St. Mary’s Pastoral Care

Pastoral care for our congregation has developed over recent years and members are very supportive of each other. A pastoral care coordinator provides a valuable link between those needing support and others in the congregation able to give it. Rotas have been arranged for those who need help with shopping or transport. A Pastoral Team of six members, who have received training, visit people in need in the community, led and overseen by the Associate Vicar. If people would like to be visited, or know of people in our neighbourhood who need some help, please contact the Associate Vicar.

St. Mary’s Tuesday Afternoon Group

Tuesday Afternoon Group (TAG) is a social activity group open to all, both from the congregation and the local community. It meets monthly, on the 2nd Tuesday, in the church hall, and usually has a visiting speaker. Afternoon tea is provided.

St. Nicholas Pastoral Visiting Team

The Pastoral Visiting Team

The purpose of this team is to offer welcome, friendship and compassion as an active part of the ministry of everyone in the church.

We visit those who are new to the church family, also those who are housebound, in residential care or hospital temporarily or long-term.

We meet regularly together with the Rector to plan our visits, to pray and to encourage each other.

This is a quiet and confidential ministry.

If you know of someone who would appreciate a visit, please contact the team via the Rector or the parish office

Cornelias Café

Cornelia’s Coffee Shop, in the grounds of St. Nicholas’ church, is open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am till noon, and Wednesdays 3-4pm. School holiday opening hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am till noon. We serve delicious Fairtrade coffee, teas, cold drinks and snacks with a very friendly welcome and in a beautiful garden setting. All profits go to charitable causes.

St. Nicholas Hall Hire

Large hall with kitchen and two smaller rooms available for hire for functions including children’s parties, dance classes, dinners, club meetings and craft fairs.

Large Hall – 47’ x 23’

The large hall has a hard polished floor, with a directly accessible kitchen. Kitchen facilities include gas cooker, sink and preparation areas. Crockery and cutlery for 100 is available at an additional charge. The hall is accessible to wheelchair users.

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St Nicholas Church Bells

The Ringers

We are a friendly group with a wide age range and varying abilities/aspirations. We share, though, the commitment to ring for services and to try and provide a good standard of ringing.

Ringing is an excellent form of low impact exercise for body and mind, suitable for all ages from around 11 upwards. The ringers would like to welcome new learners to the band. We practice on a Wednesday evening from 7.45 to 9.00, and as you know ring for the Sunday services from 8:45 to 9:25 am and, when we have enough people, from 6 to 6.25 pm. If you are interested please come along at any of these times,  talk to or email Andrew Cripps (a.cripps1@ntlworld.com).

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St. Mary’s Hall Hire

St Mary’s church has two rooms to hire – the main church hall and the Janet Campbell Room, and so is the ideal venue for various gatherings from kids’ parties, exercise classes, clubs, business/community meetings and beyond!  

The church is located on the Luton Road, approximately one mile to the north of town and is adjacent to the beautiful Kinsbourne Green Common

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12th Harpenden Scouts

12th Harpenden (St. Nicholas) Scout Group

The Scout Association offers everyday adventure and activity to almost 400,000 young people across the UK. Its purpose is: to help young people achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as individuals, as responsible citizens and as Members of their local, national and international communities.

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Brownies

The 21st Harpenden Brownies is proud to be affiliated to St Nicholas Parish Church. We are a member of Girlguiding UK which is the largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women in this country. We have about 580,000 members.

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