Category Archives: Charity Fundraising

Meet ‘Mary the Mule’: an update on 2016 Charity of the Year

In 2016 we raised over £14,000 for our St Mary’s ‘Charity of the Year’ which was Gaddesden Place Riding for the Disabled Association.  On Wednesday, Will and the Charities Committee had a chance to visit them to see how the funds have been used.

The indoor riding arena at Gaddesden Place RDA used to be concrete covered with a deep layer of shredded rubber from old car tyres.  It was soft but made the area rather dark and very dusty – affecting the horses and very difficult for any riders and helpers who have asthma. Thanks to Mary Mule – named after St Mary’s – all this has changed!  The arena has been stripped out and the old sprinkler system and redundant water tank have gone.  Now a deep layer of bright clean sand is the perfect surface for the horses and riders, smoothed out by Mary Mule who tows a harrow round the arena to keep it smooth and fresh.

But that is not all. Mary gets put to work daily – carrying feed and bales, moving water drums around and ferrying supplies.

The money raised by St Mary’s bought the brand new Mule which is expected to last 15 to 20 years, and paid for a dedicated shed to be built to keep it safe and secure. Day by day the money we raised last year will be making a difference for the work of Riding for the Disabled for many years to come.

Thank you to everyone who played a part and made this possible for them.

Our fundraising programme continues this year with support for our Charity of the Year 2017, Open Doors and their work with persecuted Christians in Iraq.  Read more about their work, look out for forthcoming fundraising events (including the Harvest Supper on Saturday 30th September and a Chamber Music Concert on 25th November), or click here to make a donation.

Variety Concert: Saturday 10th June

St Mary’s Church, Redbourn

Saturday 10th June 2017, 7.30 pm


Redbourn Junior School Choir

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

Michael Bernstein, Beth Machell and The Revd Will Gibbs

including Songs from the Shows, A Tribute to Flanders and Swann, Comedy Sketches and much, much more…

Musical Director: Colin Stevens

Tickets cost £15, children free, and including a glass of wine and a programme

Tickets can be purchased at Town and Country Estate Agents, on the High Street and the office of St Albans Bereavement Network, 31 Catherine Street, St Albans, AL3 5BJ

All proceeds from the concerts go to St Albans Bereavement Network

Open Doors UK: A Prayer for Mexico

At St Mary’s we’re supporting Open Doors UK in 2017 in their work with persecuted Christians around the world, and each month we have chosen a country from the World Watch List to focus our prayers on as a Church. Please join us this month as we pray for Christians in Mexico.

You can find out more about Open Doors UK and ways to support them here.


Heavenly Father, we being before you the people of Mexico. Despite being a nominally Christian country, current drug related violence has made it a dangerous place to follow you in Spirit and in Truth.

We pray for physical protection for persecuted believers in that country and that they may know of your provision and grace when denied access to basic social services and resources.

We especially pray that those involved in drug cartels will come to know Jesus and encourage positive change. We ask this for the sake of your Son, who died and rose to new life for us.