Parish Groups

There are many different groups for all ages and interests. 

We hope that you will find a group or groups that suit you.

Most of our groups have been suspended due to Covid restrictions, the ones continuing are virtual meetings mainly by zoom, we hope to get most of our groups going soon as restrictions are relaxed.
 

An important part of our Church life is the opportunity to belong and to feel part of a Church family. A central element of being a family is interdependence: all are needed and valued and each person is important to the whole. This is sometimes hard with in the larger organisation which is our Team Parish, however we have a number of parish groups in which deeper friendships and relationships can be formed as we journey together on the way of faith. You are invited to join in with any of these groups to meet new friends in our church community.

 

Use the links below to find more information
 

 
Baby Song Time and Toddlers

We have three groups for Babies and Toddlers

Baby Song Time in Tring Church

On Monday mornings in term time, we have a Baby Songtime that meet in Tring Church at 11am. There is half an hour singing with actions to a variety of songs but all suitable for babies! Then refreshments and socialising for at least another half an hour. All are welcome to come with babies, you don't need to be a member of the church, it is open to anyone, It's for parents, grandparents or carers. Please bring something to lay baby on like a towel or blanket. Just come along any Monday in term-time, you will be most welcome.

Aldbury Mother and Toddlers Group

 

 

Toddler Worship in Tring Church

 

Our Toddler Worship in Tring Church happens on the second Tuesday of each month at 11am except in August. From toddlers to four year olds and their carers, they have a time of songs stories activities and prayers for about half an hour followed by refreshments and chat. 

 Jane and Pippa lead it, and welcome new families.

 

 

 

 

Youth Cafe

Youth café is a place for our secondary school age children to meet and to eat toast, drink hot chocolate or coke and to ask the big questions about the world.

 

We meet in the upstairs room in Tring Church after school on Mondays. We finish by 5 pm

 

We go out for occasional trips (to a pizza restaurant or bowling). We have had a sleep over in church. We watch films. We sometimes lead the worship at Tring Church.

Youth Cafe 2.0

Those who have out grown youth café still meet but not as frequently.  We get together for food and a chat a couple of times a term and also try and meet up in the holidays so the Uni students can join in.

 
 

Dads n Lads n Daughters

This is an annual camping weekend when the fathers take the children away for a night's camping in Puttenham. We play games, we BBQ and then sit around a camp fire.

 

We would put more information about this event below, but then there would be a danger of the mums finding out what actually happens!

 

Without a doubt it is the highlight of the year for many of our church children.

 

Young Adults Group

Tring Young Adults Group is a discussion group for young adults (i.e. 18 until you no longer feel young)
It meets in Tring church on 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.

If you would like any more information please contact Roy or Moira.

 

Mothers Union

The Vision of the Mothers’ Union:

Our vision is of a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful, and flourishing relationships.

 

Our aim and purpose:

To demonstrate the Christian faith in action by the transformation of communities worldwide through the nurture of family in its many forms.

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We have had an active Branch of just around 30 members in Tring, but recently we changed to a group of diocesan members. This means we will be meeting more informally and more as a social get together. We will go to the 10am Communion service on the first Thursday of every other month, and chat over a cuppa afterwards. We have planned several social gatherings as well. The get-togethers will be advertised in the pewnotices or you can join the email group here.

 

The members join up with the other Branches in the Deanery for a Lady Day Service, a Deanery talk, and an Autumn Worship Service; and we participate in events organised by the diocese. All that we do is related to the Vision, Aim and Purpose of the organisation which we support both financially and in the way we live our lives. This all sounds very formal, but we are a welcoming group, so if you are interested do come along when we get together.

 
Men's Society

The Society welcomes new members and visitors from all the churches in the Parish

We aim to provide fellowship and mutual support for all men in the Parish through monthly meetings, usually in the Half Moon Wilstone and lunch is available. We also have occasional social meals to which our ladies are invited.

 

Details are provided in the weekly pew sheets.

First Saturday Lunch Club

A lunch in the parish hall in Tring for the bereaved and anyone who finds themselves living alone

On the first Saturday of each month we serve a home cooked lunch including pudding for a modest charge (currently £4)  People start arriving from 12:30 pm for a 1 pm lunch.  Drivers are available to collect those who are not able to walk.  The menu is published in the pewsheet the week before.  All are welcome.  Please call to book a place by the Thursday before.

 
 
Food Bank

Tring Church is open every weekday from 10 am - 12 noon to distribute emergency food parcels as part of the DENS Food bank. We welcome volunteers to help with this.

We also collect food donations. 

The Foodbank provides emergency food parcels to anyone who is struggling in the community, not just those who are homeless.  Visitors can receive up to three parcels, which are sized to provide three days food for either single people or families. Our volunteers are trained individuals who are ready to offer not just food, but words of advice and encouragement.

Members of the community come to the Foodbank for a number of reasons. These include:

  • Reduced income due to job loss

  • Changes in benefit payments

  • Families unable to feed their children during the summer holidays

  • Currently homeless or living in temporary in temporary accommodation

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Coffee Mornings

We have lots of opportunities to come together for tea and coffee and a chat.

Tuesdays 

9.45 -- 10.15 Tring Church (after communion)

10 - 12 Wilstone Church

10 -12 Aldbury Church

Thursdays 

10.30 -11 Tring Church (after communion)

Fridays

10 - 12 Tring Church

Saturdays

10 - 12 Tring Church

Ceclia Tea Rooms

Three or four times as year the hall in Puttenham is transformed into a tea room.  High tea is served with a selection of sandwiches and cakes.  It is a wonderful social afternoon in the beautiful setting of Puttenham.  Check the calendar for details on the next one.

 
 
Stick Sundays

Once a month we go for an hour's stroll in the countryside around one of our churches.  It is called Stick Sunday because the small children have a habit of picking up very big sticks.

After the walk we have a short Worship for All style service and a simple tea (often sandwiches crisps fruit and a cup of tea).

Once a year in May our Stick Sunday becomes Mega Stick Sunday. Then we walk or run around all five churches.  This is a half marathon distance and people get sponsored for Christian Aid.

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This is a drop-in group held in Tring Church on a Tuesday afternoon from 2pm for around 2 hours. We are a friendly group of mixed ages although most members are retired. You can bring your own craft to do, knit and natter, or sit and sew, or anything else you care to do!

 

Or just pop in for a cuppa and a chat.

Some members knit or crotchet for charity, some help mend kneelers or other church projects, and we help each other if we get stuck on patterns!

At present we meet in our homes via zoom and welcome new zoomers!

 
House Groups

We have a number of House Groups which meet for further study and for fellowship.  Some of them meet all year round and some just meet during Advent and Lent.  Please email Huw for more information about joining a House Group.

Book Group

Our monthly Book Group meets in Tring Church on Sunday evenings (usually the fourth Sunday of each month).  

As we can't meet yet in church due to restrictions, we discuss by zoom and on the website forum.

 Email John to find out our current book details.

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Prayer Ministry and Meditation

There is a small but active prayer ministry group in the parish, based in Tring Church. There are usually members available to pray with people after the 10am Sunday service.

You can leave requests on the form on this website and ask for a response if you wish, or keep it anonymous.  

The meditation groups is an interdenominational group run by Malcolm and it usually meets weekly at the Corpus Christi Church. Email him to find out more. 

 
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Tring Church Choir

Tring Church Choir is a very active group of people who give their time to provide music and lead the singing to assist the worship in the church. The big services at Christmas and Easter are obviously well known, but the Church Choir supports all the regular services of the church week in, week out, throughout the year. The choir also sing regularly for weddings and other special occasions that arise from time to time. Choir rehearsals take place every Friday evening to rehearse for each Sunday service, and also to practice ahead for the more complicated and challenging items.

 

As members of an RSCM-affiliated choir there are also opportunities to take part in events and courses run by the RSCM.

We are an adult-only choir at the moment. New members are welcome, some prior choral singing experience (although not necessarily in a church choir) and the ability to read music are essential.

 
Tring Church Worship Group

We lead the singing on the 2nd Sunday of the month for the Worship for All Service and rehearse before the service. Singers and all kinds of instruments are welcome to join.

 

Piano and More

Monthly concerts in Tring Church

The Piano and More concert series was started in 2017 and takes place in the beautiful setting of Tring’s mediaeval Parish Church. The series centres around the 1906 Bechstein grand piano which the church acquired in January 2017, and has involved many local musicians  -  pianists, singers, instrumentalists and conductors.  A regular series of hour long Sunday afternoon concerts has been established, usually on the second Sunday of each month, and additional concerts have also taken place at other times.

During Covid 19 Crisis we are streaming the concerts.

 

Bell Ringing

Bell ringing is an ancient and uniquely English church tradition.

Tring Church

Tring Church has a peal of 8 bells with a strong team of ringers. Practice night is a Tuesday and we ring for the Sunday 10 am service and for weddings. 

Aldbury Church

Aldbury Church has 6 bells and a developing team.  There is a learners group on Tuesday mornings and practice night is a Wednesday. We ring for the Sunday 10 am service and weddings.

Puttenham Church

Puttenham Church has 3 bells which are rung for festivals and weddings by ringers from across the team. 

 

TRingers

The TRingers are a handbell ringing group

We are a group of about 10 people and we meet to practice on Monday mornings in Tring Church to practice.  We go out fairly regularly to entertain various groups as well as ringing at church events.

New members are always welcome. No prior experience necessary.

 
Tring Choral Society

Whilst not one of our parish groups we have close links to the choral society because their concerts are in Tring Church and they were generous supporters of our new lighting.

There are three regular concerts a year: at Christmas, Easter and one in the Summer, with some additional events for special occasions. 

 

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