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St Peter's News - Staying safe and feeling safe in Step 4.

St Peter's Parish News
Volume 11 Number 34
Friday 23rd July 2021
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From Fr Stuart Apologies for cropping up in your inbox two weeks in a row; it's not egomania, it's just being a very poor parish administrator and not getting around to getting my far wiser and erudite colleagues to write something. You'll be hearing from someone else next week, and that's almost a promise.
All that said, as we have now moved into Step Four of the Government's Covid roadmap, I wanted to explain what changes you'll be seeing at St Peter's. Before I get onto that, however, I want to repeat what I said last Sunday morning, that how we navigate these next few weeks and months will be something of a conversation; I want to hear your thoughts about the changes we're making. It's not straightforward. For some, Monday 19th July was 'freedom day', a time to throw off the restrictions we've been living with in one form or another for nearly eighteen months, and get 'back to normal'. For others, these new liberties combined with a rising level of infections, is a source of real anxiety, and there's a desire to see everyone with their masks back on, hands well sanitised, and keeping a safe distance. I would imagine we have people in both camps, and every point in between, in our congregation at St Peter's. We need to be really sensitive to one another.
My guiding principle at the moment is that in addition to keeping people safe, as we've been working to do since the pandemic began, we also need to make sure that people feel safe.
The main changes that will be in place from this Sunday are:
- there is no need to book for a place at a service in advance, but we would encourage everyone to 'check in' to St Peter's using the NHS track and trace app. To make this a little easier, and reduce the risk of bottlenecks, copies of the QR code are now also on the noticeboards outside the church, as well as on the table by the font.
- congregational singing is back.
- mask wearing is optional (but please bear in mind that need to be sensitive to those around you).
Some things aren't going to be changing:
- we will continue to use every other pew and remain distanced in our pews.
- we encourage the use of hand sanitiser on arrival.
- the clergy will continue to celebrate the Eucharist and give Communion, following exactly the same procedures as before.
You can find the full details on the parish website here: COVID-19 | St Peter's Great Berkhamsted (stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk)
I'm heading off to Herefordshire on holiday tomorrow, so sadly I won't be with you to see not just how these changes work, but also to get some sense of how you feel about them. My prayers will be with you all, and with Fr Anthony as he presides and preaches.
When many other churches closed their doors, we were able to keep ours open, and to provide a place of prayer and worship through some dark times, and to do so safely. I hope that we are able to continue to provide a place where people stay safe and feel safe in these weeks ahead.
 
Fr Stuart
Parish Priest
Notices St Peter's News and Notices:

Thank you: following the announcement of Barbara Conway's retirement as Verger last Sunday, Barbara has sent the following message: 
Many thanks to the congregation at St Peter ‘s for the beautiful flowers.
It was a complete surprise and much appreciated.
Best wishes,
Barbara


Alex Evans - Service of Thanksgiving: a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Alex Evans will be held at St Peter's on Monday 2nd August at 12pm. Please keep Nicky and her family in your prayers.

St Peter's 800th on BBC Radio Three Counties: for those of you who didn't hear Fr Stuart on the radio last Sunday morning, and let's be honest, that was almost all of you... you can hear his interview about our 800th celebrations here:  (11) 800th anniversary of St Peter's Berkhamsted - YouTube

Parish Administrator: we are currently without a Parish Administrator. We are hoping to be in the position to make a new appointment in September. In the meantime Fr Stuart will be monitoring emails to the Church Office and doing some of the basic admin (like typing this...), Richard Hackworth will be looking after the financial aspect of the role, and Carolynne Charman is liaising with groups which ordinarily use the Court House. Please be patient if replies take a little longer than usual - we're doing our best!

Parish Administrator Wanted!


Collections: Following the resignation of Hilary Armstrong after eleven years as Parish Administrator and Barbara Conway after some twenty years as Verger, anyone wishing to make a donation to thank Hilary and Barbara can do so via Richard Hackworth, our Treasurer, or the Churchwardens, Mark Grego and Tim Hennessey. We will be glad to receive any such expressions of thanksgiving up until Sunday 8th August.

Building work on the Court House has started.  The church parking spaces are reserved for builders, skips and hirers Monday - Friday 8am-6pm.  There is NO parking available for anyone else during the day- sorry!  Weekend parking is unaffected.



News from our church schools:



The Year 2 Leavers' service was held at St Peter's last Tuesday evening, and the Year 6 Leavers' service  was held on Wednesday morning. It was wonderful to hear the children singing, to hear their many happy memories of their time at Victoria and Thomas Coram and to pray for them as they move on to their new schools.  

 
 Community News:

 



People Not Borders
It is with some sadness, but also a degree of certainty that realistically it's the right decision, that we are in the process of dissolving People not Borders after nearly six years.  We will be working as volunteers with our friends at Herts for Refugees, so what we do will remain much the same, and we hope to retain our collection box at St Peter's, our garage for storage and our wonderful supporters.
 
Thank you for that support. 
 
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♡ COVID-19 information

First Reading: II Kings 4:42-44.

A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, ‘Give it to the people and let them eat.’ But his servant said, ‘How can I set this before a hundred people?’ So he repeated, ‘Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the Lord, “They shall eat and have some left.” ’ He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the Lord.

 

Gospel:  John 6:1-21.

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias.  A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’
When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, got into a boat, and started across the lake to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The lake became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’ Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land towards which they were going.

Intercessions
   

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

The Scottish Episcopal Church.

     

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, Pamela Short.
     

RIP

  Alex Evans, Christine McMahon, Yvonne Knight.
     

Memorial

  Patricia Hunt
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Contact us
Fr Stuart Owen
Rector

01442 879739
rector@greatberkhamsted.org.uk
(day off Saturday)

Parish Office

01442 878227
churchoffice@greatberkhamsted.org.uk
 
Fr John Russell
Team Rector and Vicar of Gt Gaddesden, Lt Gaddesden and Nettleden
john_russell@live.co.uk
(day off Wednesday)

Fr Joe Roberts Team Vicar of Potten End and Director of Schools' Ministry 01442 865217 vicar@holytrinitypottenend.org


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