Parish News

News Bulletin for 21 May 6th Sunday of Easter

Volume 7, Number 26 Friday 19th May 2017

From Richard

Once when I was a management consultant I went to a major client one afternoon to give a routine progress report. There were no issues and I was quite relaxed. But instead of being shown to my client’s office I was taken to a lecture theatre with 30 or 40 management trainees and was invited to give them an impromptu presentation. So I did. They were a bolshie lot and clearly out to destroy me. I think it was a sort of corporate blood sport. To skewer a consultant in public was a prerequisite for progression. I suppose they did their best, but they were pretty harmless really.

St Paul had a similar but far more challenging problem in Athens. Actually, he’d had a few difficult months. Paul had been hounded out of Thessalonica by an angry mob and withdrew to Beroea, but a mob chased him out of there too. His friends thought Athens would be safer and sent him there. He must have arrived feeling rather bruised. Athens was completely new to Paul, home to many mystery religions and all sorts of Gods. The author Petronius is said to have observed that in Athens it was easier to find a god than a man.

Paul talked with Jews in the synagogue about Jesus, and with Greeks in the market place. The Greeks were sceptical so they took Paul to the Areopagus to argue his case. The Areopagus is a small hill where an accused person had to defend themselves and their reputation. Paul was put on the spot and had to think on his feet and put together an impromptu speech for an audience with no knowledge of Judaism or the Hebrew scriptures, and who thought Athens was the intellectual centre of the world. They would have happily discredited him if they could and hounded him out of Athens too. But Acts tells us he found a way to engage with them. He started from where he found them and built on what they already believed. He had to be original and to take risks for Christ. And of course he was supported and guided in his speech by the Holy Spirit - the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth – just as Jesus had promised. Today there is a plaque on the Areopagus with the text of St Paul’s speech.

Like Paul, we are called to carry our faith into the world with courage, through the way we engage with others and by the examples we present to them, confident always that the Holy Spirit will guide us and inspire us as Jesus promised.





8:00am Eucharist Pr Fr Tim Pilkington
9:30am Sung Eucharist Pr Lex Bradley

4:00pm Third Sunday Service Fr Simon Vivian

6:00pm Evening Prayer Fr Tim Pilkington


First Reading Acts 17:22-31

Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, ‘Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, "To an unknown god. What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him–though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For "In him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your own poets have said,"For we too are his offspring.

Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.’


Gospel John 14:15-21

‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.’






+ Alan, Bp of St Albans +Justin, Archbishop

Ngbo (Enugu, Nigeria) & Bishop Christian Ebisike




Sick & Bereaved



Long term: Christina Billington, Judith Hill, Yvonne Rix,

Anna Gibbs, Omid Tatiae, Margaret Taylor, Christine Danson, Len Bennett, Priscilla Watt, Matthew Baynes, priest.

and immediate: Ken Thorne, Diane Luckraft, Gordon Hufford, Wendy Halls, Mary Smith














Anthem Let all the world Halsey




Morning Prayer Monday 9:00am; Tuesday 9:00am at All Saints Shrublands Road;

Wednesday 8:00am; Thursday & Friday 9:00am

Eucharist Tuesday 9:30am at All Saints’ Shrublands Road; Wednesday 8:30am in St Peters

Evening Prayer Monday – Friday 5:00pm; Saturday 6:00pm




COURT HOUSE COFFEE: The Court House is open for coffee and home made scones and cakes every Saturday morning (except the first Saturday of the month) so take a break from your shopping and pop in to meet your friends.


CAN YOU DONATE A RAFFLE PRIZE (unused/unwanted gifts, bottles, in date treats) for our Petertide Fair raffle/tombola? Please bring them to church on Sundays or drop off at the Parish Office. We are also looking for lots for our Silent Auction. Father Tim is offering to mow someone’s lawn, what talent/experience do you have that you can offer?! Please email – or call 871386 if you can help. Thank you!


CHURCH CLEANING : Please consider joining one of our Church cleaning teams. Cleaning consists of fairly light work every six weeks for half an hour. Please contact Penny Abbott after church or tel. 873205


TUESDAY CLUB'S MEETING ON 6 JUNE will be a tour of St Peter's led by Christopher Green. All welcome. Please meet in the Court House at 7.30pm. Further details from Barbara McKenna:- 01442-871159


FR SIMON’S ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD on Saturday July 1st at 4pm: There will be a coach from St Peters to St Albans Abbey leaving at 2.30pm and returning around 6. Please sign the form at the back of church or email the office ( if you would like to go, as we need to know what size of coach to order.


WE NEED HELP! Swing Gate Infant and Nursery School, Thomas Coram School and Victoria Infant and Nursery School are attempting a Guinness World Record on the morning of June 12th 2017.  The record attempt will be

Most people hopping on one leg simultaneously.

We need volunteer 'stewards' for this event, so if you are free, have no links to the schools and would like to take on this role, please contact and we can give you more information. Thank you.


PEOPLE NOT BORDERS: On Sunday June 4th we will be taking final donations towards our Baby Boxes for Syria/Iraq before they're shipped. Please see lists on our website/Facebook Page. We will also be taking items for men in Dunkirk: socks, scarves, new underwear and gloves, small sizes in particular. Although it's warmer in the day it's pretty cold if you're sleeping in a forest.

We have been glad to transfer money to our Trustee Katy Brookes-Duncan at a camp in Greece so that she could buy crocs and toys for children who had neither. We also invite you to get creative for Refugee Week, painting a plate at the Pottery Project on Northbridge Road on Monday 19th June, 6 - 9, and to the auction of painted plates on Sat 24th June. Watch our website/Facebook page for details.

JOIN THE VICTORIA SCHOOL GOVERNORS We are looking for volunteers to join our Governing Board as Foundation Governors.   It requires 10-14 hours of your time per month during school term time, and involves a combination of evening meetings (starting at 7pm), some visits to the school during the day (can be done at a time that could suit working people) and reading through documents/writing up notes.   You'll be joining a friendly, 12-strong team of Governors.  We're asking for a minimum 1 year commitment, and you'll receive free training and support.  Anyone with enthusiasm for children's education and the time available is welcome to apply.  We're particularly interested in applicants with expertise in IT systems or buildings maintenance.  Spaces are available to start now or in September.

 For more information or to express your interest in joining, please contact Hilary Armstrong via the Church office.











Mothers’ Union Prayers


Margaret Burbidge 862139

2.30pm at Jennie Budd’s, 120 Valley Road, Northchurch. Prayer requests to Prayer requests to Margaret Burbidge

Tues 23 May






Julian Meeting


Ruth T-B 863268

Meet for about half an hour of quiet prayer. All are welcome. 3 Sherwood Mews, Park Street 11:30am

Wed 24 May






Little Fishes


Tracy Robinson 863559

Fridays in term time: 9:30-11:15am Court House. With today: Jesus says goodbye

Fri 26 May






PEW LEAFLET notices copy-ready & rota swaps by 2pm Wednesday please






Fr Tim Pilkington

Rector (day off Friday) 01442 879739

Fr Simon Vivian

Assistant Curate (day off Thursday) 01442 864199

Fr John Russell

Team Vicar (Gt Gaddesden, Lt Gaddesden, Nettleden)

Revd Penny Nash

Team Vicar (Potten End and Youth Minister)

Parish Office

Hilary Armstrong and Kate Perera 01442 878227