We surprised ourselves by how much we enjoyed the Partnership for Missional Church (PMC) timeline listening event in the Autumn. Well the result of all that is that our responses have been analysed and a report created. That report has been combined with other important data about our parish and community. It's all available on the website and makes for fascinating reading. Please do download and read! A short distillation of the report is also downloadable, but we've printed copies off and are sharing them in church. The next stage of the PMC process is another congregational event, but one that takes a different format. Having listened deeply to the history and wisdom in our church community, as part of that sharing process we're going to reflect on the report, listen and notice where our attention lingers. We will share our feedback. The purpose of this is to enable us all to seek God's way together—getting a sense of what God is doing in Prestwood so that we can join in.

We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped make it such a memorable and enjoyable Christmas here at Holy Trinity. From the lovely Nativity Play, via some glorious music, wonderful flowers and the chaos of the Christingles we arrived at Christmas Day in one piece. There is so much that has to happen--both visible and invisible—in order for us to celebrate Christ's birth, and on behalf of all of us—and the hundreds of people who crossed our threshold during our special services—thank you!

Our worship should always be the best it can be and we should always be thinking about how we can best approach God in our worship. At the Candlemas Family Service on February 3rd we'll start the process of rethinking our Family Services, and doing things a little differently. Please let us know what you think, as we give time for any changes to bed in. 

The Rector is taking advantage of a relatively quiet time of year, before Teresia's departure, to tak a Mini-Sabbatical in January. He will be away after Epiphany, and returning on Candlemas (February 3rd). Any queries or questions that can't wait, please contact Teresia or Nigel or go via the office.

Teresia's last Sunday is February 10th. Since she arrived here seven years ago she has made a huge contribution to the life of our benefice. She will be greatly missed by so many of us, and we want to celebrate all that she has achieved with us. On February 10th she will preach at her final services at 9.30am at Holy Trinity and 11.15am at Great Hampden. Following that SEARCH will be catering a lunch in Teresia's honour in Holy Trinity, from 12.30pm. If you'd like to come to that you will need to book a ticket, as there will be a limit on numbers. Tickets will be available in either church from January 13 or via email from the office from January 14. We will be asking for donations of about £5-£7 per head to cover costs on the day. Then, at about 2pm, everyone is invited to gather in Holy Trinity for a celebratory drink, speeches and a presentation to send Teresia on her way, finishing around 3pm.

You can contribute to a collection for Teresia, to say thank you to her and to help her and Mattias as they settle into their new home. Donations of cash or cheque can be made in an envelope clearly marked “TERESIA”. Please give them to the clergy, a warden or a treasurer at either church. You can also make a donation electronically to Holy Trinity PCC, at TSB Bank sort code 30-93-67, account number 00085332, referencing the payment “TERESIA”.

Please make your donation and get your lunch ticket before Sunday February 3rd, so we know how many to cater for and can buy Teresia a suitable leaving gift.

9.30am Teresia's last service at Holy Trinity
11.15am Teresia's last service at Great Hampden
12.30pm Lunch (tickets req'd) at Holy Trinity
2.00pm Drinks, speeches and presentation at Holy Trinity

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.

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