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The following list contains details of the groups organised by the church and other church community activities:

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.

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

Name of OrganisationMeeting DayMeeting TimeContact Namee-mail AddressMeeting Location
13th St. Albans BrowniesTuesday6:00pm - 7:15pmClair Ruiz-Palma
Karen Raney-Marr
cerooke@hotmail.com
kazrm321@hotmail.com
Church Main Hall
14th St. Albans BrowniesMonday5:45pm - 7:00pmKaren Tottonkaren.totten@gmail.comChurch Main Hall
7th St. Albans GuidesThursday7:00pm - 8:30pmJo Russell stalbansguides@outlook.comChurch Main Hall
7th St. Albans Guides Senior SectionTuesday7:30pm - 9:00pmSusanna Biddle
Joanne Knox
susannabiddle@hotmail.com
joanneknox60@msn.com
7thsensec@gmail.com
Church Main Hall
19th St Albans GuidesMonday6:30pm - 8.00pmBecky Kelway
Laura Peppiatt
19thguidesstalbans@gmail.comChurch Back Hall
13th St Albans GuidesTuesday7:00pm - 8:30pmLynda Topp
Sarah Shreeves
l.topp@ntworld.com
shreevesfamily@hotmail.com
Wheatfields Infant School
18th St Albans BeaversTuesday5:45pm - 6.45pmStuart Smarthallheathbeavers@hotmail.comHall 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 Burgess
Sarah Mullis
cubs18thhomewood@gmail.comHall Heath Close Scout Hut
18th St Albans Douthwaite CubsWednesday6:30pm - 8.00pmNicky Vellacottnicky@radicalmoon.co.ukHall 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.

     Church Groups

Ladies wot Lunch

'Ladies wot Lunch' is a group who meet on three or four occasions during the year to enjoy convivial conversation and a nice pub lunch.  Dates are fluid, normally mid- week, and will be advertised through the church.  

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.

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.

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.

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.      

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

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.

Senior Choir

Meets for practice at 7.30 - 8.30pm 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.

Other Church Events

Harvest Supper: family fun which takes a variety of forms such as musical entertainment, Barn Dance or Family Quiz.

Winter Fayre: end of November includes a variety of stalls, children's activities and good food.

Children's Activity Mornings: held in the Church Halls on the Saturday before Christmas and Easter, and on Thursday mornings during the summer school holiday (please see What's On for details).

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.

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

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.

Book Club

Meets from time to time to discuss a Christian or spiritual book recommended to the group.

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.  


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.

House Group

Meets in members' homes at 8 pm on the first Thursday of the month for discussion. The most recent series has been based on one of the 'York Courses' entitled 'So what are you waiting for?'

Morning Chorus

Is a group of women, young people and children who sing during morning worship about twice a term and at All Age 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.