50 Years of Worship at St Andrews

On the 14th September 2018, it will be 50 years since the first service was held in the current building and we are marking our ‘Golden Year’ by having a year of celebrations.
We started by having our ‘Big Breakfast’ Harvest in support of ‘The Red Trust’ food bank, which was a great success as was our next event on Friday 12th of January when Revd Richard Lawson talked about his amazing experiences walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrim way. We all shared a typical pilgrim supper after the talk. Next up was Richard again with a ‘Sound of Music’ sing-along on Saturday 3rd February followed on Sunday 4th by a themed ‘Sound of Music’ service. Our friends from neighbouring Methodist churches were invited to these events. On Sunday 18th March, by popular demand we had a Beetle Drive and on Saturday 14th April we were royally entertained at an organ recital entitled ‘Music for Royalty’ by Mark Hammond who has played at many churches including St Pauls’ Cathedral. On Sunday 20th May, we invited leaders of the regular users of the church to a tea party- much better than tea at the Ritz! We were delighted to hold the Bushey Flower Festival at St Andrew’s from 29th June to the 1st July. The church looked magnificent and photos can be seen by clicking 'Bushey Flower Festival 2018' in the menu on the left of the screen. The Flower Festival concluded with a Songs of Praise service at St Andrew’s on the evening of Sunday 1st July. The service was led by Revd Richard Lowson and we heard some moving and amusing explanations for the various flower arrangements. Continuing the tea theme, we plan to have ‘cream tea in the garden’ in the Wood’s garden on Sunday 5th August, which will be open to church family and friends.

On Sunday 16th September we will complete our year with a Service of Thanksgiving attended by current and past members of St Andrews and as many Ministers as we can muster. The service will be jointly led by a past Minister and his wife Revds Chris and Margaret Jones followed by a buffet lunch.

Although this year has been one of celebration and reflection on our past 50 years, we feel that It is also important to think about our future at St Andrews, so some of our ideas will be designed as a legacy for the future. They include:

• Tidying up and renovating the side entrance and coffee lounge as both are showing their age
• Some kind of regular social activity on a Sunday afternoon.
• Modernising the communion area of the Church
• Continuing to support local charities such as ‘The Red Trust’ food bank

For more details on any of these events please click on ‘50 Years Events’ in the menu on the left of the screen.