Welcome to St Mary’s Church, Watford

 

Welcome to St Mary’s church, a friendly Anglican community on Watford High Street. We are located in the heart of Watford, where the church has been the spiritual centre of the town for 800 years.

 

We have a vacancy for an:

Administrator – WD18 (Watford town centre)

This is a vital role for the effective working of the Watford Town Centre Chaplaincy (WTCC). Based at the Chaplaincy offices (St Mary’s Church), the Administrator is responsible for devising, implementing and maintaining office systems and in particular managing the finances to support the work of the Chaplaincy.    The post will be combined with that of Joint Office Manager for St Mary’s Church. 

£20 000 p.a. paid pro rata (0.75 FTE) including 20 hours per week for WTCC and a further 10 hours per week for St Mary’s Church.  Initially a one year appointment – this will be reviewed by the Trustees as the work of WTCC develops.  The descriptions of each part of the job are available here and here. To apply, please email a covering letter and your CV to office@watfordtcc.org before 12noon on Tuesday 4th June 2019.  Interviews will be held on Monday 17th June 2019.   If you have any questions, please email office@watfordtcc.org

 

 

The Church Re-Opened on Sunday 7th April 2019!

 

Rededication Service: Wednesday evening, June 26th 2019. The Bishop of St. Albans will lead a service rededicating the newly refurbished church.

 

Our Refurbished Church

Because of the refurbishment works, we had not been able to worship in the church building since January 2018. But the works were completed on 29th March and the first service in the church was a celebration of Holy Communion on the morning of Sunday 7th April 2019.

This was the first major change to the interior of the church for 170 years. We now have an open, flexible space which can be used for many different forms of worship and will be a new venue for community events. We very much hope that, for example, music, dance and drama groups will wish to take advantage of the church’s excellent acoustics.

The changes have included:

* Removing the fixed pews in the nave

* Taking up the floor, installing an under-floor heating system, and laying a new stone floor

* Installing a flexible, highly efficient lighting system based on modern

* Installation of glazed screens at the ends of the nave

* Enhancing the audio-visual facilities and providing wi-fi throughout the building

* Enlarging the dais and creating in the Chancel a space suited to smaller services and providing more room for musicians and other performers

* Unifying the floor levels at the east end and so ensuring that all parts of the church are accessible for people with limited mobility

* Provision of refreshment facilities at the west end

* Complete redecoration.

The ‘new’ church will be fully suited to the needs and opportunities of the 21st century. It will serve the congregation of St Mary’s and the people of Watford for many years – perhaps even for 170 years.

These improvements will have cost around £1m, which has been raised through the generosity of past and present church members, grants from foundations and charities, and the sale of a house owned by the church. We give thanks to God for the way in which he has enabled this money to be provided.

Why not come and see the new church for yourself?

 

Services

 

1st Sunday in the month  

Morning Worship & Holy Communion @ 10:30am  

Evening Worship @ 6:30pm  

 

2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays in the month  

Morning Worship @ 10:30am  

Evening Worship @ 6:30pm  

 

3rd Sunday in the month  

All Age Worship @ 10:30am  

Evening Worship & Holy Communion @ 6:30pm  

 

Every Wednesday: Holy Communion @ 12:30pm   
 

 

Weekly Gatherings

 

Every Monday: 3.45 to 5pm: Kids Connect – Children & Parents Craft Club  

(Contact Cath da Costa for more details: 07961 564385)  

 

Every Tuesday: 9.30 to 11.30am: Centre Club – The St Mary’s Toddler Group  

(Contact Cath da Costa for more details: 07961 564385)  

 

Every Thursday: 5.30 – 7pm: Bravers – for children aged 8 – 13  

Fun, Games & Science Experiments!  

(Contact Cath da Costa for more details: 07961 564385)  

 

Every Friday: 9.45 to Mid-day: Morning Coffee  

 

Every Saturday: 10.00 to Mid-day: Morning Coffee  

 

All events in St Mary’s Church Centre  

 

Upcoming Concerts

Face2Face: Saturday 1st June 2019 (click the image below for more details)

Tuesday 4th June 2019, 1pm: lunchtime performance by the Purcell School.

Sunday 16th June 2019, 7pm for 7.30pm: Rob Halligan, “We All Write The Songs”

(click the image below for more details)

 

 

 

Summer In The Square 2019

Saturday 29th June: Stefan Smart will perform Mark’s Gospel.

Saturday 20th July: Tough Talk will perform their weightlifting presentation with testimonies. 

Saturday 31st August: Steve Legg will perform magic and comedy with a gospel flavour.

All events take place at 2.30pm in St Mary’s Square.

 

A little bit about us ………. 

St Mary’s is home to a vibrant group of ordinary people who are discovering that Jesus Christ is relevant to the lives of adults and children in the 21st century.

Our vision is to be a growing church in the heart of Watford that:

– shares the Christian message of God’s love and our salvation through Jesus Christ with the people of Watford and beyond;

– models the love, forgiveness and reconciliation that is exemplified through Jesus’ death on the cross;

– is welcoming to everyone, regardless of their status, wealth, gender, race, sexuality or religion

– provides a focus for public Christian worship.

Whether you are just browsing or looking for something specific, we hope you will find our website useful. Here you can find out more about St Mary’s, what we believe, and opportunities for getting involved in our church family life. You can find out about our Sunday services, you can also download previous talks, see what events we have coming up, and discover more about the missions we support. If you want to know more about the church and the people of St Mary’s, please contact us.