Welcome to our Benefice

Our three churches: St. Mary’s, Standon, All Saints, Little Munden and St. Catherine’s, Sacombe are all part of the St. Alban’s Diocese within the Church of England. We are united in name and the desire to welcome every person, young and older, into our wonderful community minded church families. Our hope is to help everyone discover who Jesus is, and then to grow in understanding and faith. We have beautiful church buildings, a fantastic Benefice Choir, various styles of worship, partnerships with two excellent Church of England Schools, and a clear Bible based ministry.

YouTube Livestreams

A service of morning worship will be streamed live at 10.30am on Sundays. Follow these simple steps so that you can join us:

  1. Visit the new UBSMS YouTube page. You can do this by clicking here.
  2. The Live-stream video should appear on the page (it'll say "Live now" on it). Click on the video to begin watching. (If you are struggling to find it, try clicking on the ‘videos’ tab at the top of the YouTube page.)
  3. The stream will go live from 10.15am so that everybody has time to get the video ready and to allow all congregation members to be involved in the worship as soon as it begins. PLEASE NOTE: you will not be able to find the video until 10.15am at the earliest so please do be patient whilst we work to get the stream ready to go live. The service itself will begin at 10.30am.
  4. Worship, pray and enjoy!
  5. Top tip: Perhaps at the end you could make a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy it with your family or contact other members of the congregation for a chat and a catch-up!

Closure of church buildings

Dear Friends,

It is such a sad day with so much closing down and so many lives affected. I need to confirm that in line with government and Church of England expectations our three church buildings, All Saints, St Catherine’s and St Mary’s will remain closed. However it's only the buildings that are closed. The church itself is us - and as a people of prayer, worship, pastoral care, witness and (where possible) practical action – the life of our Benefice goes on.

The government has indicated that live-streaming of services can continue and so (unless there is other guidance) we will continue a live-stream Sunday morning service at 10.30am and a service of Morning Prayer is available each day on our YouTube channel. (search UBSMS YouTube). The Sunday live-streaming will always need to be from St. Mary’s as it is the only church with an internet connection that will allow live streaming. However I hope that we can move the recorded Morning Prayer videos around a little.

Please be assured of the prayers of our church community. Please continue to ask for and offer your prayers.

Please see our facebook and twitter pages or website for ways to keep in touch. Here we will post links to services, readings, prayers and information - and we will aim to keep these as up to date as possible.

f we church can help you in any way at this time, then please contact us. Details can be found on the contact page.

Do not forget, as we will be reminded in Morning Prayer next week, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever”. In the midst of our changing situation, he remains constant.

With much love,

John

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