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West End Project 'Christmas Draw'

At St Etheldreda's we are raising money for our 'West End Project'. We are planning to redevelop the West End area of the church with toilets and kitchen facilities along with meeting areas and a new choir vestry. So exciting! As part of this St Eths are having a Grand Prize Draw. Tickets are £2 each or £10 a book. Fantastic prizes include: 3 days in Paris, New Years Eve in a London Hotel, a weeks in a holiday cottage in Ireland, tickets for Buckingham Palace tour, and many, many more!

Please help us sell as many tickets as possible. Contact us for more information or pop into church!

Concert at St Etheldreda's - November 10th 2018 - 5pm

Words and Music for Armistice

Poems, songs and readings to be followed by Faure's Requiem.

Your can find out more details and purchase tickets HERE.

Concert at St Etheldreda's - September 9th 2018 - 7.30pm

Vaughan Williams, Hayden & Beethoven

Featuring Hatfield Chamber Orchestra performing Hayden's Symphony No. 99, Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 and Gabrielle Lester playing Vaughan Williams'  The Lark Ascending.

Your can find out more details and purchase tickets HERE.

Tour of St Etheldreda's - Saturday 4th August 2018

This morning at St Etheldreda's over 40 people were treated to an amazing tour & talk given by our churchwarden Malcolm Caie. Malcolm's knowledge is staggering not just of the church but of local history, Kings and Queens, estates & families. He gave such a personal touching talk as though he knew the people personally. It highlighted how many famous important people have been in our church over the centuries and still come. It also highlighted how many people have worshipped, prayed and visited our church each leaving an imprint. After the tour we then had a lovely picnic in the churchyard which was lovely and gave us time to chat to one another and to Malcolm. If you missed it this time Malcolm plans to do more of these tours throughout the year. Or come along to a service or be lucky enough to find him pottering around in the church or on welcoming duty and ask him more.#

You can see pictures from the tour and picnic HERE.

Hatfield 1914-1919 Exhibition

For details of the Exhibition running from 11th July to 31st August click HERE.

Pray as you Go

Many of us want to pray regularly but don't know where to start, find it hard to do so, or don't know when to fit it in to our busy daily lives.

Pray as you go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc.

Some of us have been trying this out as an App and have found it really helpful - why not give it a go - you can find more details by clicking on the picture below:

Letter to the Parish from Alison Churchouse, Deputy Church Warden

Holy Land Pilgrimage in June 2018

On the 4th June, twenty one Pilgrims set off for a ten day tour of the Holy Land led by Father Darren Collins and accompanied by The Venerable Jonathan Smith. The Pilgrimage consisted of six nights based in Jerusalem and three nights near Tiberius on the edge of the Sea of Galilee.

Any previous concerns about spending ten days with a group of people not well known to each other, soon disappeared. We were accompanied by a local guide, Dawud (David) at all times - an extremely knowledgeable Coptic Orthodox Christian with strong opinions.

The trip was jam packed with visits to Holy sites connected to Jesus' life and ministry, as well as activities and experiences related to the areas we travelled through. Jerusalem, built on a series of hills - great for getting your step count up for the day—is a busy and vibrant town and even more so during our stay as it coincided with the last week of Ramadan. Cannons mark the end of fasting at about 7.50pm and the start of fasting at about 3.45am giving us all an early morning alarm call.

Of course, today, the Holy Land does not look as it would have done during Jesus' time. Israel has lived through a number of different empires including Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Crusader, Mamluk, Ottoman and British Empires as well as enduring the odd earth-quake here and there. Sites marking Jesus' original life and ministry, are now celebrated in more modern places of worship, although excavated remains can often be seen inside.

Highlights of the trip for me included: the spontaneous singing of a group of young people in the Church of the Resurrection at Abu Ghosh; Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Centre; reading Psalm 88 in the dungeon at the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu; bearing up in the 450 heat at Masada in the Judaean Desert; floating in the Dead Sea; listening to the Roman Catholic service in the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth and finding our special stones to take home from the edge of the sea of Galilee at Mensa Christi. However, the most remarkable highlight for me was the fellowship with my Pilgrim friends—finding out each other’s stories and journeys of faith and most of all, laughing. We spent a lot of time laughing!

We had six services of worship during our stay which were all incredibly special in their own way. They included following the Via Dolorosa with readings at each Station of the Cross, renewing our baptismal vows on the banks of the River Jordan (again in 450 heat!), celebrating Holy Communion on the edge of the Sea of Galilee at Tabgha and stumbling through the Holy Communion Service at St George's Cathedral conducted in both Arabic and English at the same time.

What did I bring home from this Pilgrimage? I think this will develop over time and with reflection as there is still a lot to process. What I do know is that I still have a smile on my face and some amazing memories and I am fairly sure that one day I will visit the Holy Land again.

You can view pictures from the Pilgrimage HERE.

St Luke’s May Fair

19th May provided a lovely warm up to the Royal Wedding on that day. Offering a warm Christian welcome to all who passed by, or came to see what we were doing, it was a happy and fun time. £600+ was raised towards St Luke’s upkeep.  Thank you to everyone for their support and good will.

You can see pictures from the May Fair HERE.

Thy Kingdom Come

10th to 20th May 2018

Between 10th - 20th May, communities and churches around the world are gathering together to pray that their friends, families and neighbours come to know Jesus Christ. Prayer events of all shapes and sizes will take place across the 10 days, including 24-7 prayer rooms, prayer days, prayer walks and half nights of prayer. Cathedrals, churches and other venues will host Beacon Events, gathering people across towns and cities to worship and to pray for the empowering of the Holy Spirit for effective witness.

For more details visit:Thy Kingdom Come

Our events will be:

Thursday 10th May 7:30pm Ascension Service - St John’s Church, Lemsford AL8 7TR

Friday 11th May 9am Morning Prayer - Costa, The Galleria AL10 0XR

Friday 11th May 6pm Prayer and a Pint - St Etheldreda’s Church then on to The Eight Bells AL9 5AN

Saturday 12th May 8:30am Thy Kingdom Come Breakfast - Harpsfield Hall, Weatherspoons AL10 9RQ

Monday 14th May 9am Morning Prayer and Breakfast - St Mary’s Church AL9 7TN

Tuesday 15th May 6pm Evening Prayer and Pizza - St Michael’s & All Angels Church AL10 0PS

Wednesday 16th May 10am Morning Prayer - St John’s Church, Lemsford AL8 7TR 10am Eucharist - St Etheldreda’s Church AL9 5AN

Wednesday 16th May 2pm - Team Worship - St Michael’s & All Angels Church AL10 0PS

Wednesday 16th May 5:30pm Contemporary Prayer and Pizza - University Chaplaincy Building AL10 9AB

Friday 18th May 6pm Prayer and a Pint - St John’s Church, Hilltop then on to The Harrier AL10 9BZ

Saturday 19th May 9.30am - 12.30pm Pentecost Fair - St Luke’s Church AL10 0EJ

Saturday 19th May 6:30pm Beacon Event - St Alban’s Abbey AL1 1BY

St Luke’s Annual May Fair

Saturday 19th May 9.30am to 12.30pm

Do you have a blank space in your diary?

No invitation to St George’s Chapel, Windsor for the nuptials of Prince Harry & Meghan Markel?

No ticket for a high-profile sporting fixture?

Whilst we can’t offer regal glamour or footballing thrills at our May Fair you will receive a warm welcome; a chance to buy homemade cakes, plants & books; to browse our stalls, or take your chances with our tombola, raffle & water into wine game.

All this and you can still get home and watch the regal/sporting event of choice in the comfort of your own home!

  • Perhaps you have suddenly discovered some charming but sadly unwanted gifts which you would like to re-home.
  • Perhaps a spring clean of your bookshelves has revealed a number of books which you don’t want to read again.
  • Maybe you have been dividing garden plants or have an excessive number of seedlings.

St Luke ’s would be very glad to receive any donations of these items for the May Fair. For more information contact the Church Office.

Friday 23rd March 2018

A Blessing and Remembrance service was held at Hatfield House today to open a Field of Remembrance, which is in place to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice. Rector Darren Collins and the Bishop of Hertford Michael Beasley conducted the service. Members of the Royal Navy, the Army, the RAF and the British Legion joined Lord and Lady Salisbury for this poignant occasion.

Over 200 children from six local schools joined the blessing, each planting a cross with a poppy affixed to it in the field. As shown in the accompanying photo the area has been established next to the North Front of Hatfield House, those who wish to join in an act of remembrance are invited to plant a cross in memory of a friend or family member, or to mark the Armistice more generally. The cost of a cross is £2.50 and the proceeds will be distributed between the Royal Navy, the Army, the RAF Benevolent Funds, and the British Legion.

The design of the field itself is a four petal poppy; the outline of each petal is a walkway to enable visitors to go amongst the crosses that are planted.

Like every part of the United Kingdom, Hatfield lost many sons during the Great War and many more suffered its effects for the rest of their lives. Five of Prime Minister Salisbury’s grandsons were killed and 140 from the town of Hatfield and from the Hatfield Estate also lost their lives. To mark the end of the War in 1918, a solemn parade was held on the North Front of Hatfield House.

The field will remain in place in Hatfield Park until mid-November.

You can see pictures from the event here.

Thursday 22nd March 2018

Tuesday 20th March 2018

Lady Salisbury kindly opened the Old Palace Banqueting Hall at Hatfield House to host a coffee morning in aid of St Etheldreda's and Breaks Manor Youth Centre. Over £2000 was raised, well beyond our expectations. Many thanks to Lady Salisbury and all who volunteered.

You can see pictures from the event here.

Sunday 18th March 2018

Dan Cruikshank visited our in church in Hatfield on today with a TV crew making a documentary about the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission which will be broadcast in November. The Cecil family from Hatfield House had lost three sons in the Great War and they are commemorated in the beautiful window in the picture. Their mother, Lady Florence Cecil, led fierce opposition to the CWGC, who insisted that the bodies of fallen soldiers could not be repatriated for burial, but she was unsuccessful.