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Baby Remembrance Service: Sunday 19th May, 4.00pm

When your baby dies it seems like the world should suddenly stop turning; yet the sun still shines, and people go about their business oblivious to the earthquake which has just turned your life upside down.

Losing a baby is the loneliest of griefs. Friends are posting pictures of their new offspring on social media; first time grandparents have congratulations heaped upon them; you can’t walk across the common without seeing prams and pushchairs. You see a parent with a screaming toddler and you long to change places with them. You are reminded at all times that you are a parent without a parenting role.

Where do you go to express your grief, to have your pain acknowledged, accepted and understood? How can you remember the child you knew so briefly?

The Baby Remembrance Service at St Mary’s on 19th May at 4pm is an opportunity to do just that.

Everyone who has experienced the loss of a baby at any time, including termination, miscarriage and stillbirth, is welcome.

During the service we will be lighting a candle for each child remembered. Whether the loss is recent and raw, or a dull ache from many years ago, come and share with others who understand.

Hope to see you there.

Kay Vernon

Redbourn Remembers

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 2018, it will be exactly 100 years since the treaty known as ‘The Armistice of Compiègne’ came into effect, ending the four long years of the First World War, and bringing peace with Germany. The death toll had reached an estimated 11 million troops from all the countries of Europe as well as from other countries around the world.

Many from Redbourn had been called up and yet only some returned. This was the same for every village and town up and down the land. The centenary on 11 November – Remembrance Sunday – gives us the opportunity to remember them and, given the extra significance this year, we’d like to mark this in a number of special ways:

On Saturday 10 November we will be showing two films in the Transept, one using archive material, stories and photos from across Hertfordshire to give an insight into the sacrifice made during the First World War by local people, the other the film of RC Sherriff’s classic and powerful play Journey’s End. Admission is free – come to either or both.

On Sunday 11 November, we replace our usual 9.30 am service with a special Service of Remembrance to which members of the public, our uniformed groups, veteran service personnel and our local Councillors are warmly welcome. From there we will parade up to the War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance.

For those who need transport from the church to the War Memorial this will be available.

The Act of Remembrance will include the lighting of a special beacon which will burn for the rest of the day, and will be followed be refreshments and a special exhibition. The details of the schedule are as follows:

Saturday 10th November

St Mary’s Transept, 6.30 – 7.20 pm:  Film: A County at War directed by Howard Guard

7.30 – 9.15 pm:  Film: Journey’s End  directed by Saul Dibb

Sunday 11th November

St Mary’s Church, 9.30 – 10.30 am:  Civic Service of Remembrance – All welcome

St Mary’s Church, 10.30 – 10.50 am: Parade to the War Memorial

War Memorial, 10.50 – 11.15 am:  Act of Commemoration, Two Minute Silence and the Lighting of the Beacon

Fish Street, 11.15 am – 12 noon:  Refreshments at ChristChurch, Fish Street

Parish Centre, 11.15 am – 4.30 pm:  Exhibition ‘Redbourn and the First World War’  by Gareth Hughes

We hope that you will come to as many of these events during the course of the weekend as we remember the fallen and give thanks for the sacrifices made so many for our liberty.


Harvest Festival 2018

Saturday 6th October

Harvest Supper,  6.00pm – 9.00pm, Redbourn Village Hall

This is a family friendly event for all ages with a ploughman’s supper, drinks and some games. Tickets are £7.50 for adults and £20 for a family. It’s a new venture being run by Will and the Gospellers so do come along – we’d love lots of people to make it a great success. Tickets are on sale now from Will or email him to reserve a place.

Sunday 7th October

All Age Harvest Eucharist, 9.30 am

We invite children to bring gifts (fruit, vegetables, dried goods, flowers etc.) that will be distributed to our elderly neighbours in Redbourn, and adults to bring money to support the Bishop of St Albans Harvest Appeal “Give Peas a Chance”, supporting rural communities in Southern Malawi.

Festal Evensong for Harvest, 6.30 pm

Beautiful music sung by our choir as we give thanks for the Harvest and for all God’s many blessings upon us and his creation.

Monday 8th October

Help with distribution of Harvest gifts, 10.00am

We enjoy a lovely tradition of making up boxes of food and posies of flowers from our Harvest celebrations to distribute to the elderly in our community. Could you spare an hour to help? We need car drivers who can come to the church and collect these gifts. Thank you.