About St. Benedict's
St. Benedict’s Church stands at a busy junction, opposite the main Bennett’s Gate shops. The building was completed in the late 1950s, and was based on the model of Coventry cathedral. It includes a disabled access WC, installed proudly after much fund-raising by the then Vicar and congregation in 2013. The hall and other toilet facilities are situated below the main church building, with access via the church and also through nearby Barnacres Road. The church prides itself on giving a warm welcome to all. As part of its Mission Action Plan, the church recently replaced its noticeboard with a more modern one, and aims to open the church during the weekday, to provide a ‘sacred space’ and place of rest and spiritual refreshment.
What’s On at St Benedict’s
Our Vicar: Mother Alice Jolley
Mother Alice read Theology at Durham University before training for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge. She served her curacy in the City of Lincoln before moving to the Diocese of St Albans. Alice is currently reading for an LLM in Canon Law at Cardiff University, and is interested in the intersection between Ecclesiastical Law and the mission of the Church. She also enjoys walking, reading novels, making music, and cooking for a crowd. She shares her life with her partner, Coral, and their greyhound, Fernando.
Safeguarding @ St. Benedict'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.
Our Parish Safeguarding Officers at St Benedicts are:
Susan Rivett 07908 644600
Katharine Harper 07881 602024
The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Mr Jez Hirst who can be contacted at 01727 818107 / 07867 350886 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Safeguarding Policy, Privacy Notice and Safeguarding Guidelines can be found here. Please click on the links below to view.