Welcome to St Andrew's Church
A Christmas Message from Revd Alice.
What an unexpected year it has been! With hardship, worry and loss and also insight as to what matters most. Contrasting our fragility and powerlessness in the face of a new disease, and our immense ability and potential, to create a vaccine in under a year and pull together across neighbourhoods and countries to look after each other.
2021 has begun with another challenging lockdown. I hope 2021 will become an easier year. That we will be able to see friends and family again, to play, work, learn and visit again. Using our hard-won insights, from how much we need to and can do to protect the planet so all life can thrive, to making choices about each area of our lives more deliberately in line with what and who we value most.
I offer my prayer and deep sympathy to all those who have lost loved ones, friends, employment and opportunities. And I want to say thank you to everyone, for everything you have done to support others and to support your local school, church, hospital, workplace etc. If you are finding life and Christmas difficult this year, do talk to someone about it and get support, whether from a friend, a help line such as the Samaritans 116 123, or your local church. It’s ok to be finding things hard, and you are not alone.
I wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year. We cannot sing carols or have parties, but the joy, hope and power of Christmas – Jesus with us, embodying the deep love of God for all people and the whole world – is not diminished by pandemics. Indeed, in our greater need of it we may see and experience it even more clearly this year.
With all best wishes, Revd Alice Pettit.
Christmas Day 10am Livestream
Sunday 20th Dec 10am Livestream
COVID- 19 / CORONAVIRUS.
We have now decided to close the building for the next two weeks and move church back on-line at 10am on Sundays. We also continue to hold a service of Evening Prayer or Compline each Wednesday at 7pm via Zoom. You can request a link to these zoom services using the contact form on this website or by contacting the Parish Office.
We will review whether our Services remain on-line every 2 weeks. When we do go back into the building we will continue to follow Government and Church of England guidance, to keep everyone as safe as possible. Please, if you are able, wear a face covering. Please sanitise your hands on entry and observe social distancing of 2m. We keep a record of everyone attending and you will be asked for your name and contact details.
Please remember it is necessary to book your place at Sunday Services (but not Wednesday) and that we have a limited number of spaces. Once they are full we will not be able to allow anyone else into the service. Please book each member of your group individually. There is no need to book tickets for children age 11 and under - up to a max of 4. The tickets for each Sunday Service are released on the Monday before.
Although we cannot yet restart all our usual services, groups and activities, the church community are active in supporting each other and our local community, in prayer, with practical acts of care and service, with spiritual resources and keeping in contact with people by post, phone and online. Prayer resources for those in self-isolation are on our Covid-19 page here.
It is always our priority to care for each other, particularly the most vulnerable. St Andrew's will continue to review all its worship gatherings, events and practices regularly in accordance with the most current guidelines from the Church of England which draws on advice about best practice from the NHS and Public Health England.
Bishop Christopher has invited us to pray for our nation and those affected by coronavirus and say The Lord’s Prayer at 1pm and 7pm each day. This is a challenging and uncertain time, but our goal as a church community remains the same, to love God and love each other, to respond to whatever we face with love and not fear, and to be good news to our neighbours and our world.
A warm, friendly and inclusive community that meet and worship at Saint Andrew’s. We invite you to join us for any of our services or events. The church is set in a peaceful and beautiful area of woodland on Ham Common, near to Richmond Park. For details of how to find us see here.
A joyful celebration of love and commitment. To be married at St Andrew’s you need to either live within our Parish, be on our Electoral Roll, or have a Qualifying Connection with the parish.
A rite of initiation into the church involving a declaration of faith and commitment to the Christian life, either by the adult being baptised,
or by parents and godparents
on behalf of a baby or child.
We would be pleased to discuss how we might help. Whether the service is at St Andrew’s and/or a Crematorium we will work with you to plan a service which reflects and celebrates the person who has died.