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.

We are now holding some services in church again as well as via Zoom. As you will understand, in order to keep everyone as safe as we can from Covid-19, we have to limit how many people are in church at any one time. We therefore ask you to book you place if you wish to attend a service (stmarysapsleyend@gmail.com or 07946 736267‬). Also, please bring and wear a face covering while you are in church.  Newcomers and visitors are still just as welcome as usual to any of these events – but just please book .
Please look on our calendar for joining details.
We look forward to seeing you.

What's On @ St. Mary's

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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 need to revise it between now and 26th September so 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.

The notice of revision linked here was posted in the church on 6th September 2020.

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.

More detail about how it will work will follow, but if you wish to attend in person, please email stmarysapsleyend@gmail.com to book your place.

The notices of these meetings linked here have been 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 15092020 here

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

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

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.

Re-opening St Mary’s Church.

Sadly, we have to suspend (hopefully temporarily) the opening of the church on Mondays and Fridays in order to be able to open for services on some Sundays and to still be able to leave 72 hours in between uses. The 72 hour feature reduces the amount and risks of cleaning that has to be done and is very important given the age demographic of most of the people available to do this work.

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

In common with many charities we are endeavouring to keep up with our support of the Oxygen Recovery Service and have supplied four boxes of personal items for new clients since ‘lock-down’ and have a further request this week for two more.

The boxes contain basic toiletry items, stationary, stamps, an alarm clock and some sweets! Members of the congregation either donate money or supply named items.

If you would like to know more about this scheme please contact either Viv Hagel (vivian.hagel@ntlworld.com or Susan Rivett (rivetts@aol.com). Thank you very much to everyone who already supports this scheme.

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

Dan Shirley 01442 248756
Harry Graham-Brown 01442 217907


Susan Rivett 07908 644600
Katharine Harper 07881 602024

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


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