World Day of Prayer at St. Marys

The World Day of Prayer service 2022 was held at the United Reformed Church Vaughan Road on Friday 4 March at 10.30am and also via Zoom at 7.45pm

This year’s service was prepared (three years ago) by the Christian Women of England, Wales & Northern Ireland with the theme of God’s promise found in the book of Jeremiah chapter 29 “I know the plans I have for you”, focusing on freedom, forgiveness, justice and God’s peace which can be a sign of hope for all people. The prophet Jeremiah lived some 600 years BC at a time when the southern kingdom of Judah had been invaded by the Babylonians and many of its people taken from Jerusalem into exile. The people had lost their land and the future looked bleak.

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A hive of activity at All Saints’

All Saints’ church hall was a hive of activity last Saturday when the church hosted the first Repair Fair organised by the recently formed St Albans District Fixers. Some 40 attendees brought all manner of electrical and electronic goods including toasters, lamps, audio equipment, kitchen items and laptops for a skilled band of 8 amateur fixers to work their magic on. Bike repairs and servicing, and clothing and fabric repairs were also undertaken by other volunteers, skilled in their own fields. Meanwhile two members of the All Saints’ Catering Committee plied fixers and those awaiting a fix with teas, coffees and delicious home-made cakes.

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All Saints’ Repair Fair

Excitement on social media is already growing about All Saints’ first Repair Fair, to take place on Saturday 19th Feb between 2 and 5pm.

We will be attempting to fix anything electrical that you can carry, from toasters to laptops, toothbrushes to radios, battery operated toys to table lamps, and more besides!

We will also be offering bike servicing and repair, and mending and alterations to clothes and fabrics.

Please book your repair using the button below. This is both to ensure we can fit you in (if at all possible) but also to avoid a Covid risk from overcrowding.

We are not professionals and can offer no guarantees, but will do our best in the time available to fix your item, or to advise you of your best options.

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Holiday at Home

“HOLIDAY AT HOME – gives an opportunity for senior members of the community to meet together, in the summer, for a day of friendship, food and fun.  An opportunity for a  day out is also given.  These days are organised and run by members of the parish.

During recent times, the event has also been held as a shortened one-day version known as “Happy Monday”

Funerals

Dealing with the death a loved one can be a hard time, with many difficult feelings, and lots of questions and anxieties. Whether or not you (or the person who has died) are regular attenders, the Church can offer support and help during those difficult days. A service can be held in the Church and/or at a crematorium/cemetery.
A minister from the church will meet with you, talk you through planning the funeral service, and can help with any questions or concerns. If you would like to discuss the possibility of a Christian service, the first thing you should do is tell your funeral director/undertaker who will explain what to do.
There is useful information about planning for a funeral on the Church of England funerals site.

An application can be made to have the deceased’s ashes interred in St. Nicholas’ churchyard. Please contact the Parish Office for more details.

Weddings

A wedding is a great moment for a couple, as you mark your commitment and celebrate with your families and friends. We also believe it is a moment to celebrate God’s love and ask for his blessing. The three churches of our parish offer beautiful, peaceful settings for your special day – and our clergy will be happy to help you plan and prepare. You will find lots of information in our Parish “Wedding Pack” here If you would like to make arrangements for your wedding please contact the Parish Office.
You can also find plenty of useful information about planning a wedding service at Your Church Wedding.

pack updated 12/1/2022

Baptisms

Baptism (also known as christening) is a celebration of a person’s life in which they are welcomed into God’s family, and in which we pray for God’s blessing on them. If you would like to arrange a baptism at one of the three churches in our parish, please contact the Parish Office.
There’s lots of useful information about planning a baptism/christening on the Church of England Christenings website.