Week of Sunday 22nd March 2020, Mothering Sunday

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.

Services Generally

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there will be no formal acts of worship at our three Parish Churches for the foreseeable future.

However, Revd John Russell intends to be at our churches when services would normally take place (midweek and Sundays). See the Services page for timings.

Great Gaddesden and Little Gaddesden churches will be open during the day for those who wish to light a candle and say a prayer. Nettleden church will be open on Sunday mornings.

Pew Sheet

This week’s pew sheet, which contains the text of the collect and readings for the week is available to download here from, the Pew Sheet page:

Alternatively, you can browse the current pew sheet online on the Pew Sheet page.

Words of Reflection

Some Words of Reflection for Mothering Sunday 2020, standing in place of an order of service, are available to download (no longer available).


Coffee and Cake

Coffee and Cake on Tuesday mornings at 10.30am. For more information, contact Barbara Sheard on 01442 843591. CANCELLED

Mid-Week Discussion Group

Has been postponed for the moment.

Easter Lillies

If you would like to buy a lily in memory of a loved one at Easter, please contact Anne Isherwood on 842780 or email flowers@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk. The lilies cost £3.00 each which you can give to her or Virginia Westmacott. Please make cheques payable to PCC of Little Gaddesden Parish. The book for your dedication is in the Church. Thank you.

Electoral Roll Revision

Please check the details of the current roll for your church, which will be displayed between 13th and 30th March for your inspection. If you would like to join the Electoral Roll for this year, please complete the relevant form and return to the Electoral Roll Officer. Thank you.

Light a candle of hope

This coming Sunday, churches of all denominations across the country will be joining remotely in a national day of prayer and action. Everyone is encouraged to light a candle and place it in the front window of their house at 7.00pm this and every Sunday.

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