Faith news (including a Whitsunday with a difference)

St John's Church Boxmoor
St John's Church Boxmoor

News from faith groups in your area.

Berkhamsted Baptist Church

Berkhamsted Baptist Church on the High Street in Berkhamsted, near the

Rex cinema, is celebrating its Whitsunday service with a difference!

Steve Murray, an accomplished professional Mime Artist, is presenting and miming the Christian message in a unique and memorable way on Sunday, June 8.

Whitsunday, or Pentecost as it is called, is the occasion when Christians

celebrate the birthday of the church. Celebrating a time when God poured

out his Holy Spirit onto the Apostles and the early church, fulfilling a promise, that this was not just for them, but all who would believe in His son Jesus


This same Holy Spirit in turn, brings us all peace, joy and hope, from the father heart of God.

The service starts at 10.30am followed by tea and coffee. All are warmly welcome to share in this special morning with us.

St Lawrence Church, Bovingdon

The second annual Bovingdon Church Fete will be held in the grounds of St Lawrence Church on Saturday, June 14, starting at 2pm.

There will be stalls selling local pro duce, pony rides, games for children and families, cream teas and refreshments throughout.

At various times during the afternoon there will be music from a live orchestra and traditional races – including the egg and spoon, sack and three-legged – for children.

“We want this to be a real community event where the people of Bovingdon can come and enjoy traditional games and pastimes in the beautiful setting of our church and church yard,” said Bovingdon’s vicar, the Rev Charles Burch.

For more information, contact Rev Burch on 01442 833298 or, or Amanda Lawes on 07891 529970 or

‘God is working for good in your life’

Practitioner of Christian Science and international speaker Lindsey Taylor, will be presenting the free talk entitled “God is working for good in your life” on Sunday, June 8.

Lindsey’s talk – taking place in the Holiday Inn Express hotel in Apsley from 3pm – will explore an understanding of God which is meaningful, practical, progressive, supportive and which can bring healing and a sense of peace and security to your life.

The Durham University politics alumna said: “In my talk I will give a step-by-step explanation of God and show how He works forgood in everyone’s life. This provides a basis for effective prayer.

“I will give examples of the value of prayer.”

In the event sponsored by members of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Watford, Lindsey will draw on the timeless ideas of the Bible, the original source book on Christian healing, along with Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures written by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder and discoverer of Christian Science.

For more information call Philippa Chatterley on 01564 730048.

St John’s Church, Boxmoor

From 11.30am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, the church will be open and filled with flowers and music.

Arrangements have been sponsored by local businesses, individuals and families. The flowers will be arranged by talented, experienced volunteers.

As this is the weekend of Pentecost, the theme throughout the festival will be “Spirit”. During the Festival there will be Cream Teas served, a Plant Stall and a stall selling Homemade Cakes and Preserves.

In the Parish Room beside the church and running alongside the Flower Festival, will be an exhibition and sale of local art curated by Julie Wrathall, with proceeds going to the church fund.On the Saturday evening from 7pm there will be a jazz concert featuring The Charlie Stacey Trio. St John’s is delighted to welcome local lad Charlie, 20, play for us. Tickets, at £7.50, can be obtained from Jane Manson at or 01442 878058.

Christian Viewpoint

To be a Christian, to be a follower of Jesus Christ, what does that mean?  It must surely include trying to live like him, as far as we can.  One thing Jesus did was forgive.  He forgave his followers again and again for their weakness, most famously he forgave his killers when they were in the act of killing him.  If only we could forgive like that.  It’s so liberating, for everyone.  It frees the one who has suffered wrong, because no-one enjoys bitterness nd hating.  And it frees the one who has done wrong.  You might say that the wrong-doer doesn’t deserve to be forgi en.  Of course they don’t, but don’t let that stop you.  Jesus himself is the only one who never did wrong, and he doesn’t want anyone to be condemned, not you, not me.  Good news.  Choose freedom, live like Jesus: forgive someone today.

Richard Hudson, South Hill church