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UPDATED 22nd January 2021

ADDED - Readings for Sunday 24th.

UPDATED 13th January 2021

ADDED - Useful NHS info leaflet about monitoring health in isolation. Especially about monitoring hidden symptoms of Covid-19 like low oxygen levels. See the Covid-19 Information page


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I've seen some worrying incidents today on local social media groups of people suggesting that the virus might not be as widespread as people think. That's factually wrong. You can view the latest stats for the SG9 Buntingford and Great Hormead area here - just add in the post code (

What you'll find is that in the past week over 1,000 people tested positive and that's climbing week by week. In the past 24 hours 29 of those people were admitted to our already overstretched hospitals. Sadly 8 more people died in the last week adding to the 124 who died since the outbreak began.

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to follow the guidance and, where possible, stay home. Keep distant form others as if they were infected. Wash hands regularly. Avoid touching your face. Wear masks properly - only touching the ear loops - and change them or clean them regularly.

If possibe, get shopping delivered. If you can't, try to go to small local shops or shop off peak - wearing masks and keeping distant. Go the extra mile by washing packaging and parcels with soapy water. Even if out for a local walk, wash hands after touching gates. Only by being extra careful can we keep the virus at bay.

Stay safe. Revd James Sawyer

UPDATED 6th January 2021


Well, were all in lockdown again! But let's try to keep positive and use this time as a gift to help us prepare for the year ahead.

Even though public worship is permitted, because locally cases of the virus are high, the PCCs and I have taken the decision to transfer all worship online again for the time being to help keep everyone safe.

To help you find the worship more easily the large blue buttion at the top will take you to the Worshipping form home pages where you can find more links. Do explore the whole section for prayers through the week. And please register to receive our regular emails.

The readings for the next two weeks are available online here


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To keep everyone safe, now that we are in Tier 4, we are being extra safe and opting to worship online. So you can catch all the services on YouTube over the coming weeks. Look out for more service updates on the Service Times page.

Our churches will remain open for private prayer.

Meanwhile you can catch up with our services and join us from the Prayer and Worship Resources section of our website. You might also like to watch Bishop Alan's sermon resource for last week which is no less relevant to us this week. Check it out here:

TIER 4...What that means for Church:

For Tier 4 Church worship can go ahead as before. However you are not permitted to mix with other households in the building and no more than ONE PERSON outside. In fact we are asking everyone to disperse as quickly as practical after the services are over.

Christmas Service proceed as usual, but under these tighter regulations. However, our communal outdoor carol singing in Brent Pelham has had to be cancelled as has our walk on 27th December.

It has yet to be clarifird if groups of carol singers would permitted to sing in the streets. But this may be possible if they are substantially distanced and wear masks and are ideally from just one or two households.


CHRISTMAS services details have been posted on our Service Times pages. We only have limited capacity this year due to social distancing rules.


PLEASE let us know if you plan to attend by using the booking forms on this page for the relevant service or use the form in the weekly email. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Sadly we cannot guarantee everyone will be able to have a place. We will let you know if we are oversubscribed as soon as possible.

The countdown to Christmas is well underway. Do take a look out for the living Advent Calendars in our villages. Details below.

Living Advent Calendars are being unveiled in Hormead and Hare Street and also in Brent Pelham in the 25 days running up to Christmas Day on 25th December. You can view a map of the Hormead and Hare Street displays HERE. And visit the Brent Pelham windows HERE.

Churches REMAIN OPEN for private prayer. Sunday Services for public worship recommenced in church on 6th December.

We are still able to hold funerals. And weddings and baptisms are permitted again, subject to certain tier restrictions.

The Government regulations can be read in full on the government website here.

As communities, please help the vulnerable and lonely stay connected. Join a local What's App Group. Volunteer if you are able. Help keep me aware of people who need help.



We have been carefully opening up our churches to keep people safe. Please continue to observe the highest safety standrds when visiting for Priavte Prayer and use the NHS Track and Trace App. QR codes are located on the doors of every church building.

You may use a churchyard as a public outdoor space to meet a person if they live alone.

Please maintain a space of 2m between households/individuals at all times.

You MUST wear a facecovering unless you have a medical dispensation or are under 11.

When visiting, please DO NOT gather in groups of more than six.

Please continue to be mindful of the other hygiene and safety measures in place and wash your hands frequently, especailly having been out and in contact with others and where others may have touched.

To help keep everyone safe, please only visit the buildings or attend for Private Prayer or a church service if you know you are well and as sure as you can be that you and all the members of your household or 'bubble' are free of any virus infection.

You may also wish to look at:

Also  a Black Lives Matter statement form the Rector and links here.

Discover our services from previous weekends too.

Check out our Prayer and Worship Resources pages to find out all about what's happening this weekend with worship online. New resources and links added.

Thank you for visiting the website of The United Benefice of Hormead with Wyddial, Anstey, Brent Pelham and Meesden.

During the Covid-19 Virus outbreak we need to do 'Church' differently. But 'Church' has always been about people and not buildings. So while we are not meeting physically in large groups, to keep a safe, we are doing all we can to help our communities and stay connected in other ways. Please do register for our emails below.

We have worked really hard to reopen churches for Priavte Prayer from Monday 15th June. Please contact Revd James Sawyer if you are able to continue to assist with regular cleaning.

For Community links - See the Covid-19 Information page for more details.

For praying and worshiping from home, see the Prayer and Worship section.

In normal times you can discover all that's going on in our parishes by checking out our Service Times page or downloading the weekly bulletin and our bimonthly newsletter. Right now, we are trying to stick to a revised scheduled of services so you know when it's a good time to pray with others at this difficult time.
If you'd like to receive our regular email update, please register using the form at the bottom of this page.

The Quintet Churches are a group of five Anglican churches who work together and meet for worship in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside in the Diocese of St Albans. We are located just east of the market town of Buntingford and are part of the Buntingford Deanery.

Together we seek to serve our communities, worship God and live His values of love, peace and justice.

Christian have worshiped and ministered in this area for over 1,000 years. So it is our privilege to be the latest generation to continue the story of the body of Christ in our villages.

We are delighted you have found our website, we hope you enjoy browsing  these pages, and to meet you in person soon.

The Ministry Team

P.S. Our website name references both the river Quin which flows in our midst and the quintet or five churches in our benefice (group of parishes). 

If you would like to speak to a member of the ministry team, please call or email us. You can contact the Rector, James Sawyer on 01763 289 258, or email him via this link EMAIL. Please note, James's day of is normally Friday.  Calls may be montitored and/or recorded for training and security purposes.

You can also contact Mrs Patricia Hamilton on 01763 848536 for parish matters and pastoral care. Or you can contact Revd Paddy Cable on 01799 550466

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All are welcome to attend our churches as and when you wish. But sometimes it's good to deepen our reltionship and say we belong. If you are baptised, a member of the Church of England or another Christian church in communion with it, and live locally, you may like to join the Electoral Roll of one of the five churches in the benefice.

Its a first step to getting involved and shaping the church to be relevant for generations to come. To join, complete this form and drop it off or post it to the Vicarage. See also our Electoral Roll privacy notice here.

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The Vicarage 

Great Hormead 



SG9 0NT 

01763 289258