Welcome to St Mary's Apsley End

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

Services in church during lockdown

Sadly, we will not be able to hold services with a congregation in church during lockdown 2.

We do, however intend to broadcast The Eucharist service via Zoom from St Mary’s each Sunday at 10am during Lockdown.

Please see the calendar for details and please keep in touch.

What's On @ St. Mary's

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Christmas at St Mary’s & St Benedict’s

Keep an eye on our calendar for details of the services we will be having.
Just click on the ‘St Mary’s Calendar’ on the right of this page below the main picture.

Christmas is going to be different this year, but we can still celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ with joy, no matter how we have to do that!

Sadly, there won’t be a midnight service at either St Mary’s or St Benedict’s but other churches locally will be providing online services for midnight that we can join. Watch the calendar for further details.

Meanwhile, do enjoy the hope and waiting of the Advent season.

Ted Adcook’s Memoirs

Most members of the congregation at St Mary’s will remember Ted Adcook who was such a character and who lived to over 100.

Amazingly, Lauren Shirley (during Lockdown 1) has transcribed his memoirs and offers them here in the season of Remembrance for everyone to read.

They can be found via this link.

Thank you so much Lauren, that really was a labour of love.


St Mary’s Church: Still OPEN for Private Prayer

We are continuing to open our church for Private Prayer during Lockdown 2 and beyond.

Every Thursday, the church will be 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.

For Covid safety, please only use the side chapel (on the left as you go in). Also please take a laminated sheet from the welcome table at the back of the church and place it where you have sat. This will enable other people to know where not to sit and also help us with our sanitising later.

Also 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 virtually all of its usual expenses to pay despite being closed at the moment.

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

DENS update

DENS are still very busy and active and have been finding innovative ways of working during this difficult time. See their latest newsletter here.

Oxygen Recovery Service at Nascent House

We have continued to support the Oxygen Recovery scheme since the initial lockdown in March and members of the congregation have been very committed to the scheme which means we have been able to supply every new resident with a Welcome Box. We have had many messages of thanks from the clients as well which is so heart warming.
There have been changes to the way that the Oxygen Recovery programme is now operating. They are offering a two-week programme alongside 6 & 12 weeks. In discussion with the staff, we decided to adapt our scheme for the client’s stay rather than provide a complete Welcome Box for everyone. We will supply a wash bag with a few important items, and of course a packet of sweets, for those on the two week programme containing things that you would take away when you go on holiday such as small pack of tissues, toothbrush, small toothpaste, deodorant, shower gel etc. When a new resident is expected, we would be told which programme they are completing and provide the items as appropriate. Only residents booking for the longer programmes would receive a complete box.
If you wish to join this scheme, please email Susan (rivetts@aol.com) or Viv (vivian.hagel@ntlworld.com) to discuss what is involved. Viv and Susan will then work out a rota of contacting people for the specific things required to keep the stock at an appropriate level.

What to Expect at St Mary’s when you come for a service

If you would like to attend a service at St Mary’s please book a place either by emailing stmarysapsleyend@gmail.com or phoning Dan Shirley on 07946 736267. Due to Covid restrictions we need to be sure we only have a certain number of people or households.

If you are booked in to attend a service at St Mary’s, please read the attached leaflet which is to help us all to keep each other as safe as we can.

What to Expect at St Mary’s church during Covid19.

Annual meetings at St Mary’s

Our delayed APCM (Annual Parochial Church meeting) and AMP (Annual meeting of Parishioners) will take place on Sunday 11th October 2020 at 11.30am.

They will be in a mixed format with some people in church and others joining via Zoom.

If you wish to attend in person, please email stmarysapsleyend@gmail.com or phone 07946 736267 to book your place.

The notices of these meetings linked here were posted in the church on 12 Sept 2020.

We need nominations for people to be churchwardens, assistant churchwardens, members of the PCC (parochial church council) or members of the deanery synod.

Please get consent before nominating anyone and find someone else who will second them.

This year, this can be done either on the paper form in church or by email to Janet Wright (Sec of PCC) on stmarysapsleyend@gmail.com. She needs emails from both the proposer and the seconder.

You can see the Nominations Form as at 2020_10_11 here

And you can see the (updated) Annual Report (with agendas and minutes from last year) here.

Voting at APCM St Mary’s Oct 2020

As we are intending to hold hybrid annual meetings (ie partly in the church and partly on Zoom) this year, we need a slightly different system should there be a need for a vote.

The plan is:

  1. In Church: A show of hands will be counted by the chair and secretary.
  2. On Zoom: Attendees will need to use the ‘raise hand’ function if asked to vote. On a laptop or computer this is found at the bottom of the participant panel, whereas on a tablet it is found under the 3 dots (‘more’).
    The raised hands will be counted and recorded by the Zoom hosts.

Revision of The Electoral Roll at St Mary’s

The church’s Electoral Roll is the register of its voting members; it is a list of those qualified to attend and to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting and to fulfil certain other roles in the church.

We have just revised it prior to the APCM scheduled for Sun 11 October. The revised Electoral Roll was posted on the notice board in church on Sunday 27 Sept.

If you wish to either join or leave the roll please complete the form linked here or contact the Electoral Roll Officer Adrian Whalley on adrian@friendsofcrs.co.uk or 07894 901961‬. This can be done at any time of the year.

Bike’n’Hike sponsored walk by Rosemary B, you can still sponsor Rosemary!

Rosemary says:

“I did complete my goal of visiting 19 Places of Worship in Hemel Hempstead on Saturday 12th September, for the Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust. If you have sponsored me- thank you very much but it’s not too late to do so!  It took me 3 hours and 5 minutes and was about 17 miles – on foot! So far the amount raised is £945 – including Gift Aid and half the total will come to St Mary’s. Thank you to everyone who supported me.

There are 3 ways to sponsor me:

  1. By filling in a paper form that I have
  2. By email: Bladon2010@btinternet.com or
  3. Online at justgiving.com/fundraising/rosemary-bladon

Half of what I raise comes to St Mary’s (and we badly need funds this year).

Well done indeed Rosemary

Foot bridge now open again

On the night of 8th August a tree fell blocking the foot bridge between the churchyard and Shendish. It was unsafe to cross the bridge.

Thanks to the work of one of our PCC members and a local tree surgeon, the path & the bridge have now been made safe.

Visit by Bishop Michael of Hertford

We are delighted that Bishop Michael was able to undertake his long planned visit to us on Sunday 5th & Monday 6th July.

He took part in our service at 10am on Sunday 5th (via Zoom actually from within the St Mary’s building, while the rest of us were on Zoom from our homes). He also joined Virtual Messy Church later via Zoom.

The bishop visited Nash Mills C of E school (in a socially distanced way) on Monday as well as meeting the wardens from both St M’s & St B’s during the afternoon.

In the evening he joined the PCC from St M’s via Zoom.

Thy Kingdom Come, a ‘Global Wave of Prayer’.

We marked Thy Kingdom Come (TKC) by Zoom with a day of prayer on Saturday 30 May. The interactive timetable is below and can still be used to reach some of the resources if you wish.

Timetable for the Day v6

Resources are all available via the links within the timetable.

It was a very uplifting day!

St Mary’s Annual Report

Our Annual Report 2020 is now available here.

Postponement of the APCM (Annual Parochial Church Meetings) at St Mary’s to 11th October.

Our APCM was scheduled to take place on Sunday 26 April, but in view of the current Covid restrictions we are allowed to postpone it.

The meetings are now scheduled for Sunday 11th October at 11.30am.

Meanwhile all the existing churchwardens and PCC members will remain in office.

200 Club: Message from Tim Ward

The 200 club has been frozen temporarily, but will resume ‘when things get better’!

Appreciations of Peter Ward

Many people will be interested to read ‘Peter Ward, An Appreciation’ by Mike Stanyon who succeeded Peter as President of HHLH&M (Hemel Hempstead Local History & Museum Society).

Thanks to Barbara Chapman for alerting us to it and for her item about Peter on the HHLH&MS Facebook page, (Hemel Hempstead Local History & Museum Society (HHLH&MS) .


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.


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Services @ 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

Contact us @ St Mary’s

Contact Details

The Revd. Richard Howlett
Team Vicar
01442 767738
Email: revrhowlett@gmail.com

Church Wardens

Harry Graham-Brown 07918 071542‬
Sylvia Low 07742 610932‬‬


Susan Rivett 07908 644600
Katharine Harper 07881 602024

St Mary’s Church
London Rd
Hemel Hempstead
01923 266596 (Benefice Office)


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