St Andrew’s is a diverse and busy church with an electoral roll of about 300. We worship in a variety of different styles, but mainly use the more modern of the "Common Worship" service formats. We have a strong musical tradition ranging from a robed choir with organ, to a music group and a youth band. There is a bell-ringing team which rings for the main services on Sundays.
We have a thriving Sunday School and crèche which meet on Sunday mornings at 10.00 am at the same time as the main Holy Communion Service. In addition, there are a variety of youth groups that meet during the week, as well as uniformed organisations (Guides, Brownies, etc.) and a parents and toddlers group.
On the pastoral side, we run groups catering for women and men. We have a prayer group and house groups which meet for fellowship and discussion. On Saturdays, we run a Coffee Shop so that people can drop in for a chat after their weekly visit to the market. Each month, we hold a 'Food for Thought' lunch, where a lunch is followed by a short informal talk by an invited speaker.
Every year, we run a Holiday Club for the local children, which attracts about 170 children in August and about 100 before Easter. In September, we hold a Country Fayre where we run stalls of various kinds, entertainment, food and an exhibition. All proceeds are given to charity. At Christmas, we have a Nativity Tableau in the Market Square during the Saturday morning market, where we recreate the Nativity scene with actors and animals to bring the Christmas story alive. On Palm Sunday, we begin our service in the Market Square with the distribution of palm crosses and process to the church, led by a donkey. During Holy Week, three wooden crosses are set up in front of the church and on Good Friday, we join a procession of witness to one of the churches in town, followed by an ecumenical service.