More recent news first
Sadly, after a long illness, Margaret Goode died at home on Easter Sunday, 21 April. Our love, prayers and sympathy are with her husband Peter and all her family. Margaret's funeral will be at St Mary's at 2.30 pm on Thursday 9 May. This will be followed by a private cremation at West Hertfordshire Crematorium. Refreshments will be served in the church hall after the funeral service.
Sunday 28 April 2019
Election of Churchwardens and our
APCM = Annual Parochial Church Meeting - St Mary's AGM, so to speak
Draft copies of the Minutes will be available on the main Notice Board later in May - do look at them.
Those elected at the Meetings were:
Churchwardens to May 2020 Andrea Bootle and Chris Bromley
Deanery Synod Reps Lesley Eames and David Herman (they will serve until the end of May 2020)
PCC Members to APCM 2022 Kelly Galpin and Edith Okecha
There is a full list of PCC Members on the Notice Board in the Entrance Hall.
Garden of RemembRancE
The PCC has for some time been considering the creation of a Garden of Remembrance in the Quiet Garden area (which will be extended). This would offer to members of the congregation and to those resident within the parish, a dedicated place for the burial of ashes. We have had initial discussions with the Diocesan Advisory Committee which were very informative and helpful. At the moment we do not have funds available to create such a garden but we asked members of the congregation whether or not they would support exploring the possibility of such a garden. After four weeks, the decision was yes (by almost exactly two to one) so the PCC will now work on putting together a proposal with costs for consideration.
MAKE ST MARY'S COUNT EVENTS
These are intended to be both fun and fund-raising. Thank you to everyone who came to either or both of the two events so far this year:
Fish 'n' Chips Supper 12 April 2019
Ticket sales together with the Raffle
raised £470 for St Mary's and the charities we support
Soup Lunch Saturday 26 January 2019
Donations on the day together with the Raffle
raised £385 for St Mary's and the charities we support
EVENTS IN 2018
ADVENT ACTIVITIES AFTERNOON
This began with a short Advent service after which a variety of art and craft activities were available - something for all ages and, of course, refreshments! Click here to see a few photos
CHRISTMAS FAIR - St Mary's would like to thank everyone who supported our recent Christmas Fair in any way. The Fair was very successful both as a social occasion as well as a fund-raising event. It raised over £3,000 for St Mary's and the charities we support. To see some of the photos of the Christmas Fair click Christmas Fair
HARVEST LUNCH October 2018 This was a very successful social event which also raised just over £400 for the Church. It was organised by the Make St Mary's Count Team. For a few photos of the event click Harvest Lunch
PATRONAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATION - Our Patronal Festival was actually on 8 September, traditional birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary but this year we marked it on Sunday 9 September.)
We were delighted that on Sunday 9 September, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, the Bishop of St Albans, was celebrant and preacher at our Parish Communion. We also shared the joy of one child being baptised, two adults being confirmed and three youngsters being admitted to Holy Communion during the Service. For a few photos of the day - click Patronal Festival