Notices @ St Marys Church

Announcement – Hemel Hempstead Team Ministry We are pleased to announce that the Revd Rickey Simpson-Gray, Assistant Curate in the Hemel Hempstead Team Ministry, has been appointed Associate Minister. Rickey will be licensed in this role by the Archdeacon of St Albans, the Ven Jonathan Smith, on Monday November 20th at 7.30pm at St Mary’s. Please do come along to support Rickey and his family.

Intincture As we enter the season of colds and ‘flu would those who prefer to dip the wafer into the wine at Communion please ensure their fingers do not come into contact with the wine or chalice. More info from the Clergy.

Parish bible study group The next meeting will be on Wednesday 4 October at 3.00pm.

Thanksgiving for Marriage There will be a service of Thanksgiving for Marriage for Gordon and Rosina Gaddes at St Paul’s on Sunday 15th Oct at 11.00am followed by refreshments in the Parish Room. All are invited.

Christmas Fair Traditionally known as the ‘Bazaar’ and re-launched as the ‘Fair’ this will be at St Paul’s on Saturday 25 November, 10am to 12.30. Especially we need volunteers to man stalls and generally help out on the day and beforehand setting up. We also need donations for the Parish Hamper, and the following stalls: Wine and Chocolate Tombola, Grand Draw, cakes, marmalades and pickles, home made sweets and toiletries. A full list of requirements will be circulated. Please contact Rosina Gaddes asap if you can offer to help, including the sale of the Grand Draw tickets, which will be available shortly.

Confirmation The Bishop of Hertford will be confirming six candidates from our deanery, including our own Marie Evans, at St Paul's this Wednesday (18th October) at 7.30pm. Please keep Marie and the other candidates in your prayers and come along to support them and celebrate St Luke's Day on Wednesday, all welcome.

PCC Awayday The PCC are meeting to draw up the new Mission Action Plan for the parish on Saturday 28th October. Unlike previous years this is not a general quiet day open to all but a working day for PCC members. Please pray for this meeting.

Visit from Bishop Michael
First steps in making new disciples
Jesus commissioned those who follow him to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19). Yet for many of us we wonder how to follow Jesus’ words. How can we make disciples in ways which are practical, authentic and respectful of those we encounter? On 31st October, Bishop Michael will be joining members of churches in Hemel Hempstead to think about this more. Everyone is warmly invited to an evening of teaching, discussion, conversation and the sharing of experiences. The evening will take place at Holy Trinity Church, Bedmond Rd, Leverstock Green, HP3 8LJ, starting at 7.30pm and refreshments will be provided.

Open Church for High St Halloween Sun 29th October - we do need more pumpkins - see the separate notice.

Christmas Fair Traditionally known as the ‘Bazaar’ and re-launched as the ‘Fair’ this will be at St Paul’s on Saturday 25 November, 10am to 12.30. Especially we need volunteers to man stalls and generally help out on the day and beforehand setting up. We also need donations for the Parish Hamper, and the following stalls: Wine and Chocolate Tombola, Grand Draw, cakes, marmalades and pickles, home made sweets and toiletries. A full list of requirements is available. Please contact Rosina asap if you can offer to help, including the sale of the Grand Draw tickets, which will be available shortly.

Stewardship campaign results Many thanks to all the people who have responded to this year’s stewardship campaign, and especially so those who have increased their giving. This has resulted in a small net increase of £378. I would also like to thank everybody who made one-off pledges, mainly for specific items. For those of you who perhaps have put the forms to one side, and forgotten them, it doesn't matter, you can change your giving at any time, just let me know, you don’t need a form! Brian Crawley Stewardship Secretary.

100 Club The September winner was Val Beller (46) and October, Maureen Stacey (69)

The Ecclesiastical Parish of St Mary and St Paul, Hemel Hempstead, Reg. Charity 1130644