Make a Paper Cross at HomeContinue reading “Prayer Station at Home: Make a Paper Cross”
As you all know, the church is now closed until further notice, due to the Covid–19 coronavirus.
However, some of you may not realise that all the costs to run our beautiful church will continue. We have already been informed that our share of the diocese costs will continue, and in 2019 these costs represented almost 55% of our total annual expenditure.Continue reading “From the Treasurer: An Appeal”
Sunday, 29th March, Passion Sunday
|Online live stream on Services page
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.
Remember that these times are BST, as clocks go forward one hour at 2:00am on Sunday morning.Continue reading “Week of Sunday 29th March 2020, Passion Sunday”
Prayer Station at Home for All Ages
Continue reading “Prayer Station at Home”
Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.Matthew chapter 11 verse 28
24 March 2020
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.Continue reading “From the Vicar: Continuing to ‘Be Church’”
The Church of England has released a statement including the following:
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).
It means all Church of England churches will close with immediate effect in line with the Government’s instructions. There will also be no Church weddings or baptisms.
Little Gaddesden Church is therefore now closed.
The full text of the statement is available on the Church of England website.
Please continue to keep an eye on our own website for the latest news from Little Gaddesden Church.
This is the first ‘Weekly Services and Notices’ news post in the coronavirus era, in which no public services are being held in church. So the format and content are somewhat different from the norm. There may be changes from week to week while we experiment with what people find most helpful and what works best, so please bear with us.
Sunday, 22nd March, Mothering Sunday
Although there will be no formal service for Mothering Sunday, Little Gaddesden Church will be open in the morning at the usual time and flowers will be put out on tables. Vicar John will be there. Please come along between 9 o’clock and 9.45 to stay for a while, light a candle and say a prayer and make up a posy to give to your mother. Everyone will be very welcome.Continue reading “Week of Sunday 22nd March 2020, Mothering Sunday”
Please see the updated version of this post dated 24 March 2020.
18 March 2020
Whilst all public acts of worship have been suspended until further notice, it doesn’t mean the church has stopped functioning. At my Induction Service as Team Rector of the Berkhamsted Team yesterday evening, Bishop Michael, Bishop of Hertford, challenged us to find new ways of “being church” in these extraordinary and unprecedented times. To be ‘generous, joyful, imaginative and courageous’, in all our actions. These times challenge us as people and require us to ask fundamental questions of ourselves.
This update is coming sooner than we imagined. The Church of England has released the following statement:
In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.
Little Gaddesden Church is generally open during the daytime as usual, but no public worship services are taking place either on Sundays or midweek. Just about all other church activities have also been cancelled until further notice, including bellringing practices and events, choir practices and Tuesday coffee mornings.
The Calendar on the church website has been updated to show the cancellations. Of course, if the situation changes for the better, events will be reinstated. But that doesn’t look likely for the immediate future.
Keep an eye on the website for latest news.