Welcome to St Mary’s, Rickmansworth where Christians have worshipped since the early part of the 13th Century. Our church building is shared by the Church of England and Methodist Church with the two denominations sharing all services and administration, while continuing to nurture all that is best in both traditions. Worship at St Mary’s is open to all Christians, as well as those who would like to be. Please come and visit us. You will find an active, thriving community and a friendly welcome.
Graham Crocker RIP
It is with much sadness that we have to inform you of the death of Graham Crocker. His funeral will take place at 3.30pm on Tuesday 31 May at Chiltern Crematorium. In our prayers we remember Graham, his family and all those who mourn him.
Fiesta! Rickmansworth Deanery Bank Holiday fun on Monday 30 May
This will be a fun afternoon for families. It will be taking place on Chipperfield Common with Christian magician Peter Gardini, games, live music, tea and refreshments, finishing with Songs of Praise. Admission is free and, yes, wet weather contingency plans (a marquee!) are in place.
Herts Welcomes Syrian Refugees
There will be an open meeting at St Peter's Church, Mill End at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24 May. All are welcome to attend to find out what is happening locally and what more assistance we may be able to offer.
Celebrations of the Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday: 11-12 June
Flower Festival: Friday 10 - Sunday 12 June. See panel on the right for times
Merrie England: Saturday 11 June at 6.30pm: a performance by Tonic Opera with three-course supper and bar. Tickets £15 from the Events Committee and Church Office.
Community Picnic: Fun for everyone on Sunday 12 June from 2.30-5.30pm with jelly and cake, fancy dress (with a Commonwealth theme), teddy bear parachuting, crafts activities and entertainment (Phoenix Jazz Band, Collective Dance, handbell ringer and St Mary's choir) splus party games and a photographic exhibition.
All proceeds from these events will be given to the Patrons' Fund to benefit the many charities of which the Queen is patron.
EU Referendum debate: Tuesday 21 June (7.30-9.00pm)
We are hosting a debate on this important matter. David Gauke MP will speak to Remain and Dr Adrian Hilton to Leave. All are welcome.
We hope there will be the opportunity for questions. Please email your questions before the evening.
Open Church Sunday: 26 June
We are proud to declare that our church is always open to those who wish to visit, be it for spiritual need or just interest in our magnificent building. On Sunday 26 June it is hoped that all churches in the diocese will also be able to pronounce the same, as it is Open Church Sunday.
We will be offering our usual warm welcome to all those who care to visit us, but on this occasion, we will be including tea and cakes in the church from 2.00pm ― 4.00pm.
Please come and help us welcome our visitors. Speak to Scott or Darryl.
PLUS: Please can you help us out by making cakes, leaving Scott to deploy his tea-making talents to the full.
Situations vacant: are you called by God to help with any of the following areas of our church's life?
Children's Church and X Team (Youth Group): we need helpers/leaders for both. It will usually be a commitment of about once a month. For Children's Church, please speak to Rachel Turvey. For X Team, please speak to David Carruthers.
Churchyard Overseer/s: We need a couple of people to work together to help us maintain our Churchyard throughout the year. Working together, these people will ensure we get done the regular tasks required: weeding, clearing, pruning etc. If you are interested, please speak to our Steward or Churchwardens.
Coming to visit St Mary's? Our Church Trail is available to download
With the help of our Rickmansworth Decorative Fine Arts Society, we've put together a Church Trail for our younger visitors - and our older ones too!
SeeRound goes online
The monthly newsletter of the Diocese of St Albans - SeeRound - is available to read online.
to mark HM The Queen's 90th birthday
With displays from local churches and organisations reflecting the last 90 years
Fri 10 June: 1-5pm
Sat 11 June: 10am-5pm
Sun 12 June: 1-5pm
All welcome | Admission free
Please sign up if you are able to help during opening hours. Thank you
Our vision and goals
This month we recall that before our living Lord Jesus ascended into heaven, he promised the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Spirit of God, you were given to me,
Symbolised by a flame, after I was washed clean by the waters of Baptism.
May I recognise you among the many voices that clamour for my attention.
Spirit of God may I listen to you, tune in to that quiet but insistent voice comforting, guiding, speaking to my conscience through my daily round of tasks; listen and take notice.
Recognising you and feeling your presence, may I develop your precious gifts of character, become the person you meant me to be and live in love, joy and peace in this world and the next.
Heavenly Father, as we celebrate the ninetieth birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, receive our heartfelt thanks for all that you have given her in these ninety years and for all that she has given to her people. Continue, we pray, your loving purposes in her, and as you gather us together in celebration, unite us also in love and service to one another; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Church of England's EU Referendum Prayer
God of truth, give us grace to debate the issues in this referendum with honesty and openness.
Give generosity to those who seek to form opinion and discernment to those who vote, that our nation may prosper and that with all the peoples of Europe we may work for peace and the common good; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Candle of Remembrance and Peace was lit in St Mary's on Monday 4 August 2014 at the service to mark the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
Placed by the Book of Remembrance, it will remain alight until 2018.
Last updated: May 23, 2016