Category Archives: The 3 Churches Benefice

Traditional Evensong at St James’s Church

In place of the scheduled 8.45am BCP Communion, a special service will be held in the evening. The details are as follows:

Traditional Evensong to honour the life and service of our late Queen Elizabeth II

Sunday 18th September

6pm at St James’s Church, Roydon Road

A scratch choir (a group who rehearse and perform, all in one day) will perform. If you would like to join, rehearsals start at 5pm prompt. For a music list, please email admin@3churches.net.

The 3 Churches Benefice: churches open **UPDATED**

Over the next few days, our churches will be open for quiet prayer and reflection as we mourn the death of our late Queen Elizabeth II.

St John the Baptist, Great Amwell:
Saturday 10th, 10am to 4pm
Sunday 11th, 10am to 4pm

St Mary the Virgin, St Margarets:
Saturday 10th, 10–11.30am and 2–4pm
Sunday 11th, 10–11.30am.

St Andrew’s, Stanstead Abbotts:
Saturday 10th, 10am to 4pm
Sunday 11th, 10am to 4pm

**UPDATE**

St Andrew’s Church will be OPEN as a place of quiet reflection from 10am to 4pm on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September. A book of condolences is available to sign.

Services remembering our late Queen Elizabeth II are happening on Sunday 18th:
9am at St John the Baptist, Great Amwell
10.30am at St Andrew’s, Stanstead Abbotts
10.30am at St Mary’s Church, St Margarets
6pm at St James’s Church, Stanstead Abbotts

Service of Prayer and Reflection remembering her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

A Service of Prayer and Reflection remembering her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be held at St Andrew’s Church, Cappell Lane, Stanstead Abbotts at 9.30am this morning (Friday 9th Sept.). This service of remembrance and reflection will also be streamed from the church using Zoom, click JOIN ONLINE to view (select Launch Meeting and it will connect).

Update from The 3 Churches Benefice

Since June, a new rota of services has been in place for The 3 Churches Benefice of Great Amwell with St Margarets and Stanstead Abbots. Details are as follows:

June also saw the start of some important new groups and regular meetings.

NEW REGULAR MEETINGS

Monday Coffee Morning
A weekly coffee morning for those who have arrived from Ukraine and their hosts. Meeting every Monday at 10.15am for 1hr 30m at The Wilshere Hall, St Andrew’s Church (on Cappell Lane).

Community Hub Drop-in
Are you struggling financially?
Are you worried about how you are coping?
Do you just need someone to listen and point you in the right direction?

Come and have a cuppa with us and we’ll see how we can help. Meeting 10.30am every Wednesday at St Mary’s Church, St Margarets (on Hoddesdon Road).

UPCOMING EVENT

Outdoor Service – 31st July
On 31st July, The 3 Churches Benefice will be holding an outdoor service at The Glebe Field (behind the Parish Hall), Great Amwell. Starting from 10.30am, the service will be followed by a summer picnic. Please do come along and join us – all are welcome!

If you would like to learn more about what is going on within our local churches, please visit the website (www.3churches.net) or go to the A Church Near You page (from the Benefice landing page you can click on a specific church).

If you have any questions or would like to be in touch, please email vicar@3churches.net or admin@3churches.net.

Great Amwell Village Stocks

The previous stocks in the St John the Baptist’s Churchyard had deteriorated and the specialist advice was to replace them. Great Amwell Parish Council have employed the local building firm, Between Time, and the stocks have just been put in place.

The children from St John the Baptist School had a first look in, as the carpenters were installing them just as the school visited church for their Pentecost Service. There were some very wide eyes as the children walked past and they were beautifully behaved in church! As they always are… nothing to do with the stocks, I’m sure!

Rev’d Dr Sarah Forrest
Priest in Charge, The 3 Churches Benefice

Great Amwell Beacon Event: a fantastic evening!

On Thursday 2nd June residents of Great Amwell were able to meet on the Vicar’s Field (with the kind permission of St. John the Baptist School) and enjoy the sunshine and some fun together before the Platinum Jubilee beacon lighting at 9:45, to coincide with all other beacons across the Commonwealth.  Some lively games of rounders were played, children and adults had their faces painted and the souvenir mugs were handed out to provide a memento of what was truly a unique event, all to a well-judged soundtrack of music that easily overcame the neighbouring music festival.

Image courtesy of William Brown

The beacon was lit by Tom Foy as Chair of Great Amwell Parish Council and was spectacular. Indeed, someone called the fire brigade who were obliged to attend; although on a night of national beacon-lighting, this was probably not the only place that this happened. Hopefully, the young who came will look back in years to come and be able to say, ‘I remember the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee’.

Image courtesy of William Brown

The event was organised by Suzie Nichol and supported by East Herts District Council, Great Amwell Parish Council, St. John the Baptist Church and Parish Hall, the Amwell Society, and generous private donations.

Community Hub Drop-in *Starts 8th June*

Are you struggling financially?
Are you worried about how you are coping?
Do you just need someone to listen and point you in the right direction?

Come and have a cuppa with us at the new Community Hub Drop-in at St Mary’s Church, St Margarets and we’ll see how we can help.

** STARTS 8TH JUNE **

Meeting weekly every Wednesday at 10.30 to 11.30am.

See attached Poster for more details…

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.

FOLLOWED BY…

‘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.

[SEE POSTER BELOW]

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

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