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St Peter's Parish News
Volume 9 Number 39
Friday 4 October 2019
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From Fr Simon


I was reading something the other day which was comparing two panoramas of London.
The first was an engraving from around 1600 - several decades before The Great Fire of London.  As well as the densely packed housing and shops, the dominant feature in the engraving is the number of church spires and towers, all reaching up into the sky as far as the eye can see.
The second image was a photograph taken in the past few years.  Many of the churches still survive.  But most of them can no longer be seen, dwarfed, like any of the other low-rise buildings, by the number of new office blocks attempting to touch the clouds.
The writer was highlighting how our buildings seem to reflect where power and influence - for good or bad - lies in society, and where society's heart probably dwells.  In the past, the dominant buildings of London were temples to God, pointing heavenward.  Now the skyline is dominated by temples to materialism and consumerism.
Thankfully though, whilst often physically overshadowed by taller buildings, overshadowed by other distractions in life and overshadowed in our nation's public debates, God continues to be the focus of many human hearts.  And so this Sunday at St Peter's we celebrate the Feast of Dedication - an opportunity in the year to give thanks for our beautiful church building in Berkhamsted and the place it has in our community because, as our first reading this Sunday will remind us, 'all things come from you, and of your own have we given you'.
But there's also an additional cause for thanks.  I'm sure it's true that if you were to ask people on our High Street where the 'church' is, they might point you towards St Peter's, or perhaps to the Baptist church, or perhaps to the Roman Catholic church among other buildings.  But in our gospel reading this Sunday we'll hear Jesus moving our gaze from the stones of Jerusalem's temple to himself - to his own body.  Jesus' hearers interpret his proclamation ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up’ as Jesus referring to the rebuilding - stone by heavy stone - of Jerusalem's temple - their holy place of worship.  However, he is, in fact, referring to himself: a temple of the Holy Spirit which will itself be raised up after three days following his death on a Roman cross.
So as we hear that passage, we're reminded that, as well as referring to a building of stones, bricks, wood and mortar ('church' with a lowercase 'c'), the word 'Church' with an uppercase 'C' often refers to God's one and only global Church: His one and only family into which we're all joyfully welcomed when baptised.  So therefore, as baptised Christians, we're members of the one body of Christ - each with our own skills, talents and gifts to share with the world and with one another in honour of God and in service to Him and to our neighbour.
So this Sunday is not only an opportunity to celebrate our church building and all that it symbolises on our high street, but also to give thanks and to remember those who, eight centuries ago, first laid the foundations of our town's great house of prayer, and all those many thousands of people since who have worshipped there, kept the building maintained, and who keep God's Church - both materially and personally - alive and ministering to our community.
Yours in Christ,
Fr Simon


Sunday Services

Sun 6 Oct at 8:00am: Eucharist
Sun 6 Oct at 9:30am: Sung Eucharist

Weekday Service Times Next Week

Mon 7 Oct at 9:00am: Morning Prayer
Mon 7 Oct at 5:00pm: Evening Prayer
Tue 8 Oct at 9:00am: Morning Prayer at All Saints
Tue 8 Oct at 9:30am: (9:30am Eucharist at All Saints)
Tue 8 Oct at 5:00pm: Evening Prayer
Wed 9 Oct at 8:00am: Morning Prayer
Wed 9 Oct at 8:30am: Eucharist ]
Wed 9 Oct at 5:00pm: Evening Prayer
Thu 10 Oct at 9:00am: Morning Prayer
Thu 10 Oct at 5:00pm: Evening Prayer
Fri 11 Oct at 9:00am: Morning Prayer
Fri 11 Oct at 5:00pm: Evening Prayer
Worship with us


First Reading: 1 Chronicles 29:6-19

Then the leaders of ancestral houses made their freewill-offerings, as did also the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of the thousands and of the hundreds, and the officers over the king’s work.  They gave for the service of the house of God five thousand talents and ten thousand darics of gold, ten thousand talents of silver, eighteen thousand talents of bronze, and one hundred thousand talents of iron.  Whoever had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of the Lord, into the care of Jehiel the Gershonite.  Then the people rejoiced because these had given willingly, for with single mind they had offered freely to the Lord; King David also rejoiced greatly.
Then David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly; David said: ‘Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, for ever and ever.  Yours, O Lord, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.  Riches and honour come from you, and you rule over all.  In your hand are power and might; and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all.  And now, our God, we give thanks to you and praise your glorious name.
‘But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to make this freewill-offering?  For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.  For we are aliens and transients before you, as were all our ancestors; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope.  O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own.  
I know, my God, that you search the heart, and take pleasure in uprightness; in the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you.  
O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our ancestors, keep for ever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts towards you.  Grant to my son Solomon that with single mind he may keep your commandments, your decrees, and your statutes, performing all of them, and that he may build the temple for which I have made provision.’

Gospel:               John 2:15-22
Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.



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Victoria pupils and parents celebrated the Harvest with a lovely service at church on Wednesday morning. There were songs, poems and artwork, as well as and a really enjoyable interactive address from Olivia. Everyone had the chance to reflect on our current value of Generosity and local homelessness charity DENS will be particularly appreciative of the many generous donations of food and other household essentials from Victoria families. 

This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mr Halls with the Year 6 reflective leaders and Olivia.  We have been reflecting on ‘Caring for creation’ as this week’s theme for the value of Generosity.  We have learnt that creation is God’s special gift to us not only to enjoy, but also to cherish and to care for.  We must be ‘earthkeepers’ so that God’s gift is still beautiful for the next generation.  ‘The Lord God placed man in the Garden of Eden to tend and look after it.’  Genesis 2.15
In Friday’s worship, 5FG led our Harvest worship.  The generous contributions we received from our families have been put together with donations from Swing Gate and Victoria schools and sent to DENS Dacorum Foodbank which provides food parcels to people in need.


FESTIVAL OF LIGHT:  There will be a short meeting at 10.45am on Sunday 6th October in the Lady Chapel for anyone interested in being on the planning team for the Festival of Light.  If you’d just like to help out on the day, please contact the office
ST PETER'S IS LOOKING FOR A CARETAKER for the Court House, to take over cleaning and keeping an eye on general day to day maintenance.  The job would require about four hours a week.  For more information please contact the office
URGENTLY NEEDED: volunteers for the Saturday coffee bar to bake and/or help in the kitchen, once a month.  The coffee bar is part of our church outreach and makes a useful contribution to our funds. Please contact Kathie Lally (863526)
HARVEST APPEAL  Next week is Harvest and the collection will be donated to the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal ‘Light up Tanzania’.  For more information see
Victoria, Swing Gate and Thomas Coram schools have already sent a fantastic number of cans and bottles to DENS so we will not be having a specific DENS collection this year.  There are DENS food bank collection boxes in Tesco and Waitrose so we encourage you to add an extra something to your shopping and donate it to DENS this week.  
PEOPLE NOT BORDERS invites you to Berko Unplugged on Wed 9th October in the Greene Room upstairs at the Kings Arms, 8:00 - an intimate evening of beautiful music with Said the Maiden, Lizzy Hardingham and Beverley Wong.  Tickets £12 through our Facebook page or at Café Epicure.  APPEALS We are now collecting beanie hats, scarves and warm socks in dark colours, and nappies, sanitary towels and wipes.  Please leave in our box at St Peter's or St Mary's.
FUNDRAISING FICTION: Waggletail Ted' by Sue Hampton is the story of young Syrian boy called Jamal who moves in, with his family, next-door to a dog who's scared of children, cats and water. Available through the Way Inn or at Café Epicure, or online. Signing at Way Inn on Sat 26th October 10 - 2.
OUR ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM will take place from Friday April 24th until Monday April 27th and will be led by Fr. David.  Details will be available in early January. 
From Wednesday October 16th to Saturday 19th at 7.00pm (Matinee Sat. 2.00pm) the Lamp House Theatre Company from Peterborough are performing "Wild Boy: The True Story of Peter the Wild Boy," in St Mary's Northchurch.  Tickets are available from the following link: 
NEW KNIT & NATTER GROUP  - Do you like knitting?  Do you like chatting?   St Peter’s Mothers’ Union is starting a Knit and Natter group and we welcome church members to join us.   Bring your own knitting or knit for MU projects.   MU members knit a variety of items for the hospitals in the diocese and for countries in Africa and Eastern Europe.   The first meeting is on Tuesday 8 October at 2.30pm.   Phone Kathie Lally (863526) or Margaret Burbidge (862139) for details.
THE CHILDREN'S SOCIETY - please bring your collecting box to the family Eucharist on any Sunday in October for Kathie Lally to empty.  Leave it with a sidesman if you come to the 8am service, or if you would like Kathie to visit you to empty your box phone her on 863526.
All are welcome to attend DEANERY SYNOD on Wednesday 16th October at 7.45pm at Sunnyside to hear guest speaker Margaret Pritchard Houston - the Diocesan Children's Mission Enabler.
ST PETER’S BOOK GROUP: The next meeting is Mon 4 November and the book ‘Be Not Afraid: Facing Fear with Faith’ by Samuel Wells.  More details to come.

On Sunday Oct 6th 6.30pm at St Mary's church Northchurch Concert to be given by "Ressurection Choir", a highly acclaimed 8 voice St Petersburg choir current touring theUK. They will sing a one hour programme of Russian sacred and secular music.
Admission £10 Under 18: free More details, Tel: 07957498947 or email

MODERN SLAVERY. Mothers' Union's Autumn Worship will be raising awareness of modern slavery.  The service is on Tuesday 15th October in All Saints Church at 2.30pm. The speaker will be the Rev'd Atalie Gaines, Vicar of King Charles the Martyr, Potters Bar.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.  All are welcome.  Do come and find out more about this important issue for today.  Margaret Burbidge Tel: 862139


Hello everyone,

We value your support here at The Way Inn.

Over the past few years, we have struggled to keep our heads above water, but God has been good to us in many ways, including volunteers, staff and support.

Today, we find ourselves in a very difficult position of keeping a charity buoyant. One that was started out of a study group, who sent a letter to one of the churches to see if they could help. Since then every church here in Berkhamsted and the surrounding villages has been included and helped us achieve 29 years in business. Next year in July will be a celebration of 30 years in business and a time to give thanks once again for God’s hand on everything that has happened to us in Berkhamsted high street. Then we can still support others and be encouraged ourselves. We need your support in various ways.

Over the years of being a Ministry in the High Street, we have been able to help those folk who walk in off the street for a chat, filling out forms, food bank, counselling, even a cuppa and a chat, and many other situations. Some difficult, some much easier to solve. Today we need you to hold us up in Prayer everyday, we need your support in new youth to help with a paid Saturday job, we need staff who will be gifted in sales, we need pledges of money to support the survival of this charity, which can be gift aided. We need help with expertise in finance, workers on the shop floor and with a vision for the future.

All profits of the shop have always been given out to people who need it, and care and support for our community. But lately we haven’t been able to support even the most vulnerable. That’s why we are asking for your help.

Our vision has always been to help those in need of a listening ear, support in a friendly shop, and the vision to bring the message of Christ to everyone who walks through our door. I don’t mean to thrust in their face hell and damnation, but to bless each person as they enter through music heard, a happy face and good faithful and essential products that will been seen through any shopping experience. Something that we all want as we enter a happy, clean and well directed sales shop floor.

Christmas is coming and it will be the boost we need for a busy and happy time of the year. It’s my favourite time and am very conscious that I could have Christmas on the shelves all year round! But I know it’s not for everyone. Practically we need help in the shop, by dedicated staff that have set hours. This will make the shop run smoothly and the stock priced and put out and away, ready for others to display when the time is ready.

There will be an interview day put aside so that we can evaluate the situation. This will be given to the applicants when they request an application form. I can send this by email, or you can call into the shop to collect.

Can YOU help us achieve this? Can YOU give us your expertise? Can YOU afford to gift aid a small amount of money each month for us to achieve this for your community and church supplies?

I would really like to hear from you if you can help in any way. We need to build God’s kingdom here on earth for everyone to enjoy.

God bless all you do for the mission of our church, and I look forward to hearing from YOU.


Peggy Sear

On behalf of The Way Inn, Berkhamsted

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Dates for you diary

Other events coming up this week:
Tue 8 Oct at 5:15pm: Choir
Thu 10 Oct at 8:00pm: Bellringing
Full Parish Calendar

Meeting this week:

Sundays Together Lunch   Carolynne Charman
12:30pm in the Court House.  For anyone on their own on a Sunday.  Every first Sunday of the month. Sun 6 Oct
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 9 Oct
Little Fishes   Tracy Robinson 863559 Fridays in term time:  9:30-11:15am Court House. With today: Jacob runs away Fri 11 Oct
Choral Evensong for Harvest Thanksgiving Cathedral style Choral Evensong in St Peter’s, 6:00pm Sun 13 Oct
PEW LEAFLET notices copy-ready & rota swaps by 2pm Wednesday please


06 October 2019
8am Said Eucharist
Clergy Fr Simon    
Server Peter Matthews    
Sidesman Sarah Hyde    
Reader Sarah Hyde    
9.30am Sung Eucharist
Clergy President Fr Anthony  
  Deacon Fr Simon  
  Sub-deacon Penny Fray  
  Preacher Fr Simon  
Welcomers Barbara C Carole D  
Sidesmen Elinor Mumford Barbara Northcott  
  Michael Mumford Liz Pearce  
Sound operator Julian     
Servers MC Jane Bartholomew  
  Thurifer Mark Grego  
  Crucifer Will Gore  
  Acolytes Alexander Doubleday  Libby Grundy
Reader Julian Dawson    
Chalice Assistants Caroline Waterstone Hilary Elliott Nicky Evans
Intercessions Margaret Burbidge    
Sunday Club Helen Jesus drives out the money handlers, Feast of Dedication
6.00pm Evening Prayer/Choral Evensong  
Service type Evening Prayer    
Clergy Richard Hackworth    
Sidesman Barbara Conway    
Cleaning Team Cleaning Leader Rachel Below  
  Cleaner 1 Michael Below  
  Cleaner 2 Cathy Imber  
  Cleaner 3    
13 October 2019
8am Said Eucharist
Clergy Fr Chris    
Server Mike Hart    
Sidesman Sarah Hyde    
Reader Sarah Hyde    
9.30am Sung Eucharist
Clergy President Fr Simon  
  Deacon Fr Chris  
  Sub-deacon Fr Chris  
  Preacher Richard H  
Welcomers Rachael A Cathy I  
Sidesmen Helen Pope Kathie Lally  
  Gwen Roberts Philippa Seldon  
Sound operator Rowena    
Servers MC Chris Clegg  
  Thurifer 0  
  Crucifer Richard Currie  
  Acolytes Caroline Waterstone Chris Pritchard
Reader Rachel Below    
Chalice Assistants Carole Dell Uli Grego Christopher Green
Intercessions Alexander Doubleday    
Sunday Club Sarah Elder Harvest  
6.00pm Evening Prayer/Choral Evensong
Service type Choral    
Clergy Fr Simon/Fr John    
Sidesman Christopher Green    
Cleaning Team Cleaning Leader Judy Clegg  
  Cleaner 1 Ruth Kemp  
  Cleaner 2 Carenza Wilton  
  Cleaner 3 0  

Contact us

Fr Tim Pilkington 

01442 879739
(day off Friday)

Fr John Russell
Team Vicar (Gt Gaddesden, Lt Gaddesden, Nettleden)
01442 214898

Fr Joe Roberts
Team Vicar (Potten End)  Director of Schools' Ministry
01442 865217

Parish Office
Hilary Armstrong & Kate Perera      
01442 878227
Fr Simon Vivian
Assistant Curate
01442 864199
(day off Thursday)
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