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  2. 2. - 2 - PETER D HANNABY Painter & Decorator Interior and Exterior work Undertaken For competitive quotations Please call Mobile: 07765 250092 Home: 01442 288956 MAGAZINE ADVERTISING COSTS Why not use this parish magazine to advertise your business. There are eleven issues per year with double issue in December/January. Charges are: Full Page £115 per annum Half Page £80 per annum Quarter Page £60 per annum For part year charges are pro rata of the annual rate rounded up to the nearest whole pound (e.g. 1 month/issue full page 115/12 = 9.58 rounded up = £10 charge) To discuss your requirements or for further information, please contact Sally Bates, 01442 266912 or 07792 768236 or email: magazine@stjohnsboxmoor.org.uk
  3. 3. - 3 - THE VICAR’S LETTER Dear Friends, This year Ash Wednesday and Lent follows hard on the heels of Christmas and Epiphany - we have just two Sundays between the 2 seasons. Often this can make us feel a little bit rushed. No sooner have we celebrated the birth and manifestations of Christ during Christmas and Epiphany (and put our decorations away) than we are focusing on a season of self-denial and discipline, prayer and study, culminating in Christ’s death and resurrection at Easter. A child recently asked “did they take Jesus straight out of the crib and put him on the Cross?” We could be forgiven for thinking the same. Somewhere 30 years of Christ’s life have got lost from the record books. And although the nearness of Lent and Easter to Christmas can be unsettling, perhaps the proximity of these seasons and festivals this year can be to our advantage. Maybe it might help us to make the connection that it is the same person, God incarnate, who is lying in the manger and who has his arms outstretched upon the cross. Perhaps we will remember more clearly that the child of Bethlehem whom angels, shepherds, and wise men adore is the same person who is crowned with thorns and whom the crowd of Jerusalem disown and condemn to die. Perhaps the depth of God’s love will be revealed more fully to us as we connect together the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ to new life as a promise and gift of God to all his children. Of course, for some these dots have already been joined and none of these things may speak to you, but as we enter into Lent I hope and pray that this season may be a time of spiritual refreshment and growth for each of us. Whether this is through the traditional models of fasting, prayer, and absti- nence, or through more contemporary models of taking on additional duties or studies, may the Lord bless you in your journey and relationship with him. Every Blessing,
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  5. 5. - 5 - PARISH DIARY FOR FEBRUARY 2023 Enquiries regarding baptisms weddings or marriage blessings are always welcome. Please contact the Vicar. Morning Prayer is said Daily at St John’s at 9.00am. You are most welcome to join the clergy in prayer. Evening Prayer is said privately for the life of the Parish unless details are below. St John’s is open daily 9.30am-5.00pm for private prayer (10.30am-5.00pm on Saturdays) Wed 1 10.00am BCP Holy Communion followed by coffee St John’s 5.00pm Evening Prayer St Francis’ Thur 2 8.30am Dacorum Music School/MaSJ Music Making Day St John’s Fri 3 5.30pm Junior Choir Rehearsal St John’s 7.00pm Choir Rehearsal St John’s Sun 5 CANDLEMAS - Presentation of Christ in the Temple 8.00am BCP Holy Communion St John’s 10.00am All-Age Eucharist sung by the Junior Choir St John’s 10.00am Sung Mass St Francis' 11.30am Morning Worship St Stephen's 12noon Holy Baptism St John’s Mon 6 7.45pm Together on Monday Club St John’s Hall “Ramblings of a Vicar” - Speaker: Mike Macey Tue 7 9.30am Tiny Tots Stay & Play & Service St John’s Hall & Church 11am-4pm Warm Space St John’s 8.00pm Church Meeting: PCC Standing Committee St John’s Hall Wed 8 10.00am Holy Communion followed by coffee St John’s 5.00pm Evening Prayer St Francis’ Thur 9 11.00am Mountbatten Communion Mountbatten Lodge 12.30pm Funeral - Peter Price St John’s Fri 10 7.00pm Choir Rehearsal St John’s
  6. 6. - 6 - Sun 12 Second Sunday before Lent 8.00am BCP Holy Communion St John’s 10.00am Parish Eucharist St John’s 10.00am Sung Mass St Francis' 11.30am Morning Worship St Stephen's 6.30pm Choral Evensong St John’s Mon 13 2.00pm Poetry Group 53 Beechfield Road Tues 14 9.30am No Tiny Tots - Half Term 11am-4pm Warm Space St John’s Wed 15 10.00am Holy Communion followed by coffee St John’s 3.00pm Friendship Tea St John’s Hall 5.00pm Evening Prayer St Francis’ Fri 17 7.00pm Choir Rehearsal St John’s Sun 19 Sunday next before Lent Nb: Gade Valley Harriers training run this morning 8.00am BCP Holy Communion St John’s 10.00am Parish Eucharist St John’s 10.00am Sung Mass St Francis' 11.30am Morning Worship St Stephen's Mon 20 7.45pm Together on Monday Club St John’s Hall AGM and Supper Tues 21 Shrove Tuesday 9.30am Tiny Tots: Stay & Play & Service St John’s Hall & Church 11am-4pm Warm Space St John’s 4.00pm Pancake Party St John’s Hall & Church 7.30pm tbc Social Event St John’s Hall Wed 22 Ash Wednesday 10.00am Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes followed by coffee St John’s 5.00pm Evening Prayer St Francis’ 8.00pm Parish Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes St John’s
  7. 7. - 7 - Thur 23 11.00am Mountbatten Communion Mountbatten Lodge Fri 24 5.30pm Junior Choir St John’s Hall 7.00pm Choir Rehearsal St John’s Hall Sat 25 7.30pm Concert: Lumina Choir St John’s Sun 26 First Sunday of Lent 8.00am BCP Holy Communion St John’s 10.00am Parish Eucharist St John’s 10.00am Sung Mass St Francis' 11.30am Holy Communion St Stephen's Mon 27 7.30pm Holy Communion St John’s 8.00pm Lent Course Wk 1 St John’s Tues 28 9.30am Tiny Tots: Stay & Play & Service St John’s Hall & Church 11am-4pm Warm Space St John’s
  8. 8. - 8 - PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING ON TUESDAY 17 JANUARY 2023 The PCC met in St John’s Hall on Tuesday evening 17 January 2023, chaired by the Vicar. He felt that the parish was in good heart. Some 1,250 worshippers came to our five key Christmas services, only a shade down on the figures for 2019, which showed a trend of people coming back to church following the pandemic. There was discussion on the tick- eting system, the Christmas Tree Festival and leaving the Christmas Tree Festival trees in church over all of Christmas. Chris Angell, the PCC Treasurer, tabled the General Fund outturn for 2022, going through the figures with the PCC. The budget for 2022 was in surplus, but only because of some significant unexpected one-off dona- tions and legacies. We were in a reasonable position to weather a deficit budget for 2023 preceding a major fundraising campaign in 2024 associ- ated with celebrating the 150th anniversary of the St John’s church build- ing. We had an excellent Christmas collection resulting in £686.25 going to each of the three designated recipients, including parish funds. Expenditure for stonework repair under St John’s East Window, gutter cleaning and the Council’s new green bin charge were approved. Revised fees for 2023 were agreed. Job Rombout, Churchwarden, briefed the meeting on his research into the best energy contracts for the parish to sign up to in these difficult times. While obviously cost was important, environmental factors on the origin of the energy supplied should also be a factor. He recommended British Gas Lite’s 36 month contract for St John’s and St Stephen’s, and the PCC endorsed this. There had been no progress on the parish’s Mission Action Plan goals, except that the meeting was briefed on arrangements for this year’s Lent Course. They were enthusiastic about the Vicar’s idea to lead a course looking at Christian themes through the eyes of artists, poets and com- posers. This would be advertised soon. Also discussed were the Warm Hub scheme that the parish was participating in, the revision of the Sides Persons list, the introduction of a CCTV system at St John’s church, and the Ukrainian refugee family currently living in the Curate’s house.
  9. 9. - 9 - The PCC tend to spend a lot of time on administrative and financial matters, so the Vicar redressed this by initiating a discussion on more spiritual matters. He noted that in the 2021 Census only 46.2% described themselves as Christians. Some 18,800 people lived in Boxmoor parish, so it followed that at least 9,000 of them thought of themselves as Christian. Should getting a few of them to join us and be added to the 177 people already on our electoral roll be that difficult? Reports were received from the daughter churches and the various PCC committees, to which was added a new committee on the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the St John’s church building. The meeting also heard from our representatives at the Deanery and the wider church. This is of necessity a brief summary of the meeting, but if anyone on the Parish electoral roll would like to see the full minutes of this PCC meeting, then the PCC Secretary would be glad to provide them. Richard Lyne PCC Secretary 01442 260998 pccsecretary@stjohnsboxmoor.org.uk
  10. 10. - 10 - Christmas I should like to offer my heartfelt thanks, once again, to everyone who contribut- ed to making Christmas such a wonderful and joyful celebration of the birth of the Christ-child. Christmas, as I am often reminded, is a busy time within the life of the Church, and it was good to return to many of our pre-pandemic in-person services and activities whilst incorporating some of our new practices. I think we hosted 9 Carol Services, 2 Christingle Services, a Crib Service, Midnight Mass, 2 Christmas Morning Eucharists and then St Stephen’s Day Patronal Eucharist. We hosted the annual Christmas Tree Festival and had contact with all but three of the schools in our Parish. Although attendance figures were slightly down on the pre-pandemic levels they were markedly up on recent years. Over 1550 people came through our doors between 6.30pm on Sunday 18 December and 11.00am on Christmas morning and joined us for worship. Note this does not include the many people who joined us for Outdoor Carols or for the Tree Festival. Our publicity through Facebook and the Christmas Cards delivered to every house reaped its reward. Thank you to all who delivered the cards. Thank you to all who cleaned the church over this busy period to retain our welcoming and hospitable atmosphere. Thank you for all who decorated our churches with such lovely displays. Thank you to all who helped at/sponsored/organised our Tree Festival. Thank you once again to our musicians and the St John’s Ensemble for the stunning effort in raising our hearts to join those of the angels in praise of the birth of Christ. Thank you to all who were on duty, in any way, over the festive period. Christmas would not have been the same without all the effort that was put in. Thank you. Shrove Tuesday Pancake Party: for Children and Adults Before we begin our Lenten disciplines, on Tuesday 21 February there will be our annual Pancake Party for under 12s in St John’s Hall, starting at 4.00pm. This will comprise of pancake races and quizzes, as well as the opportunity to eat them. We will also be holding a Wine and Cheese Social Event in the evening in the Hall for adults. 7.30pm onwards. There will also be some tasty sweet treats! I hope many will be able to join us for this happy occasion on the eve of entering into the Lenten season of penitence. More details in due course via the Newsletter.
  11. 11. - 11 - Ash Wednesday – 22 February A Service of Holy Communion with the Imposition of Ashes will be held at 10.00am in St John’s, and the Parish Sung Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at 8.00pm at St John’s. Everyone is most welcome to attend these services. A good start to Lent is to be encouraged and I look forward to seeing you at one of these services. Lent Traditionally Lent is a time to reflect on one’s discipleship in Christ and how our relationship with him might be strengthened or renewed. To that end, we often either give-up something we particularly like, or take on a Spiritual Discipline like reading an entire Gospel or committing to a certain time of Prayer every day. Have you decided what you might like to do this year? As usual I intend to give- up biscuits throughout Lent and to spend longer in prayer each day – making use of the provision of Night Prayer (Compline) that has been produced and will be posted on our website. This year we are reading St Matthew’s Gospel during our Sunday worship – per- haps you might like to read through his entire Gospel? It’s only 28 chapters long and is written with the view of showing that Jesus is the fulfilment of the Jewish Law and the Prophets. Alternatively there are other books available at the back of church which can help encourage you and deepen your journey of faith. Lent Course 2023: Images of Christ: The Story of Jesus in the Arts This year our Lent Course will be a custom-designed, tailor-made course, for our Parish to challenge and encourage us in our thinking on the person and divinity of Christ this Lent. I intend to lead a 5-week programme that explores different aspects of Jesus’ life in visual, musical, and written form. Each week the session will be offered twice (as has become our custom – see below) and will be preced- ed by an offering of the Eucharist which I hope will help set the Lent Course with- in a context of prayer. So that we have a rough idea of numbers at each session, please would you sign-up on the sheets provided at the back of church. Mondays @ St John’s Thursdays @ St Stephen’s 7.30pm – Eucharist 9.30am – Eucharist 8.00-9.30pm – Session 10.00-11.30am – Session Wk1: Christ: God Incarnate is born 27 February 2 March Wk2: Christ: Revealed at Baptism 6 March 9 March Wk3: Christ: The Body and Blood of Life 13 March 16 March Wk4: Christ: Crucified 20 March 23 March Wk5: Christ: Risen from the Dead 27 March 30 March
  12. 12. - 12 - Help needed: This is your Church Despite being incredibly grateful and thankful to those who help week on week with the various jobs/ministries/tasks, and with all who helped over Christmas, I am once again all too aware that we are heavily reliant on a small core of people for the majority of tasks. As a large Church this is not sustainable. We need to think afresh about what we all do and can do for the life of the Church here in Boxmoor. We each have a vocation – in life and in the Church: what is yours and how can it be put to good use within the life of our Church? Pilgrimage to Walsingham: 24–26 March A wonderful opportunity has opened up, in conjunction with the Parish of Hemel Old Town, to go on Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham for the weekend, enabling pilgrims space to reflect and worship, as well as plenty of time for fellowship and friendship. The Shrine offers excellent facilities including en-suite accommodation, and close proximity for visits to Wells Next-the-Sea or Sheringham, nice food and great company. Cost: £145. There are limited places for this event so if you are interested please speak to the Vicar. New Bishop of Hertford On Thursday 2 February, The Feast of Candlemas, our Archdeacon for St Albans, The Venerable Dr Jane Mainwaring, will be consecrated in Canterbury Cathedral and made our new Bishop of Hertford. Bishop Jane is an excellent pastor so we will be in very good hands as she leads the Archdeaconry of St Albans under Bishop Alan. I look forward to welcoming Bishop Jane to the parish – when an appropriate occasion presents itself. Warm-Spaces Each month of the winter so far we have experienced some mightily cold weath- er. With the soaring cost of energy many in the Parish and wider community are struggling to heat their homes. The PCC has committed to heating St John’s each Tuesday, thus making it a Warm-Space for people to come and be warm in. We have seen a modest take-up of this venture so far but it will continue to be offered as we strive to serve our community.
  13. 13. - 13 - Some Dates for your Diaries 23 April Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) after the 10.00am Parish Eucharist Choral Evensong: Guest Preacher: The Reverend Lauretta Wilson – former Curate 6 May The Coronation of HM King Charles III 7 May St John’s Patronal Festival 12-14 May MaSJ Music Festival 14 May Service in Celebration of The King’s Coronation Photos of Father Ben & Elizabeth’s daughter Rosina Photos by kind permission of Elizabeth Weitzmann
  14. 14. - 14 - Canon Paul Hardingham considers what showing love can mean in every- day life. The Language of Love Valentine’s Day reminds us of the importance of expressing our love to those close to us. But how can we go beyond simply offering flowers and a card? Jesus says: ‘A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another’ (John 13:34). How can we express love like Jesus in our everyday relationships to our partner, chil- dren, neighbours or work colleagues? Listening We need to listen to others, just as Jesus did. He asked questions of people and waited for them to process their answer. According to James, ‘everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry’ (James 1:19). How well do we listen to others? How often do we find ourselves already thinking of what we want to say before somebody’s finished speaking? Listening takes time; don’t rush it! Touching Jesus reached out to touch the untouchables in His world, including lepers, the sick and children. This was completely out of character for rabbis of His day. For us today, a warm handshake may be of value. Of course, it should always be an appropriate touch – helpful for the other person, not just for ourselves. Speaking Jesus’ conversation was always full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Do we speak words of grace, by offering comfort, giving encouragement or expressing care and concern? However, we should also be ready to speak words of truth, in asking for forgiveness, seeking reconciliation or address- ing conflict. As Paul urges us, don’t avoid: ‘speaking the truth in love’. Where is the challenge for us in expressing love this Valentine’s Day?
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  16. 16. - 16 - HALLS FOR HIRE ST JOHN’S HALL - Well equipped hall suitable for use by special interest groups, clubs and societies. Ideal for family parties and special occasions. Please contact Hall Bookings Secretary on 07939 226977 or email: hallbookings@stjohnsboxmoor.org.uk for further information and availabil- ity. ST STEPHEN’S HALL, CHAULDEN - (opposite Tudor Rose) - Sunny Hall with tiled floor suitable for dancing and exercise groups as well as being ideal for children’s parties. Please contact Jean on 01442 257023 for further information and availability. ST FRANCIS HALL, HAMMERFIELD - Well equipped hall suitable for use by special interest groups, clubs and societies. Ideal for family parties and special occasions. Please contact Hall Bookings Secretary by email: stfran- cishallbookings@stjohnsboxmoor.org.uk for further information and availability. More urgent queries can be handled by leaving a message on Paul Davies mobile phone: 07802 442908 Please Note: St. John's Church PCC cannot accept any responsibility for goods or services
  17. 17. - 17 - Toe-tal FOOT CARE Safe, hygienic, friendly service for all the family For the treatment of corns, callus, ingrown or thickened nails, nail trimming, cracked heels In the comfort of your own home Call Graham Spendlove, MCFHP, MAFHP Qualified Foot Health Professional Book now 07799 033974
  18. 18. - 18 - For Candlemas, 2nd February Dear Lord, Here we are in February – month of cold days, winter days, but days that promise hope and signs of Spring. Snowdrops and lengthening light; echoes of the hope and light that Jesus brought to Simeon and Anna all those years ago in the Temple. Thank you, Lord, that you always bring light, you always bring hope and peace and joy when we put our trust in Jesus, our Saviour. Jesus, Lord of all our days and seasons. In His name we thank you, as we look to His Light. Amen. By Daphne Kitching
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  21. 21. - 21 - Come reign in me Oh God, who made the world so fair, And formed the earth, the sky, the sea; Who gave us ears, and eyes, and minds, To hear, to see, to know all love is thee. Oh God, who in the Lord Jesus, Gave us a light to light our way; Let our life’s lamp be lit by Him Whose strength will see us safely through each day. Oh God, whose Spirit gave us birth, And holds all life secure, e’en mine; Take all I am, and all I have, Bless and redeem them for they both are Thine. Oh God the Father, God the Son, And God the Spirit, three in one; Blessed be thy name, come reign in me, And in me let thy will be done. By Sam Doubtfire SMILE-LINES Blessing One Sunday, when my granddaughter was about two years old, her daddy and mummy made their Communion at my local church and took her up with them for a blessing. Arriving back in our pew she said in a loud voice: “Granny, the man has said his prayers on my head, and he has a lovely dress on.”
  22. 22. - 22 - 'Music Percentage Club Update’ Congratulations to the winners of the November and December 2022 Music Percentage Club draws: November 2022 December 2022 Sheila James 1st £15 Job Rombout 1st £15 Richard Lyne 2nd £8 Noel James 2nd £8 Garth Bridgwood 3rd £4 Richard Lyne 3rd £4 SMILE-LINES Little Teapot Our new curate had young children and they insisted he choose for his screensaver a picture of a dancing teapot, playing the children's song ‘I'm a Little Teapot’. When the earnest young HR officer for the diocese came to call, she sent back a message to the bishop: “The curate may be suffering from an identity disorder." Answer to prayer A small boy badly wanted a baby brother, so his dad suggested he pray every night for one. The boy prayed earnestly, night after night, but his prayers seemingly weren't answered. So after a few weeks, he didn't both- er to ask anymore. Seen in a church pew sheet: For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a crèche downstairs. Next Friday the church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertain- ment and gracious hostility. Do come along! In a sack Seen in a church magazine: “Bring your old newspapers (and your neigh- bours), put them in a sack and tie them if possible.”
  23. 23. - 23 - MARCH 2023 - PRICE 60p Please note the deadline for articles for the March 2023 edition of the magazine is Sunday, 5th February. You can e-mail direct to magazine@stjohnsboxmoor.org.uk or leave articles in magazine pigeonhole or deliver direct to 27 Beechfield Road. Please note any articles sent by email should be in A5/A4 format (MS Word or MS Publisher preferred). Thank you. Sally Bates, Editor, Tel No. 266912 or Mobile 07792 768236. PLEASE NOTE Website for St John’s Boxmoor is: www.stjohnsboxmoor.org.uk E-mail: office@stjohnsboxmoor.org.uk Website for Music at St John’s is http://masj.org.uk Facebook Page: St Johns Church, Boxmoor NEWSLETTER: If you would like to receive a copy of the weekly Newsletter by e-mail, please contact Alan Munford - alan.munford@btinternet.com with your e-mail address and he will arrange to send it to you. Please send any items for inclusion in the Newsletter to the Parish Office at the email address: newsletter@stjohnsboxmoor.org.uk SUBSCRIPTION TO MAGAZINE If you would like to receive a copy of St John’s Parish Magazine on a regular monthly basis, please email alan.munford@btinternet.com or telephone him on 01442 242543 or complete your details below and return tear-off slip to: Mr. Alan Munford, 16 St Nicholas Mount, Hemel Hempstead HP1 2BB Name……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Address ………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ........................................................................................................................... Contact Telephone Number ………………………………………………………………………...
  24. 24. - 24 - St James the Least of All On why rural churchgoers like to freeze in church The Rectory St James the Least My dear Nephew Darren Winter certainly exposes the difference between those of you who live in cities and us rural folk. While you bask in your centrally heated flat, with every modern convenience that could be imagined and complain about the half an inch of slush that makes your life so inconvenient, we country folk wear overcoats in our houses, open all doors and windows to let the heat in and battle through snow drifts, measured in feet, to get the morning paper. Colonel Wainwright has acquired a new toy: a snow blower, of sufficient power that I believe it could clear the Antarctic. He kindly volunteered to clear the paths around the church. Working outwards from the church door, the path to the church soon became snow free. Unfortunately, he only realised when his job was complete that the blown snow then formed a five-foot drift under the lychgate. We now have to climb over the churchyard wall and negotiate buried gravestones before we can reach his pristine paths. Miss Margison, ever meaning to be helpful, decided to unfreeze the pipes in the church hall. A blow torch was not the ideal solution, although the resulting burst did make some rather attractive ice sculp- tures round the kitchen equipment. The village badminton team that uses the hall has now temporarily changed sport, to ice hockey. Inevitably, our congregation has soared these past few weeks. There is nothing like adversity for making people want to prove they have the moral fibre to overcome it. Much satisfaction seems to be obtained on discovering who has not dared venture out, which is taken as judgement on their strength of character. The Prentices upstaged most people by arriving on a sleigh. Cont’d….
  25. 25. - 25 - Mr Prentice was warmly wrapped in a travelling rug, while his wife pulled it. As her husband explained, he couldn’t possibly let the pony work in such conditions. What I momentarily thought was applause during my sermon was merely people keeping their hands warm and the hymns were drowned out by the stamping of feet. Our organist complained that the cold made his fingers so numb that he couldn’t play properly – although I didn’t notice that things were much different from normal. No, my dear nephew, you continue to fret about your church heating drop- ping to temperate, and a few flakes of wet snow obliging you to close your car park for health and safety reasons. We shall continue to triumph heroi- cally over adversity and return home after Mattins, feeling we have proved our Christian commitment by being utterly uncomfortable. Your loving uncle, Eustace The Berkhamsted Walk – Sunday 30th April 2023 Join in the Berkhamsted Walk to raise funds for The Children’s Society. The walk is Berkhamsted’s longest-standing sponsored walk and since 1968 has raised over £300,000. The money raised is given to The Children's Society, who work tirelessly on projects to help children of this country facing neglect and abuse, with nowhere else to turn. All walks this year start from Kitchener’s Fields, Castle Hill, Berkhamsted HP4 1HE - by the Cricket Club. There is an 18 mile walk for the adven- turous, a 12-mile Bluebell walk and a family friendly 6-mile walk. Find out how you can participate and register at www.berkhamstedwalk.com. To find out more about The Children's Society's work, take a look at their website: www.childrenssociety.org.uk
  26. 26. - 26 - Your Eco Team:- Hi, Rosie Shaw, Mark Harbour and Dee Fisher are on the PCC and have volunteered to be on the Eco MAP (Mission Action Plan) TEAM to help steer St John’s, St Francis and St Stephen’s churches towards becoming Eco Churches by 2030! Thinking about improving our approach to living sustainably as a church is not our idea but a direct request from the Church of England (CofE). The CofE has given a direct pledge to reduce the carbon emissions of its 42 dioceses by 2030. In order for us to begin to work towards this we have done two things: firstly, we have carried out an initial Eco church survey to assess our carbon footprint and environmental status and secondly we’ve registered St John’s church with Dacorum CAN (Climate Action Network). More details about both of these are given below. This is to benefit our global and local thinking and to ultimately benefit our impact on the local community and beyond. We will aim to keep you up to date on our progress in the church newsletter, magazine and online regularly. Eco Church We registered St John’s church with the suggested Eco Church survey to help guide us as to what is required of us to become a more sustainable parish. The A Rocha UK Eco Church survey and more details can be found at Ecochurch.arocha.org.uk. To become an Eco Church there are awards you can receive e.g. the areas we are looking at are changes to our behaviour and carrying out actions to improve our environment such as car shares and encouragement to reduce waste through recycling or reuse of goods. To demonstrate our progress there are BRONZE, SILVER AND GOLD AWARDS! The five areas which the survey asks church communities to focus on are: 1 Worship and Teaching 2 Buildings 3 Land 4 Community & Global 5 Lifestyle
  27. 27. - 27 - As part of our new initiative we also recommended to the PCC that we become part of an network called Dacorum CAN - THINK GLOBAL act local. You can join as an organisation or an individual and it will give you details of events. As a result of joining Dee went to a great Sustainable Clothes Swap - completely free and also a Dacorum CAN Annual Event 2022 where there were lots of speakers and stall holders all with one mission in mind to inform the public how we can help reduce our carbon footprint. You can find out more about the network on their webpage (see above) or contact Sustainability@dacorum.gov.uk, or join the Dacorum CAN Face- book group: (https://www.facebook.com/groups/dacorumcan/) We’ve already started to make some changes as part of our efforts to become an Eco Church - we have twinned two of our toilets and two taps for clean water in countries where they don’t yet have proper, safe toilets - particularly women and girls who are attacked in the bush. These certifi- cates can be found in the toilets at the back of church and they say where the toilets are. They cost £60 each - and one toilet was kindly donated by Christine Ellen Doyle, a colourful visitor to our church in the summer of 2022. She also told us about a water saving device for toilets (https:// watersave.co.uk/) this is a five minute video which explains it all. More information about toilet twinning can be found on https:// www.toilettwinning.org In addition to this you can twin your tap, bin and fridge. There are some leaflets at the back of church about this if you’re interested. In addition to this we have trialled different brands of Eco hand wash and Eco washing up liquid in St John’s toilets and kitchen. If you have any comments on these products we’d be pleased to hear from you. SUSTAINABILITY (To keep on going and going) This is a word that is going to be heard of more and more. Sustainable gifts, cards, living etc etc. Cont’d
  28. 28. - 28 - We held our first SUSTAINABLE present swap shop on Saturday 28 Janu- ary 2023 in St John’s church hall. If this goes well we intend to try and hold one of these Sustainable Swap Shops at St Francis and St Stephen’s church which would not only help to achieve our Silver/Gold award but it will also be a great opportunity to involve the community and increase our fellowship at the same time. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this and look forward to seeing you at one of our forthcoming events. The Eco TEAM Rosie, Mark and Dee January 2023 BOOK REVIEW Prayers Around the World By Deborah Lock and Helen Cann, Lion Children’s Books, £7.99 Across the continents, this beautifully illustrated book of prayers reflects on God’s amazing world, celebrating different countries, landscapes and traditions. From fishing villages to the African plains, farming in Peru to the snowy landscape of Greenland, blossoms in Japan and leaf kicking in Eastern Europe and to the shores of the Pacific Ocean, these prayers share God’s love and care for His world.
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  30. 30. - 30 - at St John’s in the months of November & December 2022 HOLY BAPTISM 20 November Danielle Mullery Grovehill 20 November Maddie Skye Mullery Grovehill 20 November Wendy Olive Buckland Kings Langley 18 December Mirielle Charlotte Royle Halwick Close May the Lord of his great mercy bless these children and give them understanding of his wisdom and grace. HOLY MATRIMONY No Weddings in November/December 2022 CONFIRMATIONS 20 November Catherine Louise Duvall Chaulden Terrace 20 November James David Charles Duvall Chaulden Terrace 20 November Lauren Tamsin Duvall Chaulden Terrace 20 November Danielle Mullery Grovehill 20 November Gary John Mullery Grovehill 20 November Sadie Joyce Mullery Grovehill FUNERAL & MEMORIAL SERVICES There were no funeral or memorial services in November 21 December Faramarz Taghavi - Memorial Service May this soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. BURIAL OF ASHES 22 November Sylvia Macklin Warmark Road 17 November June Shaw Letchworth 24 November Una Eulalie Higson Horsecroft Road There were no burials of ashes in December
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