St Luke’s May Fair

19th May provided a lovely warm up to the Royal Wedding on that day. Offering a warm Christian welcome to all who passed by, or came to see what we were doing, it was a happy and fun time. £600+ was raised towards St Luke’s upkeep.  Thank you to everyone for their support and good will.

You can see pictures from the May Fair HERE.

Thy Kingdom Come

10th to 20th May 2018

Between 10th - 20th May, communities and churches around the world are gathering together to pray that their friends, families and neighbours come to know Jesus Christ. Prayer events of all shapes and sizes will take place across the 10 days, including 24-7 prayer rooms, prayer days, prayer walks and half nights of prayer. Cathedrals, churches and other venues will host Beacon Events, gathering people across towns and cities to worship and to pray for the empowering of the Holy Spirit for effective witness.

For more details visit:Thy Kingdom Come

Our events will be:

Thursday 10th May 7:30pm Ascension Service - St John’s Church, Lemsford AL8 7TR

Friday 11th May 9am Morning Prayer - Costa, The Galleria AL10 0XR

Friday 11th May 6pm Prayer and a Pint - St Etheldreda’s Church then on to The Eight Bells AL9 5AN

Saturday 12th May 8:30am Thy Kingdom Come Breakfast - Harpsfield Hall, Weatherspoons AL10 9RQ

Monday 14th May 9am Morning Prayer and Breakfast - St Mary’s Church AL9 7TN

Tuesday 15th May 6pm Evening Prayer and Pizza - St Michael’s & All Angels Church AL10 0PS

Wednesday 16th May 10am Morning Prayer - St John’s Church, Lemsford AL8 7TR 10am Eucharist - St Etheldreda’s Church AL9 5AN

Wednesday 16th May 2pm - Team Worship - St Michael’s & All Angels Church AL10 0PS

Wednesday 16th May 5:30pm Contemporary Prayer and Pizza - University Chaplaincy Building AL10 9AB

Friday 18th May 6pm Prayer and a Pint - St John’s Church, Hilltop then on to The Harrier AL10 9BZ

Saturday 19th May 9.30am - 12.30pm Pentecost Fair - St Luke’s Church AL10 0EJ

Saturday 19th May 6:30pm Beacon Event - St Alban’s Abbey AL1 1BY

St Luke’s Annual May Fair

Saturday 19th May 9.30am to 12.30pm

Do you have a blank space in your diary?

No invitation to St George’s Chapel, Windsor for the nuptials of Prince Harry & Meghan Markel?

No ticket for a high-profile sporting fixture?

Whilst we can’t offer regal glamour or footballing thrills at our May Fair you will receive a warm welcome; a chance to buy homemade cakes, plants & books; to browse our stalls, or take your chances with our tombola, raffle & water into wine game.

All this and you can still get home and watch the regal/sporting event of choice in the comfort of your own home!

  • Perhaps you have suddenly discovered some charming but sadly unwanted gifts which you would like to re-home.
  • Perhaps a spring clean of your bookshelves has revealed a number of books which you don’t want to read again.
  • Maybe you have been dividing garden plants or have an excessive number of seedlings.

St Luke ’s would be very glad to receive any donations of these items for the May Fair. For more information contact the Church Office.

Friday 23rd March 2018

A Blessing and Remembrance service was held at Hatfield House today to open a Field of Remembrance, which is in place to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice. Rector Darren Collins and the Bishop of Hertford Michael Beasley conducted the service. Members of the Royal Navy, the Army, the RAF and the British Legion joined Lord and Lady Salisbury for this poignant occasion.

Over 200 children from six local schools joined the blessing, each planting a cross with a poppy affixed to it in the field. As shown in the accompanying photo the area has been established next to the North Front of Hatfield House, those who wish to join in an act of remembrance are invited to plant a cross in memory of a friend or family member, or to mark the Armistice more generally. The cost of a cross is £2.50 and the proceeds will be distributed between the Royal Navy, the Army, the RAF Benevolent Funds, and the British Legion.

The design of the field itself is a four petal poppy; the outline of each petal is a walkway to enable visitors to go amongst the crosses that are planted.

Like every part of the United Kingdom, Hatfield lost many sons during the Great War and many more suffered its effects for the rest of their lives. Five of Prime Minister Salisbury’s grandsons were killed and 140 from the town of Hatfield and from the Hatfield Estate also lost their lives. To mark the end of the War in 1918, a solemn parade was held on the North Front of Hatfield House.

The field will remain in place in Hatfield Park until mid-November.

You can see pictures from the event here.

Thursday 22nd March 2018

Tuesday 20th March 2018

Lady Salisbury kindly opened the Old Palace Banqueting Hall at Hatfield House to host a coffee morning in aid of St Etheldreda's and Breaks Manor Youth Centre. Over £2000 was raised, well beyond our expectations. Many thanks to Lady Salisbury and all who volunteered.

You can see pictures from the event here.

Sunday 18th March 2018

Dan Cruikshank visited our in church in Hatfield on today with a TV crew making a documentary about the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission which will be broadcast in November. The Cecil family from Hatfield House had lost three sons in the Great War and they are commemorated in the beautiful window in the picture. Their mother, Lady Florence Cecil, led fierce opposition to the CWGC, who insisted that the bodies of fallen soldiers could not be repatriated for burial, but she was unsuccessful.