No one belongs here more than you

Welcome to St Mary's with St John's

No one belongs here more than you.

 

Welcome and thank you for visiting our website.

Following the example of Jesus, and seeking to model the inclusive love of God, we welcome all people, whatever your status, wealth, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age, health or mobility.

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas -

A Message from Alan

 

A different Christmas

As we enter this season of Advent, no doubt many of us will be preparing for a very different Christmas.

With all the uncertainty surrounding the last lockdown, we took the decision as a church to invest in preparing for what we knew we could safely deliver. An exciting programme of online services is now in the diary and I’m deeply grateful to everyone involved in helping to make this possible.

With the lifting of recent restrictions, I’m happy to report that we will once again reopen our church buildings for public worship from this Sunday (6th December). For the time being, just one service will be held at each church; 9.15am at St Mary’s (no need to book) and 10.30am at St Andrew’s (with booking through Eventbrite).

As you can imagine, much prayer and thought has been put into what Christmas services we should hold within our church buildings this year. As always, our priority is the safety of our visitors and congregations. We’ve decided therefore to hold only the following services in (or outside!) the church building.

On Sunday 20th December:

- at 3.30pm (tbc)  St Mary’s: A joint outdoors Carol service in the churchyard. This will give everyone the long-awaited opportunity to sing carols! (booking will be required).

- at 6.30pm St Andrew’s: A shorter Carol service of readings and popular carols sung by the choir (congregational singing sadly isn’t permitted) (booking will be required)

Christmas Eve 11.30pm Midnight Mass at both churches (please remember to book)

Christmas Day 8am St Andrew’s: A traditional Christmas Communion (BCP) (no booking necessary)

The main Christmas Day service will this year be a joint 10.30am Zoom service for all ages (Christmas jumpers optional!). At the end of what has been a challenging year for many of us, it will be wonderful for both churches to join together online to celebrate the birth of our Saviour.

This Christmas will be different, but together we will make it one to remember for all the right reasons!

Wishing you a blessed Advent.

Alan

News and Events

February edition of the Parish Magazine available now. Click here to read.

Listen to Rev Alan's Christmas interview, broadcast on East Herts radio

 

 

APCM

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting and Annual Meeting of Parishioners took place via Zoom on Tuesday 20 October at 8.00 pm. To read the papers click here

We are delighted to report that David Gorton and Robin Bishop were both re-elected as churchwardens, and Jean Skinner, Kay Juniper and Kerrie Jeynes were re-elected to the PCC.

 

Many thanks go to Alma Cartwright, for her service on the PCC over many years, and to Jean Walker for all her work as Electoral Roll officer for the Parish, again for many years.

St Mary's is now open for individual  prayer from

10.00 am to 4 pm Monday to Sunday

Be part of St Mary's while at home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even though you may not be able to attend a service at St Mary's in person, you can always be part of St Mary's at home. Go here for full details

 

Support us

We know that some people like to make a donation each week via the collection plate, but while we are not meeting face to face, we realise that that’s not possible. We know that some people like to make a donation each week via the collection plate, but while we are not meeting face to face, we realise that that’s not possible. For details of how to give by text, click here.

Keep in touch

To be added to our mailing list and to receive Thought for the Day and invitations to services, contact Robin Bishop (contact details here).

To join our WhatsApp group, contact David Gorton (contact details here

East Herts Citizens Advice service

This has moved from predominantly face to face advice in their 5 centres to staff and volunteers home working through phone, email and Webchat.

 

They want people to know that they are still available to help and advise. More details here

 
Free Dial-a-Prayer service launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury

More details of the Daily Hope line here The number to call is 0800 804 8044. There is a message from the Archbishop and the chance to listen to hymns, reflections, prayers and services. Please pass the number on to anyone you know who does not have internet access

Electoral Roll

 If you would like to be on the Electoral Roll but are not currently, please complete a form (available here) and scan it and send to: raich.carter@yahoo.co.uk

For our younger members 

 

Storytime

You can find a storytime story told by Rev Alan here 

Sele Messy Church

Storytelling and more from Tracey on Sele Messy Church's page on Facebook here. Tracey is livestreaming stories on Wednesdays at 4 pm and Junior Church at 10 am on Sundays

Alan-int.

 

Services by Zoom

To take part, email Robin Bishop (robinhbishop@gmail.com) to be added to the list of invitees.

 

We are using the Zoom platform for this, and it is quite straightforward. More information here. There will be instructions in the email invitation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meditation and Mindfulness 

On Zoom on Wednesdays  at 8.00 pm

Led by Rev Alan. Email Robin Bishop (robinhbishop@gmail.com) to be added to list of invitees.

 

Video of guided session now available here

Breathe

 

Every first Saturday of the month, people from both our churches gather together for Breathe. Breathe is a chance to pray together about ourselves and our lives, our churches and our world. It is hoped that you will be able to use these prayers in the same way, by putting aside a time to pray, possibly on Saturday morning and perhaps with someone else. Find out more here

ST MARY'S SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES

Many services and activities at St Mary's and St Andrew's are still suspended because of the Coronavirus outbreak, until further notice. 

Following advice from the Diocese, the church is now  open for private prayer.

You can find helpful resources here and on the St Andrew's website , www.hertfordstandrews.co.uk

Weekly Services

Sundays 9. 15 am 
Holy Communion at St Mary's 
(now suspended until further notice)

Sundays and Wednesdays at 
10.30 am  Holy Communion on Zoom

To take part, email Robin Bishop (robinhbishop@gmail.com) to be added to the list of invitees.

 

Compline  7.00pm Sundays on Zoom

 

(Contact Robin Bishop (robinhbishop@gmail.com) to receive the link.)

In peace we will lie down and sleep; for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

 

This short, spoken service takes its name from the Latin word for ‘completion’ and is intended to mark a quiet end to the day.

The words are available as both a PowerPoint here and Word document here and so, if you prefer, you can say the service at home. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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