Welcome to St Mary's

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.

Situations vacant at St Mary's

Harvest 2016: Sunday 2 October

Gifts of tinned and dried food produce will be warmly welcomed. We'll be decorating the church after the School Service on the morning of Friday 30 September.

There will be a Hearty Harvest Festival Lunch and quiz at 12 noon on Sunday 2 October with homemade soups, bread and cheese. Do sign up so we've got an idea of numbers. £6 for adults, £3 for children.

Harvest gifts will be sorted and distributed on Monday 3 October. Gifts go to charities that distribute to those in need and deserving people in the Parish. It is useful to have both fresh and packeted goods, and large and small tins and packets.

The money from our special collections and any profits from the lunch will go to the Archbishop's Mustard Seed Appeal that helps people struggling with debt.

Thank for your supporting and helping others at this special time of thanksgiving.


START course from 4 October

Let's get STARTed

If you'd like to learn about Christianity is a low-key, non-threatening way, this is the course for you! Running at 7.45pm at the Vicarage on Tuesday evenings from 4 October, we'll be exploring together what it means to be a Christian and how to get STARTed, or even re-STARTed.

Everyone is welcome. Just call the Church Office to let us know you're interested.


We're running a sweet stall at the Rickmansworth Society Market this year

Rickmansworth Society Market: Saturday 8 October (10.00am - 12.30pm)

This year we will be selling homemade sweets: fudge, peppermint creams, truffles, coconut ice etc. Please deliver any contributions to Barbara Paterson at 17 Moss Close on Friday 7 October between 9.00am and 4.00pm. Call Barbara if you need her to collect them from you. Biscuits also welcome.


We're going to the theatre

Theatre trip: 3 November

We are planning a trip to Sonning Mill to see 'Blithe Spirit'. The ticket price will be £48 which includes a meal. Travel costs will be approximately £7. Please sign up as soon as possible as we've only got 30 tickets.


Panto 2017

St Mary's pantomime 2017

Planning has already started for our next theatrical extravaganza - a production of 'Snow White' on 21-22 January 2017. If you'd like to be involved, Chris Hillier would love to hear from you. There's always a lot to be done from performing to making scenery, costumes, publicity etc.


Situations vacant at St Mary's

Would you like to become a...

Many people are involved in activities in our church and contribute to the things which happen here. We always welcome more people to join in. Here are some of the jobs which you might like to do:

  • Become a Welcomer at the 10.00am service on Sunday
  • Become a Sidesperson
  • Read the lesson
  • Lead the prayers
  • Become a server
  • Arrange flowers
  • Clean the church
  • Serve on the Sunday 10.00 coffee rota
  • Become a leader of our Children's Church
  • Help with the production of our magazine - LINK - tasks include editing, proof-reading and typesetting
  • Help with keeping our noticeboards up to date
  • Keep our Facebook page up-to-date

Have a look at our Contacts page to find out who to call for more information about these tasks.


Pilgrimage to Greece - October 2017

Pilgrimage to Greece: 2-10 October 2017

Deborah will be leading this pilgrimage which includes visits to Philippi, Thessalonika, Athens and Corinth.

> Download details and booking form

Other Diocesan clergy are also leading pilgrimages next year:

  • 16-25 May 2017: Holy Land, led by the Ven Paul Hughes (Archdeacon of Bedford) and the Revd Canon Liz Hughes (Senior Chaplain at London Luton Airport)
  • 11-18 September: Rome & Assisi, led by Canon Dennis Stamps (Rector of Harpenden)

> Find out more...


Church Trail now available

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!
[find out more]


SeeRound - the newsletter of the Diocese of St Albans - is available online

SeeRound goes online

The monthly newsletter of the Diocese of St Albans - SeeRound - is available to read online.

> find out more...


Rickmansworth4refugees Facebook page

Rickmansworth4Refugees

A Facebook page has been set up for Rickmansworth residents interested in supporting the plight of refugees either in camps in Calais and the like and also working to welcome refugees who come to our area. [more...]


 

 

Older news in the Archive...

 

 


St Mary's Calendar of forthcoming services and events

Calendar


Download this week's pew sheet

Weekly pew sheet


LINK renewals now due

LINK

Our church magazine


Mission Action Planning

Mission Action Planning (MAP)

Our vision and goals



Let us pray...

A prayer for October
Loving Father with the harvests gathered in may we be truly grateful for all your gifts to us, and generous to those who do not fare so well. As we thank you for the fruits of earth and sea, gathered by others or grown by the work of our own hands, may we give thanks for what we have been able to achieve in our work, our community, our church and our homes. Most of all we give thanks for the gifts of bread and wine, the Eucharist, through which we remember the great sacrifice of your Son. Amen
A prayer for September
We give thanks for the good times of summer: its long days and warmth, flowers, fruit and vegetables and holidays to enjoy, and we look forward to fresh mornings, dew on the grass and blue, blue skies – and later to the rich colours of Autumn.
September is a time of new beginnings; as the natural world changes, so may our lives. We pray especially for young people changing schools or classes, leaving home to go to university or starting work – and for those who have not yet found jobs.
And we pray for ourselves and each other. While Christ's sacrifice on the Cross is the key to forgiveness that enables us to start each day anew, may we use times of the year to take stock of our lives, ready to move on as God directs. Amen

 


Services to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War IThe 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: September 19, 2016

 

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