Faith News (Including a centenary celebration)

St.Francis of Assisi Church, Hemel Hempstead is 100. Photographed with the servers are, from centre left, the Vicar Mike Macey, Bishop of Richborough Norman Banks and the Bishop of St.Albans Alan Smith

St.Francis of Assisi Church, Hemel Hempstead is 100. Photographed with the servers are, from centre left, the Vicar Mike Macey, Bishop of Richborough Norman Banks and the Bishop of St.Albans Alan Smith

The latest news from faith groups in your area.

Centenary for St Francis of Assisi

St Francis of Assisi, Hammerfield held its centenary celebration on Saturday.

The day, which marked 100 years of the Boxmoor church, featured Evensong and Benediction, and the Bishop of St Albans Alan Smith visited to preach.

The church was designed by Paul Waterhouse and built in the Italianate style in 1914 – the same year as the outbreak of the First World War which is also marked this year.

See St Bartholomew’s, Wigginton, in bloom

St Bartholomew’s Church in Wigginton is holding its Flower Festival over the summer bank holiday weekend, from August 23 to 25.

This year, it will reflect with the theme of “All God’s gifts”.

It is an event only held once every four years, and on the Saturday night there will be a musical concert with leading opera singer Julie Leyland performing.

The church will be open daily for viewing and refreshments are available throughout the period.

All monies raised will be used for the upkeep and maintenance of the church. Please contact Bobbie Clark on 01442 822119 for more details.

Get messy – and sporty – at All Saints, Berkhamsted

Sports days are in the air at the moment and will provide the theme for Messy church at All Saints Berkhamsted this Sunday at 4pm.

Lively crafts and activities will be followed by songs and stories and conclude by 6pm with a picnic meal.

Enjoy a holiday at home with St John’s, Boxmoor

The church is reminding those who wish to join the annual holiday at home scheme to please pick up a leaflet from the back of church.

Completed applications should be handed in to the Parish Office, where there is a letter box on the right hand side of the hall door.

The scheme provides a ‘mini-break in Boxmoor’ for those who may otherwise be unable to have a proper holiday. Last year 30 people took part in the four-day scheme, which includes a coach trip, cooked meals and daily activities, as well as newspaper and coffee time in the mornings and a film showing.

The church also whishes to thank all who attended the parish barbecue, to which more than 80 people showed up in the glorious sunshine.

Summer at St Benedict’s, Hemel Hempstead

St Benedict’s Church in Peascroft Road is holding a summer fayre this Saturday from 11am to 2pm.

There will be plenty of fun and games on offer as well as different kinds of stalls, tombolas and a raffle. Food will be served from the barbecue and a ‘Get Arty’ competition involving schools in the town will be judged by a local artist at 1pm.

For more information call 01442 243934.

Cake for church namesake at St Alban’s, Hemel Hempstead

St Alban’s Church in Hemel Hempstead celebrated the festival of its namesake with a summer fete and a very special kind of cake.

The event, held at the end of June, saw church goers and visitors enjoy stalls, games and lots of activities, as well as food and drink in honour of the church’s patron saint, Alban.

The fete was a great success featuring glorious sunshine, and was followed the next morning by a Holy Communion with the Bishop

of Hertford.

Prizes were then presented to the winners of the children’s painting competition, which was based on the life of St. Alban.

One of the parishioners had even made a cake in the shape of the Warners End church, which the Bishop cut.

Church spokesman Peter Jackson said on behalf of St Alban’s: “Thank you to all of you who came to our weekend celebration and we hope to see you again.”

Christian Viewpoint: 
How many drivers would claim to have never broken the speed limit? If we are honest we would all probably confess to having done more than 30 in a built up area or over 70 on the motorway. And we would try to give excuses to justify breaking the law. Looking at God’s laws and the teaching of Jesus we would have to admit that we have failed in many respects. We may even think that our ‘good deeds’ will balance out anything wrong we have done. Itdoesn’t really work like that. “He who is guilty of breaking one of God’s laws is guilty of breaking all.” And because God is holy and we are not, we may wonder what punishment we face. God is also loving and merciful and has provided a way by which our punishment has already been taken by another-Jesus, who died that we might be forgiven. He gave his life for us , but we must give our lives to him.

John Young, Wigginton




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