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St Peter's Parish News
Volume 11 Number 34
Friday 16th July 2021
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From Fr Stuart I’m getting asked a lot of questions at the moment.
What’s going to happen next week? Will we still need to wear masks? Will we still need to ‘book in’ for services? Can we sing?
I try to avoid actually shrugging my shoulders, but the truth is, I’ve got no idea. Whoever does know, or is at least in the process of formulating the answers to those questions, is tucked away in an office in Whitehall and at the moment they’re staying schtum.
There’s a great temptation to say something more than, ‘I don’t really know.’ Several times this week I’ve toyed with the idea of sending out an email outlining what the post July 19th world of worship might look like, but lessons learned during the first weeks of this pandemic incline me to maintain my own stony silence for the time being. Back in March of last year, as our worlds were being turned upside down with dizzying speed, I remember several occasions where people would make well-meaning attempts to ‘fill the gaps’ by sending out advice about what they thought we should be doing; on several occasions this led to advice being given and then amended in the course of a single day, just adding confusion to an already confusing situation.
So, as much as I’m longing to have something clear to say about how our church life will look next week, I’m not going to, because as things stand, I just don’t know. I know that our priorities remain keeping people safe, and recognising that different people will feel comfortable with different speeds of change; we need to make sure that we respect and accommodate the fact that we won’t all want to throw our masks in the air, give our neighbour a bear hug at the Peace, and then launch into a loud rendition of ‘Jerusalem.’
My great mentor, Fr Eric James, was very fond of the verse from Ecclesiastes, that there is ‘a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.’ Much as I want to speak, want to say something to reassure and encourage about what the next few weeks at St Peter’s might look like, I think the wise thing to do for now is to ‘keep silence.’ And that’s a wisdom I need to seek to foster in every part of my life, knowing when to speak, and knowing when to keep silent.  
Fr Stuart
Parish Priest
Notices St Peter's News and Notices:

St Peter's 800th on BBC Radio Three Counties: this Sunday at 7.20am (or thereabouts), Fr Stuart will be interviewed about our plans for celebrating our 800th anniversary in 2022.

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!

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:

We've had an amazing Art Week, with children learning about Art Through the Ages - from prehistoric cave paintings to modern and abstract art. They've tried lots of new techniques, responded to pieces created by a variety of artists and made their very own masterpieces. This week has also seen the release of lots of butterflies, which each class has watched transform from caterpillar to chrysalis to beautiful butterfly. On Thursday, Year 2 children performed their end of year show to parents, who watched the Teams live event. It was a fabulous trip down memory lane, taking us through the last four years at Victoria; the children sang, acted and danced their hearts out.  
In collective worship, Olivia's last session at Victoria focused on seeing the truth. She reminded the children about how to use what you know about someone to work out whether they are telling the truth and played a great game, inspired by TV's 'Would I lie to You?'.  

This week, our whole school worships have been led by 4FG and Olivia. We have been reflecting on seeing the truth. Olivia used a game, 2 truths and a lie, to introduce this theme, before asking us what we knew about Jesus. We shared lots of facts before then we thought about what we didn’t know about Jesus. Olivia read the story about The Boy Jesus at the Temple to show that even his parents on earth, Mary and Joseph, had to ask questions to find their son and learn more about him.

On Thursday, we enjoyed a whole school art day learning about Japanese art, as well its country of origin. We ended the week with our annual sports day, although the format was changed to ensure we all remained safe within our bubbles. Team games of rounders and hockey took place, as well as Rapid Fire, golf and archery, and the more traditional track events.

 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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First Reading: Jeremiah 23:1-6

Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the Lord. Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the Lord.
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’


Gospel:  Mark 6:30-34. 53-56.

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market-places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.


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

Eglise Anglicane du Rwanda.


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, John Malcolm, Pamela Short.


  Yvonne Knight, Edna Williams.


  Patricia Hunt
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