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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All Saints’ Services

Sundays

10am: The Sunday morning service alternates between Holy Communion and a more informal Morning Worship.

Music is provided by one of our two classically trained pianists and includes the best of both traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs.

Morning Worship is often led by a lay member of the church, and in all our services we strive to engage the children in reading etc.

During term time, the children and teenagers go to the hall for their separate activities in several age-related groups. At other times, worksheets are sent out by email for them to complete during the service. In both cases, a highlight of the service is towards the end when they are encouraged to share their work with the whole congregation.

You can join the service either in person in the church building or online (joining details are emailed to church members or may be obtained from our Associate Vicar or a church member to whom you are known)

Our innovative use of Zoom allows online participants to engage on an equal basis by offering a reading or intercessions, and for children to show their work, displayed on the screen for the church congregation.

Post-Pandemic Sundays

For the time being (Autumn 2021) and whilst the shadow of Covid and its variants still hang over us we are continuing the pattern or worship above established at the start of the pandemic with the flexibility to worship online or in person however people feel most comfortable.

Discussions are underway for the longer term as to whether we continue with one service or revert to the pre-pandemic pattern of separate communion and more informal services. Whilst we have greatly appreciated meeting together as one congregation and the sense of unity that has brought, we also know that people meet with God in different ways and want to encourage spiritual health in all our members.

This Week

(see here for future events)

27 November 2022

The First Sunday of Advent

Services in the Parish

8.00amSaid Holy Communion at St Nicholas’ President – Revd Canon Dennis Stamps; Preacher – Anne-Marie Kramer
9.30amSung Eucharist at St Nicholas’ Live streamed on facebook.com/StNicholasChurchHarpenden You can also join by telephone: 02034815240, enter ID#: 81402722773, followed by # (no password needed).  President  – Revd Canon Dennis Stamps; Preacher – Anne-Marie Kramer
9.30amFamily Communion at St Mary’s; President & Preacher – Revd Nick Goulding Live-streamed on www.facebook.com/StMarysKinsbourneGreen Also accessible via parish website or email sent to St Mary’s Members
10.00amHoly Communion at All Saints’ & on Zoom with Children’s First Communion President – Revd James Brown; Preacher – Pauline Gilbert (Reader); Zoom details available in the weekly email sending the pew leaflet or from associate.vicar@allsaints.harpenden.org 
11.30amMorning Praise at St Nicholas’  with Holy Communion President: Revd Canon Dennis Stamps; Preacher: Anne-Marie Kramer
3.00pmAdvent Through Art – see Parish Notices
6.30pmAdvent Carol Service at St Nicholas’
6.30pmLight in the Shadows – see All Saints’ Church Notices

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

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