Welcome To St Andrews Church

Join our Zoom services with our new priest in charge Nick at 10.30 Sundays.

The PCC has had to take the sad decision to close the church building for public worship over the coming weeks. Our congregation has many vulnerable people and we wish to be seen to be discouraging gathering people from different households while the Covid pandemic continues.

Zoom services continue: we are physically separated but we can still worship together.

Join us for our virtual service on Sunday. Details HERE!

St Andrew’s offers a warm welcome to any who wish to join the Church Family either in Sunday worship or in weekday activities and social life. We have a service each week at 10.30am which range from the more formal ‘Holy Communion’ to the lively ‘Morning Praise’. St Andrew’s is used to having visitors come to most of the services – so you can be sure you will be welcome!. The buttons to the right will give you details about different aspects of the Churches life from a weekly diary to the list of Sunday and weekday services for the coming month and our plans for the longer term. Also you can listen again to many of our previous sermons delivered here at St Andrews.

Meet Nick Mwandia, our new priest in charge.

Rev Nick Mwandia was licensed by Archdeacon Dave Middlebrook in a zoom service on Sunday 14th February.

Nick has just completed 3 years as Assistant Curate and will be joining us from St Matthew’s High Town and St Mary’s in Luton. He trained for the ministry at Cambridge Theological Federation and ERMC (Eastern Region Ministry Course). Prior to ordination he worked as Quality Assurance Officer for an international insurance broker. Nick is married to Prisca they have two teenage children, Wavinya (18) and Mumo (14).

Nick says, ‘I am no stranger to the Luton area and we as a family are looking forward to becoming part of the St Andrew’s Woodside community and engaging with the wider parish.

Personally I am both thankful and excited to be called to serve St Andrew’s. I look forward to walking together with you as we discover how we might go deeper in God and be built up in faith through this difficult period we are living in.

As we look forward with hope for an end to the third lockdown, He who is our Resurrection Hope encourages our hearts as we look ahead to celebrating Easter. Just as he did for the two disciples who didn’t recognise him on the Emmaus road (Luke 24.16ff), he is at hand today to bring light in the shadow of the cross.

With the current restrictions in place meeting physically may not happen for a while but I would love to get to know you soon, just as much as I am sure you would want to meet again with one another. I really look forward to doing so even if it is by digital means, and in the meantime will be praying for you all. God bless each of you.’

Rev’ Nick Mwandia

Farewell to Cathy!
After ten years at St Andrew’s, Rev Cathy Pullinger’s last service was on 31st January on zoom. In another world we would have all been together in our lovely church building to show our love and appreciation of Cathy on her retirement. I know that there are many people, not just the core church family, who would want to be there to say thank you for the way Cathy has touched their lives. Alas, Covid-19 made that impossible for the time being, but with Cathy’s full agreement, the farewell party will take place when we are on the other side – Summer? As Cathy says, she will not be far away and so we look forward to welcoming her back. Watch this space.

You can find our basic Safeguarding information and contactsHERE! or you can find more information from the link in the menu.

St Andrews Church, A brief history The church was built in 1889 by John Sambrook Crawley, on land given by him adjoining his home at Stockwood House (now demolished).
It was preceded by a mission chapel, on land opposite Summer Street, Slip End, which was used mainly as a Sunday school run by Crawley’s three daughters. Crawley was a substantial landowner and his main interests were farming and church building. Apart from St Andrews, he built and endowed Holy Trinity East Hyde, as well as several Luton churches, four church schools and a hospital.
On the doorstep of his Stockwood estate, St Andrews became John Crawley’s place of worship. It was built as a chapel-at-ease rather than a parish church in the “Early English” rather than the prevalent gothic style of many Victorian churches. The site and church were conveyed to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and consecrated in 1892, thus becoming Woodside Parish Church.
The font was donated to the mission chapel by “the children of Slip End” in 1888, and the pulpit also came from the chapel. [There is no record of how these items came to be in the mission chapel -were they made for the chapel? however we think more likely, they would have been elsewhere but where? Any information or views on this matter would be appreciated]
The three stained glass windows in the nave are later additions, all given in memory of members of the Crawley family.
From the west end, the first is on a children’s theme. On one side is Jesus with a child in his arms and another child carrying a teddy bear! On the right are Noah and his family.
The window to the left of the war memorial is a gothic- style depiction of the annunciation, and that to the right shows Mary with Joseph acknowledged by Elizabeth and Zachariah.
The East Window, in memory of the founder, is an unusual Jesse Tree, with Jesse centre bottom, flanked by his descendants, David and Solomon. Mary and Jesus are above him, with the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel on either side. At the top is the crucified Christ with Daniel to the left and Jeremiah to the right. The Latin texts are somewhat obscure!
There are photographs of previous vicars and readers in the vestry [now used as a prayer room]
The extension to the west was built in 1996 and is in regular use for services, meetings and community use. The “store cupboard” was converted into a small but very pleasant office in 2011.
For the up to date information we have available copies of our weekly newssheet and two booklets, the first booklet is the [impact report] with details of all our current activities. Then there should also be copies of the (almost) monthly full colour parish magazine!
A more in-depth history can be found from our History page found in the menu to the right!