Without the services of Harpenden Child Contact Centre, many separated families would be unable to meet their children after a relationship breakdown. So local volunteers were delighted to meet Hitchin and Harpenden MP, Bim Afolami, when he dropped in at one of their fortnightly sessions at All Saints’ Church Hall in Harpenden recently.» Read more
All Saints’ Church has long cherished its well-deserved reputation for friendliness, and we would love to welcome you into our fellowship. We are small enough that you can get to know most of our members, and large enough to have plenty going on.
Patterns of Worship
Full details of our worship patterns are given in our Services page.
Read more about our Associate Vicar, Revd James Brown, on our Clergy and Leadership page
We are currently meeting for worship at 10am every Sunday, alternating between Communion and a more informal Morning Worship. You are welcome equally to join us in church or live on Zoom (joining details in weekly emails to members or from our Associate Vicar).» Read more
“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”
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.
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.
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
Jeel al Amal (“Generation of Hope”) Boys’ Home and School in Bethany
St Mary’s has held Jeel al Amal in our prayers ever since 1999, when our own Rev’d Duncan Swan led a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, during which a number of people from St Mary’s visited the Home in Bethany, in the Palestinian West Bank. There they saw the dedication and the love that the surviving founder and her staff showed to the boys – as one of our members described it, “Christianity in action”. They determined to continue to support the Home, and ever since, St Mary’s has held events in aid of Jeel, and our coffee money has been devoted to Jeel.» Read more
Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) notes are available to order for private use at home. These include a daily passage from the bible to read with a reflection and prayer.
On the last Friday afternoon of each month a small group gather at St. Mary’s for an informal discussion based on their readings .» Read more
Cornelia’s Coffee Shop is open on Wednesdays 10am till noon, Fridays 8.45 till noon 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.