At this time of year we celebrate Harvest Festival. We give thanks to God for the blessings of food, comfort and joy.

We live in a country, and a world, with high and increasing rates of agricultural productivity and food yields. And yet global hunger is again on the rise, with one in nine of our fellow human beings undernourished.

And it is not only food. For all our science, our social care, and our understanding of psychology, there are more than 300 million people around the world affected by depression, and close to 800,000 people die each year at their own hand.

God has provided so much opportunity, but we struggle to share it equitably with others. And so we fail to live the dream of our plenteous harvest.

“We eat while others are hungry, we laugh while others are sad. For what we have we are thankful. Grant us to remember what others have not, and, where we can, to restore it”. (Morris West, Harlequin)

We are pleased to announce that The Revd. Chris Bunce currently Rector of St Andrew and St George, Stevenage and Rural Dean of Stevenage has been appointed Team Rector of Hitchin with St Paul’s Walden and Preston with special responsibility for St Mary’s Hitchin.
Bishop Michael will take the installation service in St Mary’s on Wednesday 6th November at 7.30pm.
This will be a Team service with all seven churches participating.



8:00 a.m. – Holy Communion
9:35 a.m. – Family Sung Communion (Sunday school during term time apart from Third Sunday)
11:15 a.m.- Holy Communion (BCP)
1st Sunday – Storyteller
3rd Sunday – a service for the whole family.
6:30 p.m. – Sung Evensong (2nd Sunday Choral)(3rd Sunday Evening Prayer)

10:00 a.m.- Holy Communion

12:15 p.m.- Holy Communion




Here at St Mary’s we committed to safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults, for more information click here.