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St Peter's Parish News
Volume 9 Number 46
Friday 8 November 2019
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From Rob

The Sadducees were a group of priests who held the most important positions in the Jewish church. They were very harsh towards Jesus and disagreed with most of his teachings. They did not believe in the resurrection or life after death and were displeased that so many people were listening to Jesus and believing what he told them. (Many Jews thought that those who had been faithful to God would rise again in some way at the end of time.) They asked their question about a woman and her husbands to try to make Jesus look foolish. Jesus refuses their bait and instead takes their question to a higher level by using their example to speak of the resurrection of the dead as something that even Moses implied - thereby using their own sources of authority to annul their argument.


This time of All Saints, All Souls and Remembrance-tide is a particular time where we recall those who have gone before us from this life and have left their mark, directly or indirectly. Christ has made the greatest and only offering to redeem both living and dead through his death and resurrection, which Christians celebrate every Sunday. Because Jesus conquered death and rose from the dead, everyone who has died will be brought back to life. Jesus explained to the Sadducees that our heavenly lives will be very different to our lives on earth. Anyone chosen to share everlasting happiness with God in heaven will become a child of God and will not be concerned with the worries of their earthly lives.


Sometimes people feel afraid of the unknown, but Jesus promises "I am the resurrection and the life", and by dying on the cross and rising from the tomb three days later he shares that life with the world. As Christians, we believe in the resurrection of the whole person, body and soul, when Christ returns in glory at the end of time and calls us to share his eternal life and happiness: that promise of new life given to us when we are welcomed into the Christian family at baptism.

Mr R Halls
Executive Headteacher
Castle Church of England Federation 




Sunday Services

Sun 10 Nov at 8:00am: Eucharist
Sun 10 Nov at 9:30am: Sung Eucharist
Sun 10 Nov at 3:00pm: Royal British Legion Remembrance Service

Weekday Service Times Next Week

Mon 11 Nov at 9:00am: Morning Prayer
Mon 11 Nov at 5:00pm: Evening Prayer
Tue 12 Nov at 9:00am: Morning Prayer at All Saints
Tue 12 Nov at 9:30am: Eucharist at All Saints
Tue 12 Nov at 5:00pm: Evening Prayer
Wed 13 Nov at 8:00am: Morning Prayer
Wed 13 Nov at 5:00pm: Evening Prayer
Thu 14 Nov at 9:00am: Morning Prayer
Thu 14 Nov at 5:00pm: Evening Prayer
Fri 15 Nov at 9:00am: Morning Prayer
Fri 15 Nov at 5:00pm: Evening Prayer
Worship with us


First Reading: Job 19: 23-27a
Job said to his companions: ‘O that my words were written down!  O that they were inscribed in a book!  O that with an iron pen and with lead they were engraved on a rock for ever!  For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.'

Gospel: Luke 20:27-38
Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus, and asked him a question, ‘Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother.  Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless.  Finally the woman also died.  In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be?  For the seven had married her.’
Jesus said to them, ‘Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.  Indeed they cannot die any more, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection.  And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.  Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.’’


    + Alan, Bp of St Albans   +Justin, Archbishop
the Lusitanian Church & Bishop Jorge Pina Cabral
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Memorial   John Hawkins, David Pearce
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In collective worship on Monday, we talked about the world cup-winning South African rugby team and how sport can help bring people together. Our school councillors have been selling poppies each day this week, reminding children of the sacrifice made by so many soldiers in the name of world peace.  On Wednesday, Father Joe led a lovely collective worship at church, teaching the children the word for 'peace' in a number of different languages. 

.This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler with the Year 6 reflective leaders and Father Joe.  Continuing with our value of Peace, we have been reflecting on living at peace with the world.   The reflective leaders used a retelling of a text from Matthew 6 (Do not be worried about the food and drink you need to stay alive, or about the clothes for your body.  After all, isn’t life worth more than food? And isn’t the body worth more than clothes?) to illustrate how important it is to reflect upon our priorities in life: it is not wrong to work hard for the right things but striving for and worrying about the wrong things will not bring us peace and satisfaction.  Father Joe spoke about peace in our world and we learnt about ‘Peace One Day’.  He used John Lennon’s song ‘Imagine’ to illustrate how we can work together for peace in our lives.

ALL SAINTS’ TRIP TO IONA - 10-17th April 2021 All Saints’ Church in Berkhamsted are in the process of planning a trip to Iona: an opportunity to discover something of the attraction of Iona, an island that has been a centre of spirituality for centuries.  We have a few spaces left on the trip and so are now offering these to members of other local churches.  For more information please contact
The next meeting of the KNIT AND NATTER GROUP will be on Tuesday 12 November at 2.30pm at 17 Hall Park.  If you would like to join the group please phone Kathie Lally (863526) to find out more.  If anyone has any balls of wool they no longer need the group would love to receive them for their current knitting projects.
TRANSPORT TO CHURCH:  If you are able to help by giving a lift to someone otherwise unable to come to Church, please contact Philippa Seldon on 871534 or   This could be as part of a rota, or on an ad hoc basis.
MOTHERS' UNION TRAVELLING CRIB:  During Advent from 1st December to Christmas Eve, the Travelling Crib will go from house-to-house round the town.  The crib is a small basket carrying Mary, Joseph and a donkey.  If your family would like to have the crib for one night and then pass it on to the next host the following day, please sign up as soon as possible.  The rota will be available in church on Sundays 3rd, 10th and 17th November, or contact Margaret Burbidge on 862139 or by e-mail,
Alan Conway has some UNUSED PRINTER INK CARTRIDGES that are not compatible with his new printer, and in the interest of helping the environment, rather than throwing them away he would be happy to give them to anyone who can use them.  They are for an EPSOM printer and are the “polar bear” type.  If you are interested please ask Alan directly or let the office know.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHT Thank you to those who have volunteered.  The schedule is on the table at the back of church.  There’s still space for more helpers if you’d like to come along and help.
The Hospice of St Francis has been donated an artwork by Stan Gillon of St Peter’s church. Stan was influenced by local artist Harry Sheldon who encouraged him to join a local art group which he took over when he died and still flourishes today. Stan was appointed Head of Bridgewater School in 1976 and used to take up children to the Hospice to entertain day patients before he retired in 1996. If you would be interested in viewing and purchasing the artwork for a small donation towards the Hospice’s care, please email  Watercolour. 2001. 41 x 47cm.

ART EXHIBITION we are investigating the possibility of hosting an art exhibition at St Peter's in the spring.  If you would like to lead or be involved in this new and exciting opportunity please contact Hilary in the church office
The memorial service for Anna Gibbs will be on Thursday 5th December at 2.30pm at St Peter's.

Notices for the Pew Leaflet & Parish Email
Please send your notices copy-ready & rota swaps by 2pm Wednesday.
Send your notices

Dates for you diary

Other events coming up this week:
Mon 11 Nov at 9:30am: Victoria nursery visit
Mon 11 Nov at 11:00am: Short Act of Remembrance
Tue 12 Nov at 5:15pm: Choir (trebles) - term time only
Thu 14 Nov at 8:00pm: Bellringing
Full Parish Calendar

Meeting this week:

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 13 Nov
Little Fishes   Tracy Robinson 863559 Fridays in term time:  9:30-11:15am Court House. With today: Joseph helps the Pharoah Fri 15 Nov
Mothers' Union   Margaret Burbidge tel: 862139 Diocesan Sharing Day.  St Augustine’s Church, Icknield Way, LU3 2JS.  9:45am – 2:30pm Sat 16 Nov
Prayer Breakfast    Peggy Sear
01442 877341
8:00am at the Way Inn; third Saturday of the month.  Prayer requests to Peggy Sear by the previous Monday, please Sat 16 Nov
PEW LEAFLET notices copy-ready & rota swaps by 2pm Wednesday please


10 November 2019
8am Said Eucharist
Clergy Fr Tim    
Server Alan Conway    
Sidesman Barbara Northcott    
Reader Barbara Northcott    
9.30am Sung Eucharist
Clergy President Fr Simon  
  Deacon Fr Tim  
  Sub-deacon Olivia  
  Preacher Fr Tim  
Welcomers Rachael A Cathy I  
Sidesmen Carole Dell Russell Baird  
  Kate Hennessey 0  
Sound operator Michael A    
Servers MC Jane Bartholomew  
  Thurifer 0  
  Crucifer Will Gore  
  Acolytes Caroline Waterstone Rowena Pike
Reader Sarah Elder    
Chalice Assistants Carole Dell Uli Grego Christopher Green
Intercessions Caroline Waterstone    
Sunday Club Charlotte Remembrance Sunday
6.00pm Evening Prayer/Choral Evensong  
Service type Evening Prayer    
Clergy Olivia    
Sidesman Bob Anderson    
Cleaning Team Cleaning Leader Katey Adderley  
  Cleaner 1 Mike Hart  
  Cleaner 2 Marion Bellaby  
  Cleaner 3 0  
17 November 2019
8am Said Eucharist
Clergy Fr Simon    
Server Mike Hart    
Sidesman Liz Prosser    
Reader Liz Prosser    
9.30am Sung Eucharist
Clergy President Fr David  
  Deacon Fr Simon  
  Sub-deacon Olivia  
  Preacher Fr Simon  
Welcomers Christine Cowie Liz Wright  
Sidesmen Ian Imber Paul Jullien  
  Cathy Imber Bev Jullien  
Sound operator Christopher    
Servers MC Alan Conway  
  Thurifer 0  
  Crucifer Hayley Khazaneh  
  Acolytes Katy Hyde Tilly Armstrong
Reader Astrid Biddle    
Chalice Assistants Kate Hennessey Dagna Horner Helen Nicholls
Intercessions Margaret Burbidge    
Sunday Club Heather Hope in times of trouble
6.00pm Evening Prayer/Choral Evensong
Service type Evening Prayer    
Clergy Fr Tim    
Sidesman Gerry Bertolotti    
Cleaning Team Cleaning Leader Rachel Below  
  Cleaner 1 Michael Below  
  Cleaner 2 Liz Young  
  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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