Welcome to our website and our church!
It’s a season of newness! A new chapter for me as an ordained minister and a new chapter for St Mary’s Hitchin. It is very good to begin getting to know many of you as the new Vicar. It is also the beginning of a new Church year as we begin the Advent season at St Mary’s with a splendid candlelit Advent Carol Service.
Advent is my favourite season, as it is charged with emotion. It is a good time to reflect on the coming of Jesus as the Son of God and with it feelings of longing, hope and fulfilment. Advent looks backs in order to look forward. Celebration of the first coming of Christ in the stable at Bethlehem has meaning and purpose because of hope and expectation of His second coming on the clouds of glory. Christmas is not sterile memorial of a thing past and gone, but effectual preparation for what is to come.
Whatever your feelings of longing, hope and fulfilment, take some time out of the busyness and superficiality of the pre-Christmas season to join us as we look forward to a new year with faith and hope.
People, look east. The time is near
Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the guest, is on the way!
With all good wishes,
The Rev’d Chris Bunce
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