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St Andrew's is a lively, friendly modern church with an informal atmosphere. We use modern language worship. On the second Sunday of the month there is usually a less formal service with worship songs rather than hymns, and a music group leading the worship. On the third Sunday there is a children's service before the main morning Communion. On fourth Sundays, there is either a Service of the Word or an Iona-style Communion. When there is a fifth Sunday in the month, the service that day is normally a Communion with healing. On Tuesday evenings, we have a said reflective communion service or Compline (Night Prayer), interspersed with recordings of Taize or similar music. On Saturday mornings there is a Messy Church style session in term time for children of junior school age.
One unusual feature of the church is the font, which is in the shape of the prow of a boat - see the picture on the right. This was made by one of our congregation, and is highly appropriate for a church dedicated to St Andrew, who was a fisherman.
Since the autumn of 2012, we have shared our premises with Hayling Island Baptist Church.
Besides services, most weekdays there is something for toddlers, young children and their parents/carers. For details, please see Young People.
There are monthly Scrabble evenings, normally on the first Friday of the month, in the church hall, with play starting promptly at 7.30 pm. Entry is £3, which includes light refreshments, and there is a raffle with small prizes. It is advisable to arrive by about 7.20 pm, to give time to settle down before the first game. The evenings generally end between 9.45 and 10 pm. Newcomers are warmly welcomed, and there is no need to be an expert Scrabble player: these are light-hearted social occasions.
Contact: Michael Cayley (tel. 023 9246 0169) or Robin Cole (tel. 023 9246 6345).
As part of the Portsmouth Diocese link with Ghana, St Andrew's is linked with St Andrew's, Assesewa in the eastern region of Ghana, and the congregation of Ayiesu. For more information about the diocesan link with Ghana, please click here.
The Church Hall is available for hire. Please see the Contact page for more information.