Category Archives: The 3 Churches Benefice

Rogation Day Service and ‘Beating the Bounds’ Walk on Sunday 22nd May 2022

Service at St James’s Church

Join us for the Annual Rogation Day Service at St James’s Church, Roydon Road, Stanstead Abbotts, on 22nd May 2022 at 10.30am.

All are welcome to this service thanking God for the land and praying for a blessing for the harvest.

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‘Beating the Bounds’ Countryside Walk

The ‘beating the bounds’ walk, which was traditionally an opportunity to re-establish the Parish boundaries, is a fantastic opportunity to explore the extreme edges of your Parish on foot.

Maps and instructions will be available at about 11.30am, after the service at St James’s Church.

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The 3 Churches Foodbank Hub *UPDATE*

We have had another request for help from The 3 Churches Foodbank Hub.

They are in need of the following:

  • Custard
  • Mashed potato pots
  • Jam
  • Tins of rice
  • Small jars of coffee
  • Children sweets
  • Juice
  • Marmite
  • Marmalade
  • Chocolate spread
  • Honey
  • Shampoo
  • Nappies
  • Toiletries

 [Please ensure all food items are sealed and in date. Thank you]

Donations can be made to Sue at 8 Millers Lane or contact The 3 Churches Foodbank Hub (07487 350918). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

The 3 Churches Foodbank Hub
A local Hub of the Hertford & Ware Foodbank based at St Margarets’ Parish Church

Urgent request for help from The 3 Churches Foodbank Hub

We have had two requests for help come through from The 3 Churches Foodbank Hub.

First, an urgent plea for the following:

  • Baby clothes (6–12months)
  • Curtains
  • Wardrobes
  • Baby bouncer

Secondly, if anyone is able to donate the following (some of these items will be used to provide supplies for Ukraine and its refugees):

  • Jam
  • Marmalade
  • Honey
  • Chocolate spread
  • Tins of spaghetti
  • Cooking sauces
  • Small jars of coffee
  • Toiletries (of any kind, male or female)
  • Sanitary items
  • Nappies

[Please ensure all food items are sealed and in date. Thank you]

Donations can be made to Sue at 8 Millers Lane or contact The 3 Churches Foodbank Hub (07487 350918). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

The 3 Churches Foodbank Hub
A local Hub of the Hertford & Ware Foodbank based at St Margarets’ Parish Church

National Day of Reflection: Wednesday 23rd March

The 3 Churches Benefice is supporting the National Day of Reflection on 23 March, the first anniversary of the UK lockdown, to commemorate this tragic loss of life and to stand together with everyone who’s grieving.

Organised by Marie Curie, the National Day of Reflection looks to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.

Join us at St Mary the Virgin, St Margarets for a Midday Service of Reflection. It will be a short service of prayer, music and reflection.

Everyone welcome!

Rev’d Dr Sarah Forrest

For more information about services and events running across The 3 Churches Benefice, visit our benefice page.

Christmas with The 3 Churches Benefice

We were able to celebrate the birth of Christ with some outside events, alongside our online services, which were enjoyed by members of our regular congregation and lots of newcomers that we swept along with us!

Christmas Carols, which we held on Sunday 19th December, outside The Red Lion was a great event with over 50 of us singing along to favourite carols. It was very festive and a wonderful way to get together in the lead up to Christmas. We had a lot of fun!

Christmas Carols outside The Red Lion, Stanstead Abbotts

We held The Christmas Journey on Christmas Eve. We met at St Margarets Station, with many in attendance dressed as shepherds and angels. We then walked to St Andrew’s Church, along the high street, as we reimagined the Christmas Journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Unfortunately, there was no room at any inn where we stopped to sing carols and hear the Bible readings! By the time we reached the ‘stable’ at St Andrew’s we had swelled in number. It was a really fantastic event with lots of children getting involved and, of course, big thanks to our inn keepers and their patrons for joining in so enthusiastically.

Thanks to all who helped organise these events and all those who joined us in person.

For more information about The 3 Churches Benefice, visit our website: http://www.3churches.net/ .

Rev’d Dr Sarah Forrest, Priest in Charge

Advent Carols by Candlelight – St James’s Church 

Written by Anne Sauston: 

Sunday 28th November at 4 p.m.

Make a start to the Christmas season by attending this service, held in St James’s Church – the old village church between Stanstead Abbotts and Roydon.

The atmosphere of this beautiful church, lit simply by candles, helps to remind you of the wonder of the Advent season and the coming of the celebration of the birth of Christ. We sing Advent Carols, such as “Oh come, oh come Emmanuel” rather then Christmas Carols, which makes it even more special. We are happy that the Priory Choir from Royston will be with us to help with the singing, and everyone is welcome to stay for tea and mince pies afterwards.

There are no lights around the church, so wear warm clothing, sensible shoes – and bring a torch!