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St Peter's Parish News - Summer is here!
Volume 12 Number 27
Friday 5 August 2022
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Friday Thought

Rob Halls
Excec Head, Castle Church of England Federation

Be prepared!

In Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 12:32-48) we hear the parable of the servants who are ever-ready to greet their master no matter the day or time of his arrival. Jesus advises us to wait on the Lord in constant readiness, for we do not know the day or hour when the master will return. The advice is prefaced by Jesus’ promise of “an inexhaustible treasure in heaven" (Luke 12:33).

All earthly treasures are exhaustible. Eventually, the prized possession breaks, the cherished experience ends, the beloved friendship runs its course. This isn't meant to be doom and gloom, but rather a reality check. Earthly treasures can be good and even reflective of the divine - but none encompass the fullness of God.

Jesus says, do not cling to the treasures of this world. Sell your belongings and give alms. The good work you do for others now will lead you to this inexhaustible treasure in the life to come. Sacrifice now, be generous now, and you will be rich in what matters most. Only then will your heart be satisfied.

Don't delay in getting your priorities straight, Jesus warns. The kingdom of God can come any minute. Be prepared! There's an old saying: “Do not put off to tomorrow what could get done today.” Jesus wants us to take this seriously. People need food today. People need respect today. People need safety today. We might not get the chance to help them tomorrow.

Are you doing all you can to serve others? When the hour comes, will you be ready?


800th Anniversary

Our 800th anniversary celebrations will continue after the summer holidays! Exciting events to look forward to include:

  • The Berkhamsted Medieval Festival
  • Oktoberfest
  • Heritage Open Days
  • Bike 'n' Hike
  • Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham
  • The 800th Parish Dinner

You can find information about events coming up on our parish website:


800thWednesday 10 August 2022: Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust Bike ‘n Hike

It’s the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust Bike ‘n Hike event on Saturday 10th September, this year being advertised as one of our 800th celebration events.

Chris Clegg will be pleased to hear from you if you can:

  • ride or walk in the event
  • be at the church for 1 hour on the day to welcome riders and walkers
  • sponsor a rider or walker

He can also explain how the event works if you haven’t taken part before. He looks forward to hearing from you.

Chris Clegg  01442 875 818



Our popular celebration of Germanic culture is back! There will be two events this year:

  • Saturday 10 September: an evening Mass held in German by Father Peter Anthony, of All Saints, Margaret Street, followed by Austrian cheese and wine in the Court House.
  • Sunday 11 September: a Bavarian breakfast with sausage and beer after the 9:30am Mass

Helpers wanted! Can you help with setting up, clearing away, washing glasses, serving food and drink and taking payment?
Please contact Uli Grego:

Douai Abbey Pilgrimage full

Please note that the maximum number spaces on the Pilgrimage Reflection day at Douai Abbey has now been filled. If you are attending and have not yet made your payment, please drop off a cheque for £30 per person to the Parish Office, made payable to The PCC of Great Berkhamsted. Fr David will be in touch to arrange travel details and car sharing. Thank you.

Summer services

Fr Stuart is taking his summer holidays and for the first two weeks of August there will be reduced weekday services at St Peter's with no morning or evening prayer - please see the weekly notice sheet or the parish website. Our Team Rector Fr John Russell will be available for any urgent pastoral matters - 01442 214898.


AgeUK Berkhamsted Dinosaur trail

AgeUK Dacorum are running a fun Dinosaur trail in Berkhamsted for kids and families!

Participants first need to download the LoyalFree mobile app. Then players visit participating places on Berkhamsted High Street to collect a special QR code and answer a dino question. Once all QR codes have been collected, they will be entered into a prize draw! This is a fun summer activity for kids and their parents/grandparents/guardians. 

The participating places are:

  • Dower House
  • Fred and Ginger
  • Kings Arms
  • St Peter's Church
  • Petal's
  • Scoops
  • Epicure
  • Berkhamsted Sports
  • Here Cafè
  • Hamlins Toy Shop

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August holidays

During the summer holidays there will be a reduced pattern of weekday services at St Peter's. The church choir will also be on holiday, so sing up! Please check the church noticeboards or the parish website calendar for details of services in August.

Sunday Coffee – help wanted!

The volunteers who serve coffee in the Court House after the Sunday Eucharist do wonderful work but they need some strong helpers to put away tables at the end of the morning. If you are fit and able to spare 10 minutes at around 11:30am, please come and help with stacking tables and chairs and maybe a spot of light hoovering. Barbara Conway will be delighted to see you!

Little Fishes

There are no meetings during school holidays. The next meeting will be on Friday 9 September following the schools return on the Monday (5th).

Pastoral Care Course

A basic course in pastoral care will be starting in the autumn. It is aimed at existing members of St Peter’s Pastoral Care Team, and also for anyone else interested in finding out more about pastoral care.  It will run over 5 sessions.

Many members of the congregation are already involved in pastoral care, either as a member of the team or informally caring for people. There are many ways in which people can offer pastoral care:

  • Befriending
  • Networking
  • Visiting those no longer able to come to church e.g. people at home, in a care home or in hospital
  • Monthly pub lunch for those who are bereaved and the Sundays Together Lunch for those on their own
  • Lifts to church, hospital appointments etc
  • Bereavement visiting
  • Baptism/wedding/funeral sidesmen

Training, regular supervision and support are essential for exercising this important ministry, hence this proposed course. 

Interested in taking part? Please contact:
Fr Stuart
Philippa Seldon (Co-ordinator of St Peter’s Pastoral Care Team)
Fr David


Thursday 11 August 2022: Theo group – Zoom meeting

The theological book group will be meeting to discuss Richard Holloway's book A Little History of Religion.
Contact Caroline at if you'd like to join this meeting.

Saturday 20 August 2022: 800th Pilgrimage Event 2 – The Walk

If you enjoyed the Parish Boundary walk or missed it, why not try this walk?  It will start at 10:30am from St Peter's, walking to St Peter & St Paul's in Little Gaddesden. It is approximately 5 miles. There will be some refreshments available. You are welcome to bring your own lunch or snacks. You can choose to walk back or make your own return transport arrangements.

Fr David Lawson:

Sunday 4 September 2022: Blessing of the Backpacks

Our excellent team of Sunday School leaders have come up with the brilliant idea of including a 'Blessing of the Backpacks' at St Peter's, to mark the start of the new school year in September. We invite the schoolchildren of the parish to bring their backpack, satchel, briefcase, or whatever else they use to carry their belongings to school, to our 9.30am Parish Mass on Sunday 4th September. As part of the Mass the children will be invited to come forward so that they and their bags can be blessed as they prepare to return to school.
You can find out a bit more about the blessing here: 


Sunday 18 September 2022: Street Pastors – recruiting

The Dacorum Street Pastors group is currently recruiting for new members. Mike Wallis, Chair of Trustees, will be giving a presentation on the work of the Street Pastors after our Parish Mass on Sunday 18 September. If you would like to find out more about who Street Pastors are and what they do, there's information available here:


Berkhamsted Community News

Herts for Refugees

We continue to support displaced people from all over the world through Herts for Refugees. The response over the past months has been incredible.

There is a large box inside St Peter's Church where you can leave donations to support refugees. In particular, Herts for Refugees are requesting donations of:

  • new underwear & socks
  • unlocked mobile phones
  • trainers in good condition
  • tents, sleeping bags & tarpaulins
  • torches
  • nappies

To find out more or to donate online, visit:


Berkhamsted & Tring Ukraine Hosting Network 

If you are interested in helping the Berkhamsted and Tring Ukraine Hosting Network, you will find more information at: 


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Hebrews 11.1-3,8-16
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, ‘as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.’

All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

Luke 12.32-40
‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

‘Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.

‘But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he* would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.’



++Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury, + Alan, Bishop of St Albans, + Michael, Bishop of Hertford, and Jane, Archdeacon of St Albans. 

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Memorial    Alan McMorran
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Dates for your diary

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Choral Evensong   Sunday 11 September      
Little Fishes   No meetings in August      
Sundays Together Lunch   First Sunday of every month. Next lunch-7th August.      
Pastoral Network  Monday 17 August at the Rectory      


This week
07/08/2022 Eighth after Trinity  
8.00am Eucharist
Clergy President Fr David
  Preacher Pr Richard
Reader Marco Pierleoni
9.30am Sung Eucharist 
Clergy President Fr David
  Preacher Pr Richard
Welcomers Clive Freestone Nicky Evans
Sidespeople Jeremy Gosling Jenny Hackworth
MC David Northcott  
Acolytes Nick Armstrong Libby Grundy
Thurifer 0  
Cruficer Peter Matthews  
Reader David Northcott  
Intercessions Richard Hackworth  
Eucharistic Ministers Nicky Evans Christopher Green
Sunday School No schl  
Sound Jeremy  
Next Week
14/08/2022 Ninth after Trinity  
8.00am Eucharist
Clergy President Fr Chris
  Preacher Fr Chris
9.30am Sung Eucharist 
Clergy President Fr Chris
  Preacher Fr Chris
Welcomers Philippa Seldon Christine Cowie
Sidespeople Cathy Imber Liz Wright
MC Richard Currie  
Acolytes Libby Grundy Rowena Pike
Thurifer 0  
Cruficer Nick Armstrong  
Reader Robin McMorran  
Intercessions Bev Jullien  
Eucharistic Ministers Helen Nicholls Paul Jullien
Sunday School No schl  
Sound Julian Dawson  

Contact us

Fr Stuart Owen

01442 879739
(day off Saturday)

Parish Office
01442 878227
Week of 18 July  - please call ahead if visiting
Fr John Russell
Team Rector and Vicar of Gt Gaddesden, Lt Gaddesden and Nettleden
(day off Wednesday)

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

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