From the Vicar: Continuing to ‘Be Church’

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24 March 2020

Dear Friends,

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.

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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.

Week of Sunday 22nd March 2020, Mothering Sunday

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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.

Services

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.

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From the Vicar: The Church Still Functions

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Please see the updated version of this post dated 24 March 2020.

18 March 2020

Dear Friends,

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.

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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

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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