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Winter Nightshelter 

Please be aware that Nightshelters continue to be affected by COVID restrictions- we are reviewing procedures for 2022 and will update this space as soon as we know more.

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CARIS Islington's Cold Weather Shelter

St. Andrew's takes part in the CARIS Islington's Cold Weather Shelter which runs from 1st January to 31st March each year and in which a number of churches provide for the homeless for one night of each week. Those in need are referred to the project for 30 days each. This ensures that help and advice are offered to as many as possible. The shelter at St. Andrew's runs on Thursday/Friday 7.30pm to 8.00am. Guests receive a hot meal, play games, read and chat with volunteers before spending the night in the church hall. A short service of compline is offered in the side chapel at 9pm.

The following morning all receive a cooked breakfast. Professional advice and help are offered to all attending the project.

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Volunteering and the CARIS Group

Church members and the local community support the shelter at St. Andrew's in a variety of ways by assisting in person on Thursday evenings or Friday mornings, donating foodstuffs or cleaning products, cooking a meal or making a dessert, washing sheets, making a financial donation, or through prayer. If you would like to support St Andrew's involvement with the homeless in any way please contact Gloria Chandra. You can send a message by clicking here.

If you are homeless you need to contact the Cold Weather Shelter on 07960 491151 to check if there is a place available for you. Unfortunately you are not able to turn up at the door without a pre arranged place. Doors open at 7.30pm.

Islington centres available during January-March
St. Peter's, Northchurch Terrace
St. Gabriel's Community Centre, Hatchard Road
Union Chapel, Compton Avenue
St. Andrew's, Whitehall Park
Christchurch, Highbury Grove
St. Luke's, Penn Road
St. John's, Duncan Terrace

For more information on the work of CARIS Islington please visit:

Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

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The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

Our church services and many of our events take place at St Andrew's, Whitehall Park (details here). 

We are located off Archway Road, on the corner of Whitehall Park and Gladsmuir Road.

Nearest tube station: Archway
Buses: 43, 134 or 263 to Waterlow Road
Free on street parking is available around the building on weekends and evenings

Sunday Service start at 10.30am. For would encourage you to arrive 5-10 minutes early to ensure you  find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team who will help you feel at home.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access for anyone who needs it. There are disabled toilets off the main hall.

Our Service

The main service begins with a welcome from one of our service leaders. This is followed by a time of sung worship, led by our band with a mix of songs and hymns. We typically have 2 or 3 songs, often including an action song that the children help lead. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. One of our team will then give a talk that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. This is followed by some led prayers. We then finish with a final worship song. Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.
We have a mix of prayer and informal liturgy throughout the service and share communion together on the 2nd & 4th Sunday in the month

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What about my kids?

We have a great programme lined up for kids of all ages:

  • Creche (0 months to 3 years). Our creche room is an unsupervised space where parents can be. A live video link is available so you can join in with the service and toys are provided for toddlers.
  •  Kids Church (4-10 years) A fun mix of Bible stories, games, craft and prayer. Children can be dropped off with our dedicated kids team.
  •  Youth Church (11+ years) This groups is ideal of secondary aged children and is an opportunity to explore the scriptures in a fun and relevant way, through questions, interactive bible study and discussion.

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service as we worship (sing songs), together for the first part of the morning. After we have shared the peace together we announce that it’s time for the younger members to go to their various groups. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy.

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, praying, craft, fun games and free play. Children are collected as soon as the service finishes.


Getting Connected

Sundays is just one expression of our. church life. There are other ways to get connected

Life Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our life groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a couple of groups that meet throughout the week, with some happening online. Check out Life Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

We regularly run a couple of courses that helps people explore faith and grow in their relationship with God:
The Alpha Course is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life.
The Prayer Course is an opportunity to go deeper in your relaitonship with God.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Night Shelter
  • Hand-In-Hand (Refugee welcome & english classes)
  • St Andrew's Meals
Get in touch with us if you have any questions
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
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Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

We will contact you by email to say hello as soon as possible


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Rev. Steve Clarke    
Steve is the vicar of St Andrew's and has been here since 2014    
I hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes