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

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 9:15 to 9:55 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. Nicholas’ Flowers

Flowers in St Nicholas Church are provided by the volunteer St Nicholas ChurchFlower Group. They will be delighted to decorate the Church for special occasions: weddings, funerals, other special services. To discuss your requirements and obtain an up to date price list, please contact at: flowergroup@stnicholasharpenden.org

A folder containing photographs of various arrangements is available to view at a pre-arranged meeting. Flowers supplied via the St Nicholas Church Flower Group remain in the Church.

Mothers Union

The Parish of Harpenden Mothers’ Union (which dates from 1895) normally meets every third Wednesday of the month at 8pm and on every last Thursday of the month at 2.15pm. and is part of a International Christian Charity.

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We have approximately 53 members, some of whom do not regularly attend meetings; but they each receive a bi-monthly Newsletter.  Members are invited to St Albans Diocesan MU events where we learn what is happening around the Diocese and further afield.  Members also receive a Diocesan magazine three times a year and also publications from our headquarters in London.

As members of the worldwide Mothers’ Union our principles are founded on the support of marriage and family life and is rooted in prayer.

We generally have a speaker for our meetings, but also we may have a Meditation or just a social gathering.

The Committee keep in touch with their particular members and see that they are well, or in need of help and/or prayer.

Branch Contact:  Christine Wright, who can be contacted via the Parish Office.

St Mary’s Groups

St. Mary’s Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) Group meets monthly at St. Mary’s. Other groups happen during different seasons in the church’s year such as Lent. Occasional Quiet Days are run using the excellent new facilities in the Church extension. 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.

Kinsbourne Common Nursery uses the Church Hall four mornings weekly. One Brownie pack meets in St. Mary’s hall (Wednesday evening) and are invited to major festivals. The building is frequently hired out for groups such as the WI, lip reading classes, lace makers, and bridge club. To book the hall or small meeting room please look at the St. Mary’s Hall Hire page, or via the Parish Office, Tel: 01582 765524 or email:office@parishofharpenden.org