Check out all the latest events happening in our churches on the events pages which includes details of Advent and Christmas Services and meetings.
From Ascension to Pentecost Thy Kingdom Come
10th - 20th May 2018
Thy Kingdom Come is an invitation to people of all denominations to join in prayer that people will come to know Jesus Christ. There is a website where you can 'Pledge2Pray' and excellent resources and ideas for prayer for individuals, families and church communities. There is a Beacon event at St Albans Cathedral on Saturday 19th May. The Cathedral will be open with prayer spaces and activities from 4.00 pm and the celebration service will begin at 6.30 pm. The Archbishop of Canterbury has asked to attend and he will be joined on the platform by The Revd Hayley Young, a Baptist Minister from Panshanger Green. Music for worship will be led by Soul Survivor.
STREET PASTOR DVD
Here is the new Street Pastor promotional DVD, that has been sent out to all the churches who are part of the CTHH network. We really would love to recruit more street pastors so we are able to patrol everyand evenings. We are therefore giving churches an opportunity to invite existing Street Pastors to attend services and share their experiences of being a SP, to encourage more people to apply for this amazing role.STREET PASTOR DVD
DENS have their Christmas high needs list. Please click on the link for further details. DENS Christmas High Needs List (or see Events page)
Methodist Church host The Mix
Sucking strawberry laces, threading string through sleeves, and stuffing balloons in giant, lacy knickers were some of the larks young people got up to at Youth Across Hemel’s The Mix held at Hemel Hempstead Methodist Church last weekend (31 October 2015).
This free event, brought young people together from different churches to mingle with peers and enjoy a magazine style programme of video, games, chat, hands-on activities and prayer. Sponsors and hosts, the Hemel Hempstead Methodist Church welcomed some 30 young people into their new church building in Northridge Way, feeding them with pizza, fizz and crisps.
Based on the theme “Our Story,” the aim was to relax with old friends, meet new ones and introduce young people to how God connects with us. This is the fourth time Youth Across Hemel has organised The Mix, encouraging young people and youth leaders to visit different churches across the town, have fun and inspire one another. Other hosts have included St George’s URC, South Hill Church and Adeyfield Free Church. Supporting churches also include the Catholic Churches, Sunrise Church and New Church Hemel.
Youth Across Hemel’s next get-together is a crackling, bonfire night at Phasel’s Wood Campfire Circle in Kings Langley on 5thNovember where they will be supplying hot chocolate, toasted marshmallows and sparklers . For more information contact Youth Across Hemel co-ordinator Lisa Dussek on 07952 113735.
Expressions 1Vision are running a creative arts summer school exploring the book of Ezekiel through games, art, drama, dance and music. Throughout the week the children will create something to perform on the friday. Sessions will take place 10-3 from 17th-21st august at South Hill Church. Cost is £35 for the week but finances can be discussed if this is a problem for anyone. There are two age groups for this event: 5-9s and 10+
Sunrise's FAMILY FUNDAY Double Bill at Adeyfield Park. It will take place on Saturday-25th & Sunday-26th July 2015. Full details on events page. Posted 7/7/15
WorldShapers Course starting in Sept 2015.
The WorldShapers course is a ten months course that is accredited at Masters level (Level 7) which combined with a few challenging internship placements would be a real booster in life. The internships could be in a hospital, a rehabilitation centre, a homeless shelter etc. It is a great course for graduates who are just out of University and are looking into further internships and training to boost their CV and job opportunities. It is a great course for pastors and ministers of the gospel who would like to take time out and reflect and study. It is also a great course for those professionals who would like to put their faith into action into their workplace and as the course is accredited at Masters level it would be great as a Continual Professional Development (CPD).
All the details of the course are on our website.
Volunteers needed - The Elms will be open from 20th May.
Each day we will have 3 sessions, each for one volunteer.
Session 1 7am to 10am. Putting out cereals, bread for toast etc and being there whilst everyone serves themselves breakfast
Session 2 12noon to 3pm help out with afternoon activities.
Session 3 6pm to 10.00pm. Serving dinner (cooked already) and chatting. You will need training - which we will provide- in food hygiene
The DENS Dacorum Foodbank is in vital need of funds to continue operating.
Last year, the DENS Dacorum Foodbank helped 3574 people in crisis with emergency food parcels. All this food was generously donated by our supporters, including at Harvest time and supermarket collections. However, in addition to food supplies, we also require cash funds to keep the service running and sadly there is more demand than ever before for our food parcels.
DENS Dacorum Foodbank have a couple of supermarket collections coming up.
For the Dens List please click here to see what is needed.
Want to get involved but not sure where or how? Churches Together are looking for people to be trustees. The role is not large and can be done in your own time. The trustees are a small group of Christians committed to churches working together for God's purpose. It would be great to welcome you aboard!
Or if you are more interested in God's love in action on the streets of Hemel then the Street Pastors Management Team are looking for someone to join them. You do not need to be a street pastor to do this - just a heart for meeting people where they are and showing God's love.
For more information please see our Vacancies page.
PRAY HEMEL 2015
January 3rd Gideon’s at Adeyfield Free Church.
February 7th Prayer Walk at the Denes.
March 7th Hemel Hospital.
April 4th New Church Hemel.
May 2nd Liberty Christian Centre.
June 6th Holy Trinity.
July 4th St Mary’s Apsley.
August 1st Grove Hill- Church of the Resurrection
Sept 5th St George’s.
Oct 3rd Salvation Army.
Nov 7th The Base.
Dec 5th Hemel Methodist.
Hemel Healing on the Streets-Dates for 2015
21st March Training event,18th April, 16th May, 20th June,18th July, 15th August,19th September, 17th October, 21st November, 12th December
Check out all the latest vacancies within our networks. Paid jobs and voluntary opportunities in our churches and other groups in our community.
Churches Together in Hemel Hempstead AGM
Wednesday 10th June at 7.30pm at South Hill centre.
Please come and join us.
Guest speaker - Dorothy Thornhill, Mayor of Watford.
ELECTION HUSTINGS MEETING
A lively and well attended public meeting was held on Tuesday April 14th at South Hill Centre. Five of the six candidates standing for the Hemel Hempstead Constituency were able to attend. The meeting was chaired by Stuart Watkin. There were a range of questions on topics that had been submitted before the meeting by members of the public together with questions from those attending on the night.
The candidates who attended were:
Mike Penning - Conservative
Alan Borgars - Green
Tony Breslin - Labour
Rabi Martins - Liberal Democrat
Howard Koch - UKIP
An independent candidate, Brian Hall, was unable to attend.
The evening was filmed by local TV company DeeTV and is now online at http://www.deetv.tv
Please note the change in route this year due to the town's redevelopment. We are meeting at the usual time and place but the service will also be on the forecourt of the civic centre.
Roots of Christian Beliefs - talk series at St Francis
Every Monday evening from Nov 3rd for 5 sessions.
For full details click here.
10th Anniversay Celebrations
Liberty Christian Centre - New premises
3 days of celebration and praise.
Oct 17th, 18th, 19th. For full details click here.
Churches Together AGM 2014
DENS Foodbank – High Needs List - July 2014
Food: Rice, Pasta Sauces, Sugar (500g or 1kg), Fruit juice (1L long life), Puddings (tinned)
For use within DENS services: Toilet Rolls, Antibacterial hand soap, Deodorants, Toilet Cleaner
For donations/deliveries: The Hub, Paradise, Hemel Hempstead HP2 4TF Weekdays 10am-12pm
We will be at Tesco's in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted & Tring on Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th & Saturday 5th July
T: 01442 250969 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.DENS.org.uk Charity No: 1097185
Please note that: Value brands are perfectly acceptable. We do however request that all items are within their best before date and unopened. At the moment we have good supplies of Baked Beans & Soup. All these items will be used to help those in need across the DENS services, supporting the Night Shelter, Day Centre and Foodbank. Posted 24/6/14
Launch of The Base Hemel!
Life starts where you are at!
Through being a positive Christian witness in the community, our aim is to bring people and organisations together to affect change & make a positive impact in the lives of individuals, as well as the local community.
Check out the website for details of all the events and activities going on at The Base.
Need a bit of peace in your life?
“Coming to Stillness” offers an hour of led silent reflection and culminates in contemplative prayer based on a short dominical quotation from the bible. This is an ecumenical group and all who would like to find more inner peace in their lives are very welcome.
We meet at The Trinity Room, Holy Trinity Church, Leverstock Green on the second Tuesday of each month at 10am. Refreshments are available at the close of each meeting.
Easter Creative Arts Festival
Easter Saturday 19th April from 7pm to 7am at Hamilton House, 111 Marlowes, HP11BB. You may come for however long or short a period as you wish! Please see our website for the detailed flyer or get in touch! 12 hours of non-stop prayer, worship and creativity! - full details on our events page.
Message from our Methodist friends: As most will know there has been some significant delays with our new building on Northridge Way. This has meant that we cannot move into the building as planned. Due to the sale of the Marlowes property we are unable to remain in that building and as such are now meeting at Warners End Community Centre. Lots of people have been asking about the situation and offering their support and we wish to thank everyone for this. Prayers for patience and a productive 2014 are gratefully received! Posted 5/4/14
COFFEE MORNING AND ART SALE FOR CHRISTIAN AID
Carey Baptist Church will be holding a Coffee Morning and Art Sale in aid of Christian Aid from 10.00am – 12 noon on Saturday 26th April. There will also be a Traidcraft stall and, probably, Palestinian goods for sale. A member
of the Carey congregation is donating a number of her oil paintings and we would be pleased to hear of any other amateur local artists who would be willing to donate an item / items to raise money for Christian Aid.
Message from the new Chair
Firstly let me say what an honour it is to be asked to become the new Chair of Churches Together in Hemel. Working with other Christians to share God’s good news is a great passion of mine and I look forward to being able to do that in my new role. Secondly I would like to thank John for his hard work over the last few years. Churches Together has become a united network with a shared vision. It is my hope to carry that vision forward. I have lived in Hemel my whole life and it is always a joy to see the good work of projects such as Street Pastors, CAP and the Foodbank working to supporting those who live in Hemel.
There are some wonderful new projects in Hemel being set up and run by the Christians and Churches in this town. I hope that we can build on our past success and work to do more and to do it together. I hope, in my time as Chair, to be able to get to know each of the churches within Hemel better, to find their strengths and use them and to develop the communication between the churches to enable us to fully support each other in whatever way needed.
It brings to mind the bible passage, which was used to encourage us throughout last summer’s Across Hemel event - 1 Corinthians 12 -14 “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.”
We each have differences and do things in different ways and yet we are united being God’s blessed children. I hope over the coming months and years we can celebrate our diversity and our similarities. I hope that by listening to God’s voice and discerning his plans for us, we can work together towards our vision of being a common voice in this town, of supporting each other, working in partnership and truly demonstrate God’s love.
Chair of Churches Together in Hemel Posted 6/8/13
Churches Together in Hemel Hempstead's AGM
A big thanks to all who came to today's AGM. There was a great turn out from all the churches and some brilliant reports about the wonderful work that is being done right here in Hemel. The Bishop of Hertford, who is also the Chair of Churches Together in Hertfordshire, was the guest speaker and gave an inspirational talk about working together to step out in mission and build better relationships with each other. This was followed by some discussion around how this could be done as well as how to work with other Churches Together groups in Hertfordshire. The other big event at this year's meeting was that John Quill who has been Chair of CTHH for the past three years stepped down. The Trustees were re-elected and at the first trustee meeting will elect the new Chair. A vote of thanks was given to John for all his hard work over the last few years.
Street Pastors out on the streets!!
On Friday 1st March our Street Pastors were commissioned and let out onto the streets of Hemel. The evening was a huge success with guests from the Borough and County Councils, the police, Billy's Wish and the churches of Hemel.The Street Pastors then went out and about in Hemel with the first team staying out until 1am. The Street Pastors were met with smiles, gratitude and warmness by those out on Friday night.
During the event Hemel Hempstead Street Pastors were given a cheque for over £1300 from Billy's Wish. Billy's Wish are amongst some of the many supports of Street Pastors in Hemel. The money will be used to buy uniforms, train and equip our Street Pastors for their work. To follow the Street Pastors on facebook click here.
More Pics from the Commissioning service -
Zumbathon raises money for Street Pastors
Sunday the 13th saw an amazing group of people get together to raise money for Billy's Wish - the charity set up in memory of Billy Dove. Billy's Wish have kindly agreed to donate all money from the event to Hemel Hempstead Street Pastors. The event was based around a Zumba marathon themed around Ibiza with many of Billy's favourite tracks. There was also a press up competition where many competed to see who could do the most press ups in a minute. The event was very well supported demonstrating Hemel's fantastic community spirit. Billy's Wish have been a great supporter of Street Pastors and I know all those involved are hugely grateful. For more information of the work being done by Billy's Wish please visit www.billyswish.co.uk Posted 16/01/13
Street Pastor Launch
The launch of the Street Pastor initiative in Hemel Hempstead took place last Wednesday night at the Southhill Centre. The launch was supported by members of Hemel Hempstead churches, the County Council, Borough Council, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Mike Penning MP, Billy's Wish and the parents of Billy Dove. The Street Pastor initiative was first pioneered in London in 2003 as a response to gun and knife crime in Britain’s urban areas. The concept has proven to be successful through drops in crime in areas where teams have been working. The basis of Street Pastors is that the teams go out into the community to connect with people on their terms, to pubs, clubs, in parks or at parties. The role of a Street Pastor is not to go out and preach at people but to listen and to be an active demonstration of God’s love out on the streets. The launch evening started with some worship and prayer, followed by speeches from the Mayor of the Borough of Dacorum and Chief Inspector Mike Pryce. Both expressed their enthusiasm and support for the Street Pastors project. Alison Murray from Ascension Trust, the organisation which manages the overall running of Street Pastors nationwide spoke and provided details of how Street Pastors currently work within their communities to improve lives and reduce crime. The amazing evening ended with a short speech from Mike Penning MP who shared his support for the project. The launch was also a chance for members of the churches in Hemel to sign up to be Street Pastors. It is hoped that once they have been through their training that we will soon see them throughout the town. The evening was supported by Billy's Wish, the charity set up in memory of Billy Dove, which has worked hard to reduce knife crime and raise awareness in Hemel Hempstead. It is hoped that the Street Pastors can work to further these goals.
More information about this great initiative can be found on the Street Pastors website
More information about Billy’s Wish can be found out here.
PRAY HEMEL 10 Year Anniversary
3rd November 2012 St George's - Long Chaulden - Prayer Party
Come and join the celebration of all the work Pray Hemel has achieved in the last 10 years with prayer and breakfast. Pray Hemel moves around the churches in Hemel Hempstead and sometimes meets in outside locations or prayer walks.
Churches in Hemel Hempstead are putting together a Street Pastor initiative in the town. A launch will be held at 8pm on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at South Hill Centre, Cemetery Hill, HP1 1JB. Please come along to find out more about the scheme, how to become a Street Pastor and other ways you could help out.
Last night four of the churches in Hemel Hempstead got together to put on a fun and dynamic evening with praise, prayer and a talk from Ashley Schmierer, the president of the Christian Outreach Centre. The event was well attended with about 100 people from the various congregations and surrounding areas. Hemel Arise came out of a meeting of the pastors from New Life Pentecostal, Sunrise Church, Liberty Christian Centre and Spring of Living Waters. Those running Hemel Arise hope to set up further celebration evenings with the next to be in the new year. Those present all enjoyed a great evening and got the chance to meet new people. It was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday evening, worshipping God and sharing in Christian fellowship.
Posted: Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Churches Together in Hemel Hempstead held a Refresh Event for leaders on Thursday, 19 May 2011, looking at ways in which all the churches in Hemel Hempstead can work together more effectively. The event was well attended and generated a lot of feedback and much food for thought. A second Refresh Event will take place tomorrow, Thursday to build on the momentum created from the first event.
Posted: Friday, 30 April 2010
Ayfer Orhan (Labour), Dr Richard Grayson (Liberal Democrat) & Mike Penning (Conservative) with Anthony Styles (Chairman of West Herts Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society) before a public debate at a hustings meeting sponsored by Churches Together in Hemel Hempstead.
The three main parliamentary candidates for the constituency of Hemel Hempstead locked horns on Thursday in the usually-more-sedate environment of St John the Evangelist Boxmoor Parish Church at a hustings meeting sponsored by Churches Together in Hemel Hempstead. Discussing questions proposed in advance by audience members were Ayfer Orhan (Labour), Mike Penning (Conservative) & Dr Richard Grayson (Liberal Democrat).
The evening was recorded as a podcast & is available for download at the Churches Together website at http://www.hemelchurches.org.uk/.
Questions raised by the audience of around 200 constituents were as follows:
Who is going to open our A&E department and maternity unit - in fact the whole hospital - for the local people? Will it be the first and foremost priority?
Will the freedom for independent bodies to set up new Academy schools be to the detriment of existing schools whose numbers will fall?
It is of concern that the current government has not taken up the recommendations on the long-term care of elderly people and has stalled on its own proposals. If elected, how would you ensure that the needs of elderly people are met - financially and socially?
£68 billion of government savings equates to around one million jobs, based on around £68,000 per job (£34,000 salary & 100% overheads). Is this a fair understanding and if so how can this number of jobs be lost without impacting every frontline service? Wouldn't a fairer solution than cutting jobs be to put up taxes, starting with income tax at least back to the 22p it was at until fairly recently?
How do you think the British government should react to the Israeli building of settlements on occupied Palestinian land?
Should it be a crime to say that homosexuality is sinful?
Whether your party has control of Parliament or not, what will be your three main personal objectives for Hemel Hempstead over the next four years?
The full list of candidates standing for the Hemel Hempstead constituency in the election are as follows:
David James Alexander - UK Independence Party
Dr Richard Grayson - Liberal Democrats
Ayfer Orhan - The Labour Party
Mike Penning - The Conservative Party
Janet Dorothy Price - British National Party
Mick Young - Independent
Posted: Friday, 22 January 2009
Jean Garner (Centre) being presented with a framed long service testimonial certificate by Christian Aid worker Catherine Loy, and a bouquet of flowers from Chris Jones treasurer of Churches Together in Hemel Hempstead.
Mrs Jean Garner of Boxmoor has finally stood down as town organiser for Christian Aid collection in Hemel after 35 years of faithful and successful service. She took over the role in 1975 and during that time over £250,000 has been collected in Hemel and given to overseas development work and disaster relief.
A special buffet evening was arranged to mark this event at St Mary's Church Old Town where many of Jean's friends and helpers gathered to thank her and wish her well.
Catherine Loy from CA Oxford came and gave a talk on the difference CA work is making around the world including in Haiti. She especially spoke of people in Burkina Faso whose lives have changed for the better following CA support there.
Christian Aid week will be 9-15th May this year. If anyone would like to help with the street collection or help with the organising of the week would they please contact Rev Stephen Wood, Chair of Churches Together in Hemel. (T 256433)
Posted: Monday, 16 March 2009
Cllr Mrs Carol Green, the Mayor of the Borough of Dacorum, cut a ribbon to open a new purpose-built extension to St George's URC Church at an open day on Saturday (14th March).
A service to dedicate the building for the work of the church was held to mark the occasion.
Posted: Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Rev Peter Cotton, Rector of St Mary's Church and Rural Dean of Hemel Hempstead, retired on 29 January 2009 after 12 years of active service in the town, including serving as Chairman of Churches Together.
Peter & his wife Liz plan to return to Hampshire where Peter is looking forward to doing some gardening & bird-watching.
Churches Together in Hemel Hempstead wishes him God's very best for this new season of life.
Posted: Saturday, 06 December 2008
New Church Hemel will begin meeting at Galley Hill Primary School from Sunday (7th). A special opening service will be held at 10.30am at the school to mark the occasion of the church opening its doors to the wider community.
Posted: Monday, 24 November 2008
CTHH have been invited to play their part in the Dacorum Site development plan consultation. Proposals were recently featured on the front page of the Hemel Gazette on Wednesday 19th November 2008. Plans include 17,000 new homes and new possible sites for gypsies and travellers.
Plans can be viewed and questions questions put forward by visiting www.dacorum.gov.uk/planning or by calling 01442 228660. Responses must be made by 15th December.
If anyone feels that CTHH should make a group response please contact Stephen Wood. Thank you.
Posted: Tuesday, 30 September 2008
A service of Thanksgiving was held at St Mary's Church on Tuesday (30th September) as the Mustard Seed closed its doors for the last time, after eight and a half years of Christian presence in the town.
It was with a mixture of real sadness and yet a profound sense of gratitude that many past customers, volunteers, staff & trustees gathered to remember all the hard work that went into making the Mustard Seed a blessing for the community for so many years despite changing market conditions.
The service was attended by the Rev Peter Cotton, Dean of Hemel Hempstead, who opened proceedings with warm recollections of the Christian bookshop as his literal neighbour in the town.
Although the Mustard Seed will be missed, Andrew Liversidge, one of the former trustees, gave a hope-filled encouragement as he shared that as one seed falls to the ground so new life springs up in new ways.