Safeguarding at St. Mary’s
As part of the Diocese of St. Albans in the Church of England, we are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church. This means taking action as a church to promote a safer culture where the welfare of children, young people and adults is paramount, to prevent abuse occurring, to protect those at risk and to respond well to those that have been abused. We will always take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and act accordingly.
St. Mary’s News
This great local event will be on at The Church again on SATURDAY 16th NOVEMBER. As usual Father Christmas will be paying us a visit, but extra this year is the bell-tower being open for people to visit (if you can climb all those steps!).
There will be all our wonderful games and stalls (including Pauline’s famous preserves!) with lots to buy for Christmas presents and also a continuous cafe with LOTS of lovely cakes.
Doors open at 10am………….come early for the best selection!
Our wonderful Angel Festival is back again this year on 6, 7 & 8th December. Do come to visit us then to see all our angels at work. There will be a cafe running throughout the weekend.
We would love to have as many local organisations as possible contributing with model Angels or drawings or poems (basically anything angel related!). Please see https://stmarysangels.co.uk for details of how to register etc.
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!
Following on from the Saturday how buy cialis online morning follow up discussion held on 15th June (very well attended, thanks everyone!), the PCC have drafted an ‘Action Plan’ which will be made public very soon (JW 16 7 19).Everybody-Welcome-Checklists-Results-Pack-JW
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
8.00am – Said Holy Communion (First Sunday of the month)
10.00am – Sung Eucharist & Young Peoples’ Groups
5.00pm – Evening Prayer (Second Sunday of the month only) (6.30pm Apr-Oct)
3.00pm – Messy Church (every month normally 3rd Sunday).
Thursdays at 9am – Morning Prayer.
Thursdays at 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)