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Volume 10 Number 12
Friday 14 February 2020
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From Fr David

‘Perfectionism’ is a personality trait whereby an individual strives for perfection in life and work, and of course you are on to a hiding to nothing, because one hundred percent perfection can never be attained. Perfectionists often want everything to be neat, tidy and organised, whether it be in their work life, orderliness in the home or in their dress, appearance and behaviour. I am sure we all know people who are perfectionists and they must be infuriating to live with or work alongside. Apart from the impossibility of being one hundred per cent prefect in living and organising your life, there is also the danger that perfectionists can be judgemental and critical of those who do not come up to their standards. There are inherent dangers in striving for perfection all the time, depression and low self esteem being just two of them. Of course, there is nothing wrong with striving for the best in all we do in life but it is when it becomes obsessive that problems can arise. The artist Claude Monet was a perfectionist and he once made this rather sad comment: ‘My life has been nothing but a failure.’ His pursuit for perfection led him on occasions to destroy some of his paintings.
This Sunday’s gospel is once again a section of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and we hear him saying ‘Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.’ Is this Jesus encouraging perfectionism? Certainly some of Jesus’ sayings in the Sermon seem to set before us supreme ideals in terms of our behaviour and relationships: ‘Turn the other cheek….give to everyone who begs from you….pray for those who persecute you… your enemies’ and there are many more such injunctions in other sayings in the Sermon. Being human as we are, how on earth can we ever live up to such high standards of behaviour? What a burden is placed upon us as we try to live up to such high standards. There is no question that Jesus is setting before us a radical new way of living and being, God’s way, a reversal of the way in which human beings normally behave. Is it then utter perfection Jesus is looking for in us? The answer is no. What we are presented with is the highest ideal in human behaviour which God longs for in us. This ideal is set before us for us to aspire to in the full knowledge that we are frail, vulnerable earthen vessels and will fall short of the ideal many times. God is loving and merciful and again and again will pick us up when we fall, enabling us to continue reaching for that ideal or perfection in life and living.
Cardinal John Henry Newman, recently canonised and declared a saint, once said this: ‘To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.’ The road to perfection is ‘change’ and that change is day by day desiring and seeking to grow in God’s love of self and others.
Fr David
‘Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.’ (Matthew 5.48)



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First Reading: Leviticus 19:1-2 & 9-18

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.  When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest.
You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the LORD your God.
You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; and you shall not lie to one another.  And you shall not swear falsely by my name, profaning the name of your God: I am the LORD. 
You shall not defraud your neighbour; you shall not steal; and you shall not keep for yourself the wages of a labourer until morning. 
You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling-block before the blind; you shall fear your God: I am the LORD.  You shall not render an unjust judgement; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbour.
You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbour: I am the LORD.
You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbour, or you will incur guilt yourself.  You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the LORD.


Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48
On the mountain, Jesus continued to teach his disciples.  ‘You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”  But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer.  But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile.  Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.  You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.”  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.  For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?  Do not even the tax-collectors do the same?  And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others?  Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.’’



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It's Feeling Good Week in schools around Hertfordshire and children at Victoria have been learning how to look after their well-being. They've had workshops in meditation and Tai Chi and have focused on what makes them feel happy. Staff have been carrying out random acts of kindness for each other and the school is brimming over with calm and positivity! As we approach the end of the half term, each class has considered what they have learned about the value of Courage, reflecting on how they have been courageous over the last few weeks. On Thursday, Jo Kidd from the Berkhamsted Arts and Crafts Shop came in to talk to us about an exciting project all the schools in the town will be taking part in this summer. Look out for updates on this over the coming months. 

This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler and the Reflective Leaders and 3RP.  Our theme has been encouraging others.  We have been reflecting on how our friends can build us up and encourage us.  The children took this heart as it was noticeable on our whole school trip.
On Wednesday, the whole school visited KidZania in London as part of our careers education.  Kidzania is an indoor city for children, which provides them with an opportunity to explore and gain insight into some real-life roles including aviation, banking and medicine.   This visit offered the children important life and career-based skills as well as installing the value of earning and spending.  The children thoroughly enjoyed their day; feedback from the children and their parents/carers was that they had an amazing day and they talked non-stop about it when they got home. 
A team of four Year 5 pupils competed in the Berkhamsted heat of The Herts for Learning 2019/20 Year 5 mathematics Challenge.  They performed very well, answering some tricky questions to be placed third behind The Beacon School and Dundale in a very close competition.

INTINCTION  In light of current concerns over the transfer of viruses, please be assured that the clergy and chalice assistants at St Peter's take hygiene very seriously as they administer communion, and are monitoring advice from the diocese and the broader Church of England.  It is our practice at St Peter's - in line with national guidance - for individuals NOT to intinct (dip their wafer into the wine).  Far from preventing the spread of colds and viruses, the presence of numerous fingers close to the wine during intinction actually INCREASES the risk of contamination.  At this moment, sharing the common chalice continues to be the safest and most appropriate means of receiving the Blessed Sacrament.

LENT TALKS 2020 This year, Fr Simon is going to be leading the weekly Lent Talks which will begin in the Court House at 8pm on Wednesday 4th March.  Over the course of four hour-long Wednesday evenings, we'll be reflecting on the Church's age-old statement of beliefs: The Creed.  So that we have a sense of approximate numbers, please sign up on the sheet at the back of church if you would like to attend.

WEDNESDAY MORNINGS IN LENT: Coffee and fellowship followed by Bible Study.
Penny Fray and Richard Hackworth are offering five coffee and fellowship sessions followed by Bible study in the Court House after the Wednesday morning service – half an hour of coffee and fellowship followed by half an hour of bible study on the passages from the Wednesday morning service.  The dates will be 4th, 11th,18th and 25th March and 1st April, 9 - 10 am. If you are interested please email Penny : or speak to her when she returns at the beginning of February from her placement in Sunnyside Church.

GOD TALK in the Rising Sun pub on Monday 24 February at 8.00pm.  Come along to discuss/argue/share thoughts on the book ‘What’s The Point Of Being A Christian’ by Timothy Radcliffe.  You don’t need to have read the book but it is available on Amazon UK, new and used copies available!  Talking is thirsty work – hence the pub location!  Let Caroline Waterstone know if you intend to come:  
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE will be at Northchurch Baptist Church, Friday 6th March at 1.30pm.   Women, men and children of all ages are called to  Rise, take your mat and walk to join this day of prayer, prepared by women of Zimbabwe who encourage us all to reflect on the difficulties and unrest that have plagued their country over many years.  They share the challenges they have met and the hopes they have for the future. They encourage us to 'Rise, take your mat and walk' with them as they continue their often turbulent journey towards full reconciliation.   Come if you can!  If you would like to take part in the service, please contact Peggy Sear on 07804 697948 or email me 

THE FRIENDS OF ST PETER’S are pleased to present their Inaugural David Pearce Lecture featuring Old Berkhamstedian Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. 
50 years on from the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world
This fund raising event is being held in partnership with the Berkhamsted Society on Friday, April 3rd 2020 in the Centenery Hall.   Doors open at 19:00 and the event will begin at 19:30.  Drinks will be available in the Nash-Harris Dining Room before the lecture.  Tickets cost £15 for an adult, £5 for U18s and may be obtained at: or by contacting Cathy Imber on 07909 868928.

HELP PLEASE: Little Fishes is in urgent need of more helpers to prepare and serve drinks on Friday mornings between 9.30 and 11.00.  We operate on a rota system so people don’t need to do it every week.  Please ask Cherry Smith, Diana Nicholas or Helen Pope on a Sunday morning in church, pop in to Little Fishes on a Friday morning, or phone me to find out more.  Tracy Robinson (863359)
AND MORE HELP: Saturday morning coffee needs more bakers and helpers!  Would you be able to bake a cake and / or help out no more than once a month with the Saturday morning coffee bar, which is now catering to an increased number of customers?  Please contact Kathie Lally on 863526.

Notices for the Pew Leaflet & Parish Email
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Meeting this week:

Pastoral Network   Philippa Seldon 871534 7:45pm in the Court House Mon 17 Feb
Mothers' Union   Margaret Burbidge tel: 862139 Sharing a favourite hymn or prayer.  17Hall Park, 2:30pm Tues 18 Feb
Grief and Loss Support Group   Sylvia Banks 871195. Monthly Lunch 12:30pm at The White Horse, Bourne End Wed 19 Feb
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 19 Feb
Little Fishes   Tracy Robinson 863559 Fridays in term time:  9:30-11:15am Court House. No meeting today – half term Fri 21 Feb
PEW LEAFLET notices copy-ready & rota swaps by 2pm Wednesday please


16 February 2020
8am Said Eucharist
Clergy Fr Chris    
Server Chris Clegg    
Sidesman Liz Prosser    
Reader Liz Prosser    
9.30am Sung Eucharist
Clergy President Fr David  
  Deacon Fr Anthony  
  Sub-deacon Olivia  
  Preacher Fr Anthony  
Welcomers Rachel B Barbara C  
Sidesmen Simon Grandage Gwen Roberts  
  Barbara Grandage Kate Hennessey  
Sound operator Christopher    
Servers MC Jane Bartholomew  
  Thurifer 0  
  Crucifer Stephen Lally  
  Acolytes Rowena Pike  Caroline Waterstone 
Reader Alison McMunn    
Chalice Assistants Dagna Horner Bev Jullien Paul Jullien
Intercessions Will Gore    
Sunday Club 0 No Sunday Club  
6.00pm Evening Prayer/Choral Evensong  
Service type Evening Prayer    
Clergy Richard Hackworth    
Sidesman Gerry Bertolotti    
Cleaning Team Cleaning Leader Judy Clegg  
  Cleaner 1 Ruth Kemp  
  Cleaner 2 Carenza Wilton  
  Cleaner 3 0  
23 February 2020
8am Said Eucharist
Clergy Fr Simon    
Server Alan Conway    
Sidesman Mike & Yvonne Hart    
Reader Mike Hart    
9.30am Sung Eucharist
Clergy President Fr Simon  
  Deacon Fr David  
  Sub-deacon Olivia  
  Preacher None - baptism  
Welcomers Philippa S Nicky E  
Sidesmen Ian Imber Paul Jullien  
  Cathy Imber Bev Jullien  
Sound operator Rowena    
Servers MC David Northcott  
  Thurifer 0  
  Crucifer Will Gore  
  Acolytes Hayley Khazaneh Chris Pritchard
Reader Bev Jullien    
Chalice Assistants Helen Nicholls Caroline Waterstone Carole Dell
Intercessions Margaret Burbidge    
Sunday Club Sarah Hyde The Wise man builds his house on the rock
6.00pm Evening Prayer/Choral Evensong
Service type Evening Prayer    
Clergy Olivia    
Sidesman Bob Anderson    
Cleaning Team Cleaning Leader Carole Dell  
  Cleaner 1 Miles Nicholas  
  Cleaner 2 Rosslyn Laidler  
  Cleaner 3 0  

Contact us

Fr Simon Vivian
Assistant Curate (St Peter's)
01442 864199
(day off Thursday)

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
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