St Peter's Church, Great Berkhamsted

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St Peter’s Parish News

St Peter's Berkhamsted Parish News

St Peter's Berkhamsted Parish News


Volume 14 No. 28 Friday 7 June 2024

Church news & notices

Friday 31 May - Tuesday 11 June
Parish Office holiday

closed-signPlease note that the Parish Office is closed for holidays until 11 June. When closed, all urgent enquiries to the Rector. 


Sunday 9 June
Choral Evensong for RSCM Music Sunday


We are most fortunate to have a thriving church choir here at St Peter’s. Their year-round programme of music enriches our worship, and also provides the kind of musical opportunities for young people that would normally only be available in cathedrals or private schools. On 9 June, St Peter’s Church Choir join with the Royal Schools of Church Music and churches around the country for RSCM Music Sunday. This is a celebration of church music and musicians, when we highlight the valuable work they do inspiring children and young people to participate in music, and their contribution to Christian worship. Everyone is welcome to this service. If you know families with musical children who might consider singing at St Peter's, do please invite them to this service to hear the kind of music that our choir can sing.

Choral Evensong:

Introit: O sing joyfully – Adrian Batten
336 Angel voices ever singing
646 When in our music, God is glorified
Responses: Ayleward
Psalms: 111
Canticles: Buxtehude/ASD
Anthem: O Beatae Viae – Claudio Monteverdi
Organ voluntary: Praeludium in D BuxWV 139 – D. Buxtehude


Sunday 9 June at 9:30 am
Sunday School River Bulbourne visit


As part of the Great Big Green Week, our Sunday School will be visiting the River Bulbourne to discover the ancient chalk stream which runs through Berkhamsted.

Many early Chilterns churches were built close to chalk streams which were vital to people’s lives. Join the Sunday School during our 9.30am service for a visit to the River Bulbourne where it runs through Berkhamsted School. Our Eco-Church leader, Susan, will lead the children in learning more about the characteristics and conservation of the chalk stream. Appropriate footwear is requested (eg wellies)!



Saturday 29 June at 7:30 pm
Roof Fund Concert


The Chiltern Chamber Choir's summer concert this year will be in aid of the St Peter's Roof Fund, so don't miss it! If you didn't manage to buy tickets in church, you can still buy them from Brown & Merry Estate Agents (just outside St Peter's, cash only please), or order them online for £15. A glass of wine is included in the ticket price! Tickets will be £17 on the night, and under 18s and full-time students get in free! The concert programme will be a selection of joyful sacred anthems, including works by Monteverdi, Brahms, Gabrieli, Parry, Fauré and many more, under the jubilant title Gaudete Omnes - "let everyone rejoice".

Do please come and support this event, and bring family and friends!



Home & Colonial building work

Home & Colonial antiques shop on the High Street has the builders in, and the upper floors are being converted into flats (no more Attic Café, alas, but the ground floor shop is still going strong!). Because Church Lane is so narrow, the builders can't drive a lorry up to the site, and so they have to take occasional deliveries on the corner outside St Peter's. We are in contact with John Snelling Construction and they have very kindly made a goodwill donation to St Peter's for any inconvenience. They are also aware of forthcoming wedding and funeral dates and have agreed to avoid deliveries at those times. If you have any concerns, please advise Fr Stuart, or the Parish Office (after 11 June, currently closed for holidays).


Diocese of St AlbansDiocesan news

Saturday 8 June at 6:30 pm
International Organ Festival Prizewinners’ Gala Concert

In July 2023, St Albans Cathedral hosted the 60th International Organ Festival. Prizewinners Sunkyung Noh, Samuel Gaskin and Niklas Jahn are returning to the cathedral to play a selection of pieces. Admission free, retiring collection.



🖈 Church noticeboard

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Sunday School Great Big Green Week

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Choral Evensong – RSCM Music Sunday

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Concert: Beethoven Violin Concerto

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Chiltern Chamber Choir Summer Concert

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St Peter’s Sunday School

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Hire the Court House


Berkhamsted community news & events


Saturday 8 June
Victoria School Summer Fair

Victoria School would like to invite you all to their Summer Fair on Saturday 8 June, 12pm to 3pm. Tickets to enter are £1.50, (children are free) and there will be a BBQ, bar, live music, crafts, tombola, games and loads more. It is a brilliant day for all and we look forward to seeing you there.


Saturday 8 June - Sunday 16 June
Berko Great Big Green Week


big green week

Great Big Green Week 2024 is a national festival of fun and environmental awareness, running from 8-16 June. In Berkhamsted, there are eco-events lined up to inspire us all to be more aware of today's environmental issues and to be more eco-friendly in our daily lives:

flyerSaturday 8th June 10am-3pm: Berkhamsted Eco Fair at the Civic Centre
Environmental inspiration with local organisations including the Youth Town Council, the Rotary, Wildlife Trusts, the Hospice of St Francis, the Open Door, Berkhamsted Golf Club, Berkhamsted Eco Churches and the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. 






Saturday 8th June 10am-3pm: Great Big Green Berko Bake-Off at the Civic Centre

This baking competition encourages us to think more about the "carbon footprint" of our food. To take part, research the best ingredients for CO2 impact, bake a cake and bring it to the Eco Fair at the Civic Centre by 10am. There will be a public cake tasting, and the winning cakes will be high on taste and low on carbon. So get baking, and you might win a food hamper!

Saturday 8th June 2:30pm - Eco Walk on Berkhamsted Common
Meet at the Car Park at top of New Road Berkhamsted (by the Inns of Court War Memorial) and explore wildlife, conservation, rewilding, agriculture, and climate change.

Sunday 9 June 10am - 1pm: Great Big Nature Hunt in Rectory Lane Cemetery
A free family event. Discover trees, wildflowers and what is living in the grasses, ponds, flowerbeds and on gravestones in the cemetery. 

Sunday 9 June 2pm – 5pm: Eco Hub Great Big Green Community Fair at the Quaker Meeting House
Sustainability workshops, bring-and-share picnic, children’s activities including comedy for climate, drumming, seed-bomb making and poetry for protest. 

Tuesday 11 June 7pm-9:30pm: Water, Conservation and Energy at the Civic Centre
Panel discussion with Helen Elphick, James Moir and Catherine Moncrief

Thursday 13 June 7pm-9:30pm: What is Business doing about the Planet? at the Civic Centre
Panel discussion with Seb Beloe, Olivia Bertham, Richard Brash and Andrew Waite 

old mobile-phones
IT Amnesty

Got any old mobile phones iPads or laptops cluttering up your drawers at home? Electricals are the UK's fastest growing UK waste stream, with millions of unwanted devices. During Great Big Green Week, there will be an opportunity to hand in your old phones, laptops and tablets for recycling at the Civic Centre. Start clearing out your drawers now!

Full details of all these free events can be found on the Berkhamsted Town Council website:



Saturday 15 June at 7:30 pm
Bridgewater Sinfonia: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto


Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Beethoven's magnificent Violin Concerto played in St Peter’s by award-winning rising star violinist, Dan-Iulian Druțac. Online tickets are now on sale for £18, or £20 on the night - and, as ever, under-18s get in free. Also on the programme will Brahms' Symphony No 1, critically acclaimed at its premiere in 1877 as "Beethoven's Tenth". Online tickets are now on sale for £18, or £20 on the night - and, as ever, under-18s get in free.



Sunday 16 June
Marsworth Steam Rally

The Marsworth Steam Rally is back at Startops Farm at Marsworth, near Tring, with a  wonderful display of vintage steam traction engines, tractors, military vehicles and classic cars, plus live folk music, an array of food stalls and a beer tent. The perfect Father's Day outing!



Friday 21 June - Saturday 22 June
Christian Book Festival

Come to the St Andrews Literature Festival, held in the churches around the beautiful village of Great Missenden. This two-day festival will celebrate the UK's favourite Christian authors, with readings, discussions and signings, including Andrew Ollerton, Nick Page, Tola Doll Fisher, Lauren Windle and many more.  The event is being organised by the St Andrews Christian Bookshop on Great Missenden High Street. Browse the programme of events and book your tickets online:

email:    email:  01494 862 168


Saturday 22 June
Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Castle

Book your tickets for this outdoor performance at Berkhamsted Castle, bring a picnic and Shakespeare's comedy, Much Ado About Nothing - set in the swinging 1960s, with original music. Performances at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets £27.80, concessions & family tickets available.



Nostalgia: 900th Anniversary Pageant

1966 pageant programme1966 was a year to remember. Apparently, something important happened in football in July, but in June, Berkhamsted was busy celebrating the 900th Anniversary of the Norman Conquest. This was the time when historical pageants were all the rage, and a huge event was put on at Berkhamsted Castle, tracing the history of town.

Copies of the pageant programme survive, and they make a good read. In a Doctor Who-like twist, the pageant went backwards in time, back through WWI and the Inns of Court, the Battle of Berkhamsted Common and Edward the Black Prince, to the surrender of the Saxons to William the Conqueror in 1066. For over a week, huge crowds were bussed in to the event, and the extravaganza featured a huge cast and teams of horses. Many local people were involved in organising or cast as extras. Were you there in 1966? Click on the programme to find out who was involved, or see who you can spot in the video of the pageant below. There's more about the pageant on the Berkhamsted Castle website.

1966-pageant video



Cartoon Church

This week's cartoon courtesy of CartoonChurch

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Copyright © 2024 Dave Walker

Sunday Eucharist at St Peter's

Worship with us


This Sunday: 9 June 2024
2nd Sunday after Trinity (Music Sunday)

9:30am Sung Eucharist
You are invited to join us at our main Sunday service

Next Sunday: 16 June 2024
3rd Sunday after Trinity

9:30am: Sung Eucharist
View the worship calendar

Music this week

Hymns: 332, 461, 408
Anthem Jubilate Deo - Benjamin Britten
Voluntary Finale Jubilante – H. Willan
At Evensong:
Responses: Ayleward
Psalms: 111
Canticles: Buxtehude/ASD
Hymns: 336,646
Anthem: O Beatae Viae - Claudio Monteverdi
list View the latest St Peter's music list online


Genesis 3.8-15

They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ He said, ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.’ He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.’ Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent tricked me, and I ate.’ The Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.’


Psalm 138 (vv 1-8)

1 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods will I sing praise to you. 2 I will bow down towards your holy temple and praise your name, because of your love and faithfulness; for you have glorified your name and your word above all things. 3 In the day that I called to you, you answered me; you put new strength in my soul. Response 4 All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth. 5 They shall sing of the ways of the Lord, that great is the glory of the Lord. 6 Though the Lord be high, he watches over the lowly; as for the proud, he regards them from afar. Response 7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will preserve me; you will stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies; your right hand will save me. 8 The Lord shall make good his purpose for me; your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever; forsake not the work of your hands. Response


Gospel: Mark 3.20-35

and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’ And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.’ And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered. ‘Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin’— for they had said, ‘He has an unclean spirit.’ Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.’ And he replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’



Missed a service?

St Peter's services are videostreamed live on our Facebook page. If you've missed a service, you can watch past services on the parish website:


In our prayers this week

Anglican Cycle of Prayer:

Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo/Province of the Anglican Church of the Congo


Diocese ✚✚Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury, ✚Alan, Bishop of St Albans, ✚ Jane, Bishop of Hertford, and Charles, Archdeacon of St Albans
In our
continuing prayers
Christina Billington, Margaret Douglas, Judith Hill, Douglas Hill, John Malcolm, Clare Wallington, Denis Beard, Mary Beard, Patricia Cody, Ghullam Mutaheri, Nola Frost, Betty Beggs, Audrey Higginbotham, Teddy Higginbotham, Jo Neale, Barbara McKenna, Barbara Conway, Yvonne Hart
In our
immediate prayers
Frozan Mutaheri, Leah Holdroyd, Len Bennett, Peter Kirk, Laura and Ashleigh Smith, Jenny Hackworth, Hannah Beauchamp
(next four weeks)
Wedding banns
called this Sunday
Ross Macdonald & Laura Carruthers
Chloe Hopkins & Jake Thomas
Ella Jaques and Charlie Bull
(next four weeks)
RIP David Burbidge
Memorial (year's mind) Alfred Hodgson, Gill Malcolm,

☩ Funeral notices

Thursday 13 June 2024

11:30 am Funeral of David Burbidge

weekday Mass in the Lady Chapel

Worship during the week

Church is not just for Sundays! You are warmly invited to join us at services throughout the week at St Peter's, including Morning and Evening Prayer and celebation of the Eucharist. The weekly list of services is displayed on the parish website and on the church noticeboard.

Please note that weekday service times may change on the day, but it's easy to get daily updates online:
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View the worship calendar


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Parish dates for your diary

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Visit the St Peter's website to see what's coming up in St Peter' Church and the Court House in the coming week and further ahead.

View the parish calendar



You can also check future rota dates on the parish website at

This Sunday
09/06/2024 Trinity 2  
8.00am Eucharist
Clergy President Stuart
Reader Sarah Hyde
9.30am Sung Eucharist
Clergy President Margaret (David) ((Stuart))
  Preacher Stuart
Sidespeople Liz Wright Carole Dell
MC 0  
Acolytes 0 0
Thurifer 0  
Cruficer 0  
Reader Dagna Horner  
Intercessions Joseph Chatterton  
Eucharistic Ministers Pru Murray Hilary Elliot
Sunday School Sarah  
Sound Christopher  
Next Sunday
16/06/2024 Trinity 3  
8.00am Eucharist
Clergy President Stuart
  Preacher Stuart
Reader Liz Prosser
9.30am Sung Eucharist
Clergy President Stuart (Chris)
  Preacher Stuart
Sidespeople Kate Hennessey Jenny Hackworth
MC 0  
Acolytes 0 0
Thurifer 0  
Cruficer 0  
Reader Julian Dawson  
Intercessions Robin McMorran  
Eucharistic Ministers Helen Nicholls Bev Jullien
Sunday School Heather  
Sound Jeremy  

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Support St Peter's

St Peter's Church has been at the heart of Berkhamsted life for 800 years. We rely on donations to keep running as a place for worship and community events.

Join our Planned Giving scheme to make a monthly donation:

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Make a one-off donation online or with your mobile:

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Parish contacts

photo of Fr Stuart Owen Fr Stuart Owen
Rector & Rural Dean
email:  01442 879739
photo of Fr John Russell Fr John Russell
Team Vicar (Nettleden, Little Gaddesden, Great Gaddesden)
email:  01442 214898
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Parish Office Church Lane
United Kingdom HP4 2AX

email:  01442 878227
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