St Peter's Church, Great Berkhamsted

The Church of St Peter Great Berkhamsted

Parish News

News Bulletin for Trinity Sunday

Volume 9, Number 25 Friday 14th June 2019

From Richard



The OT book of Proverbs has deep roots. Parts of Proverbs are found in Egyptian hieroglyphics and were part of the education given at the Egyptian court. The OED says wisdom means "the combination of experience and knowledge with the ability to apply them judiciously but in the ancient world wisdom meant more than gaining information or being clever. Wisdom included all manner of practical skills like how to farm and how to build and sail a boat, and it also included forming attitudes and values, and understanding who we want to be and what matters to us. Proverbs recognises wisdom as a guard against injustice and a guide to righteousness. Wisdom is about living a full and happy life together with God.


But, it seems to me, there remains a crucial distinction between knowledge and wisdom, which is hard to tie down. There’s an old quip that knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put tomatoes into a fruit salad. The issue centres on the distinction between knowledge about something, and deciding how to use that knowledge. Adam and Eve sought knowledge in the Garden of Eden, but their curiosity caused a lot of problems. The theologian Reinhold Niebuhr commented that it is human nature to believe that anything that seems possible should be tried, before thinking too much about to the consequences. Robert Oppenheimer who led the Los Alamos project to develop the atom bomb wrote "when you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it, and you argue about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.


Our readings this Sunday separate knowledge and wisdom. Proverbs expresses humanity’s wonder at creation – humanity’s admiration and reverence for the unbounded power and invention and vision of God – the skill and craftsmanship of our creator who "marked out the foundations of the earth like a master worker. Proverbs reflects humanity’s aspirations to understand and even imitate the power of creation. If you think this is stretching a point, read up what genetic science and robotics are able to do these days, and they are only just beginning. Humanity has the capabilities to deliver enormous benefits to the world, but I do hope society thinks through consequences too - intended and otherwise. But where do we look for such wisdom?


Jesus’ words in John’s gospel give a different perspective. "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. Jesus could not answer questions that the disciples did not yet know they would have to face. When Jesus lived with his disciples he would answer their questions about their place in the world, and the world’s place in God’s creation. When he was no longer with them the Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth. We now stand in the place of the disciples, when the world faces enormous questions about its future. Jesus received his wisdom from God his Father. Now, the Holy Spirit reveals the word of the Father to us, just as Jesus did.


Today we have more technical knowledge about our world and a greater ability to act on that knowledge, than ever before, but I wonder if we truly have the wisdom to know how best to use it for the common good, and the glory of God. The Christian community – the Church – draws its wisdom from scripture and prayer. Wisdom is rooted in faith in God.


I think this is just one reason why the role of the Church in society is as crucial today – maybe even more so – than it has ever been, and why every Sunday we pray for the Church and for the world.


Every blessing




8:00am Eucharist Fr Chris Rogers

9:30am Sung Eucharist Pr Fr Chris Rogers

4:00pm TSS

6.00pm Evening Prayer Olivia Davies


First Reading Proverbs 8:1-4 & 22-31

Thus says the wisdom of God:

Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries out: ‘To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live. The LORD created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth - when he had not yet made earth and fields, or the world’s first bits of soil. When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.’


Gospel John 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.’






+ Alan, Bp of St Albans +Justin, Archbishop

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) & Bishop Nicholas Okoh




Sick & Bereaved



Long term: Christina Billington, Judith Hill, Yvonne Rix,

Margaret Taylor, Len Bennett, Priscilla Watt

and immediate: Diane Luckraft, Keith Dawson, John and Philip Jennings, Julie Painter, Peter Lindley, Lorna Sargaison, Geraldine Wright, Joan Tierney, Morgan Rix

















Morning Prayer Monday 9:00am; Tuesday 9:00am at All Saints Shrublands Road;

Wednesday 8:00am; Thursday & Friday 9:00am

Eucharist Tuesday 9:30am at All Saints’ Shrublands Road; Wednesday 8:30am in St Peters

Evening Prayer Monday – Friday 5:00pm; Saturday 6:00pm









This week, our whole school worships have been led by Rebecca Fardell, vicar at Sunnyside church and 6AP. We have been thinking about the meaning of Pentecost and how it links to our previous value of Service.


It has been a busy week in school. On Monday, Year 5 participated in a Shakespeare workshop and our RE Link Governor visited the school to undertake a Learning Walk with Mrs Cutler. On Wednesday, 18 Year 4 pupils attended a science workshop at Greenway school and our Year 6 pupils hosted a tea party for their grandparents, parents and carers. 78 visitors enjoyed scones, cakes and savoury cheese swirls all made by the children.


CAN YOU HELP? CARER NEEDED for elderly lady living in her own flat. Light housework only. Daily for one hour or as arranged. Please contact 01442 873205.


Saturday 15 June, 7:30pm: Lay a Garland - Chiltern Chamber Choir sings a programme of English music by Britten, Pearsall, Moeran, Vaughan Williams. Tickets £10 on the door, from Brown & Merry, from members of the choir, or through Under 18 free.


Saturday 22 June: DENS’ ever-popular sponsored walk, which raises funds for the DENS hostel, day centre and food bank, has been given a facelift for 2019. Starting off from Berkhamsted’s historic castle, there is a choice of 2, 5 or 10 mile routes. Find out more from or email for information.


BERKHAMSTED DEANERY BARN DANCE: June 22, 7:00pm at Northchurch Social Centre. £5.00 per ticket with fish and chips provided. Tickets can be found via Eventbrite: or please ring/email Rev Jonathan on 07752 261679 or


PARISH BARBECUE 23 JUNE AT 12:30 - Please sign the list, which will be at the back of the church from this Sunday, with your offers of amazing salads and show off puddings to go with sausages hot off the grill. Cost £1 a head, children free. Any queries to Rachel Below or Hilary Elliott.


DO YOU HAVE CURRENT EXPERIENCE of implementing Microsoft Office 365? I and the parish office want to make more use of Office 365 to improve IT support for running our parish more efficiently and we need a knowledgeable person to help. If you are that person please contact Richard Hackworth, the Parish treasurer. Thank you!


Summer Coffee Morning Our regular Saturday coffee morning on 22nd June (9:30 – 12) will be in aid of The Hospice of St Francis to support it in its 40th year. Please pop in for delicious coffee, scones and cakes, the Hospice craft stall, cake stall, children’s activities and a raffle. We will be starting to sell raffle tickets – loads of great prizes from local businesses – after the 9:30am service THIS Sunday! Please do support.

Wimbledon Tickets Once again we have kindly been donated 2 x Debenture Wimbledon tickets for Centre Court on Tuesday 2 July by Brenda B. These will be available to whoever bids the most money (for the Hospice) for them by noon on Monday 24th July. There is a starting price on them of £150. If you would like to bid, please call or email the Parish Office with your details and the maximum amount you would be prepared to bid. The highest bid on the 24th will receive the tickets.

Hospice Garden Party, Ashridge House - Sunday 23 June 1-5pm Plenty of fun, shopping, children’s activities and entertainment at the Hospice’s big birthday party in the beautiful grounds of Ashridge House!


Hospice Walk With Us – Saturday 29 June 7:30-11:30pm Come together with family and friends to support the Hospice and remember special people – particularly those cared for at the Hospice over the past 40 years - on a six mile walk retracing our history through Berkhamsted passing through St Peter’s church.














The Sunday Service for families, 4:00pm in St Peter’s with tea afterwards. Today: Father’s Day

Sun 16 June






Pastoral Network


Philippa Seldon 871534

7:45pm in the Court House

Mon 17 June






Mothers' Union


Margaret Burbidge tel: 862139

Sharing a favourite poem, painting or piece of music at 26 North Road

Tues 18 June






Julian Meeting


Ruth T-B 863268

Meet for about half an hour of quiet prayer. All are welcome. 3 Sherwood Mews, Park Street 11:30am

Wed 19 June






Grief and Loss Support Group


Sylvia Banks 871195.

Monthly Lunch 12:30pm at The White Horse, Bourne End

Wed 19 June






Little Fishes


Tracy Robinson 863559

Fridays in term time: 9:30-11:15am Court House. With today: Jonah and the whale

Fri 21 June






PEW LEAFLET notices copy-ready & rota swaps by 2pm Wednesday please






Fr Tim Pilkington

Rector (day off Friday)

tel 01442 879739

Fr Simon Vivian

Assistant Curate (day off Thursday) Tel 864199

Fr John Russell

Team Vicar (Gt Gaddesden, Lt Gaddesden, Nettleden)

Holy Trinity Church Potten End: please contact the churchwardens Rob Ferneyhough (01442 864772)

or Julie Griffiths (01442 864687 )




Parish Office. Hilary Armstrong and Kate Perera 01442 878227

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