Faith news (Including an out of season Christmas plea)

All Saints Church, Berkhamsted
All Saints Church, Berkhamsted

All the latest news from faith groups in your area.

Start thinking about Christmas now, says All Saints Church, Berkhamsted

Some people say that it is far too early to start thinking about Christmas, but, as we are holding a Christmas Tree Festival on the weekend of December 12 to 14, we want you to start thinking about it now!

This festival will celebrate All Saints in the community and will aim to meet and work with the community, work together, have fun and get to know each other better, and raise funds for the mission of All Saints. We will be giving money to those who will not be home at Christmas – in the hospice and at DENS.

The aim is to have the church filled with 30 to 35 trees and invite everyone to come and see our decorated church. The church will be open between 10am and 5pm on the Friday and Saturday, and 2pm to 4pm on Sunday, finishing with a service.

During the days, various choirs and individuals are being invited to perform for between 30 and 40 minutes – watch this space for confimed appearances.

The trees will be sponsored by local firms and we are inviting local organisations and individuals to decorate the trees. Last time, people from the Gateway Club, Lions Club, schools and churches participated.

There will be stalls selling gifts, crafts and cakes and it is also hoped to turn last year’s Photographic Competition into an All Saints Calendar‑.

We hope everyone will be involved. If you can help in a small or large way, get in touch with organisers at the church or email

New curate at St Mary’s

Church, Hemel Hempstead, to be ordained

On Sunday, June 29, our new curate Ricky Simpson-Gray will be ordained deacon in St. Alban’s Cathedral.

We are looking forward to Ricky joining us at St. Mary’s and our sister church of St Paul’s, Highfield, and welcome the gifts he will bring to the spiritual life of our parish.

Big thanks from St John’s Church, Boxmoor

The church would like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped and supported the annual Flower Festival in any way, it was a wonderful occasion.

Your efforts helped us raise in excess of £2,000 for Music At St John’s – thank you.

We would also like to say thank you to all who supported the concert on the Saturday, which raised a sum of £300 for the cause, and to everyone who contributed to the Easter Appeal for repairs to the window in the choir room. The total given was £2,200 excluding Gift Aid.

Additionally, Bob Croxford says thank you to the talented young drummers who played at the church. He thoroughly enjoyed it!

Enjoy songs for a summer evening at All Saints Church, Kings Langley

You are invited to ‘Songs for a Summer’s Evening’ on Thursday June 26, at 7.30pm in support of The Hospice of St Francis and the mission of All Saints’ Church.

The concert features the Chamber Choir of Abbot’s Hill School and Thomas Isherwood – Baritone.

The Abbot’s Hill School Chamber Choir is the school’s auditioned choir, and their programme ranges from classical and traditional pieces to popular numbers. The choir are shortly embarking on a tour of Belgium, and this concert provides the opportunity to share their tour repertoire with those of us closer to home.

Thomas Isherwood has been studying at the Royal Northern College of Music since 2009; In 2011 he won the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for Young Singers and in 2012 was the recipient of the RNCM Oncken Song Prize. In September he takes up a postgraduate place to study Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is from Kings Langley and went to St Clement Danes school.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £10 (£3 for children) which includes refreshments during the interval; Tickets are available from 01923 261607 or 01923 266667.

Centenary celebrations for St Francis Hammerfield

St Francis Hammerfield is hoping volunteers will make the church look its best ahead of a centenary celebration from 3.30pm on Saturday, July 5. The day will feature Evensong and Benediction and the Bishop of St Albans is preaching. A working party will be set up prior to the event – speak to the vicar if you can help.

Christian Viewpoint

Judging others is a human trait. We delight in pronouncing negative judgements over others, we think that highlighting others’ faults hides our own. The Bible has much to say on this. Romans 4:3 says: “But you who are judging another for doing what you do yourself, are you hoping that God’s decision will not take effect against you?” The truth is we all have faults, and we would do better recognising our own failings and fixing them rather than pointing others’ faults out. Jesus would have us forgiving faults rather than highlighting them. Be a forgiver today, for Jesus’ sake.

Robin McEwen, Methodist Church