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The following list contains details of the groups operated by the church:

Senior Choir

Meets for practice at 8.00 - 9.00pm on Tuesday evenings and before the service on Sunday mornings.


They sing each week during morning services and lead worship twice a year. The Choir led services are based on a theme such as ‘Spring’ or ‘Love’, which decides the choice of hymns, songs and readings. The Advent Carol Service includes Bible and secular readings, poetry, lesser known carols as well as some old favourites.

Morning Chorus

Is a group of women, young people and children who sing during morning worship about twice a term and at both the Christmas and Summer Festival Services.


They usually rehearse in the large Hall at 10.00 am on the morning of the performance. They sing modern worship songs, often in two-part harmony, are accompanied on piano or guitar.

Homewood Ringers

Meets most Saturdays between 8.30 – 10.30am during term time.


They have played to many audiences at care homes and women’s groups and hope to play in church services from time to time.

Bible Study

This group meets on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 pm, in the Church Hall, and starts with tea or coffee, before we get down to the study part of the afternoon. The meeting usually comes to an end around 3:00 pm.


We tend to meet during school term times, so do check out the dates in the diary section of the web site or e-mail one of the contacts.


Each term has a different subject for study. We have undertaken strictly Bible based studies, where we have looked at a book, or portion of a book, of the Bible. We have also carried out thematic studies, where the Bible is only one source of input. Recently we have adopted the York Course Lent Studies, and this year we shall be following their new course ‘Build On The Rock – Faith, doubt – and Jesus.’  


You would be most welcome to join us, do contact the Secretary, or Assistant Minister, for more details.

Parent and Toddler Group

We run two Parent and Toddler Group sessions on a Thursday; one in the morning at 10.00-11.30am and one in the afternoon at 1.30-3.00pm.


It is a very popular group with around 120 families attending regularly over the two sessions. There is currently a short waiting list for the morning group.


End of term parties and other activities are organised which are always very well received.


Contact Charlie Thurlby for more information.

eMail: homewoodurchalls@btconnect.com

Day Centre

Is a social and activity group for elderly people who meet on Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm in the Back Hall.


Activities include scrabble, dominoes, card games, quizzes and games involving hand and eye co-ordination as well as exercises to music. About once a month there is a speaker or musical entertainer. Coffee mornings are held twice a year with funds going towards a summer outing and an excellent Christmas lunch.

Coffee Club

Meet every six to eight weeks in members’ houses for coffee and fellowship.


Last year they organised four cake stalls after the Sunday morning service.  


They also run the Country Kitchen Stall at the Winter Fayre.  


Sewing Group

Meets from 10:30am on the first Thursday each month in the Upper Room.


Previously they have made a ‘Tree of Life, ‘Noah’s Ark’ collage and an abstract piece entitled ‘The Creation’. At the moment they are working on ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ and ‘The Elements’ (Fire and Water). To see photos of their past work, please go to the Galley section of this website.

Afternoon Tea Club

Afternoon Tea Club began in 2009. The aim was to give church friends an extra opportunity to meet for fellowship in addition to Sunday morning coffee time. Ladies and gentlemen are welcomed around 3 pm in the back hall on a monthly basis to share conversation, tea and cake in a friendly, informal environment. New friends are always welcome. Tea Club dates are available in the Homewood Herald.      

Forum

Organises a variety of social events throughout the year.


Each year five or six mid-week country walks of 4 – 6 miles are organised by different members of ‘Mid-Week Strollers’, ending in a pub lunch.


Two visits to St Albans Musical Theatre Company are organised each year as well as other social events such as Barn Dances and Quizzes.

Flower Guild

Is a group of dedicated ladies who use their skill to arrange fresh flowers for the church weekly.


The flowers are donated by a person or family in memory of a loved one, and arranged by members of the Flower Guild.


They always put on a wonderful display, particularly for the Harvest Festival Service, Easter and Christmas.


They also run a stall at the annual Winter Fayre selling fresh flower arrangements as well as artificial Christmas table centres.

Charity Knitters

Meet fortnightly on Wednesday evenings in the small hall.

In the past year the knitting was mainly for the charity “Haven in Romania”. They produced a large quantity of knitted clothes and blankets for this worthwhile cause.  They also used some of their funds to purchase underwear for the children.


In addition they knitted another blanket for the Women’s Refuge, as well as hats and gloves for the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal.


They have a very successful stall at the Winter Fair, and are currently knitting for Syrian children in conjunction with Chiswell Green URC.

Gardening Group

Is a small yet hard working group who meet most Tuesdays from 9.30am (weather permitting) to keep the garden beds reasonably weed free and well stocked, and the tubs surrounding the Church well maintained.


Many daffodil bulbs have been planted to maintain a good spring show.

Men's Breakfast Club

 The Gentlemen’s Breakfast takes place in the small hall every second month from March to November.  We meet on a Monday morning at 8.30am for about 90 minutes to share food, fellowship and listen to an invited speaker.  Members of the group take it in turns to act as chef.  The Gentlemen’s Breakfast convenor is Stuart Gray, email s.gray608@btinternet.com 

Ladies wot Lunch

‘Ladies WOT Lunch’ is a relatively new group who meet on three or four occasions during the year to enjoy convivial conversation and a nice lunch.  Dates are fluid, normally mid- week, and will be advertised through the church.  A sign up list will be found at the back of the church prior to a meet.  To find out more contact suegray.spinners@gmail.com 

Uniformed Organisations
Several Brownie, Guide, Cub and Scout Groups are affiliated to the church. Parade Services are held three times a year.

Name of OrganisationMeeting DayMeeting TimeContact Namee-mail AddressMeeting Location
13th St. Albans BrowniesTuesday5:45pm - 7:15pmClair Ruiz-Palma, Karen Raney-Marr, Ruth Griffiths cerooke@hotmail.com kazrm321@hotmail.com ruth@griffiths6888.freeserve.co.ukChurch Main Hall
14th St. Albans BrowniesMonday5:45pm - 7:15pmKaren Tottonkaren.totten@gmail.comChurch Main Hall
7th St. Albans GuidesThursday7:00pm - 8:30pmJo Russell and Hannah Robinsonjoannagodden@ntlworld.com robinson.he@gmail.comChurch Main Hall
7th St. Albans Guides Senior SectionTuesday7:30pm - 9:00pmSusanna Biddle and Joanne Knoxsusannabiddle@hotmail.com joanneknox60@msn.com 7thsensec@gmail.comChurch Main Hall
19th St Albans GuidesMonday6:15pm - 8.00pmKatie Peett19thguidesstalbans@gmail.comChurch Back Hall
13th St Albans GuidesTuesday7:30pm - 8:30pmLynda Topp Sarah Shreevesl.topp@ntl.com shreevesfamily@hotmail.com Wheatfields School
18th St Albans BeaversTuesday5:45pm - 6.45pmStuart Smarttuesday-beavers@18th stalbans-scouts.org.ukHall Heath Close Scout Hut
18th St Albans Wickwood Beavers Friday 6:00pm - 7.00pmStuart Smart18thbeavers@live.co.ukHall Heath Close Scout Hut
18th St Albans Homewood CubsTuesday7:00pm - 8.15pmSarah Burgesscubs18thhomewood@gmail.comHall Heath Close Scout Hut
18th St Albans Douthwaite CubsWednesday6:00pm - 7.00pmFiona Bickleybickleybarwicks@aol.comHall Heath Close Scout Hut
18th St Albans Aquila ScoutsFriday7:30pm - 9.15pmScout Leaderinfo@aquila.scout-troop.org.ukHall Heath Close Scout Hut
18th St Albans Tylers ScoutsThursday7:45pm - 9.15pmSimon Thurlbyinfo@tylerscouts.org.ukHall Heath Close Scout Hut

Youth Group:

Meets every Sunday except when there is a More@4. It meets between 6.00 - 7.30pm for games, food and discussion. It is for young people in the school Years 6 and over.

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