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Volume 9, Number 35 Friday 23rd August 2019

From Fr Anthony

I could hardly believe my eyes. Tootling along a back lane, there, in front of thatched cottage, stood a gnome. A very short person if he stood upright, but he was, supported by a stick, bent at right-angles and had a white beard which went almost down to the road. When I read this Sunday’s gospel I think of him. Later I got to know him and his sister, with whom he lived. Originally of Dutch origin, the family had lived in the village for very many years. In fact there was a whole row of interesting tomb stones in the church yard. Interesting, because each of them had a poem about the deceased inscribed on them. When Tom died the rules about tombstones in churchyards had to be broken, to match the others. The regulations said: too tall, wrong shape, and words which certainly were not "common or "a quotation from scripture. We were certainly not going to go through the delaying and expensive legal procedure to try to get it through for a family with not much money. So there, I presume, it still is, proudly in line with the others, doggerel poem and all. Did we feel guilty? No!

Some rules, maybe all rules, are there to be broken. But, and this has to do with this Sunday’s Gospel, only when there is some pressing greater good. Trying hard not to sound like a crusty old codger, it is rules which keep society together and regulate our relationships with each other. Without general observance, uncertainly and fear take over and life becomes much more difficult for everyone.

When rules prevent people receiving the help they need there is, indeed, a big problem. Rules surrounding the helping professions have increased dramatically with the purpose of protecting the vulnerable; and quite right too. But this has made the spontaneous acts of doctors, social workers, clergy, teachers, police, and others, to help more difficult. The reasoning is it is safer to do nothing and refer the matter elsewhere. Jesus was brave to seem to break the rules and practise kindness.

Fr Anthony


8:00am Eucharist Pr Penny Fray

9:30am Sung Eucharist Pr Penny Fray

6.00pm Evening Prayer Fr Tim Pilkington


First Reading Isaiah 58: 9b-14

You shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in. If you refrain from trampling the sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the LORD honourable; f you honour it, not going your own ways, serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs; then you shall take delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.


Gospel Luke 13:10-17

Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, ‘Woman, you are set free from your ailment.’

When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, ‘There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.’ But the Lord answered him and said, ‘You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?’ When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.






+ Alan, Bp of St Albans +Justin, Archbishop

The Anglican Church of South America & Bishop Gregory James Venables





Sick & Bereaved



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

Margaret Taylor, Len Bennett

and immediate: Diane Luckraft, Keith Dawson, John and Philip Jennings, Julie Painter, Peter Lindley, Lorna Sargaison, Geraldine Wright, Bill Stead, Alice Jullien






Priscilla Watt










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



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.


BERKHAMSTED CHORAL SOCIETY presents a concert of Evening Songs – choral music for the end of the day. Saturday 7 September, 7:30pm in St Peter’s. Tickets £15 from, on the door, or call 07500 431643 for details.


WALSINGHAM MASS Fr Simon will preside at a Walsingham Mass on Saturday 7th September at 10am in the Lady Chapel. Everyone welcome.





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 16 Sept






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 18 Sept






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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