Save the date! - The Spring Concert will be on May 12 at 7.30pm. See some familiar faces—but there will be new faces performing too!

Many of you will remember Michael and Michele Foot, who moved away last year, with fondness. Michael has just published his first novel, Moving On. It is a fast-paced novel exploring the theme of old age, and how it might be treated by a manipulative politician. It is this year's Lent Book! Michael has very kindly offered us copies to sell in support of the church. Please take a copy from the back of the church and make a suitable donation of about £4 in the wall safe, and enjoy the read.

This year St Peter and St Paul, Great Missenden are holding a series of lent talks on 'Faith and the Law'. They are:

25th Feb 4.00pm His Honour Christopher Tyrer DL ‘Faith and Law in the 21st Century-the issues we face today’

4th March 4.00pm Vicky Preece, Advocate of the year ‘Is our family law system compassionate and fair for the most vulnerable?’

11th March 4.00pm Philippa Hopkins QC “Render unto Caesar -is there any place for faith in commercial law?’ and Caroline Allen: ‘Is there a less adversarial way of reaching justice?

18th March Ian Mills ex-prison chaplain, 'Does Prison work?'

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 £3300 to provide water pumps for the village of Muyembe. This year we have been asked to raise money for an AVS project to support the most vulnerable families in Bulambuli District.

The majority of the most vulnerable people are elderly women above 60 years (about 80%); although there are several elderly men also above 60 years who are vulnerable. These elderly people are very vulnerable because they are generally weak due to their age and cannot therefore work to get any income to cater for their needs.  A great number of women between 40 – 60 years are also vulnerable because many of them are either widows, living with HIV/AIDS, or their husbands have abandoned them with all the children without any assistance. They are really miserable and have completely lost hope.

The other category are the children who in most cases are orphans staying with their vulnerable grandparents. These children lack support in terms of school fees, uniform, scholastic materials, clothes and even food to enable them go to school. 

It will cost approximately £1000 to support a family of 6 for a year this will provide shelter, bedding, basic items, food, educational support and health care. Donation envelopes are available at the back of church, which will enable you to gift aid your donation if you are able to, so please give generously.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE this year will be held in Holy Trinity on Friday 2nd March at 10.30am and will be followed by a soup and roll lunch. Teresia will be leading the service, which has been prepared by the women of Surinam, which is located on the north east coast of South America. We need to provide two readers for this service, so if you would like to participate in this way, please speak to Maggie Page. Please put this date in your diary and join with ladies from local churches for this annual service. (Men are also welcome!)

We have a vibrant ministry of prayer shawls in our church. Shawls and lap blankets are made with love and in prayer by a team of crocheters for those who are going through difficult times, such as loss of a loved one, divorce, financial troubles, depression, or illness.  The shawls and blankets are gifts of time and resources, with the hope that it will be a tangible reminder of God’s love for the person receiving one of these.  If you know of someone who might benefit from receiving a “hug” from God, whether they are members of Holy Trinity, your family, or the surrounding Prestwood/Great Missenden community, please contact Laura Anderson, Mary Wiles, or one of the clergy. If you would like to join in with this ministry, but cant crochet or knit, please consider donating the cost of the wool for a shawl for someone to produce it for you. Have a word with Mary or Laura.

Prayer is the heart of every Christian life, but many people feel uncomfortable praying in a small group. This is a shame, as it means we miss out on a wonderfully fulfilling part of our spiritual life. During Lent there will ten minutes of guided prayer after the service that anyone and everyone is invited to join in with. We will be praying over our personal, church, and community's Lent journeys to the Cross and Resurrection. Every week will be different, and anyone can opt in or out at any stage. There is no requirement to speak or to ask for anything. People will just bring their coffee, meet by the piano after the service to pray together for ten minutes, anyone can take part.

Followers of Christ are described in the New Testament as a royal priesthood and inheritors of the kingdom—people with incredible potential and enormous responsibility. Yet the selves we see in the mirror are flawed and failing, all too often tongue-tied and terrified.

'The King's Speech' is such a runaway success because it holds that mirror to our world and offers hope of overcoming the difficulties. It shows hope built out of friendship, trust and supportive love, and courage in the face of gathering evil.

Lent is traditionally a time for strengthening resolve, bringing believers together in trust and encouragement as they strive to follow their calling. The purpose of this course could be summed up in the words of the King's speech therapist: To give them faith in their voice and let them know a friend is listening. The course provides five group sessions on Wednesdays in Lent. It uses the film as a starting point, along with personal weekly reading, exploring more fully the issues raised, and Bible readings to root it in Christian values.

Wednesday Mornings will finish with soup and a roll.

Wednesday Evenings will start with coffee and biscuits.

February 21 11.00am-12.30pm 7.30pm-9.00pm
February 28 11.00am-12.30pm 7.30pm-9.00pm
March 7 11.00am-12.30pm 7.30pm-9.00pm
March 14 11.00am-12.30pm 7.30pm-9.00pm
March 21 11.00am-12.30pm 7.30pm-9.00pm

 

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.

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.

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

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