I am delighted to say that congregational worship for our three parishes will resume this coming Sunday (28th February). For the first two weeks, there will only be one service, but all being well, we will gradually introduce more services in each of the churches. The service will be live streamed to the Little Gaddesden Church Facebook page*.
This Sunday will be a Sung Eucharist in Little Gaddesden at 9.30am, with the restrictions that many of you will be familiar with from before Christmas. This means:
- Social distancing from those not in your household or care bubble must be maintained.
- Face masks must be worn at all times in church.
- Please use the hand cleanser at the door.
- We will not be able to join in with the singing of the hymns.
- Holy Communion will be distributed in a safe manner in one kind only.
- After the service you must disperse and not stay in church to have a catch up.
I am sorry this still seems draconian, but it’s the best news we have had in months, made possible by the introduction of effective vaccines and the rapid decline in Covid-19 infection.
I look forward to seeing you very soon.
A full list of services up to and including Easter will be published shortly.
The Revd. John Russell, Vicar
23 February 2021
*If you are comfortable using Facebook, the Little Gaddesden Church page can be accessed here. The Facebook page will open in a new tab. If you visit the page, Facebook will track you even if you are not signed up to Facebook. Existing Facebook users can also find the page by searching @stpeterstpaullittgadd in Facebook or in Messenger.
As you may know over Christmas I made the very difficult decision to suspend public worship in our churches, with the intention of reviewing the position post-Christmas.
Unfortunately, the number of people catching Covid-19 is rising at an even more alarming rate and I have no choice but to continue to offer our services online only.
Our main act of worship will continue to be made available every Sunday from 9.30am on both the Great and Little Gaddesden Church websites for the foreseeable future. I will of course continue to monitor the situation closely and respond accordingly.
My decision, which I assure you has not been taken lightly, is based on our not only being in Tier 4 of the current Government Regulations, but also to help protect us from this horrible virus. We have many vulnerable people in our parishes and it is important that the church does not exacerbate the situation.
Please see below, as well as the Services and Coming Up pages for our online activities, and keep checking back here for updates.
I know the church communities join me in wishing you all a Happy New Year, hoping and praying that things will soon improve.
John Russell, Vicar
1 January 2021
It was my intention to make the recording of the midweek Eucharist available this week in the usual way, on the Little Gaddesden Church website as well as our Facebook Pages. However due to a technical issue (i.e. operator error – me!) it won’t be shown, for which I apologise.
I can assure everyone that the Eucharist was offered for our Diocesan Patron saint whose day of commemoration is 22nd June. Therefore I have set out on the Services page of the website the Collect, readings, homily and prayers used in the service.
The Revd John Russell
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’”
Please see the updated version of this post dated 24 March 2020.
18 March 2020
Continue reading “From the Vicar: The Church Still Functions”
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.