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GREAT HAMPDEN VILLAGE HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE INVITES YOU TO A FUNDRAISING QUIZ ON
Saturday 27th April 2024
Time: 7.00 for 7.30 pm
Where: Village Hall

Cost £15 includes delicatessen platter.


Text or WhatsApp for tickets by 24th April
Val on 07904 014307 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kate on 07786 430666 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Great Hampden Village Hall Management Committee is organising the above quiz and we would very much like St Mary Magdalene Church to field a team (or 2!)  of up to eight including friends and family for a fun night which includes delicious food provided by Andrew Reid and his team of helpers!

Many thanks to everyone across the benefice who contributed to our Lent Appeal 2024. We raised an amazing total of £4010 including Gift Aid. This will be distributed across our three chosen charities:

  • Local Inspire Bucks, providing birthday and Christmas presents, mentoring, education grants and support for local children in crisis.
  • National St Matthew’s, Burnley, providing disadvantaged families with the opportunity for a summer day out.
  • International Christian Aid, addressing poverty and enabling people of all faiths and none to stand up for dignity, equality and justice.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this a memorable Holy Week and Easter in both churches. Thank you to the SEARCH catering team for a lovely Agape meal and canapes on Holy Saturday. Thanks, too, to all the readers, servers and others who supported our worship. We had some amazing music and Prestwood and Great Hampden. The Easter flowers were really lovely. And an extra thanks this year for all those involved in preparing for worship in Hill House. It was a very special season.

On Sunday April 21 we will have Baptism Celebration Services in both churches. In these Family Services we invite the families of all those who have been baptised recently back to church to celebrate their baptism and to give thanks for our shared life in Christ. Those who come are invited to bring their baptismal candles and light them, and anyone who still has their own baptismal candle is invited to bring it and light it during the service as we all recall our baptisms and give thanks together.

St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden will reopen for public worship on Sunday, May 5th. This will mark the completion of the first phase of our 2023 and Beyond Project. The major remaining element is the redecoration of the church. We hope to do the redecoration in the autumn, if we can raise the remaining funds in time. To help us make that happen and contribute to our appeal please visit https://www.greathampden.org.uk/project.  

There are two concerts happening soon! 

The Damon Singers, Saturday April 20th, 7.30pm, at Holy Trinity Prestwood
Including sacred pieces by Skempton, Tallis, Morales and Burgon; and secular music by Barber and Bernstein with folksongs by Gustav Holst.
Tickets in advance from Perfect Pitch, The Broadway, Chesham
Glass of wine or soft drink included
£15, £5 for 12-18s, under 12s free.
call 07747 455704,email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the door.

Moonrakers, Saturday May 11th, 7.30pm, at St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden
Popular, well-loved folk group playing Celtic traditional and contemporary songs and tunes. "...mesmerising harp...wonderful gentle harmonies...an uplifting journey." (BBC)
Refreshments
£12 from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the door.
This will be the first event at Great Hampden after the reopening of the church!

Please get tickets for these concerts, download and print the posters, bring your friends and help us publicise these two events!

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting of St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden will be held on Tuesday April 16 at 7.00pm online (click here to join).
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting of Holy Trinity, Prestwood will be held on Sunday May 5th at 10.45am in church.

For election of parochial representatives of the laity to the Deanery Synod and the Parochial Church Councils.
For the appointment of the Independent Examiner or Auditor.
For the consideration of:
(a) a report on changes to the Roll since the last annual parochial church meeting;
(b) an Annual Report on the proceedings of the parochial church council and the activities of the parish generally;
(c) the financial statements of the council for the year ending on the 31st December preceding the meeting;
(d) the annual report on the fabric, goods and ornaments of the church;
(e) a report of the proceedings of the deanery synod; and
(f) other matters of parochial or general Church interest.

At the same time a meeting for the election of churchwardens will be held. This meeting may be attended by:
1. All persons whose names are entered on the church electoral roll of the parish and
2. All persons resident in the parish whose names are entered on a register of local government electors by reason of such residence.

In this Notice, ‘parish’ means an ecclesiastical parish.

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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More than 1.7 billion people around the world are unbanked and can’t access the financial services they need. Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 in San Francisco, with a mission to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive. They do this by crowdfunding loans and unlocking capital for the underserved, improving the quality and cost of financial services, and addressing the underlying barriers to financial access around the world. Through Kiva's work, students can pay for tuition, women can start businesses, farmers are able to invest in equipment and families can afford needed emergency care.

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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