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St Peter's Parish News
Volume 11 Number 41
Friday 10th September 2021
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  As tomorrow we mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, this week we have a prayer which Pope Benedict offered when he visited 'Ground Zero' in 2008:

O God of love, compassion, and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths
and traditions,
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain.
We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here--
the heroic first-responders:
our fire fighters, police officers,
emergency service workers, and
Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you, in your compassion
to bring healing to those
who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness.
Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives
with courage and hope.

We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the Pentagon and in
Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.
God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.

Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all. Amen.

Notices St Peter's News and Notices:

Help! We [still need] need somebody(ies)...
As life continues to return to something resembling normality, we're doing a bit of a recruitment drive, looking for people to help out at St Peter's. There are all sorts of jobs which need doing, some of which require quite a significant commitment of time and energy, but most of which are significantly less demanding.
I'm very well aware that general appeals for help are usually less successful than tapping individuals on the shoulder over coffee, but the past year having been as strange as it has been, the fact is I simply don't know as many people as well as I'd like to, or know who might be able to help in different ways.
So, there's a list of jobs we need help with at the end of this mailing - if you can help with any of them, or would simply like to know more, please contact me -
Thank you!

Bike 'n Hike Saturday 11th September 2021
St Peter's raised £1,261.25 for the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust Bike 'n Hike event in 2020 - thank you to all riders, walkers and sponsors. The total amount raised for the event was £112,808.77, which was an excellent result considering the difficulties of running it last September.
Hopes are high that this year's event, on Saturday 11th September 2021, will be as successful, but there will still be no helpers present at the churches, including at St Peter's. More riders and walkers needed this year please! Contact me for more information.
Chris Clegg (01442 875818).
Fourteen churches and around thirty miles: as part of the Bike'n'Hike, Fr Stuart is going to walk to all the churches in the Berkhamsted Deanery ( - if you'd like to, you can sponsor him here:

Choral Evensong with Benediction: this Sunday, 6pm.

Creation Sunday: as part of our commitment to be an Eco Church, we will be observing Sunday 19th September as Creation Sunday. You can find out more here: Season of Creation | The Church of England

Welcoming our new Pastoral Assistant:
our new Pastoral Assistant, Chloe Hopkins, will be worshipping with us from this Sunday. On Sunday 19th September, following the Parish Mass, there will be an opportunity to welcome Chloe to the parish properly.

MU Summer of Hope - Thank you!
Steve and Bev Jullien would like to thank everyone who supported their pilgrimage to Santiago, whether financially or with prayer and good wishes. We are thrilled that as well as completing the 115km challenge, over £1600 was raised so MU can empower more women to take control of their lives and lift their families out of poverty. Thank you so much!”

St Peter's 800th commemorative banner project:
It has been suggested that we explore the possibility of making a banner to commemorate St Peter's 800th anniversary.  If anyone has relevant needlework and/or design skills and would like to be part of this project please contact Kathie Lally to find out more. tel: 01442 863526 or email:

Gardening Group
In readiness for St Peter's 800th Birthday we need to sort out the garden along the side of the Church.  The Working Party will clear it and get it neat and tidy to enable easy future upkeep.  We would like to form a small Gardening Group to maintain it in the future and make it a feature we can be proud of.  It will take a few hours a month.  If you would like to join this happy group, please contact Stephen Lally on 01442 863526 or

Volunteers Needed - could you help with...?
PCC Treasurer:
responsible for overseeing the parish finances, reporting to the PCC, and preparing the annual accounts.
Sacristy Team: cleaning the silverware; working with the parish priest to prepare for the Eucharist and special seasonal celebrations (Christmas, Holy Week, Easter etc); ensuring there are adequate supplies of wine, wafers, candles etc.
Cleaning Team: a church that isn't cleaned well can look so tired and uninviting. Our cleaning team does a crucial job in making St Peter's as beautiful as it is, and of course in the past eighteen months, good cleaning has helped to keep us all safe.
Verger: helping with occasional services such as weddings and funerals, especially in terms of welcoming guests who might be unfamiliar with St Peter's and helping to ensure that they're made to feel 'at home'.
Deputy Safeguarding Officer: assisting our Safeguarding Officer in the crucially important role of ensuring that St Peter's is a safe place for all who worship and visit here, especially the most vulnerable.
Flower arrangers: everything from helping to arrange the flowers which make St Peter's feel so beautiful and welcoming, to watering them mid-week.
Readers: to read the Bible lessons at acts of worship.
Intercessors: to lead the prayers of intercession at acts of worship.
With all these roles training, guidance and support will be offered as required. The more people who are helping, the less everyone has to do. And being part of some of these teams can be such a great way of getting to know other church members much better.
If you can help or would like to know more, please do get in touch with me -

News from our church schools:

Huge congratulations to the Castle Church of England Federation Governing Body, winners of the National Governance Association, Outstanding Governance in a Federation award. Pictured here, Chair of Governors Jenny Jenkins, and Executive Headteacher Rob Halls receiving the award.
We at St Peter's are privileged to be able to appoint Governors to this outstanding team. If you'd like to know more about joining the Castle Federation Governing Body, please contact Fr Stuart.

We've had a fantastic start to the new school year and enjoyed welcoming lots of new children to the Victoria family. Everyone has settled into school life really well and things are feeling much more like they used to; we're delighted to be able to have collective worship together in the hall and lunch together in the dining room for the first time in over 18 months. Our new value is Generosity and the children have learned about loving others as we love ourselves with Father Joe and Mrs Crozier. 

“Love your neighbour as yourself.” Mark 12.31

This week our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler, Father Joe and 5DH. Our value for the next five weeks is Generosity. We have been reflecting on how we can test how generous we are being to others by thinking about whether we are being as good to them as we are being to ourselves.

Last weekend, four Year 6 pupils demonstrated generosity by giving their time to represent the school at the dedication of the New War Memorial at Rectory lane Cemetery, by leading the Act of Commitment.

Other ways in which our pupils have demonstrated their generosity of time is by standing for School Council. All thirteen classes have now elected their representative for this term and Mrs Cutler presented their badges in our Friday celebration assembly.

News from the Deanery, the Berkhamsted Team and the wider community:

Bible Study Course at Holy Trinity, Potten End:

Berkhamsted Deanery Lecture.
On Wednesday October 20th at 7.45pm, the Rev Simon Reed will be giving the Berkhamsted Deanery Lecture at St Mary's Northchurch.  Simon is an Anglican minister with two churches in Ealing, West London. He is also one of the three Guardians of the Community of Aidan and Hilda, an international and cross-denominational network of Christians who draw inspiration from Celtic spirituality for the renewal of today's church. He has been a seminar speaker at New Wine and Spring Harvest and also involved in leading their reflective worship stream. He is the author of "Creating Community: ancient ways for modern churches," and "Followers of the Way: ancient discipleship for modern christians." Parking is available at St Mary's Primary School, New Road, Northchurch. 

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First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a.

The Lord God has given me
   the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
   the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens—
   wakens my ear
   to listen as those who are taught.
The Lord God has opened my ear,
   and I was not rebellious,
   I did not turn backwards.
I gave my back to those who struck me,
   and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
   from insult and spitting.

The Lord God helps me;
   therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
   and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
   he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
   Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
   Let them confront me.
It is the Lord God who helps me;
   who will declare me guilty?
All of them will wear out like a garment;
   the moth will eat them up.

Gospel: Mark 8:27-38.

Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ And they answered him, ‘John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ He asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Messiah.’ And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’


+ Alan, Bp of St Albans, + Michael, Bp of Hertford,  +Justin, Archbishop, 

The Anglican Church of Tanzania.


Sick & Bereaved

  Long term Christina Billington, Judith Hill, Len Bennett, Lorna Sargaison, Alice Jullien, Keith Dawson, Bill Stead, Marion Crawley
and immediate:  Jeanette Hopkins, David Cooke, Baby Cody Goldthorpe, John Malcolm, Douglas Hill, Margaret Wood, Joy Reynolds and Kathleen McMorran.

(next four weeks).

  Max Earp and Natasha Barnett; Jeff Rolls and Rebecca Sheeran.

(next four weeks).

RIP   Hugh Kerridge.
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