The Parish of Boxmoor consists of the South-West corner of the town of Hemel Hempstead and includes the neighbourhoods of Chaulden, Felden, Two Waters, Cornerhall, Hammerfield, part of the Marlowes, Jarman’s Park, and, of course, Boxmoor Village. Approximately 18,000 people live or work within the Parish. There are 8 Schools in the Parish – all of which have links to the Church.
We aim, as a Christian Community, to:
- Reach out in love and service to the people of our Parish
- Support and accompany those in need, pain, or grief
- Welcome, teach, and nurture newcomers of all ages
- Care for one another and build each other up in faith
- Worship God with beauty, dignity, and warmth
Mission Action Plan
As part of the Diocese of St Albans we have been inspired by the initiative Living God’s Love which aims to enable people and Churches to: Go deeper into God; Make new disciples; Transform communities. Accordingly we have set ourselves the following goals for 2019 to help us live God’s love in our Parish:
- For the Ministry Team to be active in every School in the Parish
- Hold bi-monthly Bible Studies or discussion groups
- Open the doors of St John’s Church every day – manned or unmanned
- Facilitate transport to services where the need arises
- Support families following Pastoral Offices
- Publicise that we are a Church that is alive and kicking
All three offer a warm welcome and are distinctive in their style of worship. We hope that you will find a spiritual home here.
St John the Evangelist
The Parish Church of St John the Evangelist is the largest and oldest of our three churches and is attractively situated off Blackbirds Moor. The church is open every day with services held daily to which anyone may join.
Dedicated in its present form on Easter Tuesday, 1874, the church continues – 145 years later – to be well-cared for and used by the community as a vibrant centre for Christian worship and fellowship. Our congregations include those who have been life-long members of St John’s as well as those who have recently come to faith and those who are exploring Christianity.
St John’s is regarded as the Civic Church of Hemel Hempstead with a good musical tradition, formal yet approachable worship, and a desire to engage with all generations. The Church is in constant demand for weddings, funerals, and baptisms and as a venue for concerts.
St Francis of Assisi, Hammerfield
St Francis’ Church in Hammerfield was built in the Italianate style in 1914 and is Anglo-Catholic in tradition. A small but friendly congregation are on hand to welcome you following an exodus to join the Ordinariate within the Roman Catholic Church. St Francis enjoys a pastoral relationship with the Bishop of Richborough whilst remaining part of our inclusive Parish.
- 10.00am Sung Mass (Every Sunday) Traditional language Mass with incense, followed by coffee.
- 6.30pm Evensong and Benediction (4th Sunday of the Month)
- 5.30pm BCP Evening Prayer (Every Wednesday)
- 8.00pm Feast Day Mass (as announced on Newsletter)
St Stephen’s, Chaulden
St Stephen’s Church in Chaulden was built in 1959 and was brought into the Parish in the mid 1990’s. Worship is traditional and well prepared yet relaxed. The later service time, coupled with comfortable chairs and a shorter service, means it tends to serve our older members.
- Weeks 1&3: 11.15am Morning Worship A service of the Word with Hymns and Address, followed by coffee
- Weeks 2&4: 11.15am Holy Communion Common Worship Holy Communion with Hymns and Address, followed by coffee
- Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion This quiet, half hour Service uses Common Worship and ensures a weekly Eucharistic celebration in this part of the Parish.