Frequently Asked Questions
Is there somewhere for me to park?
Yes. We have a Car Park on Silver Street, EN1 3EG (by the traffic lights, opposite Lloyds Bank). The barrier will be up on a Sunday and you don't need a permit to park there to attend one of our services.
What will happen when I arrive at church on a Sunday?
When you come in through the main door, you will see a group of Welcomers who will hand you your hymn book, notice sheet and service sheet. There are usually quite a few people standing chatting near the main door, so we expect that quite a few people will say 'Hello' - but no-one will hassle you or invade your privacy or ask you too many questions!! You will be welcomed, but not swamped with people or be made to feel uncomfortable.
Where do I sit when I get into the church?
There are pews across three parts of the church - one in the middle and one in each of the two outside aisles. You can sit anywhere you want - there aren't any reserved pews. But if you want to get a better view of all that's happening during the service, you would be better off sitting in the middle part of the church.
Is there disabled access into the church?
Yes. There is a Ramp Entrance round to the left of the church, behind the bell tower. Either go directly there or go to the main door and ask someone to make sure that it is unlocked for you.
How early should I get to church before a service?
We start fairly promptly (8.00am and 10.00am), so you could get there about 10 minutes before the start of the service to make sure that you have found somewhere to sit and you are comfortable.
Welcome and Support:
How many people come to the services?
At the 8.00am service, we get between 25-40 people. At the 10.00am service, we get about 110 adults and 30-40 children. At our Messy Church service (once per month at 4.00pm), we get about 40 adults and 40 children.
What is the age range of people who attend?
Probably 60% of our church family is aged 35-55. 15% is aged under 12. 15% is aged 55-75. 5% are teenagers. 5% are 75+
How do you support those with Additional Needs?
We have an Additional Needs Advocate on our Leadership Team specifically to ensure that we do as much as we can to support those with Additional Needs. We also have a f/t Youth Worker and a f/t Children and Families Worker, both of whom are highly skilled and proactive in supporting those with Additional Needs. We do ensure that Additional Needs members of our church family are as involved as they want to be - doing Bible readings, taking the financial collections etc. We work really hard in this aspect of family life. We still have a long way to go, of course, but it is a priority for us.
Is there a hearing loop?
Are there toilets in church?
We have no toilets in the church building itself. However, we do have a well-equipped Parish Centre adjacent to the church building. This has male and female toilets and disabled toilets - all with baby-changing facilities.
How ethnically diverse is St. Andrew's?
We are reasonably representative of the local community. As well as White British members of the church family, we comprise Afro-Caribbean, Malaysian, Asian, Turkish and Greek members too.
Are you welcoming to the LGBT+ community?
Absolutely! We are completely non-judgemental and, we hope, a very welcoming and open church family for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation.
Are both men and women in leadership?
Yes. We currently have a male Vicar, a female f/t Youth Worker, a female f/t Children and Families Worker, 2 female Wardens, 1 male Warden, and an equal mix of male and female Commissioned Lay Ministers.
Will I be asked to do anything during the service?
No. No-one will embarrass you in any way or ask you to do something! You will be invited, along with everyone else, to take Holy Communion. If you choose to do so, you will be directed how to do that. But you are just as welcome to remain in your pew and just enjoy a time of quiet and watch what is going on around you. Whatever you want to do to be comfortable is OK with us!
Do I have to give money to come to church?
No. You are under no obligation to give any money to the church. During the services, a financial collection is taken - but this is entirely voluntary. The church does cost £250,000 per year to run - and we have to raise that entirely ourselves as a church family - so we are heavily reliant on local financial support! But there is no obligation for you to give...
Is there a dress code at church?
As long as you have clothes on, that's OK with us! Whatever you feel comfortable wearing is fine with everyone. We are fairly casual as a church in terms of dress code, so please don't feel that you have to wear your 'Sunday best'.
How long do services last?
The 8.00am service lasts about 50mins (there are no hymns). The 10.00am service lasts about 75mins (there are hymns sung during this service).
What do you do during Sunday services?
The 8.00am service is a traditional service, pretty quiet, without hymns. It is read 'straight from the book', with two Bible readings, a sermon, and Holy Communion (wafers and wine). The 10.00am service is a little less formal. The children start off in church with us before going to their groups, then we have hymns, Bible readings, a sermon, prayers and Holy Communion (bread and wine - which the children join us for). The children then share their group work with us before a final hymn. After the service, we have refreshments in the Parish Centre together.
What is the music like?
There is a bit of a mix of music at St. Andrew's. We have an excellent organist and a choir, so we do draw on 'traditional church music' quite a lot, through hymns and anthems. However, we also have a contemporary music group that plays more modern hymns/songs at least once per month.
Can I vape or smoke in church?
No. The church is a No-Smoking, No-Vaping environment.
Can I bring food or a drink into church?
If you want to bring a coffee in with you, then that is fine. However, we would probably discourage food (though not prohibit it) because it may be disconcerting to others.
I go to another church as well. Can I still participate at St. Andrew's?
Yes. We have Anglicans, Methodists, Baptists, Roman Catholics and Greek Orthodox Christians regularly worshipping with us. You do not have to leave your other church to be a part of this church family. You are welcome to 'dip in and dip out' as best works for you.
What version of the Bible do you use?
Usually, we use the New Revised Standard Version. But we also use the Good News Bible sometimes too.
Children at church:
Are children welcome to all services?
Yes, children are welcome to all the Sunday services. However, the 8.00am service is a very quiet service and it is unlikely that your child would enjoy it very much! You are better off bringing your children to the 10.00am service.
What if my child is noisy?
We do encourage children to go to creche or Sunday Club. However, they are welcome to stay in the church with you if they prefer. We have a Quiet Corner at the back of church with some books and soft toys, so you could take your child over there if you think they are being too noisy.
Are there specific services for children?
We have Messy Church once per month - usually the 4th Sunday - at 4.00pm (always check the website for details). Messy Church lasts about an hour. There are children's songs, arts and crafts, and party food at the end. It is really relaxed and informal and a great introduction to church.
What do you offer for babies and toddlers?
We have a creche every Sunday during term-time, except the 2nd Sunday of the month. This is well staffed and all the volunteers are DBS-checked.
What do you offer for children under 13?
We have Sunday Clubs every Sunday during term-time, except the 2nd Sunday of the month. Again, all volunteers are DBS-checked.
What do you offer for teenagers?
Our full-time Youth Worker runs a Sunday Youth Group during term-time, except the 2nd Sunday of the month. We also encourage teenagers to play an active role in Sunday worship through Bible Readings, Prayers etc.
Can visitors take Holy Communion?
Yes. Our policy is that anyone who is baptised can receive Holy Communion. You do not need to be Confirmed. We welcome everyone to receive, regardless of your denomination or church background.
Can children take Holy Communion?
Yes. All baptised children can receive either the bread and wine, or bread only. It is up to the parent/carer to make that decision.
I have a gluten allergy. Can I still receive Holy Communion?
Yes. We have gluten-free wafers in the middle aisle at the main altar. Please just ask for a gluten-free wafer when you come to the Communion rail to receive.
I don't drink alcohol. Can I still receive Holy Communion?
Yes. You can receive the bread only. Please take the bread and then move away from the Communion rail before the wine comes your way.
I can't walk to the altar rail very easily. Can I still receive Holy Communion?
Yes. Let one of the Stewards know when they come to usher people up for Communion. Then, at the end, someone will come to you in your seat to give you bread and wine.
Do you have a Facebook Page?
Yes. We have a very active Facebook community - approximately 350 members - and there are posts daily. You can join the group here.
Are you on Twitter?
Yes. You can follow us here.
Do you Podcast?
Yes. We release podcasts about once per fortnight. They are available on this website, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Buzzsprout and You Tube. If you like to follow the script of the Podcast, these are available on this website and also on Buzzsprout.
Are you on You Tube?
We are! You can subscribe to our Channel by searching for 'St. Andrew's Church Enfield' and then filtering to Channels. It will come up under the name Steve Griffiths. But click here to link directly.
Growing with God:
How do I join the church?
You don't need to be a member of the church to participate and be part of the family. Everyone is welcome. However, we do have something called the Electoral Roll, which is a list of those who want to register with us that they are regular attenders and participants. Being on the Electoral Roll enables you to vote at the AGM and take on leadership positions in the church. So, when you have decided that St. Andrew's is somewhere that you feel at home, please speak to someone about coming on the Electoral Roll.
How can I join a group?
What denomination is St. Andrew's?
We are Church of England, which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
What spiritual growth opportunities are there for adults?
Will the Vicar try to tell me what to think, or believe, or how to vote?
No! At St. Andrew's, we recognize that everyone is on their own spiritual journey and needs to find their own way to God. The role of the Vicar is to help facilitate your journey by, hopefully, asking the right questions for you to think about. The Vicar will never tell you what to believe - and certainly won't tell you how to vote!
Do you have other services during the week?
Yes, we have short services most days, except Saturdays. Check the front page of the website for more details.
Who do I contact if I want to know more in general?
Who do I contact if I want to know more about Families and Children?
Who do I contact if I want to know more about Youth?