St. Andrew’s is a Christian congregation that believes Jesus loves and cares for the city and its people.
He is transforming the lives of those who trust in Him, giving strength, purpose and meaning to our existence.
We are currently without a vicar but have an assistant priest Revd Piety Kamuyu who helps us with our services, as well as having visiting preachers.
A Basic Parish Profile
St Andrew’s has a very diverse inner-city parish situated at the junction of four community areas, immediately north of the city’s main shopping area. The church building is at the centre of a red light district that has featured in more than one TV documentary series, but is also on the very edge of the affluent Mapperley Park Conservation Area. The church is also one of the most visible churches on the skyline of the city, situated at the junction of Mapperley Park, St Ann’s, the Arboretum area, Carrington and Forest Fields. Both the church and vicarage are listed buildings.The vicarage is situated next to the church building, adjoining a flat (1a Chestnut Grove) that is used by the Jericho Road Project outreach to sex workers and incorporates a bedroom and prayer room. The flat is beside and above the church hall, known as the St Andrew’s Community Hall.
The parish is said to have had a population of 5382 people in 2001; however the Church Urban Fund estimates the true figure to be about 7000.
80% of the housing units are flats; only a quarter of homes in the parish are owner occupied, almost all at the north end; 25% are private rented, mainly in the central slice of the parish, while 15-20 % of homes are council rented and 30-35% housing association properties, mainly in the southern end of the parish. There are 1600+ single person housing units. There is a dearth of family housing and old peoples’ accommodation, so the parish has a primarily young, shifting, population, and many people from ethnic minorities. This is reflected in the Church Electoral Roll, which loses and gains as much as a third of its membership every two years. The parish is mainly poor and deprived, although we have an increasing number of students, now comprising perhaps as much as 25% of the adult population during term time. The vast majority of the students are from Nottingham Trent University. The parish includes most of the nationally known red light district, although the number of street sex workers has been in decline for some years now. At least 25% of the population are non-white, including 18% Black/mixed ethnic and 3% Pakistani.
The parish includes a homeless families’ unit, a state primary school (for children aged 3-11), a Roman Catholic primary school (for children aged 5-11), and a private girls’ school (for children aged 3-16). There is a Muslim girls’ boarding school, and the Nottingham Pakistani Centre in the parish, although few Pakistanis are parish residents. There are many shops, businesses, a declining number of pubs, several restaurants, and more than one continental supermarket. The past five years have seen an influx of Africans and Eastern Europeans, although those of Jamaican heritage make up the largest ethnic minority group. The parish has virtually every urban social situation within its boundary, from affluent inner-suburban housing, to areas of high deprivation.