St Mary's Church, Marshalswick

St Mary's is an Open Church - Open to God, Open to You

Sunday 20 December  Fourth Sunday of ADVENT 

St Mary's is in vacancy as Fr Grant Holmes retired in October 2020. The process of finding a new Vicar has started but it will take time.  We are very grateful to members of the clergy who have offered to help with services during the vacancy.  

We are delighted to have the Rt Revd Dr Michael Beasley, Bishop of Hertford, with us to preside and preach at the 9.00am and 10.30am services in church.  Bishop Michael will confirm Michael Attree during the 10.30am Service/

Today  is the last of a series of five sermons about Advent - Christ the King and Introduction to Advent (22 November) ) plus the theme for each week of Advent as it comes - Patriarchs (Paul Wiggins), Prophets (Richard Watson), John the Baptist (Ruth Goatly) and Mary (Bishop Michael).  See the Advent Sermons page for videos of the sermons.

Click here for this week's Pewsheet which contains the collect and readings for the service, notices and the parish prayer list.

Get the service book as a pdf here   Service booklet 

Video (unedited) of the 9.00 am service at St Mary's  (available from 10.30 am)

Watch from the viewer below or Watch on YouTube

APPEAL FOR HELP - St Mary's Church, along with many churches, charities, businesses and people, is struggling financially in this COVID-19 period. We still have nearly all our outgoings but have lost some of our sources of income; for example, we cannot hire out our hall or use it for our own fundraising events. We realise that this is a tough time for many, but if you could make a donation, it would be very much appreciated.   Just click here to go to our giving page. 

  St Albans Cathedral - from 11.15am

 Church of England - from 9.00am

Choral Eucharist for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Introduced by Rev Kate Bottley, this service for the Fourth Sunday of Advent is in partnership with Marie Curie. This online service pays tribute to those suffering from illness, bereavement and mental health setbacks.

 Order of Service 

Order of Service

 Use video player below or Watch on YouTube

 Use video player below or Watch on YouTube

Link to Cathedral website

 There is also a link  to this and other services from the Church of England media webpage 


Check out the Diocesan website for other material

For links to other local churches and sources for services go to Other Ways to Worship

For the full text of today's Morning, Evening and Night Prayer plus Prayer during the Day go to Daily Prayer  on the Church of England website (scroll down that page).