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

We are delighted that the Ashes Garden Memorial Wall project has been selected by the Waitrose at Handy Cross to be supported through their Community Matters scheme. Over the course of February we will be one of the “Community Matters” boxes in the shop. At the end of the month, Waitrose will donate a proportion of £1,000 to the project, based on the proportion of votes customers cast for our project and the two other good causes for that month. So plese try to get along to Waitrose and cast a vote for the Ashes Garden!

The Funeral of the late Marshall Pennington will take place in church on Monday, January 27 at 11.00am, and all those who knew Marshall are invited to attend.

This year in Lent we will be exploring themes of change, reality, generosity—and joyful indulgence. We will be watching the film Chocolat. Meeting in the Annexe over five weeks of Lent, ‘Christ and the Chocolaterie’ by Hilary Brand takes events from the film and relates them to key Bible message of Lent. Recognising Lent as a chance to embrace change and renewal, Hilary’s meditations lead into private thought or group discussion around the daily challenge of growing, giving and getting real with life. There will be two sessions each week, one afternoon and one evening. Please come along and bring your friends!

Tuesday Afternoon
2.00-3.30pm
Wednesday Evening
8.00-9.30pm
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March 31 April 1

Join us with your family for our next Craft & Praise event celebrating Candlemas on Saturday 1st February, 3pm-5pm. We will be exploring the theme that 'Jesus is the Light of the World' with crafts and activities suitable for children of all ages.  We will have refreshments and end with an informal worship time together. All are welcome. Please email Fran (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information and to book a place.

There will be a morning prayer breakfast on Saturday 25th January 2020 for the World Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme this year is "Unusual Kindness".

We will meet at 8.30am at Great Missenden Baptist Church, High Street, Great Missenden to share breakfast. This would consist of a choice of bacon sandwiches, fruit, yoghurt or croissants. Once we have had a time of fellowship and breakfasting we will share a time of prayer based on the literature provided, concluding at around 10.30am.

Please let the Rector know if you are going by Wednesday 22nd January. This will help the organisers plan.

Week by week, we pray for every part of our parish. This January we are remembering the following parts of our village:
w/c 12th Jan: Green Lane, New Road, Salmons Lane, Green Park, Cherry Close
w/c 19th Jan Clare Road, Blacksmith Lane, Graeme Avenue
w/c 26th Jan Sixty Acres Road, Honor Road, Orchard Lane

The next men’s breakfast is on Saturday 1st February  at 8.30am in the church Hall. Colin Melsom, Chairman of the Chiltern Herpetological Society will be speaking about ‘Life with Reptiles.’. Full cooked English Breakfast for £5. Book your place with Dick Rivett This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01494 863350.

We are delighted that Bishop Alan will be presiding at a Confirmation Service on Sunday, February 2nd, which is Candlemas. There will be one main service in the Benefice that day, and it will be at 10.00am in Prestwood. There'll be fizz and canapés afterwards to toast the candidates! Please put this important event in you diaries and come along to support the members of our church community who will be taking this important step in their journey of discipleship.

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.

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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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