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St Mary's Church, Hemel Hempstead, England

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  • Nurturing Faith
  • Sustaining the Human Spirit
  • Serving the Community

Christmas

Monday 25th December
Christmas

Thought for the week

And is it true? And is it true?
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window's hue
A Baby in an ox's stall?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me?

And is it true? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,
Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous tie so kindly meant,

No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single Truth compare -
That God was Man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine.
Verses from 'Christmas" by Sir John Betjeman


As a Christian community we have three main concerns.

We seek to be a company of people who are nurturing faith. This faith is rooted in the good news of God revealed in Jesus Christ and is expressed and strengthened in worship, in learning together and in fellowship. You will find details of our worship services and our home groups programme on other pages of this website.

We also set out to use our historic building as a resource for the whole community. It lends itself to cultural events, music, drama, exhibitions and is a fascinating visual aid for school pupils to use in pursuit of many aspects of the national curriculum. In all these ways we seek to play our part in sustaining the human spirit. Again, look through other pages for details of how you might be involved in these aspects of our life.

Believing that faith must lead to action, our third concern is to be serving the community. We do this in various ways. Members of St Mary’s through their own jobs and their social involvement are sharing in this service. The church community itself has a ministry among young families and vulnerable people and we are always looking for new ways of putting faith into action. Why not come and join us?
Why not join the choir or the bellringers?

 

Flowers by the Choir stalls for Christmas


Welcome to the website of St Mary’s Church, Hemel Hempstead. We are part of the wider church scene in the town, details of which can be found on the website of Churches Together in Hemel Hempstead http://www.hemelchurches.org.uk

St Mary’s Church stands at the heart of the Old Town of Hemel Hempstead, just off the High Street. Its tall and elegant spire makes it unmistakable. It has been a place of worship for over eight hundred and fifty years and provides a real focus as a centre of spirituality and history in a town most of whose history goes back barely fifty years.

An outsde view of St Mary's Church from the East End

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