St. Mary’s Hall Hire

St Mary’s church has two rooms to hire – the main church hall and the Janet Campbell Room, and so is the ideal venue for various gatherings from kids’ parties, exercise classes, clubs, business/community meetings and beyond!  

The church is located on the Luton Road, approximately one mile to the north of town and is adjacent to the beautiful Kinsbourne Green Common

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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

St. Mary’s History

A History of The Church of St Mary the Virgin
Kinsbourne Green, Harpenden, Hertfordshire

The story of St Mary’s is the story of a small country church and the way in which it has continued for the greater part of a century and a half to meet the needs of the community it serves.

The original early Victorian building, as the architectural style bears witness, still forms a large part of the present day Church. It was purpose built in 1869 as a combined church and school on a site given by the then Lord of the Manor of Annables, the Reverend William Smyth. A few years earlier in 1865, Canon Vaughan, the first Rector of Harpenden, had arranged for meetings and children’s classes to be held in the kitchen of Mrs Grips who lived in a house facing the Green. When the Church-cum-school was completed, the first school mistress was a Miss Freeman. A separate classroom for infants was added to the original building in 1892. When St Mary’s was rebuilt in 1968, this classroom was incorporated in the present Church Hall.

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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.
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