Regular Services & Groups

Services

As a three-church benefice, we are able to offer different services within three beautiful and historic churches.

Our regular services are as follows:

  • St John the Baptist Church, Great Amwell
    • 9:00 Every Sunday
  • St Mary’s Church, St Margarets
    • 10:30 Every 3rd Sunday
    • Midday Every Wednesday
  • St Andrew’s Church, Stanstead Abbots
    • 10:30 Every Sunday

For information about special services and events, including our Benefice Services on 5th Sundays, please see the Diary.


For Children

We’re thrilled to welcome all the family, young and old, regular and new!

All Age Service is a great place to start…

Join us every 1st Sunday of the month:

9:00am at St John’s Church, Great Amwell and
10:30am St Andrew’s Church, Stanstead Abbots

Plus, Sunday School is back!
Available every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sunday of the month in the Wilshere Hall at St Andrew’s Church.

A 20-minute session (from the Readings to Communion), giving the children a chance to listen and reflect on the theme of the day in an age-appropriate way, but also experience the worship and join in too.


Groups

Warm Welcome Space Coffee Morning (during winter months only)
A weekly coffee morning offered as part of the Warm Welcome Space initiative during winter months. Come and share a cuppa in our warm, welcoming and free space.
Every Monday, 9:00–11:30 at The Wilshere Hall, St Andrew’s Church.

Online Benefice Morning Prayer
Twice weekly online service for anyone to join (www.tinyurl.com/3churcheszoom).
Every Monday and Friday at 9:30 for 30 minutes.

Make Lunch Club (during School Holidays)
Make Lunch Club offers a chance for you and your school-aged children (and their younger siblings) to get together, share a meal and have some fun during the school holidays. Make Lunch Club is for you if your school-aged children are eligible for free school meals or if you’re struggling on a tight budget at the moment. Younger siblings are welcome too!

Every Monday and Friday during school holidays from 12 to 2pm at The Wilshere Hall, St Andrew’s Church, Stanstead Abbots.

Dates in 2024: Monday 19 February, Friday 23 February, Friday 05 April, Monday 08 April, Friday 12 April, Friday 31 May, Monday 22 July, Friday 26 July.

Life Groups
Life Groups offer a chance to get together and study the Bible. We have two groups that run on different days, but follow the same programme.
Life Group on Zoom – Every Tuesday, 19:30
Life Group for Sharing, Prayer and Bible Study – Every Wednesday, 11:00 at the Goldsmiths’ house.
Life Group at The Wilshere Hall – Alternate Thursdays, 10:30 at the Wilshere Hall.

Community Hub Drop-in
Offers a safe space for anyone in the community who is in need of a listening ear or practical help. During winter months this is a Warm Welcome Space.
Every Wednesday, 10:30–11:30 at St Mary’s Church, St Margarets.

Benefice Coffee Morning
Meeting alternate weeks for an informal social event.
Alternate Thursdays, 10:30 at The Red Lion, Stanstead Abbotts.

Men’s Breakfast
The perfect combination of conversation, enthusiastic debate and a full English breakfast!
Every last Saturday of the month, 8:30 at The Wilshere Hall, St Andrew’s Church.


Care Home Services

There are two Care Homes (Willowthorpe and Belmont View) in our Benefice and we visit each of them regularly once a month. The service is designed to be accessible to everyone including those residents who have memory problems, and we welcome people from all Christian denominations.
We sing and pray together, listen to a Bible reading and enjoy having church. We have at least four hymns, chosen to reflect the church seasons and celebrations, and to engage with the long term memories of residents. We offer Communion or a Blessing at the end of the service and respect the choice and traditions of everyone who comes.