Welcome to St Mary's Apsley End

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ALLELUIA!
Christ is risen!

We are a busy, active church, very keen to welcome any newcomers or visitors to our services or to any of our other events.

What's On @ St. Mary's

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Jubilee Tea St Mary's

Our new Vicar

Lizzie announced in church on 27 March 2022 that the interview day went very well the previous Wednesday with four excellent candidates and a total of 36 people taking part in the process.

She told us that the Rev Alice Jolley has been appointed as team vicar with responsibility for St Mary’s Apsley End and St Benedict’s Bennetts End. She is currently an assistant curate at St Nicolas with St John’s church in Lincolnshire. Hopefully she will be joining us sometime over the next 3 to 6 months.

This is wonderful news and we must thank God that people felt moved to apply to join us here at St Mary’s to help us to continue to hear, learn and share God’s Word and work.

And we also really thank the benefice clergy team and all the lay people who put so much time and effort into the recruitment process.

UPDATE: Alice will be licensed by The Bishop at a service at St Benedict’s on Tuesday 6th September at 7.30pm and installed at St Mary’s on Sunday 11th September during the 9.30am service.

Annual Report 2022

Here is our Annual Report which was prepared in advance of the APCM which took place on Sunday 3rd April. Thanks to all the contributors and to Clare Denny for her hard work putting it all together. It makes a very good read!

New Weekly Service times from January 2022

  • 9.30am Eucharist at St Mary’s
  • 11.15am Eucharist at St Benedict’s

Worship in St Mary’s & St Benedict’s. Roadmap out of Covid restrictions:

Both churches are open for worship in church and it is no longer necessary to book in before the services.

  • Masks should continue to be worn, out of consideration for other worshippers, including when singing hymns.
  • Communion is continuing in one kind only, and the Peace will continue to be shared without physical contact.
  • All pews are available, but anyone wanting more ‘space’ around them can take a laminated sign which says ‘please leave this space clear’ and place it beside them, so others know not to sit too close.
  • Kneelers should not be used. (Kneeling brings you too close to anyone sitting in front)
  • We will continue to Zoom most of the services too (links via the calendar as always).

Please keep an eye on the calendar for details of what is on.

Food Bank

St Mary’s is an outpost of the Kings Langley free foodbank, open every Thursday from approx 9.30 to 3.30pm. So anyone (of any creed or none) in need of food is very welcome to pop into our porch to take what they need at that time. It is unmanned and no vouchers are required.

Donations of non perishable goods (which are most welcome!) can be left on Thursdays at the church or else at any time at Dunelm Mill who are very kindly offering their services to support this initiative.

St Benedict’s Church in Bennett’s End is also an outpost of the foodbank and is open on Wednesday’s from approx 9.30 to 3.30pm.

St Mary’s Church: Open for Private Prayer on Thursdays.

Every Thursday, our church is open from about 9.30am until sometime between 3pm and dusk and everyone is most welcome to come to enjoy some quiet time with God.

Please complete the visitor list and scan the NHS-Covid-19 Track & Trace QR code.

You are welcome to light a candle and place it in the candle stand (however, please bring your own lighter or matches), and to write prayer requests and place them in the wooden box at the front of the chapel.

Feedback on whether this opening of the church is useful with suggestions to improve it is very welcome.

Weekly financial giving to the church

Our church continues to have all of its usual expenses to pay.

So, if you normally make your weekly financial offering to St Mary’s in cash, and if you are in a position financially to do so, please could you now consider making your offering online either on a weekly basis or by setting up a standing order?

Please contact our treasurer, Peter Bladon on 01442 257108 or bladon2010@btinternet.com for details.

I’m sure he’ll be delighted to hear from you!

Or you can make a one off donation here

Safeguarding @ 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.

Calendar

Services @ St Mary’s

Sundays
9.30am – Sung Eucharist & Young Peoples’ Groups
3.00pm – Messy Church (every month normally 3rd Sunday).

Weekdays
Thursdays at 9.30am – Said Eucharist or Morning Prayer


Contact us @ St Mary’s

Contact Details

Team Vicar

Vacant
For all enquiries Tel: 01923 266596

Church Wardens

Harry Graham-Brown 07918 071542‬
Sylvia Low 07742 610932‬‬

Safeguarding

Susan Rivett 07908 644600
Katharine Harper 07881 602024

St Mary’s Church
London Rd
Apsley
Hemel Hempstead
HP3 9ST
01923 266596 (Benefice Office)