The National Heritage Open Days

The National Heritage Opening Days are in September each year. St. Andrew's takes part with many other places which are open locally, regionally and nationally. Please support these events. Over the Heritage weekend the church is open and manned for an extended time.

On our regular Summer Wednesday Open Day stewards will be present to assist you, as necessary. Leaflets detailing the heritage of the church are available.

For more information about visiting the church and it's history see our History Page.

The Boathouse Cafe is also open in the Church Hall on a Wednesday morning and is well worth a visit for a quick snack or a full cooked breakfast.