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Volume 11 Number 28
Friday 4 June 2021
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From Olivia

During the lockdown, the St Peter’s Book Club extended their reading list to films and one of the films the group watched was ‘The Way’. This is the story of Dr Thomas Avery, an American ophthalmologist who travels to France following the death of his adult son, Daniel, killed during a storm whilst walking the Camino de Santiago. Tom (played by Martin Sheen) decides to honour the death of his son by walking the ancient spiritual trail and carries Daniel’s ashes with him. It is a story of journey, and grief, and loss – but it is also a story of a group of misfits and individuals who come to hate each other, and then eventually love each other. They inspire change in one another every bit as much as the 800km pilgrimage route does.

In a sense, no matter how different they seem and how much they disagree, they become something like family to one another.

Family is a foundational a concept in the Bible. The Bible begins in Genesis, not with talk of nations and tribes, but families. Big families. Real families. With epitomising moments of difference and disagreement.

As well as this, amongst the numerable metaphors to describe the relationship between God and humankind: King and subjects, Master and slaves, it always comes back to family: God, the Father; we are God’s children; God’s daughters and sons who bring great joy as well as great consternation. Despite our differences and disagreements, coming to God and God’s Kingdom is like going home, to family.

In Mark chapter three Jesus’ family is either frustrated with him, or just plain worried about him. They hear that Jesus is drawing crowds again, and they go to restrain him—because people are talking. Some people think he’s out of his mind. And his family is either embarrassed, or worried of what might become of him. It doesn’t always end well for such people. But, Jesus doesn’t seem to mind all that much. So what does he do? He opens up the tent and allows everyone who wants to enter the chance to enter. Who is his family? Those who do the will of God. When you do the will of God you get the chance to be his brother, his sister, even his mother! Jesus’ family is an open family. We are invited to come as we are, bringing our differences and our disagreements; the door is always open.

St Peter’s Book (and Film) club meet every six weeks (ish), at the moment on Zoom. If you would like to find out what we’re reading this month or come along to a Zoom, email Caroline –
Olivia Davies
Graduate Assistant Chaplain
Notices News from our church schools

     Victoria and Thomas Coram schools are closed this week for half term.

Church School Admin Vacancy 
Our church schools are currently advertising a great opportunity to work in a key administrative role with the federation governing body, as clerk, and our executive headteacher. We’re a friendly, supportive team - come and #JoinTheFamily. Find out more here:,pa-to-executive-headteacher-and-clerk-to-the-governors_64590.htm
Church notices

Sunday Mornings please continue to book your spaces in advance for Sunday mornings.  We are still limited by social distancing requirements and need to collect names for Test and Trace.  There are only a few spaces left for this Sunday.    

Little Fishes is hoping to reopen in the Court House on Fridays, but some additional help will be needed in order for this to happen – mainly with the wiping down of surfaces (tables & chairs, door handles etc.) at the end of the session, but an extra person around to check people in at the beginning as they arrive would help enormously too.  We plan to meet from 9.30am until 11am.  Do please get in touch as soon as possible if you are able to help so that we know whether we can advertise the reopening!  Tracy Robinson (telephone: 863559).

KEEP SUNDAY 27TH JUNE FREE  for a  bring- your - own picnic lunch at 12.30pm  on the grass area behind St Peter's. This will be a great chance to celebrate our Patronal Day further and enable us to catch up with each other.

Bike 'n Hike  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 revert to the normal format with helpers being 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).
Knit & Natter Group  The Knit & Natter Group is starting up again on Tuesday 8 June at 2.30pm, meeting at 17 Hall Park and we would love to welcome new members. Knitting is not necessary;  bring your cross stitch, tapestry, embroidery or just come for a chat.  To find out more phone Kathie Lally on 863526

£1,000 could make a big difference to the work we do at St Peter's. That’s why we’d be really grateful if you could nominate us in the Ecclesiastical Movement for Good awards. Your nomination could be the one that wins us £1,000. The awards are designed to give eligible charities in the UK and Republic of Ireland the financial assistance they need to help them make a real difference. In total, 500 charities stand to gain £1,000 and we’d love to be one of them.  It's quick and easy to nominate us. Just visit, click ‘nominate now’ and enter our details (search for charity number 1130108). The closing date for nominations is Sunday 13 June 2021. The more nominations we get, the greater our chance of winning, so please spread the word to your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your time and support.

Free Concert at Waddesdon Manor 
The Buckinghamshire County Groups (orchestra, wind ensemble and choir) will be playing on the North Lawn in front of Waddesdon Manor at 7pm on 24th July.  This is a free concert, funded by the Rothschild Foundation and you can book  tickets using this link:  

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First ReadingGenesis 3:8-15 

A reading from the book of the prophet Genesis 

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.’ 


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.’  


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

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Sick & Bereaved

  Long term Christina Billington, Judith Hill, Len Bennett, Lorna Sargaison, Alex Evans, Alice Jullien, Keith Dawson, Bill Stead, Marion Crawley
and immediate:  Jeanette Hopkins, David Cooke, Baby Cody Goldthorpe


  Beryl Barnes, Nik Allday, Yvonne Knight


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