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.


Our lovely Church Secretary is moving on

Situations vacant: Church Secretary

Very sadly, our lovely Church Secretary, Karen, will be leaving us just before Christmas. After three years, she is moving on to explore new challenges and we will miss her greatly. If you, or someone you know, are interested in applying for this post, please speak with Deborah as soon as possible. The closing date for applications is 7 December.


Come and add your star to the Christmas Tree of Prayer

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

The start of the Christian year, Advent Sunday, was on 2 December this year. There are many special services and activities going on between then and Christmas and we very much hope you will join us for some of them.

In particular, please come and add a star to our Christmas Tree of Prayer. The decorations on this tree are the stars that shine as lights of hope bearing names of family, friends or situations we are thinking of at this time.

> more details about activities and services at St Mary's this Christmas...


Come and experience Christmas with our 'walk through' displays


Cleaning the church for Christmas - 15 December

The Big Christmas Clean: Saturday 15 December 9.30-11.00am

Bring your Marigolds, a duster - even your vacuum cleaner if you like - and help us get ready for Christmas with a big old clean of the church! We'll be vacuuming carpets and washing floors (carefully and with not too much water!), getting rid of cobwebs, cleaning the silver, brass and anything else we'd prefer to be shiny. All welcome!


Tickets are now on sale for this year's panto!

Tickets now on sale for this year's panto: Sleeping Beauty

Back by popular demand, the Motley Crew will be performing this year's dramatic extravaganza on Friday 11 January (7.30pm) and Saturday 12 January (2.30pm & 7.30pm) in the Cloisters Hall. Tickets are now on sale from authorised sellers (no touts, please!) - it's expected to be a sellout again!


Preparing children to receive Holy Communion

Confirmation preparation

Being confirmed is the way in which, as adults, we renew our commitment to God and become members of a particular denomination. We will be holding preparation essions in the new year. Please speak to Deborah if you are interested in being confirmed. Confirmation is for anyone over the age of 13 - it's never too late!


Are you reading the lesson?

Are you reading the lesson ?

Deborah has produced some guidelines for how to introduce readings during our services.

> Download guidelines


Would you like to contribute to the beautiful floral displays in our church

Flowers in our church

The beautiful floral displays in our church are lovingly arranged by a small band of volunteers. Members of the congregation and wider community are warmly invited to contribute to these displays by funding the flowers, perhaps in celebration of a special event or in memory of someone - or 'just because'. [read more...]


New monthly drop-in social activity: time for tea and a chat

The Teapot Club

There's a new drop-in group taking place on the third Wednesday of each month in church between 2.00-3.00pm. Everyone's welcome to come along, bring friends and enjoy a cup of tea and excellent company.


Trip to Oberammergau in 2020

Oberammergau 2020

Deborah will be leading a visit to the Passion Play from 16-23 September 2020. We'll be staying in the Tyrol and a number of excursions are planned. [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]


 

 

 

 

Key services this Christmas

We look forward to seeing you at St Mary's this Christmas.

Some of our services include:

Sunday 23 Dec
Carol Service at 6.00pm

Monday 24 Dec
Crib Service at 4.00pm
Midnight Communion at 11.15pm

Tuesday 25 Dec
Holy Communion at 8.00am and 10.00am

You will be welcome to spend time in the church over the festive period. Come and add a star to our Christmas Tree of Prayer.

> more details of services...

 

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


Read our December newsletter

December newsletter



Let us pray...

A prayer for December
At the start of the Christian year, let us commit ourselves to being better followers of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. May we use Advent to understand the significance of God becoming human and starting earthly life as a helpless babe, look again at what Jesus said, taught and did, and try to live accordingly. And when Christmas comes may we be able to celebrate with greater joy. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: December 10, 2018

 

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