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.


Worship in 2021

As you may know over Christmas I made the very difficult decision to suspend public worship in our churches, with the intention of reviewing the position post-Christmas.

Unfortunately, the number of people catching Covid-19 is rising at an even more alarming rate and I have no choice but to continue to offer our services online only.

Our main act of worship will continue to be made available every Sunday from 9.30am on both the Great and Little Gaddesden Church websites for the foreseeable future. I will of course continue to monitor the situation closely and respond accordingly.

My decision, which I assure you has not been taken lightly, is based on our not only being in Tier 4 of the current Government Regulations, but also to help protect us from this horrible virus. We have many vulnerable people in our parishes and it is important that the church does not exacerbate the situation.

Please see below, as well as the Services and Coming Up pages for our online activities, and keep checking back here for updates.

I know the church communities join me in wishing you all a Happy New Year, hoping and praying that things will soon improve.

John Russell, Vicar
1 January 2021


Video/Audio Recordings: Sunday Morning Services and Wednesday 10:00am Podcasts

Video recordings of Sunday services, and pre-recorded midweek podcasts on Wednesdays, are made available on the Services page. See Coming Up… or the Calendar on the Services page for details of these and any other live or recorded services. Here are more details about our…


Epiphany Messy Church

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New Children’s Activity for January: Epiphany – Arrival of the Three Wise Men. Available on the Youth and Children’s page.


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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.
Services are held at Little Gaddesden Church unless otherwise stated.

Jan
19
Tue
Café Zoom
Jan 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Zoom iconTuesday Morning Coffee and Cake is back!

Get together on Zoom for conversation, coffee and cake.  Bring your own coffee…and cake. Contact Hilary Catchpole at h.catchpole@btinternet.com, preferably a day or so beforehand, to ask for joining details for this week’s Café Zoom.
Jan
20
Wed
Online Midweek Podcast
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 10:20 am

Online Midweek Podcast/Devotion

An audio podcast for Wednesday mornings, in place of the usual midweek communion.

Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom
Jan 20 @ 7:55 pm – 9:30 pm

Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom

Zoom icon

The Midweek Discussion Group meeting via Zoom on Wednesday evenings are restarting.

The sessions start with a general welcome chat to hear how everyone is getting on, then some discussion often centred around a Bible passage, with a short time of prayer at the end.  Everyone will be considered to be fully present if they have signed in, but there is no need to say or share anything.  You can spend the whole time ‘mute’ if you wish!

There are the usual protocols about confidentiality, as anything shared must be respected as being confidential to the group. All are welcome, but if inviting others please contact Anthony first.

The series of ‘meetings’ is as follows:

  • 13 January          What does the Bible say about Hell?  Discussion, concluding with a time of prayer

  • 20 January          Evening Prayer (liturgy to be circulated in advance – nothing in unison – except perhaps the Lord’s Prayer – ‘parts’ to be allocated)

  • 27 January          What does the Bible say about Heaven?  Discussion, concluding with a time of prayer.

  • 3 February          Evensong (from YouTube – from a college or cathedral)

  • 10 February        What does the Bible say about the Last Things? (Death, dying, the meaning of life, the return of Christ, the ‘rapture’ – and anything else!). Discussion, concluding with a time of prayer.

  • 17 February        Evening Prayer (liturgy to be circulated in advance – nothing in unison – except perhaps the Lord’s Prayer – ‘parts’ to be allocated).  (Ash Wednesday)

  • 24 February        Truly Divine and Truly Human: Christ and the Seven Ecumenical Councils. Discussion, concluding with a time of prayer.

  • 3 March              Evensong (from YouTube – from a college or cathedral)

  • 10 March            Jesus the Jew: Reflections on how learning about the Jewish world of Jesus can enrich our own faith (NB not a discussion on Judaism and Christianity). Discussion, concluding with a time of prayer

  • 17 March            Evening Prayer (liturgy to be circulated in advance – nothing in unison – except perhaps the Lord’s Prayer – ‘parts’ to be allocated).

  • 24 March            (to be decided)

  • 31 March            Holy Week (to be decided)

Sign is at 19.55 hrs and the sessions end at 9.30pm sharp.  The Zoom invitation is sent a few days beforehand, usually with some background material.

Please contact Anthony Archer on anthony.archer@bridgewaterassociates.co.uk or 07721 504125 with any questions

Jan
24
Sun
Online Sunday Eucharist
Jan 24 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Online Sunday Eucharist

A playable on demand recording will be available at on Sunday morning from about 9:20am.

Little Gaddesden Church website will carry the service on the Services page, where you will also find the Order of Service and the week’s Pew Sheet/Bulletin.

 

 

Jan
26
Tue
Café Zoom
Jan 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Zoom iconTuesday Morning Coffee and Cake is back!

Get together on Zoom for conversation, coffee and cake.  Bring your own coffee…and cake.

Contact Hilary Catchpole at h.catchpole@btinternet.com, preferably a day or so beforehand, to ask for joining details for this week’s Café Zoom.

Jan
27
Wed
Online Midweek Podcast
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 10:20 am

Online Midweek Podcast/Devotion

An audio podcast for Wednesday mornings, in place of the usual midweek communion.

Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom
Jan 27 @ 7:55 pm – 9:30 pm

Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom

Zoom icon

The Midweek Discussion Group meeting via Zoom on Wednesday evenings are restarting.

The sessions start with a general welcome chat to hear how everyone is getting on, then some discussion often centred around a Bible passage, with a short time of prayer at the end.  Everyone will be considered to be fully present if they have signed in, but there is no need to say or share anything.  You can spend the whole time ‘mute’ if you wish!

There are the usual protocols about confidentiality, as anything shared must be respected as being confidential to the group. All are welcome, but if inviting others please contact Anthony first.

The series of ‘meetings’ is as follows:

  • 13 January          What does the Bible say about Hell?  Discussion, concluding with a time of prayer

  • 20 January          Evening Prayer (liturgy to be circulated in advance – nothing in unison – except perhaps the Lord’s Prayer – ‘parts’ to be allocated)

  • 27 January          What does the Bible say about Heaven?  Discussion, concluding with a time of prayer.

  • 3 February          Evensong (from YouTube – from a college or cathedral)

  • 10 February        What does the Bible say about the Last Things? (Death, dying, the meaning of life, the return of Christ, the ‘rapture’ – and anything else!). Discussion, concluding with a time of prayer.

  • 17 February        Evening Prayer (liturgy to be circulated in advance – nothing in unison – except perhaps the Lord’s Prayer – ‘parts’ to be allocated).  (Ash Wednesday)

  • 24 February        Truly Divine and Truly Human: Christ and the Seven Ecumenical Councils. Discussion, concluding with a time of prayer.

  • 3 March              Evensong (from YouTube – from a college or cathedral)

  • 10 March            Jesus the Jew: Reflections on how learning about the Jewish world of Jesus can enrich our own faith (NB not a discussion on Judaism and Christianity). Discussion, concluding with a time of prayer

  • 17 March            Evening Prayer (liturgy to be circulated in advance – nothing in unison – except perhaps the Lord’s Prayer – ‘parts’ to be allocated).

  • 24 March            (to be decided)

  • 31 March            Holy Week (to be decided)

Sign is at 19.55 hrs and the sessions end at 9.30pm sharp.  The Zoom invitation is sent a few days beforehand, usually with some background material.

Please contact Anthony Archer on anthony.archer@bridgewaterassociates.co.uk or 07721 504125 with any questions

Jan
31
Sun
Online Sunday Eucharist
Jan 31 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Online Sunday Eucharist

A playable on demand recording will be available at on Sunday morning from about 9:20am.

Little Gaddesden Church website will carry the service on the Services page, where you will also find the Order of Service and the week’s Pew Sheet/Bulletin.

 

 

Feb
2
Tue
Café Zoom
Feb 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Zoom iconTuesday Morning Coffee and Cake is back!

Get together on Zoom for conversation, coffee and cake.  Bring your own coffee…and cake.

Contact Hilary Catchpole at h.catchpole@btinternet.com, preferably a day or so beforehand, to ask for joining details for this week’s Café Zoom.

Feb
3
Wed
Online Midweek Podcast
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 10:20 am

Online Midweek Podcast/Devotion

An audio podcast for Wednesday mornings, in place of the usual midweek communion.

Today is
Sunday, 17 January 2021

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The full Parish Calendar shows all events.

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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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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

Terri Adams
Email: pcc.secretary@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Organist & Choirmaster

John Leonhardt
Tel: 01442 843550

Safeguarding Officer

Heather Tisbury
Tel: 01582 842807
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 17th January, Epiphany 2

Services Sunday 17th January, Epiphany 2 9.30 amServices pageOnline Sunday Worship – Morning Prayer(HT/GM-pr) The service will be recorded and made available online on the Services page. Tuesday 19th January 10.30 amZoomCafé Zoom – Tuesday morning Coffee and Cake(see below) Wednesda
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Thomas Field Hall: Rain and Mud Slow Progress Down

Work on replacing the damaged bricks in the lower courses of the old vestry walls has been proceeding very fitfully, governed by the incessant rain we have been having for the last few weeks. The brief dry spell over the Christmas break was helpful but as soon as it started to rain again the ground
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Week of Sunday 10th January 2021, Baptism of Christ

Services Sunday 10th January, Baptism of Christ 9.30 amServices pageOnline Sunday Eucharist(JR/HT-pr) The service will be recorded and made available online on the Services page. Tuesday 12th January 10.30 amZoomCafé Zoom – Tuesday morning Coffee and Cake(see below) Wednesday 13th J
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