St. Mary’s News
Join us on Sunday 16th December at 3pm for a Messy Christmas.
With all the normal activities taking place, and a meal at the end it is
good way to spend a Sunday afternoon. See you there!
The first of our Christmas Services will be held on Christmas Eve at 3.30pm
and is our Christingle/ Crib Service.This is a wonderful way to start the
Christmas season and also supports the Children’s Society.
Then at 11.15pm on Christmas Eve we will be holding our Midnight Mass
service with the church lit by 180 candles in what is always a very moving service as
we celebrate the birth of Jesus over 2,000 years ago.
Finally on Christmas Day itself at 10am we have our normal morning service at 10am.
Please do try to join us for one of the above as we welcome the season of Christmas.
About St. Mary’s Church
St Mary’s Church, a Grade 2 listed building, was consecrated in 1871, and was the vision of Charles Longman, a senior partner in John Dickinson’s paper mills which dominated the old industrial village of Apsley. The village was the birthplace of paper’s industrial revolution, now being preserved as a unique heritage site. The church is a fine gothic, flint building, with spire and six bells. The village of Apsley has changed beyond all recognition with the disappearance of the paper mills and very significant housing development taking place.
The church is probably best described as liberal catholic, with the eucharist at the heart of its worship Sunday by Sunday. The congregation is drawn predominantly from within the parish boundaries with a good mix of ages. There is a strong Sunday School led by a very committed group of people, who also organise other activities for children at other times throughout the year. A Messy Church is held once a month on a Sunday afternoon.Throughout the year there are special services which attract a larger than normal congregation e.g. Mothering Sunday, Harvest, the annual service commemorating the departed and the Christmas Crib/Candlemas service. At present there is one active housegroup, and also a group that meets at church on a Thursday.A Home Group meets once a month which includes prayers for health and healing.
.The six bells were returned to the tower in 2013 after a six month period when they were restored, and since then have been ringing out over the district with the help of our faithful band of bellringers. No reason now not to join the ringers on their practise night and have a go!
Among its community involvements St Mary’s currently participates in a number of inter-faith events and activities, financially and practically supports two local charities – Druglink which supports those affected by substance misuse and DENS which seeks to meet the needs of homeless people in the Borough of Dacorum. The church also supports the work of Christian Aid and the Bishop of St Albans annual harvest appeal.
Since 1847 there has been a church school in the district. The school was built by John Dickinson for the children of his employees at the paper mill. The school continues to draw children from the local community and beyond and is assessed as a school with a very strong Christian ethos. School and church links are very strong with several governors being committed church members. More details concerning the school can be found on their website at http://www.nashmills.herts.sch.uk
A very warm welcome awaits anyone who wishes to become an active member of St Mary’s where we believe there is a place and a role for everyone. For more information about the worship, life and work of the church see below.
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Services at St. Mary’s
10.00am – Sung Eucharist & Young Peoples’ Groups
6.30pm – Evening Prayer(First Sunday of the month only).
3.00pm – Messy Church (every month normally 3rd Sunday).
Morning Prayer is said on Thursday at 9am.
Thursdays 9.30am – Said Eucharist
The Revd. Richard Howlett – Team Vicar 01442 767738
Dan Shirley 01442 248756
Sue Jakeman 01442 266299
St Mary’s Church
London Rd,Apsley,Hemel Hempstead,HP3 9ST