Foot Bridge Closed

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

The church have contacted the council and a tree surgeon and are working to clear it as soon as possible. It will take at least 2-3 days.

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 starting to have 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. 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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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.

CAP (Christians against Poverty) in Hemel Hempstead are looking for a new manager.

Could this be you?

CAP works with all sorts of people in Hemel Hempstead; those in debt, those who need help managing their finances, those who need help with addictions and those who need some guidance in everyday skills. The manager role is a hugely important one, especially as we look to the future with so many more people likely to be out of work and struggling.

See documents attached here:

CAP Debt Centre Manager role

CAP Centre Manager Job Advert

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 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 ( or Susan Rivett ( Thank you very much to everyone who already supports this scheme.

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

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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