Welcome

Little Gaddesden Parish Church


St Peter and St Paul’s –
Church of England

We are lucky enough to be the custodians of a beautiful, ancient church, tucked away in the Hertfordshire countryside, in an idyllic setting – the quintessential English Village Parish Church.


Coronavirus

The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

All Church of England churches, including Little Gaddesden Church, are now closed in line with the Government’s instructions. There will also be no Church weddings or baptisms.

The rest of the website should be read as subject to this notice.

24 March 2020

Live Stream of the Eucharist: Sundays at 9:30am

During the coronavirus outbreak, we plan to make live streams of services available on the Services page.

The first live stream was of the Revd John Russell celebrating the Eucharist on Sunday 29 March 2020 at 9:30am. See the Services page for a recording.

From the Vicar, The Revd John Russell

Video

Reflection on Self-Isolation (Tuesday 31 March 2020)

24 March 2020

Dear Friends,

Whilst all public acts of worship have stopped and churches closed, we must continue to ‘be church’, functioning albeit in an unprecedented form.

At my Induction Service as Team Rector of the Berkhamsted Team, Bishop Michael, Bishop of Hertford, challenged us to find new ways to be the church in these extraordinary and unprecedented times; to find new ways and means to be ‘generous, joyful, imaginative and courageous’, in all our actions. The time has come when we must ask ourselves what our Christianity actually means to us.

I shall continue to say my Daily Prayers and as Michael Ramsey once wrote, will be praying with the prayers of the people on my heart – that is one of the vitals roles of a priest in God’s church, but I simply ask you to do the same.

Do please refer to the Little Gaddesden church website which will be updated frequently to reflect the latest news from the church.  If you’ve signed up to receive news items from our website, you will have received this automatically. If you haven’t signed up, please do subscribe (click here for the sign-up form). The website will be updated frequently to reflect latest news from the church and the wider Church of England. 

I can be contacted by email (vicar@littlegaddesdenchurch.org) or by phone or text (01442 214898/07950 105802).

We also have three Licensed Readers who are part of our leadership team and will support in any way they can:

● Anthony Archer        (01442 842397)
● Gill Moore                     (01442 842054)
● Heather Tisbury        (01582 842507)

In the meantime, do please continue to keep in touch with one another over the coming weeks and months, by phone and electronic means, it’s amazing how uplifting a 10 minute chat with somebody can be over the phone. 

Please pray for me and all my ministry colleagues, rest assured that you are in our thoughts and prayers as we endeavour to mirror the love God shows for each and every one of us. We journey on together in the light and power of the Holy Spirit through these unprecedented times, hoping and believing we will soon be delivered from these dark times.

I am yours in Christ,
John.

Coronavirus Precautions

Updated 24 March 2020:

Image of SARS-Cov-2, the infective agent of Covid-19
SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19. Image: CDC.
  1. All Church of England churches, including Little Gaddesden Church, are now closed.
  2. Everyone is urged to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  3. The current practice of hand hygiene to be rigorously maintained and physical contact of all kinds should be avoided.
  4. We should be vigilant in keeping a close eye on those around us for signs of illness.

Further official guidance and advice for churches is available on the Church of England’s website.

  • For health advice, visit NHS.UK.
  • For government advice, visit GOV.UK.

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Thought for The Day

Anthony Archer, Reader, shares his Thought for the Day on Thursday 2 April 2020


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Little Gaddesden Church Logo

The church of St Peter and St Paul, Little Gaddesden, has stood here for centuries and, just as it has always done, represents a beacon of hope and light in a world which isn’t always as we would like.

The congregation and community are thriving and full of life, so whether you’re a visitor or a new resident, you will always be welcome to our services. Our style of worship combines, we hope, the formal (delivered in a relaxed and friendly way) with opportunities for teaching and reflection.

Our principal Sunday service is Sung Holy Communion at 9:00 am most weeks – although on the second Sunday of the month we have a Family Service, sometimes with communion, which offers a simplified form of worship and is aimed more especially at families and younger people. The Family Service takes the place of our recently introduced, informal ‘Café Church’ service during the coronavirus outbreak.

Children are very welcome: on Sundays other than the second of the month, a Sunday School is run during the morning service, and on the second Sunday there is a separate teaching activity for younger children during part of the service.

At least three times a month there is Sung Evensong (Book of Common Prayer) at 6:00pm, and occasionally there are alternative evening services. Please see the Services page for details.

The church is open daily for private prayer and to light candles, should you so wish, and on most Thursday mornings there is quiet service of Holy Communion at 10:00 am.

On most Tuesdays from 10.30 till noon, coffee and delicious cake are offered together with lively conversation.

The Churchyard is very important to our community. It is a place of respite for walkers and visitors to the church, who discover it to be very peaceful and tranquil. Not only is it a beautiful setting for just sitting and admiring the view, but it also provides the perfect place for people to come to remember their loved ones who are buried here, or whose ashes are interred here. For details about funerals, please first look here.

We welcome all those who would like to receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism, (Christening), and many couples are married here or have their marriage blessed. If you would like to know more about Holy Baptism (discussed briefly here), please contact the Vicar. For more details on weddings, in the first instance please go to the Weddings page.

Ministry at Little Gaddesden is shared with the adjoining parishes of Great Gaddesden and Nettleden.

The Revd. John Russell
Vicar

Little Gaddesden Church
Church Road
Little Gaddesden
Hertfordshire
HP4 1NZ

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Coming Up…

Here are the services and other events coming up in Little Gaddesden Parish Church in the next few days.
Events that have been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak are not included.

Apr
5
Sun
Palm Sunday
Apr 5 all-day
Online Live Streaming of Eucharist
Apr 5 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

The Revd John Russell will celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday morning and  stream the event live online.  He will go live at 9:20am.

Little Gaddesden Church website plans to carry the live stream on the Services page.

If you are on Facebook, the live streaming will also be available on the @berkhamstedteamworship Facebook page.

 

Apr
9
Thu
Maundy Thursday
Apr 9 all-day
Apr
10
Fri
Good Friday
Apr 10 all-day
Apr
11
Sat
Easter Saturday
Apr 11 all-day
Apr
12
Sun
Easter Day
Apr 12 all-day
Online Live Streaming of Eucharist
Apr 12 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

The Revd John Russell will celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday morning and  stream the event live online.  He will go live at 9:20am.

Little Gaddesden Church website plans to carry the live stream on the Services page.

If you are on Facebook, the live streaming will also be available on the @berkhamstedteamworship Facebook page.

 

Apr
13
Mon
Easter Monday
Apr 13 all-day
Apr
19
Sun
Online Live Streaming of Eucharist
Apr 19 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

The Revd John Russell will celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday morning and  stream the event live online.  He will go live at 9:20am.

Little Gaddesden Church website plans to carry the live stream on the Services page.

If you are on Facebook, the live streaming will also be available on the @berkhamstedteamworship Facebook page.

 

Apr
26
Sun
Online Live Streaming of Eucharist
Apr 26 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

The Revd John Russell will celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday morning and  stream the event live online.  He will go live at 9:20am.

Little Gaddesden Church website plans to carry the live stream on the Services page.

If you are on Facebook, the live streaming will also be available on the @berkhamstedteamworship Facebook page.

 

Today is
Friday, 3 April 2020

The 'Coming Up...' calendar is an interactive version of the complete Parish Calendar in an 'Agenda' style list. It shows what's happening in the near future.

The full Parish Calendar shows all events.

See the Using the Calendars page for more.


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How to Find Us

We’re on Church Road in Little Gaddesden, a few miles north of Berkhamsted, and the postcode is HP4 1NZ.

Church Road is off Nettleden Road, opposite the white gates to Ashridge College, at the north end of Little Gaddesden village green.

Location on Google Maps

Location on Ordnance Survey Maps

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For your Sat Nav…

Postcode: HP4 1NZ

Latitude and Longitude: 51.814241, -0.554200
(51°48’51.3″N 0°33’15.1″W)

Full Address

Little Gaddesden Church
Church Road
Little Gaddesden
Berkhamsted
Hertfordshire
HP4 1NZ

Other Locators

OS Grid Reference: SP998138
(Landranger Sheet 165); SP99781382 (Explorer Sheet 182)
(Reading OS maps)

Plus code (what’s that?):
RC7W+M8 Little Gaddesden, Berkhamsted

What3words (what’s that?):
///treble.highly.undulation

Parking

Parking for about 50 visiting cars is available in the church car park. There is an overflow car park five minutes walk away. It’s back down Church Road, opposite Bede Court and next to the bowls club. Click on the markers on the map below.

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Cycling and Walking

Little Gaddesden Church is on a network of country lanes, bridleways, footpaths and long distance trails, all visible on the 1:50,000 scale tiles of the OS map extract above.

The Chiltern Way logo

The Chiltern Way crosses Church Road halfway between Nettleden Road and the church.

Chilterns Cycleway sign

The Chilterns Cycleway runs through Little Gaddesden along Nettleden Road and Hudnall Lane.

Sponsored Bike 'n Hike logo

Little Gaddesden Church has long participated in the annual Sponsored Bike ‘n Hike organised by the Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust on the second Saturday in September each year.

Please be sure to lock your car, and not to leave any valuables in it.

Public Transport

Rail

The nearest railway station is Berkhamsted, which has frequent trains from London Euston (30-40 mins journey time) and other stations on the West Coast Main Line. The bus service from Berkhamsted to Little Gaddesden is infrequent, but taxis are generally available at the station. Little Gaddesden Church is about ten minutes by car from Berkhamsted station.

Air

The nearest airports are:

  • Luton (25-45 mins by taxi, or 1-2 hrs by train via London to Berkhamsted) and
  • Heathrow (40-80 mins by taxi, or 1 ½ -2 hrs by train via London to Berkhamsted).

Airport taxi journey times are heavily dependent on traffic.

Little Gaddesden Weather

This is a ‘hyperlocal’ report, giving the weather right now as well as a forecast for the next few days:

Header image: adapted from an 1896 Ordnance Survey One-Inch map, reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland

Contact

The Vicar

The Revd. John Russell
St John’s Vicarage, Piper’s Hill, Great Gaddesden HP1 3BY
Tel:  01442 214898
Email: vicar@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Enquiries about baptisms, banns, weddings, funerals and memorials in the churchyard should be made to the Vicar. If the Vicarage phone is on voicemail please leave a message — it will be attended to as soon as possible. Alternatively, messages can be left with the Churchwardens.

Churchwardens

Barbara Sheard
Tel:  01442 843591
Email: churchwarden.bjs@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Michael Carver
Tel: 01442 842658
Email: churchwarden.mnc@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

To contact both Churchwardens
Email: churchwardens@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Treasurer

Allan Webster
Email: treasurer@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Accounts

Vanessa Connor
Tel: 01442 843274
Email: accounts@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Parish Administrator

Helene Hockings
Email: parish.admin@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Tower Captain

Virginia Westmacott
Tel: 01442 842428
Email: bells@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Website

Peter Leonhardt
Email: peter@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Andrew Sheard
Email: wp-admin@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Readers

Gill Moore
Tel: 01442 842054
Email: reader.gm@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Anthony Archer
Tel:  07721 504125
Email: anthony.archer@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Heather Tisbury
Tel: 01582 842807
Email: reader.ht@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

PCC Secretary

Nikki Warr
Email: pcc.secretary@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Organist & Choirmaster

John Leonhardt
Tel: 01442 843550

Safeguarding Officer

James Mitchell
Tel: 01442 842710
Email: safeguarding@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Flower Arranging Co-ordinator

Anne Isherwood
Tel: 01442 842780
Email: flowers@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

War Remembrance

Jane Dickson
Email: war-remembrance@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Little Gaddesden Church Contacts

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Week of Sunday 5th April 2020, Palm Sunday

Services Sunday, 5th April, Palm Sunday 9.30 amOnline live stream on Services pageEucharist with hymns and the blessing of the palms(JR) The online live stream is planned to begin at around 9.20 am on the Services page, and the Eucharist itself at 9.30 am. Service papers will be available on or via
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April Parish News Out Now

Despite the coronavirus outbreak, the April issue of Parish News is out for delivery. Subscribers to the print edition should be getting their copies through their letterboxes any day now. The online edition is available on the Parish News Magazine page.
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Children’s Activity: Palm Sunday Donkey

How to Make a Palm Sunday Donkey at Home You will need: 3 spring clothes-pegs (coloured ones are good too!)cardscissorspencila piece of paper towel Draw a donkey body and neck on the card, cut out. Bend the top of the neck
over. Attach two pegs as legs Attach one peg at the neck on the bent piece Pl
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