Church News

Anglican - St Mary’s Church

In line with Government's guidelines, all worship services and events have been suspended. This doesn't mean no church but it does mean church in a different way!

Every week we are meeting (virtually, via Zoom) for services:
  • Sunday morning children’s worship 09.30
  • Sunday morning worship 10.30
  • Wednesdays - Morning prayer 09.30

Additionally, for Sundays, you can receive by email Sunday Morning Worship.  If you wish to receive this or the ID number and password for joining these services, please email here >>

Although the church building is closed, it is being regularly checked - if you are walking past or live near the church and see anything unusual, please contact here >>>

If you have any questions, if you would like prayer for yourself or anyone you know, if you need something or know someone who needs something or would just like a chat, please contact Rev’d Julie Gawthrope, here >>> or phone 01920 823531.  I am here for you.  

You may like to use this prayer:

Dear Lord,
In the midst of a storm,
You said, 'Peace be still'.
Help our anxious fears subside,
Sustain your church in faith, hope and love,
Protect those who are nursing and caring for the sick,
Bring our nation through this tumult,
Give wisdom to those with heavy responsibilities,
And healing and hope to those who are ill.
In Jesus' name.  AMEN

Rev’d Julie Gawthrope

Roman Catholic - St Edmund and the English Martyrs

Old Hall Green and St Thomas of Canterbury Puckeridge. Mass times - During this time of pandemic, we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches so Mass will be said by the priest in private instead.

We want everyone to understand that in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181). This pandemic is the ‘serious reason’ why this obligation does not apply at this time.

Following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed.  There is also no obligation to fulfil one’s Easter Duties. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181). This pandemic is the ‘serious reason’ why this obligation does not apply at this time.

Please see the Westminster Diocese website for more information.

Some churches in our diocese stream Mass online, you may be able to watch one of these during this time. Live streaming of masses are being held at St Joseph’s and the English Martyrs, Bishop Stortford here >>> Or you can attend virtual church in Rome via YouTube - Vatican Live.