Welcome to St Mary's Church
Welcome to website of St Mary's Church,Welwyn.
Situated in the centre of Welwyn village, St Mary's is one of five Anglican churches in the Welwyn Team ministry.
These pages will give you information about the worship at St Mary's, the building itself and the activities that are available.
Use the 'Go To' links in the left margin to read about the other churches in the team and about all the activities in common.
We hope this web site will be interesting and supply information and encouragement. If you live locally you will be most welcome at any of our services or other events described in these pages.
If you used to live around here and have now moved away we hope this web site will help you to keep in touch.
The Bells of St Mary’s
There is a long and established tradition of Bell Ringing at St Mary’s and many in the Village comment on the pleasure this sound brings them; maintaining the ambience of Welwyn as a village community with the Church at its very centre for over 1,000 years.
The Church Bells at St Mary’s are rung every Sunday from 9.00am to 9.30am for Morning Service and on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday of a month from 6.00pm to 6.30pm for Evensong. On Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.15pm, the Bell Ringing Team have their practice. Bells are rung both as a reminder to the Congregation and as an invitation to anyone in the community of Welwyn to come to St Mary’s and join in Christian worship.
In addition, Bells are rung for Weddings when requested by families.
On certain days of the year the Bells are rung to mark particular Church Festivals and Special Occasions, eg on Christmas Eve at 10.30pm to 11.00pm before Midnight Mass, on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday at 7.30am to 8.00am and at normal Sunday times, on New Year’s Eve and on All Souls Day. We also ring if a Confirmation or Installation Service is held at St Mary’s and on the morning of the Street Market in Welwyn Festival Week in June.
The Bells are rung to mark or celebrate special State occasions and in 2012 we have been asked to ring in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the start of the Olympic Games. Occasionally Bell Ringers from other Parishes come and enjoy the ringing of our Bells for an hour or so.