Herts & Essex Border Ecumenical Area (HAEBEA)
Methodist, United Reformed & Anglican Churches in Partnership

St. Andrew's Methodist Church, Harlow

We shall be starting to hold Services again from August onwards, but with special requirements for attending, although some other Meetings etc. will continue to be held via 'Zoom'.

Ministerial Team 
 Rev Blair  Rev John  
Revd Blair Kirkby


Tel: 443
Rev John Buxton


Tel: 422

Rev Blair Kirkby will be unavailable from June 8th to June 29th, then July 18th to July 25th.
If you have any pastoral emergencies during that time please get in touch with
Rev Debbie Hodgson on 01992 462881, or Rev John Buxton on 422 661.

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"O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation" (Psalm 95 v 1)


Our Sunday Services are at 10:30 a.m. and include both traditional and modern hymns. Families with children are especially welcome. And please join us for light refreshments after the Service.

For Speakers, please see our Diary


Sunday Club offers Christian teaching for children and young people during the time of the main Service.


For those under 5 years of age, our Creche is available for children from the congregation.


All are welcome to share the Lord's Table with us, and our Communion Service is usually the first Sunday Service of the month (but please see our Diary for any variations.)

Holy Communion is also held on Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve (times will be published as applicable.)


There is a mid-week Service held some Thursday lunch-times; please see our Diary.


There are Morning Worship Services held on Good Friday and Christmas Day

As a member of HAEBEA, we also join with our sister churches in their celebrations and share in hosting special Area Services.


Jesus said, "Ask, and it will be given to you; . . for everyone who asks receives," (Mat 7 vv 7 - 8 NASB)

Are your family or friends going through a testing time with illness or other problems; are you in need of comfort with the situations you face?

God is ready to listen for our prayers, if only we would rely on Him more.

As well as our own personal times of prayer, during our Sunday Service we often have a time of prayer when we mention those we know who have need of His presence.

If you would like to be on our prayer list, please contact the Hazel Taylor, with your requests.
Please Note: If your request is for someone else, they must have given their permission for their names to be mentioned.

We also have prayers before our Sunday Service (i.e. at 10:15, in the Chapel)

Pop-In Prayer

The Prayer Chapel

Pop-In Prayer is held in the chapel from 11am to 11.30am on the third Saturday each month (see Diary for dates). 

We meet to pray and to listen, with some time in silence and some time with words, and people come in and out during the thirty minutes. Everyone is welcome.

For the latest Pop-in-Prayer sheet, please click here

(Pop-In Prayer has been suspended until further notice.)

Prayer is at the heart of our faith.


St. Andrew's Church

St Andrew's Methodist Church is situated at The Stow and is opposite the
Nuffield House Health Centre (marked as 'Clinic' above.)
The church is on the corner at the junction with Howard Way.

For parking, there are lay-bys outside the Church,
plus the two car parks marked (free at weekends.)

For bus times


We are a welcoming, friendly church family, worshipping God and sharing the good news of his love for all.

We worship, pray and learn together about following Jesus Christ.

We also meet for fellowship, fun, and helping the local community.

We welcome all to our Morning Worship each Sunday at 10.30am.
We also hold a creche for the under fives of adults who attend the service.


Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Blair Kirkby and I am the new minister of St Andrew’s Harlow. I am Canadian by background but I have lived in England for 21 of the last 26 years, long enough to feel at home. I have four adult children, an English wife, and a strong commitment to live and share this faith that keeps calling me to stand taller and love more. I enjoy preaching, Bible study, and sharing prayer with others. I also have a sizable collection of puppets which I sometimes bring out for church and community events. For hobbies I can hit a pretty good single handed backhand on the tennis court and I also like to play the guitar.

At its best, the Church can be a wonderful vehicle of grace and hope but, of course, we are often not at our best. Frequently, we lack the courage and love to really follow the bold, life-giving path that a certain Galilean lit up on his way to the cross. Together though, we keep on trying and sometimes, together we get it right. In a way, the fun is in the trying, the failing, the trying again and then, occasionally at least, in those wonderful moments of success. For all it’s faults I still absolutely love the church and the very human people who make it up. I count myself a fortunate man, and I am looking forward to the challenges and privileges of ministry in your midst.

In and with God’s love,


(Editor's note: The Revd Blair Kirkby has reserved Friday as his day off each week. To allow him this opportunity, please avoid contacting him by phone, email, or visiting then.)


There is only one God who created everything and there is nothing we can do to earn our way into heaven.
Jesus died on the cross and paid the price for all our sins. He was buried in a tomb but rose from the dead.
When Jesus ascended into heaven, God sent the Holy Spirit to guide and help us.
God is a triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit and all three are equal.
The Bible is the divine revelation of God.

John Wesley particularly emphasized the following:

    All need to be saved.
    All can be saved by grace through faith.
    All can know that they are saved.
    All can be saved to the uttermost.

If we repent of our sins and believe in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, then we are put right with God.

The Methodist Church is part of the whole Church, which is the body of Christ.


St. Andrew's Church is fully accessible, featuring:

Level Wheelchair Access at front of Church
Hearing Loop
Accessible Toilet
Lift to upstairs rooms
On-site Parking
    (also lay-by and off-road Parking: see map above)

Local buses for the Stow: (use the shown departure times as arrival times!)
       First Avenue from the East & First Avenue from the West
       Moot House from the South-East & Moot House from the North-West
       Howard Way from the North & Howard Way from the South

(If the above links for bus times become incorrect, please notify the


Our requirements are:
1. A one-way system - so entry will be only through the Howard Way doors,
2. A steward will keep a list of those attending for tracing purposes, so be prepared to give your name and contact details if asked.
3. Please use the hand-sanitiser station to the left of the entry door (or use the toilets for hand-washing.)
4. Enter the church, and await a steward to show you to your seat, starting from the front.
5. The Offering will be by retiring collection with a plate at the exit door.
6. Exit will be by the front right hand church door, then through the fire-door in the corridor to the car park.
7. Services will continue to be available electronically (by 'Zoom' or 'YouTube') for those who cannot attend.

      Don’t come to church if you have any signs of a transmittable illness.
      Social-distancing will be required at all times - please observe if using toilets.
      Masks will be needed for entry and exit - please bring your own if possible.
      All doors and windows are only open for required ventilation.
      There will be no coffee served after the Service.


You can obtain access details for our open Zoom events by contacting the but please note that, for safeguarding or privacy reasons, some events are by invitation only.


In addition to the Services held weekly, our Church and Hall are used for other activities:

Bible Study Church Flowers Coffee Mornings Creche
Friendship Group Guides Pop-In Prayers STARS Toddler Group
  Sunday Club Women's Fellowship

Bible Study

The bible study group meets every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm until about 8.45pm in the Chapel.  We seek to read the Bible, have a discussion and close with prayer.
Sometimes we will look at a book of the Bible and at other times we will study a topic.  The discussion is usually lively as we all come with differing insights and views.

Anyone who is seeking to follow Jesus Christ and who wants to learn more of what the Bible teaches is most welcome to come.
Lifts are available if this would help you attend.
For more information please contact

Church Flowers

We like our Church to be decorated to the glory of God on a Sunday, and each week we seek to have as many flower arrangements as possible.

Many members of the congregation like to contribute flowers to celebrate Birthdays or Anniversaries, or to remember family members or friends. We have a Flower Rota on the board in the corridor for people to mark these dates throughout the year.
Harvest 2010
For HARVEST, members and non-church members alike help us in arranging the produce and flowers brought in to celebrate God's bounty to us.

2017's FLOWER FESTIVAL was held during June and was themed on God's Creation of the World. Besides our own members, other local Churches contributed displays.
For the 2017 Flower Festival pictures, click here.

Coffee Mornings

Our Saturday Coffee Mornings are held in the new hall at St. Andrew's from 10 - 12 noon. They have been provided for many years , and many people of our neighbourhood regularly visit to enjoy hot drinks , filled rolls, home-made cakes and buns, at very competitive prices

We issue a warm invitation to everyone to come and enjoy a break and a friendly chat.

The Friendship Group

The Friendship Group began in 1988, meeting two Thursday evenings a month, and was for women under retirement age. As we have become older , we have extended the age limit.
Now, we meet once a month, during the day, in members' houses, plus occasional lunch outings.

We would welcome new, younger women from within our congregation. Please contact for further information.


The 3rd Harlow (Methodist) Guide Unit meets on Tuesday evenings, during term time only, at 6.00pm - 7.30pm in St Andrew's Church Hall.

We welcome girls aged 10 to 16 and aim to provide a variety of activities.
The girls work in patrols and as a whole unit.

We have just completed our Centenary activities, which included County, Division and District events.
Eight of our Guides were fortunate enough to attend the Disneyland Paris event (in Jan 2010) where a highlight was the Disney Guide show and eating breakfast out in the snow!
We have also been involved in renewing our promises and celebrating with other Rainbows, Brownies and Guides in the area and have created a banner which shows many aspects of Guiding; this can be seen displayed in the Church.

We welcome visitors to our meetings and also those who could teach the girls a new skill.
For further information please contact Judith Ball.

St. Andrew's Rugrats - STARS

STARS Mother and Toddler Group meets every Tuesday, between 10.00am and noon.

We have sit and ride toys, slides and a climbing frame, play with sand, lego, buggies and dolls, and have a sticking or painting activity most weeks, plus lots more.
We also have a baby area.

All the helpers at STARS are DBS checked.
Everyone is welcome, and if you would like more details please contact Alison Brand on 01279 315405 or

St. Andrew's Sunday Club and Creche

The children and young people of St. Andrew's Sunday Club are valued as part of the Church of today, not just of the future.

54 years ago when the Church was first opened there were soon well over 100 children in the Sunday School. Nowadays, with the complete change of lifestyles, we have up to 22 young people meeting in the Sunday Club each Sunday morning, during School Term Time.

The young people aged over 5 are arranged in 2 groups with leaders who are all accredited and DBS checked. We follow the Roots syllabus which is Lectionary based. The children are usually in the main Sunday Worship Service for the first 15 minutes before leaving to follow their own activities in the Sunday Club.

As our numbers are growing we are looking for additional Christian Sunday Club workers who will need to be trained and DBS checked. We can provide the necessary training and help.
For further information, please contact


Our Creche is available during the Church Service which starts at 10.30 on Sunday mornings.

The Creche has been held for many years and is for children to come and play while parents are in the morning Service, catering for babies and young children up to 4 years old.

Members and friends of the Church volunteer to look after the children while they play and make friends with other children.
Parents are welcome to stay with their little ones until the children get to know us.
The children in the Creche are always supervised by at least two adults who are also DBS checked.

St. Andrew's Women's Fellowship

Before the official opening of St. Andrew's in 1956 there was a Women's group meeting, which was part of the emerging Church Fellowship. Today, the Women's Fellowship, which consists of mainly older retired ladies, still meets, every second and fourth Tuesday each month at 2.30pm for afternoons of fun, fellowship and friendship.

We are part of the Network of British Women in Methodism (known as Network). We have a variety of activities and enjoy a few outings, a Christmas lunch and joint activities with other Church groups in Harlow and beyond. Our meetings always begin with a short period of worship and end with a cup of tea (or coffee) and a biscuit.

All ladies are welcome whether they belong to St.Andrew's, another Church or no church at all.
Please contact for further information.


"That they may be one, just as We are one" (John 17 v22 NASB)


Our original Circuit of Harlow, Ongar, Epping and North Weald has been expanded into the Herts and Essex Borders Ecumenical Area since September 2006, adding Methodist, Anglican and United Reformed Churches in Waltham Cross, Hoddesdon, Hertford, Ware and Watton-at-Stone. This Area is known by its initials HAEBEA.

Within the Area, smaller groups of Churches sometimes have joint Services, and members of all Churches come together regularly for HAEBEA Area Worship and meetings.

All the Churches of the group, listed below are accessible on-line via the HAEBEA website:

Cheshunt Methodist / Christ Church, Waltham Cross LEP
Church Langley LEP, Harlow
David Livingstone URC, Harlow
Epping Methodist
Epping URC
Hatfield Heath URC
Hertford Methodist
Hoddesdon Methodist
North Weald Methodist
Ongar URC
Roydon URC
St. Andrew's Methodist
St James' with St Luke's, Staple Tye, Harlow
St Mary's, Great Parndon, Harlow
Trinity URC, Harlow
Watton-at-Stone Methodist



The Methodist congregation that now calls itself 'St Andrew's' started in 1952 with the arrival of its first minister, Rev Eryl Hughes.  The church hadn't been built, so the services took place in the Moot House at The Stow.  Harlow New Town had a growing population, soon the congregation had grown to over thirty full members.  It was then that the building of the present buildings was started.  The Foundation Stone was laid on 27th June 1953 and the Grand Opening was on 30th October 1954.  St Andrew's formed part of the Harlow Mission Circuit until 1979 when changes in the way our church was funded led to proposals to work together with the United Reformed churches in Harlow.  In 1989, the West Essex United Area was established made up of four Methodist Churches (including St Andrew's), four United Reformed Churches, plus the joint Anglican/Methodist work that had begun at churches in Great Parndon.  The new Area included churches in Harlow, Roydon, Ongar, Epping and North Weald.

As time has moved on, the development of new housing around Harlow and its surrounding area has brought fresh challenges, particularly with much of that development planned to occur along the Herts/Essex border.  In September 2006, a new and larger Area was formed from the merger of the West Essex United Area with the Lee Valley North circuit to form the Herts and Essex Borders Ecumenical Area, adding churches in Waltham Cross, Hoddesdon, Hertford, Ware and Watton-on-Stone.

Despite these changes, St Andrew's as a building hadn't changed much in its 50-year history.  Some of the folk who were around in those early days are still with us, albeit somewhat older and with a few more grey hairs.  The buildings you could see were Phase 1 of the church building, Phase II was never implemented and a block of flats (St Andrews House) now stands on the land on which Phase II might have stood.

Finding our facilities too small to meet the demands of the 21st century, we were able to begin building work in 2008, starting with the demolishing of the original hall, and had the improvements finished in 2009.  We now have a hall nearly double the former size, and the enlarged kitchen is much more functional. Our new facilities have been much appreciated by members and visitors alike.


        Revd Eryl Hughes    (1952-1959)
        Revd Cyril Blount    (1959-1962)
        Revd Alan Horner    (1962-1968)
        Revd Michael Gilyead    (1968-1973)
        Revd Derek Broxholme    (1973-1979)
        Revd John Buxton    (1979-1990)
        Revd John Wheaton    (1990-2000)
        Revd Guy Goodall    (2000-2004)
        Revd John Buxton    (2004)
        Revd Jim Gill    (2004-2009)
        Revd Sarah Lowe    (2009)
        Revd Terry Keen    (2009-2014)
        Revd Thurairajah Samuel    (2014-2017)
        Revd Blair Kirkby     (2017     )


Wedding Ceremony

For Services for Weddings, please contact the Minister (Tel: 07913 )


For Baptisms, please contact the Minister (Tel: 07913 )


For Services for Funerals, please contact the Minister (Tel: 07913 )

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