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.

It's the Season of Welcome

It's the Season of Welcome

We like to think we always welcome people to St Mary's, but, over the next few months, there are many special and varied services to which you are warmly invited. Whether you've never set foot in a church, or just haven't been in a while, we'd really love to see you.

Back to Church Sunday is on 30 September

> more information about some of the services to which you might like to come...

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

EPCM on Sunday 14 October

Extraordinary Parochial Church Meeting: Sunday 14 October at 11.30am

... for the election of members of the Deanery Synod and Parochial Church Council. We are seeking to expand the membership of our United Church Council so that we can gain new insights and wisdom as well as share responsibility and knowledge across a broader spread of the congregation. Please consider standing for election and contributing to the life and future of our church.

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.

Harvest Festival is on 7 October

Harvest Festival is on 7 October

> more information about Harvest Festival...

Harvest collections will be donated to the Bishop's Harvest Appeal: Give Peas a Chance.

Gifts of produce and packaged goods will be give to Herts Young Homeles, The Catholic Worker Farm, Rickmansworth Foodback, Watford & Three Rivers Refugee Partnership and individuals in the Parish who might benefit from a little help or cheering up. See the October issue of LINK for details of produce that will be welcomed.

Harvest Lunch: Sunday 7 October at 12.30pm

Please book through the Church Office by 30 September.

Annual Bereavement Service will take place on 3 November

Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance of the Departed: 3 November at 2.30pm

> more...

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...]

Remembrance Sunday falls on 11 November this year

Remembrance Sunday 2018: Sunday 11 November

The Town Remembrance Sunday Service at St Mary's will be preceded by the Remembrance Sunday Parade which sets off from Our Lady, Help of Christians Church at 2.00pm. The first part of the service starts in our Church at 2.30pm. Later we shall process into the churchyard and gather around the War Memorial for the traditional commemoration of the fallen.

Sleeping Beauty - our panto for 2019

The Motley Crew return... by popular demand

Oh yes, our panto team will be putting on 'Sleeping Beauty' this year at the Cloisters Hall with three performances on 11 and 12 January 2019. You will see fellow members of the congregation as you have never seen them before. A few more people are still needed to help, the rest of you just need to put the date in your diary and make sure you get your tickets in plenty of time. Call Chris Hillier for more details.

Concert by Harrow Apollo Male Choir on 29 September

An Autumn Evening in Harmony

Harrow Apollo Male Choir are returning on at 7.30pm on Saturday 29 September, together with the string quartet 'Heart Strings' and soprano Hilary Pearce. The concert is free with a retiring collection in aid of WaterAid.

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]





St Mary's Calendar of forthcoming services and events


Download this week's pew sheet

Weekly pew sheet

LINK renewals now due


Our church magazine

Mission Action Planning

Mission Action Planning (MAP)

Our vision and goals


September 2018

Let us pray...

A prayer for September

We thank you for this planet, Lord,
Its oceans and its land,
Plains and forests, deserts, ice,
Lakes, hills, mountains, moorland, streams
Your gifts to all who dwell on earth

You gave it much diversity
And lots of beauty too,
Added life of every kind,
And men of varied race and creed
Meant to live in harmony.

May we care about our world.
That precious gift of yours
Together with sun and rain
That can provide the food we eat,
And make life good for all.

This year has been a wake-up call
With floods and storms and drought
And fires that raged for many days
And burnt all that was in their path.
Can we conserve the Earth You made?

Let us pray that people worldwide will care for the earth
and keep it a fit place for life. Amen

A prayer for October
Lord open our eyes to the beauty of the world at this time of year and the richness and variety of your gifts to us. May we use them well, sharing them with others and taking no more than we need for ourselves. Let us remember those who produce our food and the difficulties extremes of weather sometimes cause on land or at sea. Amen


Candle of Remembrance and PeaceThe 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 24, 2018


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