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.

What's On @ St. Mary's

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Parish Profile

Urgent help needed from all members of St Mary’s:

As you are all aware we are in the process of preparing the Parish profile to attract our new vicar. Therefore, as part of this process, we would like as many of you as possible to provide us with three positive words to describe what St Mary’s means to you which will be used  in an innovative/creative way to tell a prospective candidate who we are as a congregation. These words can be emailed directly to me at sylviaylow@gmail.com or on the next Sunday when we are in St Mary’s (14th) I will provide “post it” notes for you to write on which then can be stuck onto a large sheet of paper that will be on one of the tables in the Refectory. Please can you have this to me by Sunday 21st November.

Thank you for your help with this and we look forward to seeing what we all come up with.

Best wishes,
Sylvia Low, Churchwarden St Mary’s (on behalf of the team preparing the Parish profile)

Autumn Fair at St Mary’s Sat 20th Nov 10am – 12md

All are most welcome at our Autumn Fair.

Come & browse the stalls, see the church, chat with friends and have some refreshments!

A great source of all those Christmas presents!

It would be lovely to see you 🙂

St Mary’s 150th Anniversary celebrations on Sat 11th & Sun 12th September 

This event was a great success with lots of local people visiting and enjoying the good weather and activities both inside & outside the church.

Thank you so much to all the people who put in such a huge amount of work to make it a success and to Bishop Alan for making our Sunday morning service memorable and for blessing the newly refurbished refectory for us.

Finally the event raised over £1,100 for church funds 🙂

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

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

  • However, please continue to sign-in on arrival in church to assist track and trace should that prove necessary.
  • Masks should continue to be worn, out of consideration for other worshippers, including when singing hymns.
  • Communion will continue in one kind only, and the Peace will continue to be shared without physical contact.
  • All pews will be 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)

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

  • From 15th August  Worshippers will be encouraged to come up to the altar to receive communion (if you need communion  brought to you, please tell one of the people on duty)
  • From September we aim to resume Sunday School (now on August break) and Messy Church and Buzzy Bees in St Mary’s. We aim to recommence teas and coffees after church. Art Club will also start up again in St Benedict’s . (More details will follow)
  • From October We aim to once again have Saturday café in St Mary’s church.

We will continue to Zoom most of the services too (links via the calendar as always), but it’s so good to have people back in the churches!

Food Bank

St Mary’s is now an outpost of the Kings Langley free foodbank. This is 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 now also an outpost of the foodbank and is open on Wednesday’s from approx 9.30 to 3.30pm.

Foodbanks News:

Open Table Foodbank in has been established at All Saints Kings Langley and has now extended to having a food bank at St Mary’s Apsley and St Benedict’s Bennett’s End. A small team of volunteers currently manages the foodbanks but in order to sustain this vital service in the community new volunteers are needed.

There are three areas in which help is needed:

– Communications and promotion (weekly)

– Stock replenishment at All Saints (daily)

– Stock replenishment at St Mary’s / St Benedict’s (weekly)

In order to ensure the smooth operation of the foodbank, a co-ordination group is also needed. This would consist of the following roles:

– Co-ordinator

– Deputy co-ordinator

– Communications lead

– Stock lead (All Saints)

– Stock lead (St Mary’s/St Benedict’s)

If you can help with any of these roles, either on the co-ordination group or as a volunteer, contact the Vicar of All Saints, Fr. James McDonald on 01923 903531 (james.a.mcdonald@live.co.uk) or the Parish Administrator, Norma Howie on 01923 266596 (saintskl2@tiscali.co.uk).

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

St Benedict’s Church: Open for quiet prayer on Wednesdays.

Our churches are open for Private Prayer even during Lockdown 3, and you are VERY welcome.

Every Wednesday, St B’s church and every Thursday, St M’s church are 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 at St M’s, 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 not being fully open 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

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

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).

Weekdays
Thursdays at 9am – Morning Prayer.
Thursdays at 9.30am – Said Eucharist


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)