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

It is with great sadness that it was announced that Prestwood Community Preschool will be closing at the end of the Summer term on Friday 19th July 2019. The current preschool educational system means that there has been increased competition for a smaller number of children, and it has now reached the point where there are insufficient children registered for the Autumn term to make reopening in September financially viable. The staff, in conjunction with the Trustees, have been working incredibly hard in order to try and keep the preschool open for as long as possible. It has been operating at a financial loss for the past two years, and this is no longer sustainable. There has been a preschool on our site for more than fifty years, and many of our congregation and community have played a part in its life, so we are very sorry to see it close.

We are very blessed this year to be celebrating two ordinations in the benefice. Firstly, Nigel Spoor is being ordained priest and secondly our new curate Kevin Lovell is being made deacon. Please remember Nigel, his wife Irene, and their family; and Kevin, his wife Gill, and their family in your prayers as they prepare for these momentous occasions. We are invited to share the ordination services with Kevin and Nigel, and if you would like to attend either one please contact the office or Jean Green as we will arrange to travel together.

On the following Sundays we will have special services. On June 23 Nigel will preside at the eucharist, and this is a very significant occasion as he exercises his priestly ministry for the first time. On June 30 we welcome Kevin at a special service at Great Hampden. Here are the details for both those weekends and the celebrations that follow our special Sunday services.

Saturday June 22, 11.00am Nigel Spoor's ordination as Priest Eton College Chapel  Travel will be arranged for those who wish to attend
Sunday June 23, 10.00am Nigel Presides at the Eucharist for the First Time Holy Trinity, Prestwood This will be followed by a Champagne Celebration
Saturday June 29, 6.00pm Kevin Lovell's ordination as Deacon Christ Church, Oxford Travel will be arranged for those who wish to attend
Sunday June 30, 11.15am Kevin's Welcome to the Benefice St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden This will be followed by a bring-your-own picnic lunch, with Pimms and Strawberries and Cream being served

On both those Sundays these will be the only service in the Benefice, and everyone is encouraged to come and support Nigel and Kevin at them. There will be activities for children at both services.

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.

The men’s breakfast will meet 8-30am to 10-00am on a Saturday once a month, commencing in May and omitting August. There will be an invited speaker to talk on their specialist subject at each meeting. We will supply the food (full English!) at a price to cover the costs of £5.

The dates for 2019 will be:
11 May 1 June 13 July 7 September 5 October 2 November


All gentlemen welcome!

John Smith has taken some stunning aerial photos of Holy Trinity, using his drone. Check them out at http://www.htprestwood.org.uk/drone

If you have a church key, or would like to help keep the church open during the day and get a key, please go to www.htprestwood.org.uk/openchurch. Follow the simple instructions to sign up for specific occasions to lock or unlock the church. Please help us keep the church open on those days when we need some help!

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.

 

Praise God, our refurbishment is complete and we are open! First Sunday back, December 13 9.30am. Here are some photograps of the building.

Posted by Holy Trinity, Prestwood on Saturday, 12 December 2015

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