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.


Planning is starting for this year's Christmas Experience

Christmas Experience 2017

Following the success of the last two years, we will be reprising the Christmas Experience from 11 December until Epiphany (6 January). There will be a planning workshop on Saturday 23 September at 4.00pm in church to get the ball rolling for this year. If you'd like to be involved or have ideas you'd like to contribute, please come along.

Kasia Todd is already taking bookings from groups. Please get in touch with her for more details: 07801 049687.


The Gramble - 24 September

The Gramble: Sunday 24 September

Our annual outing for parishioners who do not manage to go out very much. This year we will be going to St John the Baptist church in Little Missenden for tea. Please tell Anne Kay (773470) or Karen in the Church Office if you would like to come. New drivers also needed!



EPCM on Sunday 15 October

Extraordinary Parochial Church Meeting: 11.30am on Sunday 15 October

We are seeking to expand the membership of the UCC so that we can gain new insights and wisdom, as well as share responsibility and knowledge across a broader spread of the congregation. On the agenda:

1. Election of Deanery Synod members (3 places)

2. Election of Parochial Church Council members (7 places)

Please consider serving your church and contributing to its future.


Come and discover more about Christianity in a low-key way at our START course

The START course runs over six sessions from Tuesday 10 October. We will meet at 7.45pm at The Vicarage and explore together what it means to be a Christian and how to get STARTed, or even reSTARTed. Just call the Church Office to let us know if you are interested in coming along. It will be lovely to see you


We're filling shoe boxes for the Blythswood Appeal

Christmas shoes boxes for the Blythswood appeal

We're asking people to donate shoe boxes containing a range of goodies which will be sent to the poorest families in Serbia and Ukraine: gifts from strangers who care are the only Christmas presents the recipients will ever have. For more details, speak to Heather Pearce or Sally Morgan. There's more information about the appeal in the October issue of LINK.


Receiving Holy Communion before Confirmation

Receiving Holy Communion before Confirmation

Any child who will have reached the age of seven by 3 December, and who wishes to attend preparation sessions in order to learn about receiving Holy Communion, is invited to speak to Deborah. Sessions will take place at the Vicarage at 4.00pm on Saturdays 4, 11, 18, 25 November and 2 December.


Your choir needs YOU!

Your choir needs YOU!

Membership of our choir is decreasing and it would be a huge loss to St Mary's if we no longer have a choir to lead our music.

Our Choir Director, Andrew Sykes, has written an article in the September issue of LINK in which he appeals to people to consider joining the choir.

Knowledge of musical theory is not a barrier to new members and younger people are particularly encouraged to come along to add new blood and energy to the group.

If you'd like to extend your vocal talents from the bath to the church, please speak with Andrew (07943 601717 or 07519 318049).


Exploring mindfulness - taster workshop on 21 October
Our annual Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance of the Departed will take place on Saturday 4 November at 2.00pm

Remembrance services this November


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
  • Help with our young people's group, X Team
  • Arrange flowers
  • Clean the church
  • Serve on the Sunday 10.00 coffee rota
  • Become a leader of our Children's Church or help with J Club at St Mary's School
  • Become a bellringer
  • 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.


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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Understanding Holy Communion

This Is My Body: How to speak of the gift we share

The Deanery Mission Action Plan has brought with it a host of initiatives, one of which is to explore ways of developing ecumenical links across the churches in our Deanery. The first event will be an evening to explore together the different understandings of Holy Communion with speakers from a variety of denominations, and time to reflect with other attendees.
It will take place on Wednesday 4 October, 7.15—9.15pm (venue to be confirmed)


1517 and all that - one-day conference on 28 October 2017

1517 and all that ... The relevance of the Reformation today

A day conference run in partnership with the Newman Association and St Albans Cathedral Study Centre on Saturday 28 October 2017 from 10.30am-3.30pm.

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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 September
Heavenly Father, we give thanks for the long days of Summer, for its opportunities to visit families and friends and enjoy outings and holidays, for its abundance of vegetables, fruit and flowers and for the grain ripening in the fields.
We pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as the onset of Autumn brings change. For some it brings new schools, university or starting work and decisions to make; for most it brings a return to routines of work and leisure, but none of us know what changes lie ahead in our personal lives, locally, nationally or in an uncertain world. We hold in our prayers those whose lives are far more precarious than ours and who suffer greater persecution or hardship of various kinds. Help us to live with courage, generosity and thankfulness, free to make a fresh start each new day through the sacrifice of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen
A prayer for October
Let us give thanks for the vibrancy of autumn; for dramatic skies, bracing winds, and rain to replenish streams, rivers and lakes. And let us also give thanks for the bounty of earth and sea and remember all those who make our daily food available: the farmers and fishermen, factory workers who process and package it, those who transport it by air, sea and land and the retailers. Bless our work and all that we produce.
Let us remember the people of the Philippines whom we are helping through the Bishop's Appeal and all those in other parts of the world struggling to provide food for their families, those whose crops have been ruined by storms, floods or hostilities and refugees dependent on outside help. Help them to rebuild their lives, and help peoples throughout the world to show generosity to those in need. 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 20, 2017

 

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