Eucharist for St Augustine

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With apologies for the short notice, and for yet another news post from Little Gaddesden Church, you may like to know that a Eucharist for St Augustine will be broadcast from Great Gaddesden Church today at 10:00am on the Services page. A recording will then be available for the rest of the day.

Service for Wednesday 27th May 2020

10.00 amServices pageBerkhamsted Team Midweek Eucharist(JR)

The intention is that there will be further midweek services online in the weeks to come.

This broadcast will use a different system from that used on Sunday. We’re aware that some people had technical difficulties then, and we’re sorry about that. We think that we’ve identified the reasons, and although the causes of the problems that arose were beyond our control we believe that today’s arrangement should avoid them.

More details in our regular Weekly Services and Notices news post on Friday.

Work on Thomas Field Hall Postponed

Detail from Thomas Field Hall - West Elevation and South Elevation/Section

You will not be surprised to read that the building work for the Thomas Field Hall is a casualty of the Covid 19 crisis.  The Diocese is only allowing essential works to continue, so we have to wait until sanctions are lifted and work is permitted to start.  We hope that the fine weather will continue for several weeks to come so that we will be able to take advantage of it.

Continue reading “Work on Thomas Field Hall Postponed”

Coronavirus Update 3

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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.

Coronavirus Update 2

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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.

Ground Broken for Thomas Field Hall

Photo of ground breaking for the Thomas Field Hall

On Monday morning, 2 March 2020, ground was broken in Little Gaddesden churchyard at the start of works to build the Thomas Field Hall.

The vicar, the Revd John Russell, made the first cut in the soil. He is seen here accompanied by two of the building contractors, the site archaeologist, and churchwarden Barbara Sheard, who originated the design of the new hall. They are gathered round the headstone of Thomas Field, after whom the hall is to be named.

The Vestry@50 Appeal to build the Thomas Field Hall has now raised enough to be able to construct the shell of the hall, but we now need to raise money for the fit out and to upgrade the church heating.  Do please donate if you can. Full bank details and gift aid information are given on our donation leaflet downloadable here:

There’s more project and financial information available on the Vestry@50 – The Thomas Field Hall page.

Header image: Michael Carver, churchwarden