The Church Office is open from 9-12 Monday to Thursday

Manuy thanks to Jean Green and her team for their hard work on the Cake and Jam Stall at Missenden Abbey's Christmas Fair. They raised over £458 in support of the church. There are still gooda available which will make perfect Christmas presents -- or even be nice things to enjoy ourselves! See the order sheets and stall at the back of the church for more info.

 

How do you live out your faith? Well, this Advent we are encouraging everyone to try out "Practices for Everyday Faith". These are simple things we're encouraged to notice about the world we live in and God's action within it. They relate closely to the Spiritual Disciplines that sit at the heart of the PMC process. There are postcards in the Order of Services on Advent Sunday and at the back of the church for us to pick up to help us do this. See if you can follow them everyday in Advent, and notice what God is doing in the world. The Practices are:

  • Whose hospitality have I received today?
  • What's God saying to me in the Bible today?
  • Who have I noticed and met today?
  • What have I noticed God doing today and who can I tell?
  • What have I said no to, so I can say yes?
  • What's God up to here?

Simple questions, with no right answer—see what you notice!

Come and join us in the festive fun and help us make our Christingles on Monday 23rd December, 10am-12pm in the Church Hall.

Our Parish Prayer Cycle helps us to pray for all of our parish: each week we pray for the people in a handful of streets.  Over a period of about six months we pray for everyone in our parish ... and then we start again!  There are a number of ways you can follow this and join in:

  • If you follow our Facebook page, you will start to see a message each Wednesday, saying which streets we are praying for
  • In our Sunday intercessions at 9:30am, we will remember the streets for this week
  • If there are any particular prayer requests arising during the week, they will be remembered at our Parish Prayers on Monday morning
  • There are printed copies of the schedule at the back of church, for you to take away

You might like to include this in your personal prayer.  When your own street is being prayed for, you might mention it to your neighbours, or bring any prayer requests for Monday prayers (either email the parish office, send a Direct Message via Facebook or place your request on our prayer tree in church).

If you have not yet signed up to attend this event helfd in Great Missend Baptist Church Hall, please do so as soon as possible.   Also, if you would like to help, either with preparation of the Hall, veggies etc. on Christmas Eve and at the lunch itself, welcoming, hosting a table, serving, waiting, washing up etc. you would also be very welcome.   Please contact Pam Sitford on 01494 862439 or Mary Wiles 01494 866783.

The area in the churchyard where ashes are interred is getting full. But we believe it is an essential part of our duty of care to the community that we keep Prestwood’s churchyard open. We have launched an appeal to create a Memorial that is a beautiful, permanent and fitting place for the ashes of our loved ones to be interred now and into the future. We have commissioned Martin Cook to design a stone monument to record the names of those to be interred in the Ashes Garden.
You can find out all about the memorial at http://www.htprestwood.org.uk/ashesgarden or by picking up a leaflet in church. Of course we want our members to contribute to this important, beautiful and permanent memorial. But more importantly we need our church community to be ambassadors in the village, talking about and sharing our leaflets and encouraging the whole community to contribute. We want all the different village groups to be enthusiastic supporters of this project. This is a memorial for the village, not the church. Our hope is that the people of Prestwood will be able to rest in peace in their churchyard long into the future.

Many people would like to sponsor the church flowers or music on a particular Sunday in memory of a loved one. If you would like to sponsor flowers or music then please speak to the Rector, a church warden or contact Liz in the office to make the arrangements. Suggested sponsorship is £30 for flowers or music for £50, but other donations are also welcome.

If you are arranging a church event that uses the Church Hall or Cottage please don't forget to book it! The only way to book the Church Hall or Cottage is to go through the Bookings Secretary. The hall is booked on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no automatic bookings, so everybody has to book. Don't forget!

The Parish Office is open from 9-12 am on Monday to Thursday for parish business. It is open from 9-12 am on Friday for Preschool business.

The church has lots of equipment—for cleaning, cooking and maintenance. Please make sure you know how to use equipment before you do. This may be as simple as familiarising yourself with the instructions, but with dangerous or complex equipment training is required. Scrub-bashing days are also training days for all the powered garden equipment.

Do visit the church website at www.htprestwood.org.uk. There's lots of information there, and if you create a login for yourself whenever you do log in you'll be taken straight to a page of useful links and rotas.

There will be adult confirmation sessions running throughout January, in readiness for the Confirmation on 2nd February.  One group will be meeting on Wednesday afternoons (2-4pm, starting on 8th January) but at least one other will be happening at another time (as yet not decided).  Speak to Kevin - before Christmas - if you are at all interested in exploring confirmation!  

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The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Holy Trinity, Prestwood is a registered charity, no. 1129233.

Holy Trinity, Prestwood is an Inclusive Church. We are part of the Church of England.
We are in the Oxford diocese and the Wendover Deanery.

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