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 left 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.
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!