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.

While we can’t actually use the church buildings apart from for quiet personal prayer, due to Covid-19, we are still active and holding our services and other activities by Zoom or YouTube. Newcomers and visitors are still just as welcome as usual to any of these events!
Please look on our calendar for joining details.
We look forward to seeing you.

What's On @ St. Mary's

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Re-opening St Mary’s Church.

We are delighted to announce that we have re-opened our church today, Friday 3rd July for quiet prayer.

The plan at the moment is to be open from 10am to at least 4pm on Mondays and Fridays.

You are all MOST welcome in a socially distanced way, but please read all the signs and use the hand sanitiser in order that we all stay safe. One very important point is to treat the porch as a one way corridor so please hang back if someone else is already in the porch.

There will be candles to light if you wish, but you do need to bring your own matches please.

And for the moment at least, the toilets and kitchen are not available to anyone.

Planning for holding services will follow in due course.

Welcome back!

Visit by Bishop Michael of Hertford

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

He will be taking part in our service at 10am on Sunday 5th (via Zoom actually from within the St Mary’s building, while the rest of us will be on Zoom from our homes). This will be a non-eucharistic service followed as usual by Sunday School and later by Virtual Messy Church.

The bishop will be visiting 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 will join the PCC from St M’s via Zoom. (For St B’s this will happen on Mon 13th July)

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

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!

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.

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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