St Mary’s Church, Hemel Hempstead
Sunday 3rd December
Today we enrolled Amelia as a new chorister in the St Mary's Choir. She was welcomed by Canon John Williams at the Family Service on Advent Sunday.
Sunday 12th November
Remembrance Sunday Service 9:30am
For The Fallen
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.
Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
Sunday 5th Nov
3.00pm Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance
The Church was full on Sunday afternoon as people came to the church to remember their loved ones who recently passed away. It was a moving ceremony for many, who could remember their loved ones with others.
Sunday 29th Oct
Open Church 3:30pm for Hallowe'en
Made the National Press. Full page spread Article on Page 3 of the Sunday Observer
Some of the Carved Pumpkins
Many of the Halloween revelllers escaped from the noise of the High Street event and came down to the church for some peace and quiteness. There was a steady stream of visitors and their children. See all the photos of this on Facebook.
Lindsay gave out leaflet after leaflet advertising our Christmas Services. The refreshments stall, was working all the time providing a chat and a rest for the weary.
Thanks to all who took part and helped.
The children escaped and enjoyed some time colouring in away from all the noise.
Sunday 8th Oct
Dates for services up to Christmas announced See new Events
New Sound System get its first run through
The new sound system made its debut. The choir reported that they could hear the first service in living memory including picking up the tinest rustle of paper. The congregation did not fare quite so well. Some parts of the church away from the pillars heard the sound clearly whilst at the back where the majority of the congregation sit some of the members still didn't find the sound much better than the old system. Over the next few weeks the system will be tweaked to try and improve the sound quality as well as installing a microphone in the choir so the congregation can hear the choir.