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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.


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

UPDATE: Although new guidance means that the Vicar or in certain limited circumstances someone appointed by him can now enter the church, it has been underlined that our church buildings remain closed.

6 May 2020

Broadcast of the Eucharist: Sundays at 9:30am and Wednesdays at 10:00am

During the coronavirus outbreak, we plan to make broadcasts of services 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.

Broadcast of the Revd John Russell celebrating the Eucharist this Wednesday at 10:00am.
See the Services page.

Messy Church At Home

Messy Church at home logo

Messy Church hasn’t been stopped by the coronavirus outbreak…it’s just moved to Messy Church at Home on the Children’s page! You’ll find some activity sheets there, produced by the BRF.

From the Vicar, The Revd John Russell

Eucharist for St Augustine

This recording has moved here from the Services page.

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Recorded in Great Gaddesden Church

Ascension Day Eucharist

The Vicar’s sermon is from time point 25:06 to 30:14.

Thursday 21 May 2020

Recorded in Great Gaddesden Church

More videos from the Vicar are available on The Revd John Russell’s Vimeo channel.

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 7 May 2020:

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SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19. Image: CDC.
  1. All Church of England churches, including Little Gaddesden Church, remain closed. The church can only be entered either by the Vicar or in certain limited circumstances by someone appointed by him.
  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 is 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 28 May 2020

More Thoughts for the Day are available on Little Gaddesden Parish Church’s Vimeo channel.


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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.

Jun
3
Wed
Online Midweek Communion
Jun 3 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Midweek Online Holy Communion (Said Eucharist)

The Revd John Russell will celebrate the Eucharist at 10:00am on Wednesday morning and  broadcast the service online.  The broadcast will start shortly after 9:55am. Little Gaddesden Church website will carry the service on the Services page.  It will generally be broadcast from Great Gaddesden Church and last for about half an hour.
Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom
Jun 3 @ 7:55 pm – 9:30 pm

Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom

Zoom iconThe Midweek Discussion Group’s Lent sessions were cut short by the Covid-19 lockdown.  However, Anthony Archer is organising a new series over the next few weeks which will be held via Zoom. 

The sessions will start with a general welcome chat to hear how everyone is getting on, then some discussion 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!

To start with the group will probably be quite small but there will be an opportunity to invite others.  There will need to be the usual protocols about confidentiality, as anything shared must be respected as being confidential to the group.  If you would like to invite “outsiders” then please contact Anthony first.

A successful trial session has already been held, so now you are very welcome to join the next few which will be:

  • 6 May        Psalm 23
  • 13 May      Philippians 4:1-13
  • 20 May     Acts 1:1-11 (we’ll get ahead on Ascension!)
  • 27 May     John 17:1-11  3 June      Acts 2:1-21 (Pentecost)
  • 10 June    Matthew 28:16-20 &  2 Corinthians 13:11-13
  • 17 June     Acts 11:19-30

Sign in will be at 19.55 hrs.

Please contact Anthony Archer on anthony.archer@bridgewaterassociates.co.uk and he will send the Zoom details and be happy to answer any questions.

Jun
7
Sun
Online Sunday Eucharist
Jun 7 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Online Sunday Eucharist

The Revd John Russell will celebrate the Eucharist at 9:30am on Sunday morning and  broadcast the service online.  The broadcast will start shortly after 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.

The service may also be available on the @berkhamstedteamworship Facebook page.

 

Jun
9
Tue
Café Zoom
Jun 9 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Zoom iconTuesday Morning Coffee and Cake is back!

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

Contact Barbara Sheard at barbara@sheard.com, preferably a day or so beforehand, to ask for joining details for this week’s Café Zoom.

Jun
10
Wed
Online Midweek Communion
Jun 10 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Midweek Online Holy Communion (Said Eucharist)

The Revd John Russell will celebrate the Eucharist at 10:00am on Wednesday morning and  broadcast the service online.  The broadcast will start shortly after 9:55am.

Little Gaddesden Church website will carry the service on the Services page.  It will generally be broadcast from Great Gaddesden Church and last for about half an hour.

Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom
Jun 10 @ 7:55 pm – 9:30 pm

Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom

Zoom iconThe Midweek Discussion Group’s Lent sessions were cut short by the Covid-19 lockdown.  However, Anthony Archer is organising a new series over the next few weeks which will be held via Zoom. 

The sessions will start with a general welcome chat to hear how everyone is getting on, then some discussion 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!

To start with the group will probably be quite small but there will be an opportunity to invite others.  There will need to be the usual protocols about confidentiality, as anything shared must be respected as being confidential to the group.  If you would like to invite “outsiders” then please contact Anthony first.

A successful trial session has already been held, so now you are very welcome to join the next few which will be:

  • 6 May        Psalm 23
  • 13 May      Philippians 4:1-13
  • 20 May     Acts 1:1-11 (we’ll get ahead on Ascension!)
  • 27 May     John 17:1-11  3 June      Acts 2:1-21 (Pentecost)
  • 10 June    Matthew 28:16-20 &  2 Corinthians 13:11-13
  • 17 June     Acts 11:19-30

Sign in will be at 19.55 hrs.

Please contact Anthony Archer on anthony.archer@bridgewaterassociates.co.uk and he will send the Zoom details and be happy to answer any questions.

Jun
14
Sun
Online Sunday Eucharist
Jun 14 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Online Sunday Eucharist

The Revd John Russell will celebrate the Eucharist at 9:30am on Sunday morning and  broadcast the service online.  The broadcast will start shortly after 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.

The service may also be available on the @berkhamstedteamworship Facebook page.

 

Jun
16
Tue
Café Zoom
Jun 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Zoom iconTuesday Morning Coffee and Cake is back!

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

Contact Barbara Sheard at barbara@sheard.com, preferably a day or so beforehand, to ask for joining details for this week’s Café Zoom.

Jun
17
Wed
Online Midweek Communion
Jun 17 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Midweek Online Holy Communion (Said Eucharist)

The Revd John Russell will celebrate the Eucharist at 10:00am on Wednesday morning and  broadcast the service online.  The broadcast will start shortly after 9:55am.

Little Gaddesden Church website will carry the service on the Services page.  It will generally be broadcast from Great Gaddesden Church and last for about half an hour.

Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom
Jun 17 @ 7:55 pm – 9:30 pm

Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom

Zoom iconThe Midweek Discussion Group’s Lent sessions were cut short by the Covid-19 lockdown.  However, Anthony Archer is organising a new series over the next few weeks which will be held via Zoom. 

The sessions will start with a general welcome chat to hear how everyone is getting on, then some discussion 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!

To start with the group will probably be quite small but there will be an opportunity to invite others.  There will need to be the usual protocols about confidentiality, as anything shared must be respected as being confidential to the group.  If you would like to invite “outsiders” then please contact Anthony first.

A successful trial session has already been held, so now you are very welcome to join the next few which will be:

  • 6 May        Psalm 23
  • 13 May      Philippians 4:1-13
  • 20 May     Acts 1:1-11 (we’ll get ahead on Ascension!)
  • 27 May     John 17:1-11  3 June      Acts 2:1-21 (Pentecost)
  • 10 June    Matthew 28:16-20 &  2 Corinthians 13:11-13
  • 17 June     Acts 11:19-30

Sign in will be at 19.55 hrs.

Please contact Anthony Archer on anthony.archer@bridgewaterassociates.co.uk and he will send the Zoom details and be happy to answer any questions.

Today is
Wednesday, 3 June 2020

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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

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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Building Work on Thomas Field Hall to Start

At long last, after weeks of delay and frustration, the latest caused by the spread of the coronavirus infection, our builders have given us notice that they intend to start the building works on Monday, 8th June. Obviously they cannot guarantee that there will not be delays either within their work
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Prayer Station at Home: A Piece of Paper

Followers of Christ may feel inadequate at times in holding up to the task of making new disciples. Like a piece of paper asked to hold up the Bible, the Word of God. Christ gives His followers a great commission – ‘ go therefore and make disciples of all nations…..’ (Matthew chapter 28 verse
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June/July Parish News Out Now

The June/July 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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