As a Guild Church St Andrew’s functions during the week, Monday to Friday. The custom has been to celebrate the Eucharist daily at lunchtime. This caters to the local business and legal community that is around the Church. Attendance at these services numbers about 10 people.
The main weekly service is a Sung Eucharist on the Wednesday evening. This service has an attendance of between 35-50. It comprises working individuals, retired individuals, students and clergy. Many who come are involved with a Church on Sundays and they come to St Andrew’s to receive and be ministered to. That being said there is a lively and committed group drawn from the entire range of the congregation who assist in the running of the services. However maintaining the dimension of a ‘place of refreshment’ is very much at the heart of the ministry.
The congregation is also drawn from a wide variety of Church backgrounds. They all find depth and resource at St Andrew’s and the Church’s ethos is carefully set to be inclusive and welcoming. The Liturgy is identifiably ‘catholic’ in style, and it draws on the full range of resources available in Common Worship. Beyond that the preaching and teaching and general ‘order’ of the Church focuses on addressing issues and questions in an open and inclusive fashion. Great care is taken to avoid divisive and harmful practice.
The Bishop of London has characterised St Andrew’s as a place where “one can breathe spiritually”.
Particular celebrations take place during the year, most notably May Devotions in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which has been observed in conjunction with the neighbouring church of St Alban, Holborn, and The Feast of Corpus Christi, observed with our neighbours at St Dunstan-in-the-West on Fleet Street.
During August it has been the custom to hold bespoke Services of the Word, devised and led by Lay Members of the Congregation with the consent of the Clergy and Wardens.
There are also a wide range of occasional services – Carol Services for a number of Charities and businesses at Christmas, Memorial services and Institutional Services during the rest of the year. This means the Church has a considerable and varied liturgical life.