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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.


NEW The Resumption of Public Worship

I am delighted to say that congregational worship for our three parishes will resume this coming Sunday (28th February). For the first two weeks, there will only be one service, but all being well, we will gradually introduce more services in each of the churches. The service will be live streamed to the Little Gaddesden Church Facebook page*.

This Sunday will be a Sung Eucharist in Little Gaddesden at 9.30am, with the restrictions that many of you will be familiar with from before Christmas. This means:

  1. Social distancing from those not in your household or care bubble must be maintained.
  2. Face masks must be worn at all times in church.
  3. Please use the hand cleanser at the door.
  4. We will not be able to join in with the singing of the hymns.
  5. Holy Communion will be distributed in a safe manner in one kind only.
  6. After the service you must disperse and not stay in church to have a catch up.

I am sorry this still seems draconian, but it’s the best news we have had in months, made possible by the introduction of effective vaccines and the rapid decline in Covid-19 infection.

I look forward to seeing you very soon.

A full list of services up to and including Easter will be published shortly.

The Revd. John Russell, Vicar
23 February 2021

*If you are comfortable using Facebook, the Little Gaddesden Church page can be accessed here. The Facebook page will open in a new tab. If you visit the page, Facebook will track you even if you are not signed up to Facebook. Existing Facebook users can also find the page by searching @stpeterstpaullittgadd in Facebook or in Messenger.


Lent 2021

Lent is a very good time to try some additional and alternative devotions. Our regular pattern of services will remain online for the next few weeks at least, but there are some other services which you might find helpful.

Stations of the Cross will be available from Holy Trinity Potten, via Facebook Live (Holy Trinity page or the Berkhamsted Team page) or by visiting (www.holytrinitypottenend.org.uk/worship) on Wednesdays at 7pm (starting on the 24th February).

Each week three stations will be featured and there will be time to reflect on an image accompanied by original music specially composed by Daniel King Smith and Andy Smith. The services will last approximately half an hour and should be available to view afterwards to watch in your own time.

From Tuesday in Holy Week, 30th March, you can follow the complete series of stations, accompanying  Jesus on his  journey to the cross. Update 25 February 2021: This service will now be in Great Gaddesden Church and may be recorded or streamed.

Lent is also a penitential season, when some people have found it a good moment to stop and  examine their lives in a little more depth, with the intention of making a new start in their relationship with God and other people.

There will be pink copies of a leaflet in all the church porches from Ash Wednesday (17th February) to help you. I can also email the leaflet if you would like.

Should you wish to make your confession during Lent, please be in touch with me via my personal email: john_russell@live.co.uk in the strictest confidence.

We can use Lent as a time to give up something like sweets or alcohol, but perhaps we’re wasting an opportunity to do something a little more life changing?

The Revd. John Russell, Vicar
11 February 2021


Wednesday 10:00am Podcasts

Recordings of 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.


Podcasts in Lent – The Beatitudes

Blessed are those who… Jesus said. 

The “Beatitudes” is one of the most loved sections of the New Testament. It forms the beginning of what we know as the “Sermon on the Mount” recorded in Matthew’s Gospel, chapters 5-7. Matthew places it at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry because it is at the heart of his teaching. For the five weeks of Lent, starting on Wednesday 24th February, we will reflect on five of the beatitudes. The words of Jesus are the sort of qualities and character that he’s looking for in the people of God. Taken together they paint a picture of the perfect disciple of Christ. How will you respond?

Podcasts are first broadcast at 10:00am on Wednesdays on the Services page, where they are available for the following few days


Messy Church

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New Children’s Activities: Worksheets on Thankfulness and Community. Available on the Youth and Children’s page.


Scam Alerts!

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Beware of scams!

Please beware of a couple of scams that are currently circulating locally by email.

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NHS Vaccine Scam – there are some emails doing the rounds that are apparently offering you a coronavirus/COVID-19 vaccination appointment.  They look convincingly as if they come from the NHS.  Only when you read on that you find that you’re being asked for your bank or credit card details, your passwords or personal details for ‘verification’ or some other spurious reason.  Ignore the email – someone is trying to get hold of your financial or personal details for fraudulent purposes.  The NHS says:

The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS.

The NHS will never ask for:

  • your bank account or card details
  • your pin or banking password
  • copies of personal documents to prove your identity such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips

If you think you have been a victim of fraud or identify theft, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Click here to see how the NHS say you will be contacted for your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination.

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Emails Apparently from The Vicar – other scam emails in circulation look as if they come from the Vicar.  Typically they will ask you to get in touch with him urgently by email, but not by phone, ultimately for the purpose of getting you to send money or gift tokens – which the Vicar would not ask you to do.  And often, but not always, they will be from a gmail.com address – which the Vicar does not have.  If you are in any doubt whether an email is from the Vicar, please check with him either by:

  • Phoning him (despite what it may say in the email); or
  • Sending him a fresh email (i.e. not by replying to the dodgy one) at an address that you know to be genuine.

Incidentally, we think that many of these emails come from the same source, and with each one that arrives we are getting more information that should help put a stop to them.  So if you do receive one, please forward it to scam-report@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk to help us in that effort.


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

Feb
28
Sun
Joint Parish Worship at Little Gaddesden
Feb 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Coronavirus restrictions apply

See the Front page.  
Mar
2
Tue
Café Zoom
Mar 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.

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

Online Midweek Podcast/Devotion

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

Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom
Mar 3 @ 7:55 pm – 9:30 pm

Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom

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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

Mar
7
Sun
Joint Parish Worship at Little Gaddesden
Mar 7 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Coronavirus restrictions apply

See the Front page.

 

Mar
8
Mon
Funeral of Julie Leonhardt – By Invitation Only*
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Funeral of Julie Leonhardt – By Invitation Only

*Any person wishing to pay their respects to Julie outside the church is welcome to assemble around 10.45am when the cortège will leave the church to go to Amersham Crematorium.

Mar
9
Tue
Café Zoom
Mar 9 @ 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.

Mar
10
Wed
Online Midweek Podcast
Mar 10 @ 10:00 am – 10:20 am

Online Midweek Podcast/Devotion

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

Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom
Mar 10 @ 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

Mar
14
Sun
Mothering Sunday
Mar 14 all-day

Today is
Sunday, 28 February 2021

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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

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 (green marker on the map below). There is an overflow car park (blue marker) five minutes walk from the church (red marker). The overflow car park is back down Church Road, opposite Bede Court and next to the bowls club.

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

Header artwork credit: Tim Hockings

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Week of Sunday 28th February, Lent 2 [Amended]

Services Sunday 28th February, Lent 2 9.30 amLittle Gaddesden ChurchJoint Parish Worship – Eucharist(JR) Tuesday 2nd March 10.30 amZoomCafé Zoom – Tuesday morning Coffee and Cake(see below) Wednesday 3rd March 10.00 amServices pageMidweek Podcast – Blessed are those who mourn, for they will b
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Thomas Field Hall: Final Details

The final details in the last week. We have strong cast brass hooks to hold the outside doors open securely. They are finished in satin steel to match the door handles and have been very carefully positioned on the walls with their loops carefully positioned on the doors. Fitting the door hooksThe s
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The Resumption of Public Worship

I am delighted to say that congregational worship for our three parishes will resume this coming Sunday (28th February). For the first two weeks, there will only be one service, but all being well, we will gradually introduce more services in each of the churches. The service will be live streamed t
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