St. Mary’s News
The collated feedback from our ‘Everybody Welcome’ Lent Course is available here and/or below.
Make yourself a cup of tea and sit down quietly somewhere to read it carefully!
The follow up session to discuss the way forward from here will be on Sat 15th June at 10am at St Mary’s.
Everybody is VERY welcome!
We held our APCM (Annual Parish Church Meeting) on Sunday 17th March. The Churchwardens for the next year are Dan Shirley and Harry Graham-Brown with assistant wardens Rosemary Bladon, Sylvia Low and Tim Ward. The PCC now consists of the 5 above plus Ann Wiggins, Grant Seymour, Janet Wright, Katharine Harper, Peter Bladon, Tony Woods, Viv Hagel and of course Richard Howlett. Peter continues as Treasurer and Janet has become Secretary.
Agendas, Reports and last Minutes are still available here:
Agendas & Reports 2019
Minutes APCM St Mary’s 2018
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 Thursday mornings. 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 (Monday at 8pm) 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.
Services at St. Mary’s
10.00am – Sung Eucharist & Young Peoples’ Groups
6.30pm – Evensong (Second 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
Harry Graham-Brown 01442 217907
Susan Rivett 07908 644600
Katharine Harper 07881 602024
St Mary’s Church
London Rd, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9ST
01923 266596 (Benefice Office)