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.


Community barbecue on 21 July

Community barbecue to commemorate the 300th anniversary of William Penn

 

William Penn 300th anniversary: Community barbecue on 21 July (4-7pm)

This year is the 300th anniversary of the death of William Penn, former resident of Rickmansworth and founder of the state of Pennsylvania. We're organising a community barbecue at which you will be most welcome (especially if you can lend a hand!)

There's a fancy dress competition with a US-theme as well as a decorated cake competition (let your imagination run riot!) There will also be a display of the life and times of William Penn.

As well as our barbecue there are lots of other activities going on to mark this tricentenary. See the July issue of our church magazine LINK for further details.

> download barbecue poster


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

New social activity: Time for Tea

There's a new drop-in group taking place on the first 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.


Children aged 7 or above will be admitted to Holy Communion on 15 July

Holy Communion before Confirmation

Children aged 7 or above will be admitted to Holy Communion on Sunday 15 July.


We celebrate our Patronal Festival on 9 September

Patronal Festival weekend: 8-9 September

We celebrate our name saint, Mary, this weekend. We're planning a day piligrimage to Chichester Cathedral on Saturday 8 September (look out for more details) and there'll be a bring & share lunch on Sunday so please save the date and come and join us.


New office hourse

Church office hours

Karen has changed her working days and will now be in the Church Office Monday-Thursday, 9.15am-12.45pm.


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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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 July

This poem by the American Quaker John Greenleaf Whittier heralds the local commemorations of William Penn's death 300 years ago and is also an appropriate prayer both for those with many things to do before they go on holiday and those who are away enjoying the peace of water and hill. We usually sing it as a beautiful hymn, but the words deserve reflecting over, taking more time than is possible when used in that way

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways!
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard
Beside the Syrian sea
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow Thee.

O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee
The silence of eternity
Interpreted by love!

With that deep hush subduing all
Our words and works that drown
The tender whisper of Thy call,
As noiseless let Thy blessing fall
As fell Thy manna down.

Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.
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: July 9, 2018

 

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