Week of Sunday 14th June, Trinity 1


Sunday 14th June, Trinity 1

9.30 amServices pageEucharist from Great Gaddesden Church for the Berkhamsted Team Ministry(JR)

The broadcast will begin shortly after 9.20 am on the Services page and the Eucharist itself at 9.30 am.

Tuesday 16th June

10.30 amZoomCafé Zoom – Tuesday morning Coffee and Cake(see below)

Wednesday 17th June

10.00 amServices pageMidweek Communion from Great Gaddesden Church for the Berkhamsted Team Ministry(JR)

The broadcast will begin shortly after 9.55 am on the Services page and the Eucharist itself at 10.00 am.

7.55 pmZoomMidweek Discussion Group(see below)

Sunday 21st June, Trinity 2 / Birth of John the Baptist

9.30 amServices pageEucharist for the Berkhamsted Team Ministry(JR)



Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there will be no formal acts of worship at our three Parish Churches for the foreseeable future.  All our churches will now stay closed until further notice.  There will be a broadcast Eucharist service at 9.30am on a Sunday and a midweek Communion at 10.00am on a Wednesday for all the Berkhamsted Team Ministry.

It is welcome news that churches are being allowed to open to the public for private prayer from 15 June. However there are safety measures which have to be put into operation before we will be ready to open our church and we are trying to get these organised as quickly as possible.  To start with there will be limited opening hours and volunteers will be manning the church to help people and ensure safe distancing. We will post the details as soon as possible.

zoom Meetings

Several meetings are now being held on the Zoom video conferencing platform. Details of two of them are below. Here’s some general guidance about this technology, which many people in the village are now getting familiar with.

Joining instructions for each meeting will come by email from the person who’s hosting it. You’ll need a computer, tablet or smartphone with working microphone, speakers/headphones and camera to participate fully. If you’re using a tablet or smartphone and haven’t used Zoom before you can get ready ahead of time by downloading the Zoom Cloud Meetings app from the App Store (for iPads and iPhones) or Google Play (for Android tablets and phones). If you’re using a desktop or laptop, the software will download automatically when you join your first Zoom meeting, or is also available for manual download in advance here (choose Zoom Client for Meetings).

Café Zoom

Tuesday morning’s Coffee and Cake sessions are now online. We are getting together virtually by Zoom on Tuesdays from 10:30am to 12:00noon. Contact Barbara Sheard at barbara@sheard.com, preferably a day or so beforehand, to ask for joining details for this week’s Café Zoom. You’ll need to make your own coffee…and bring your own cake!

Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom

The Midweek Discussion Group has now been meeting via Zoom on Wednesday evenings for the last weeks, since the COVID-19 lockdown, and these are planned to continue.

The sessions start with a general welcome chat to hear how everyone is getting on, then some discussion centred around a Bible passage (usually studies in Matthew’s Gospel), 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 next series of ‘meetings’ are as follows:

  • 17 June                Acts 11:19-30
  • 24 June                Matthew 10:24-39
  • 1 July                    Matthew 10:40-end
  • 8 July                    Matthew 11:16-19, 25-end
  • 15 July                 Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
  • 22 July                 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
  • 29 July                 Matthew 13:44-46

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

Regular Giving

Please remember that the church continues to function even with the buildings closed, so we do ask that you continue with your regular financial giving to support the ministry.  If you normally give weekly in church, you may like to consider paying direct through your bank account.    Click or tap here to visit the Donate Page to find out more.

Do you need any Financial Help?

If you, or anyone you know, is in financial difficulty, the Vicar has access to a hardship fund.  Please feel free to contact him in the strictest of confidence on 01442 214898 or at vicar@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk.

New Videos

Two new videos have been released on the Front Page of the website this week.

Sung Eucharist for Trinity Sunday 2020 (released on 7 June 2020).

Midweek Eucharist for St Columba (released on 10 June 2020).

Thought for The Day – Exam Time

“‘Thought for The Day’ is taking a week off.” (Notice on Front Page of Little Gaddesden Church website)

With reference to the modern theory of categories of error, discuss the range of possible meanings, if any, of this notice. Would Aquinas agree with your conclusions? Extra marks will be awarded for analysing whether a consequence of a consideration of possible meanings of the notice is that the notice itself cannot possibly be true.

Enough already! Just tell them that Anthony’s taking a break and will be back next week, OK? — Ed.