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.

We hold our annual services to commemorate the faithful departed on 2 November

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

Our annual services will be held on Wednesday 2 November. If you wish someone to be remembered, please record their name on the sheets at the back of church.

Bereavement Service

Everyone is welcome to attend this annual service which will be held on Saturday 5 November at 2.30pm. During the service we will light candles in memory of people who have died. After the service there is time to chat and reminisce over refreshments. Please do tell friends and famiy about the service as there are many people who appreciate an opportunity to remember those whom they have loved.

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.

Leading intercessions

Leading intercessions

This training sessions will be held st St Oswald's Church, Croxley Green on Saturday 5 November from 9.00 - 10.30am. This is suitable for those already leading intercessions and those interested in becoming intercessors. Contact Canon Charles Parry if you would like to attend.

The Bishop will be visiting on 7 November

The Bishop is coming to town

As one part of the plan to encourage the Diocese in refreshing the 'Living God's Love' initiative, the Bishop of St Albans is coming to Rickmansworth Deanery on Monday 7 November. As part of his day here he will be visiting schools, places of work, a U3A Choir and sharing supper with us all. All are welcome to the Bring & Share Supper at 7.00pm which we are hosting in the Church Centre. If you are able to help with hospitality activities, please sign up at the back of church.

Services to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I

Remembrance 2016

Armistice Day: Friday 11 November at 10.45am: A short service of prayer and remembrance at the war memorial, when the names recorded there will be read aloud and prayers offered.

Armistice Day: Friday 11 November at 7.45pm: An evening of word, music and song in the Church Centre.

Remembrance Sunday: Sunday 13 November at 2.30pm: The Remembrance Sunday Parade sets off from Our Lady, Help of Christians Church at 2.00pm. The Remembrance Sunday Service starts in St Mary's at 2.30pm and finishes around the War Memorial.

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!
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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.

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Rickmansworth4refugees Facebook page


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...]



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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

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 November
Heavenly Father, in the traditional season of remembrance may I give thanks for those I have loved, for the times we spent together and for the experiences, happiness and laughter we shared. And loving them still, may I trust in your promise of eternal life and willingly release them into your care.
And may I also remember and give thanks for relatives and friends, and those I never met who died defending our country or another in times of conflict so that others might live in peace. I believe that but for them my life might have been very different.
I pray that you will welcome those whom I loved and remember into the joy of your everlasting kingdom. 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: October 24, 2016


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