Reverend Canon Dr Dennis Stamps – Rector

Dennis was born near Chicago in the USA. However he regards California as his childhood home. He with his wife Helen moved to the UK in 1984 in order to do PhD studies in theology at the University of Durham. Dennis trained for ministry at Westcott House Cambridge and following his curacy was involved in theological education at the Queen’s Foundation teaching New Testament and serving as Dean and Principal. He came to St Albans diocese in 2002 as Ministry Development Officer and Residentiary Canon at the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban. [Nationally on behalf of the Church of England he is a Senior Inspector of theological colleges and courses and serves on several Ministry Division committees. He remains involved with the St Albans Centre for Christian Studies.] Dennis has particular commitment to Ecumenism, adult theological education, and research and writing on the New Testament. Leisure includes the seaside, walking, a good film and listening to music (mostly classical).

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 Hall Hire

Large hall with kitchen and two smaller rooms available for hire for functions including children’s parties, dance classes, dinners, club meetings and craft fairs.

Large Hall – 47’ x 23’

The large hall has a hard polished floor, with a directly accessible kitchen. Kitchen facilities include gas cooker, sink and preparation areas. Crockery and cutlery for 100 is available at an additional charge. The hall is accessible to wheelchair users.

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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.

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