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News Bulletin for The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Volume 9, Number 34 Friday 16th August 2019



8:00am Eucharist Pr Fr Chris Rogers

9:30am Sung Eucharist Pr Fr Tim Pilkington

6.00pm Evening Prayer Richard Hackworth


First Reading Isaiah 61:10-11

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.


Gospel Luke 1:46-55

My soul magnifies the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,

for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.

Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

for the Mighty One has done great things for me,

and holy is his name.

His mercy is for those who fear him

from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm;

he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,

and lifted up the lowly;

he has filled the hungry with good things,

and sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,

in remembrance of his mercy,

according to the promise he made to our ancestors,

to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’







+ Alan, Bp of St Albans +Justin, Archbishop

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa & Archbishop Thabo Makgoba




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, Bill Stead, Alice Jullien






Norah Quorin










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


The funeral of Morgan Rix will be on Friday 23rd August at 2pm at St Peter’s.



During the school summer holidays, a more low-key SUNDAY CLUB will take place in the Children's Corner. We'll be looking at the Lord's Prayer and there will be different activities laid out each week for children and young people. So do come along, help yourself and find out more about a very special prayer.


CHILDREN’S SOCIETY COFFEE MORNING: The Berkhamsted Committee for The Children's Society is holding a Coffee Morning in the Court House on Saturday 7th Sept 9.30am to 12.00noon. Do come to enjoy this social event and please bring your houseboxes with you for the annual count.


BOOK GROUP: If you’re interested to read about and/or share your views on a variety of topics on theology, do come and join our animated discussions in St Peter’s Book Group. Next book: ‘From the Bottom of the Pond’ by Simon Small, published by O Books ISBN 978-1-84694-066-8. We’ll discuss it at our next meeting on Tues 17 September, 8:00pm in the Court House. For more information please contact Caroline Waterstone: or Fr David: 

TEA DANCE! Wednesday 28 August, 1:30 – 4:00pm in Berkhamsted Town Hall. Join us for a delightful afternoon of dancing and music provided by our host Mr Wonderful. Tickets £6, which includes tea / coffee, cake and biscuits. Reservations / enquiries at or phone 07970 737807. Come and enjoy the atmosphere!


THE BIKE 'N HIKE fundraising event for the Beds & Herts Historic churches Trust is on Saturday 14th September 2019. Last year the event raised £101,784 in sponsorship money. Chris Clegg, the organiser for St. Peter’s, would be pleased if you could:

-          Ride or walk on the day

-          Sponsor riders and walkers

-          Help at the church for one hour on the day.

Contact 01442 875818 or, and see more information about the event on:


READ IN PEACE seat in the Cemetery: The Friends of St Peters are seeking Pledges of £100 before 17.00 30th August as part of a Big Give campaign to raise funds for the installation of a specially designed circular seat in the lower cemetery.  This beautiful seat will encircle a Liquidambar tree and have an integrated mini-library for the community to enjoy in the peaceful, green setting.   Pledges this August will increase the chances of additional funds from Big Give philanthropists and double the value of donations received as part of an online donation campaign they will launch later in the year (3rd – 10th December).  It’s easy to make a pledge – just follow this link: Thank you.





Sundays Together Lunch


Carolynne Charman


12:30pm in the Court House. For anyone on their own on a Sunday. No meeting in August.

Sun 1 Sept






Pastoral Network


Philippa Seldon 871534

7:45pm in the Court House

Mon 19 Aug






Tuesday Club


Rosslyn Laidler


7:30pm Court House. No meeting in August

Tues 3 Sept






Mothers’ Union


Margaret Burbidge 862139

(9 August is Mary Sumner Day.)

Next meeting is 2:30pm, venue TBC– Eucharist with Fr Tim Pilkington

Tues 24 Sept






Mothers’ Union Prayers


Margaret Burbidge 862139

2:30pm at 120 Valley Road, Northchurch Prayer requests to Margaret Burbidge

Tues 17 Sept






Julian Meeting


Ruth T-B 863268

11:30am 3 Sherwood Mews

Wed 11 Sept






Grief and Loss Support Group


Sylvia Banks 871195.

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

Wed 21 Aug






Little Fishes


Tracy Robinson 863559

Fridays in term time: 9:30-11:30am Court House, with today: Service 10:00am in St Peter’s

Fri 6 Sept






ABC Prayer Breakfast


Peggy Sear


8:00am at the Way Inn; third Saturday of the month. Prayer requests to Peggy Sear by the previous Monday, please

Sat 21 Sept






Choral Evensong



Cathedral style Choral Evensong in St Peter’s, 6:00pm

Sun 22 Sept









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







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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