Planting a dead hedge

Having taken advice from local experts, Alex Melson and Tim Hill, as part of St Mary’s Eco Church initiative, a dead hedge has been started next to the wild flower area and the bug church. Rustic Sweet Chestnut stakes were kindly donated by the Tarmac company for this purpose.

Dead hedges are piles of branches and twigs arranged to form a barrier. They provide hiding places and nesting habitats for all sorts of creatures, as well as food for insects. As the hedge rots down, the nutrients are recycled back into the earth below, meaning garden ‘waste’ needn’t go into garden bins or bonfires.

St. Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Church, although small in physical terms, has a vibrant community at its heart and a distinctive ethos of caring and sharing responsibility for its buildings and people.

We seek to relate to and serve people at the north end of Harpenden while remaining a part of the wider parish of Harpenden. Please take a look at St. Mary’s monthly missive.

If you are planning to visit, please take a look here

If you don’t see what you are looking for below, there’s more about St. Mary’s here.

You can explore more documents that relate to St. Mary’s here.


THE FATE OF THE DISCIPLES

  • THOMAS martyred in 72AD at Chennai India. Remains  in St. Thomas.   Church Orton -Italy
  • MATTHEW Stabbed in the back by an assassin in Ethiopia on orders of the local king for criticising his life style. Remains in the cathedral at Salerno, Italy.
  • JAMES the Greater killed by he sword (Acts 12.2). Remains  In St. James Church. Compostela Spain
  • JUDAS THADDEUS Killed with an arrow in Beirut 65 AD.  Remains inSt.Basillica Rome
  • SIMON  The Zealot was crucified in England about 65-70 AD Remains at St Basillica Rome
  • JUDAS ISCARIOT committed suicide
  • BARTHOLEMEW visited most countries across the Middle East but was beheaded in India.  Remains in St. Bartholemew’s Church in Rome
  • PHILIP crucified in Egypt in 54 AD. Remains at St.Basillica Rome.
  • JOHN brother of James and gospel writer. Died from natural causes in 100 AD
  • JAMES the Lesser. Oldest disciple killed by stoning in 94 AD. Remains at    St. Basillica Rome
  • ANDREW crucified on an X shape cross in Greece in 69 AD. Remains in the cathedral at Amalfi, Italy
  • PETER Martyred in Rome in 64 AD at the time of the great fire, partly organised by Emperor Nero.  Remains in St.Basillica Rome

 HJB

25/11/2021

Image: Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg)

THE ETERNAL CHRIST

The Apostles Creed and the later Nicene Creed are two important documents of theological summary and history. Both creeds reveal historic Christian assumptions about  who God is, and what is God doing. However there are aspects of the creeds that should be examined to help to define the difference in meaning of the names Jesus and Christ.

Apostles Creed.  –  “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy  Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell…”

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St. Mary’s Eco-Church

At St Marys we are participating in Eco Church: A Rocha UK’s award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth.

Their resources are designed to equip a church to express its care for God’s world in its worship and teaching; in how the church looks after its buildings and land; in how it engages with the local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of its congregation.

We want to be a church which cares for creation as an integral part of loving our neighbours and following God faithfully.

You can find out more about Eco church here:  Eco Church – An A Rocha UK Project


Please take a look at this wonderful water pump below; restored and renovated by Rob Hemmin to be part of our harvest display, it represents clean water for all and enough rain to water our crops; as we explore the theme of water. Our superb flower arranging team have put lots of thought into all of these windowsills to reflect our focus on Eco church: the areas where wild flowers were planted or encouraged to grow, to help our wildlife; the pollution of our seas, oceans and rivers; and the importance of our trees and woodland

St. Mary’s Music

There is a team of 3 voluntary organists who between them play for all our services. A small orchestra plays occasionally at our family worship services. A choir practices in the Autumn to sing at the annual carol service.

Jeel al Amal

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.  

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