St Peter’s Parish News | St Peter's Great Berkhamsted

The Church of St Peter Great Berkhamsted

St Peter’s Parish News

St Peter's News

St Peter's Parish News
Volume 12 Number 8
Friday 14th January 2022
View on Parish website | * View latest Service Booklet
From Fr Stuart
Many of the stories occupying the headlines at the moment, revolve around the often-vexed questions of appearance and reality. Much ink has been spilled in recent weeks about the questions of goings on behind the glossy black door of 10 Downing Street, in the Spring of 2020 and also at Christmas that year. Superficially, the debate is all about, when is a party not a party? More significantly, it comes down to questions about whether or not we really were ‘all in it together.’ What was really going on?

A more substantial question, in global terms, relates to the build up of Russian armed forces on the contested border with Ukraine. NATO leaders can see well enough what the Russians are doing, but the key question is why they are doing it. Is this a bargaining ploy to wrest concessions from the members of NATO, or is there a real intent to invade their neighbour? What is really going on?

At Christmas we look to the birth of Jesus, ‘God with us’; in this season of Epiphany we are encouraged to understand more fully what is really going on, to see more of the truth of what this birth means.
The prayer, which is offered at the Eucharist in this season, leads us through the three stories which are central to Epiphany:

‘In the coming of the Magi
the King of all the world was revealed to the nations.
In the waters of baptism
Jesus was revealed as the Christ,
The Saviour sent to redeem us.
In the water made wine
the new creation was revealed at the wedding feast.’

What was really going on in the Incarnation, the birth of Christ? The stories of Epiphany begin to offer answers to that question. The arrival of the Magi promises us that this birth is an event for all people, no matter who they are or where they have come from. 

In seeing Jesus entering into the Jordan River to be baptised alongside us in our frailties, follies, and failures, we see a God Who knows us entirely and loves us entirely. 

Appearance and reality. At Christmas we see the birth of the angel-heralded child in Bethlehem, and over the weeks of Epiphany we are invited to a fuller understanding of the reality of what that birth signifies; what the birth meant for star-drawn Magi, penitents at the Jordan River, and for those celebrating a wedding at Cana in Galilee. As we contemplate the meaning of those events, we may be drawn into a fuller understanding of what the Christmas birth means for us. How does the Incarnation change our reality today, our understanding of ourselves, and our relationships with others?


St Peter's News and Notices:

Face Coverings in Places of Worship:
The legal requirement to wear face coverings in most public indoor venues will be extended to places of worship and some other public spaces.
Some people, including people with disabilities, are exempt from having to wear face coverings in any setting.  We appreciate everyone's cooperation. 

There are exemptions for those leading a service or giving a reading. It will also be a reasonable excuse if those who wish to sing during a service decide that if they need to remove their face coverings in order to do so.

Walsingham Mass:
Walsingham Mass will take place on specific Saturdays, 10.30 am in the Lady Chapel.
22nd January         Wedding at Cana
19th March            The Annunciation
28th May                The Visitation
13th August           Assumption of the BVM
10th September    Nativity of the BVM
10th December     Conception of the BVM
A parish pilgrimage for Our Lady of Walsingham is being planned for September 2022.  More details to follow.

Parish Office Hours:
The Parish Office is usually open Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 1.00 pm.  
If you require access at other times, please contact: or call and leave a message on: 01442 878 227 or 07506 072 884.

Enjoy the free concert of The Temple Church Choristers at St Peter's, this Saturday 15th January 2022, 7.00 pm:
The internationally renowned Temple Church Choir was founded 1841 by Dr Edward John Hopkins. Come hear the music of Bach, Treseder and Britten as sung by the Temple Church Choristers.  There will be a retiring collection.

News from our church schools:

Our first week back has been a busy one.

Our new focus value is Courage and in collective worship we shared the story of Esther, who saved the Jews from King Xerxes. She was very courageous and her story has already inspired several of the children to be brave and over-come their fears.

In the classrooms, Nursery have been finding out about bears, thanks to their new topic of 'We're going on a bear hunt'; Reception have learned about dental hygiene and practised brushing their teeth properly; Year 1 started a new topic called 'Brilliant Britain' and had a food tasting session; Year 2 started rehearsing for their forthcoming (outdoor) class assembly. 

This week our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler and the Year Reflective Leaders as well as Father Joe and 4KD.  The stories of Esther and the Good Samaritan were used to illustrate how we need courage to help us do the right thing not the easy thing.

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

People Not Borders

This month's donation list is below:

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


Sunday morning services are normally videostreamed live on the St Peter's Facebook page and on the Parish website.

View the Worship Calendar
Book your seats online

♡ COVID-19 information


First Reading  Isaiah 62:1–5
A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah.  
The LORD says this:  

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,  and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,  until her vindication shines out like the dawn,  and her salvation like a burning torch.  The nations shall see your vindication,  and all the kings your glory;  and you shall be called by a new name  that the mouth of the LORD will give.  You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,  and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.  You shall no more be termed Forsaken,  and your land shall no more be termed Desolate;  but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,  and your land Married;  for the LORD delights in you,  and your land shall be married.  For as a young man marries a young woman,  so shall your builder marry you,  and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,  so shall your God rejoice over you.   
This is the word of the Lord 
Thanks be to God

Psalm  36 5-10
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness stands like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep;
you, Lord, shall save both man and beast.
Response: How precious is your loving mercy, O God.

How precious is your loving mercy, O God!
All mortal flesh shall take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
They shall be satisfied with the abundance of your house;
they shall drink from the river of your delights.
Response: How precious is your loving mercy, O God.

For with you is the well of life
And in your light shall we see light.
O continue your loving-kindness to those who know you
and your righteousness to those who are true of heart.
Response: How precious is your loving mercy, O God.

Gospel  John 2:1–11
The Lord be with you
And also with you

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Glory to you, O Lord

There was a wedding in Cana of Galilee,  and the mother of Jesus was there.  Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.  When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him,  ‘They have no wine.’  And Jesus said to her,  ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me?  My hour has not yet come.’  His mother said to the servants,  ‘Do whatever he tells you.’  Now standing there were six stone water-jars  for the Jewish rites of purification,  each holding twenty or thirty gallons.  Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’  And they filled them up to the brim.  He said to them, ‘Now draw some out,  and take it to the chief steward.’  So they took it.  When the steward tasted the water that had become wine,  and did not know where it came from  (though the servants who had drawn the water knew),  the steward called the bridegroom and said to him,  ‘Everyone serves the good wine first,  and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk.  But you have kept the good wine until now.’  Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee,  and revealed his glory;  and his disciples believed in him.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you, O Christ




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

The Church of England



Sick & Bereaved

  Long term Christina Billington, Judith Hill, Len Bennett, Lorna Sargaison, Alice Jullien, Keith Dawson, John Malcom, Bill Stead, Marion Crawley
and immediate:  Jeanette Hopkins, David Cooke, Owen Clarendon, Baby Cody Goldthorpe, Douglas Hill, Margaret Wood, Joy Reynolds, Anthea Lepper, David Birtchnell, Brian Fretwell and Gwen Roberts.

(next four weeks).


(next four weeks).

  Edward Garland Vincent Parkinson, February 6th 2022
RIP   Helen Mary Coke
Memorial   Eve Bates, Paul Beard, Ethel Mary Black,  Mattie Franklin, James Walter Lee, Julie Painter, Stephen Wells, Audrey Sworder
Send a Prayer Request

Dates for your diary

See what's happening in the Parish this month with our online calendar.

📅 View the Parish Calendar




Contact us

Fr Stuart Owen

01442 879739
(day off Saturday)

Parish Office

01442 878227
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)

Who's Who at St Peter's
St Peter's Berkhamsted
Diocese of St Albans Berkhamsted Team Worship Church of England
Follow us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Copyright 2022 St Peter's, Great Berkhamsted, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp

View on Mailchimp






photo of Parish Office

Parish Office

 01442 878227