Whilst we are in lockdown the people in Uganda are also suffering but not necessarily from Coronavirus yet. Our Lent Appeal for African Village Support has, for obvious reasons, slowed appreciably. BUT it doesn’t mean that it has been stopped. Indeed the need for funds for AVS is greater now than ever and if you wish to donate money please let us know and we’ll give you their bank details. Also some of you may have more time on your hands and if you can make or collect things that are needed for the Mamma bags then please do so and we’ll gather them all together as soon as we are able.
Thank you for your continuing support.

For this year’s Lent Appeal we are continuing our involvement with African Village Support (AVS). Last year we raised the magnificent sum of over £2520 to provide water pumps for the village of Muyembe. This year we have been asked to raise money to provide more water pumps, to help rebuild the roof of a kitchen of a girl’s hostel which has collapsed and to provide money to assist shipment of materials for the Mamma bags.
Donation envelopes are available, please give generously.

Please bring your Palm Crosses back to church and leave them by the font. We will be burning them to make the ash for our Ash Wednesday services on February 26.

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!

It will really help if you’ve seen the whole film before we start the course, so on Sunday 1st March: 6:00pm there will be a Film Night in the Annexe. We’ll show the entire film. Bring-your-own drinks and popcorn! Or you can stream it at home on most services.

Tuesday Afternoon
2.00-3.30pm
Wednesday Evening
8.00-9.30pm
March 3 March 4
March 10 March 11
March 17 March 18
March 24 March 25
March 31 April 1

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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