Having Your Say

Thanks to a lively discussion, we have some great ideas for the future and how we can add to our existing activities.  These will be reported on the Action Plan page,

We now have a treasurer, David Markham (- many thanks David!) and a convener, Peter Berners-Lee.

New Website

This website is being revamped to give it a cleaner, fresher design.   Not all the old content has been transferred over yet, but it will be in the next few days!

Please find below details of four Ecumenical Services that are to be held during the next few months.

Upcoming Services

Women’s World Day of Prayer.

There are two services offered this year on Friday 2nd March.   The first will take place at 10.30 am at St. Leonard’s Church, Sandridge and the second at 2.30 pm at St. Stephen’s Church, Watling Street.   There will be no evening service in the Town.

Each year the Service is devised by the Women of a particular country.   This year it comes from the Women of Suriname with the title, ‘All God’s Creation is Very Good’, and has an emphasis of Ecology, the Environment and Sustainability.

Despite the title this Service is open to men and women, young and older.    A Wave of Prayer encircles the World as this Service is held at the first point on earth where the Sun rises, moving on towards the last place that the sun sets that same day.   You are invited to be part of this Wave of Prayer

PLEASE NOTE  that, this year notification has been circulated in the UK of opinions being sought from all areas as to whether the name should now be changed, in line with the majority of the world, and become the ‘World Day of Prayer’.  The name as it stands can be off-putting to some and seems old-fashioned to others, along with the thought that the organisation is too exclusive.    However there is also a school of thought which fears that the ethos of the service written and organised by Women may be changed dramatically if it were universally organised, and that there is something unique that happens when groups of either men or women organise and construct something, and this need not necessarily be bad.   Please let me know your thoughts on this.

Unity At The Cross.

This is one occasion at a Major Church Festival where one of our member churches organises a Service on behalf of us all.    We have an opportunity to come together at the foot of The Cross to celebrate our Unity in Christ, won for us on the Cross.    After what has been for many of us a long and busy day, this service offers an opportunity for rest, meditation and joint worship offered by others in the ancient setting of the Cathedral an Abbey Church dedicated to the Martyr after which our City was named.   The Service will begin at 8.00 pm and lasts approximately one hour.

Prior to the Service some of the faithful meet at SS Alban and Stephen’s church in Beaconsfield Road.   At 7.15 they will witness to their faith by walking behind a large, wooden Cross which will become the centrepiece of the following Service.   Others will arrive  at the Abbey where they will await the arrival of the Walk of Witness.  Whether you join the Walk or come straight to the Abbey you are warmly invited to join us.


Dear friends,

Following the success of our event at Harpenden United Nations Association, you are warmly invited to a repeat performance in St Albans! A poster is attached, do share this information with friends please.

“The Balfour Declaration – Arthur looks back” – dramatised readings about the Balfour Declaration 1917 and its consequences, accompanied by slides.

At 2:15 pm on Sunday 25 February 2018, in the St Albans Friends Meeting House, 7 Upper Lattimore Rd, St Albans AL1 3UD

The presentation will be followed by a discussion. The readings are taken from Rev Warren Bardsley’s recent book “The Trial of Arthur James Balfour”. Warren is a signatory to Kairos Britain “Time for Action” and has served as an Ecumenical Accompanier in the West Bank.

Public meeting, all welcome, free admission. Doors open 2 pm for a 2:15 start.

RSVPs helpful please to:

Womens’ World Day of Prayer

March 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

There are two services offered this year on Friday 2nd March.   The first will take place at 10.30 am at St. Leonard’s Church, Sandridge and the second at 2.30 pm at St. Stephen’s Church, Watling Street.   There will be no evening service in the Town. Please share the poster below.  writes:
2018 sees the 100th anniversary of the WW1 armistice.  To mark the occasion St Albans Legacy Project are running a multi-media art competition aimed at teenager in yrs 7 -10 in the St Albans District. There are 5 entry categories that cover all interest and abilities. We want to involve as many teenagers as possible, so with this is mind we have been contacting schools, youth clubs and groups etc. and we were wondering  if you would consider  forwarding the attached website link on to your parishioners or to youth organizations that may hire your facility?. If you have a church notice board, we would greatly appreciate it if you were able to display the attached A4 Leaflet. We can provide a hard copy of this if you would prefer.

The next Thinking Lunch will be on Thursday 1st March 2018 at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, when The Reverend Paul Hackwood, Executive Director of the Church Urban Fund will be speaking on ‘A Christian Response to Terrorism’.

Paul is a priest, social entrepreneur and Chief Executive of the Church Urban Fund. He uses progressive Christian ideas about human agency and social equality as the basis for social change. He is a founding director of the Together Network, the Near Neighbours programme and the Just Finance Foundation.

Paul has spent his working life helping churches, other faith communities and secular bodies carry out successful social change.  Over 30 years this has involved working with local, regional and national organisations as they have responded to issues like homelessness, food poverty, social cohesion and many other social issues.

A quick plea from me:

Many churches will offer gluten free options in their churches for communion, biscuits or food. This is to be encouraged, as many people are either intolerant or allergic to gluten (coeliac). What you may not know is that coeliac disease is an auto-immune disease; it is a life-long condition, and the only option for treatment is for the sufferer to avoid gluten altogether. This includes even traces of gluten; cross contamination is a real issue. Keeping gluten free and ordinary biscuits in the same tin is not acceptable, and nor is serving gluten free bread or wafer on the same plate as normal bread. Even a crumb makes a difference and can provoke an allergic reaction. Thank you for listening!

Please share the information in this Bulletin widely.

If you are not on the distribution email and would like to be, or if you are on the distribution and don’twant to be, please reply to this email and let me know what you would like to happen.

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If you have any comments, or spot any errors, please get in touch with me.

If you have notices that did not make it into this Newsletter, please email me and I will send them around my mailing list.

Gill Elliott

Trinity URC St Albans & CTSA