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Please be aware that Glade Road is due to be closed from 12th July - 17th July 2024. There is a slight discrepancy on dates between the physical signage and what is showing on the website. https://one.network/?tmi=GB30302232

This will particularly affect those travelling to Great Hampden on Sunday 14th July 2024. 

We are delighted to welcome Aylesbury's Queen Park Arts Centre's performance of The Life and Death of Richard II in the church on Friday 26th July. Performed by the Arts Centre's theatre group, Unbound, as part of their annual Buckinghamshire Shakespeare Festival, you can look forward to a brand-new production of one of the Bard's most incendiary plays.
 
King Richard holds the throne of England, but opposition to his rule is mounting. When he banishes Henry Bolingbroke over a dispute with his ally Lord Mowbray, the exiled noble vows to take revenge. Soon he returns to England to raise an army, with his sights set firmly on challenging the divine right of kings… A gripping thriller exploring the politics of leadership, and the nature and abuse of power, Richard II is the play that almost got Shakespeare arrested, when it was used as part of a plot to overthrow Elizabeth I. Performed in the apt surroundings of our beautiful church, it's a performance not to be missed!
 
Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm performance. Tickets are £10/£8 for under 16s and concessions and are available to book at htprestwood.org.uk/tickets. You can find out more about the performance by visiting unboundtheatre.co.uk/bucks-shakespeare-fest. We look forward to welcoming you! 

This year's visit to Prestwood on Sea " the day out" for older residents, will take place in Prestwood Methodist Church Hall on Wednesday 21 August from 11.30am-3.15pm. There will be a charge of £5
which covers coffee and biscuits on arrival, two course lunch, musical entertainment and tea and cake at the end. Transport can be provided if necessary. There will also be a free raffle.
If you would like to attend please contact Mary Spooner on 01494 862431.

Donations of small items for the raffle would be gratefully accepted - please give these to Mary Wiles at church or phone 07471 197172.

We have reached the final stage of the Great Hampden 2023 and Beyond Appeal. We have until the end of August to raise the final £36,500 we need to redecorate the church. Please help us reach this milestone this year. If we can't reach our total by the end of August we cannot commit to the scaffolders, conservators and decorators in time to get the church redecorated before Christmas. Please help us get there! You can donate by going to our appeal page: https://www.greathampden.org.uk/project.

The Over 80's Tea Party will be held on Wednesday, July 17 at 2.30pm. If you are 80 or over and have not received an invitation by Friday June 21, please take it as a great compliment! However, if you whisper your privileged status to one of the clergy we will add your name to the sign-up sheet and make sure you receive an invitation.

We are delighted that the Reverend Paul Smith, Team Vicar in the Benefice of Abingdon-on-Thames with responsibility for St Michael and All Angels in Park Road, and St Nicolas' Church in the Market Place, will be preaching at the Patronal Festival of St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden, on July 21st. Paul was curate here between 2000-2005, and many people have fond memories of him. On July 21st everyone is invited to worship together at Great Hampden, and to bring a picnic to enjoy in the churchyard afterwards. There is no 9.30am service in Prestwood.

We are in need of some volunteers to help at three of our weekly clubs. The more volunteers we have - the less often you are likely to need to do it. 

This includes:

Sparks Club | Mondays, 11.45am - 12.45pm | Prestwood Infant School 

Light Club | Thursdays, 12.15pm - 1.15pm | Prestwood Junior School

Toy Library | Thursdays, 9.30am - 1pm | The Annexe

If you would like to help with any of these then please speak to Frances. 

Breakfasts are returning to Holy Trinity between the two morning services, 8.40am - 9.20am. They restart on Sunday 2nd June, and will then take place on the first Sunday of the month. Donations will be taken, both card and cash.

We hope you will join us for this great communal time as we share this meal together, before or after we are invited to Jesus' meal at the altar.

We are grateful to SEARCH for making this possible. 

We work in the community with Acts 435. Acts 435 is a giving website that allows people to give money directly to others, and 100% of what is donated via Acts 435 goes directly to those in need. When so many people need so much help giving to charities and good causes can sometimes feel overwhelming and hard. Acts 435 puts people who want to help in touch with people who are in need, through a network of churches and local charities. Acts 435 enables virtual, online giving for specific needs.

If you would like to be notified by email when a local Acts 435 is made by us, please let one of the clergy know.

After a thorough audit and the submission of our paperwork to the A Rocha Eco Church Awards Scheme Holy Trinity, Prestwood has been awarded the Bronze Eco Church Award. This scheme is our church's primary means of addressing the climate crisis through the PCC's Climate Strategy. We are now working on achieving the next-level Silver Award.

Help us respond faithfully to the climate and nature crises! Join us in reaching the Silver Award!

  • Community and Global Engagement—Transforming local and global communities and ecosystems
  • Buildings—Finding energy efficient and innovative ways to manage our places of worship
  • Land—Nurturing spaces for people and nature
  • Lifestyle—Living joyfully and sustainably as followers of Christ
  • Worship and Teaching—Embedding creation care in worship, prayer and learning

We get many generous donations via the supermarkets towards our Foodbank. Unfortunately, due to the hazardous nature of cleaning materials, they are not included in the list given to supermarkets but are still essential items.
At the moment we have a shortage of household cleaning products such as bleach, antibacterial spray, kitchen / bathroom cleaner etc. If you are able to donate such items, please could you drop them off at the church office or give to a member of our clergy who will keep them under lock and key until we can move them to our foodbank storage. Many thanks.

The great news is that at Great Hampden we have passed the £100,000 mark in our fundraising for our '2023 and Beyond' project!

We have grant applications in progress and more concerts and events planned for the autumn and into 2024. But we have an ambitious total of £250,000 still to raise.

With your help we can do it. We are inviting everyone with a connection to St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden to commit to supporting our appeal with a monthly gift for the next three years. 

We are passionate about keeping the church community alive and welcome you to join us on our journey. Pledge cards are available online, and in both Great Hampden and Holy Trinity churches. Please can you make a commitment to support our appeal with a monthly pledge for the next three years? 

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We have had a team on Kiva for about ten years. In that time we have:

  • Loaned over $20,000.00
  • Made 875 different loans

Currently there are 15 team members. You can be one of them! By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, you can be part of the solution and make a real difference in someone’s life. 100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans.

Follow the link on the website or scan the QR code and you too can Join our team today!

Great to see the work of Holy Trinity, Prestwood featured on the BBC News website, alongside our village schools and council services. Our amazing Family Suport Worker, Fran McLean spearheads our fantastic team of volunteers who do so much work in the community, just some of which is referenced here.

Cost of living: The hidden poverty in England's least deprived area - BBC News 

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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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