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Following our COVID Roadmap Recovery Document, all our services will now take place in the two churches (not outside). There are no longer limits on the numbers of people who may attend a service or event. Unless further restrictions come into force, in September Children's Church, Family Services and Mid-week services will revert to their pre-COVID forms.

However, there is still ongoing guidance in place. Like most places, we are moving cautiously. A summary of the Ongoing COVID Guidance is given below, and you can read the full schema of Ongoing COVID Guidance here. You can access the full range of COVID documents here. Ongoing Guidance will be reviewed on a monthly basis. 

Ongoing COVID-19 Guidance

  • During our worship we expect and recommend that you wear face coverings, unless you are exempt or whilst taking a leading role.
  • Please try to ensure an even spread of people across the whole church.
  • Wherever possible, please sit one individual or family group to one pew.
  • You are welcome to sing.
  • We encourage you to share the peace without physical contact or moving around.
  • At communion follow the sides-person’s direction to approach the chancel step.
  • Please keep socially distanced whilst moving in church.
  • The presiding priest will place the bread in your hand.
  • The wafer will have a drop of wine put on it by the priest – this is known as intinction and is permitted in the Church of England when done by the presiding priest.

Full Ongoing COVID-19 Guidance is here.

GREAT HAMPDEN W.I. VILLAGE SHOW will be held in Great Hampden Village Hall on Saturday 11th September. Domestic, Craft, Flowers, Fruit, Vegetables, Flower Arranging and Children's Classes. Entries staged by 10.30 a.m. and doors open to the public at 2.30 p.m. W.I. teas served all afternoon. Raffle and Auction. Entry 50p, children 12 and under and exhibitors free.
Great Hampden Church clergy and congregation are eligible to enter! Show Schedule and Entry Form are available in the Summer edition of the Parish Magazine, on the G H Church website and in Church. Further details from Hilary Reid 01494 488611/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have re-started regular Home Communion. There is a large number of people to whom we will be taking communion, so we aim to get to everyone monthly. If you, or someone you know, would like to start receiving Home Communion please speak to one of the clergy. Similarly, if you would like to think about becoming one of the people who take Home Communion to people in their houses or care homes please ask one of the clergy for more information. It is a very rewarding ministry.

We are delighted that the Ashes Garden Memorial  Sculpture has now been erected in Holy Trinity, Prestwood churchyard. It is a beautiful piece of art for the benefit of church and village in it's own right, as well as providing us with the capacity for interring ashes in the churchyard for many years to come. Over the next few weeks we will be landscaping around it. We are also finalising the policy and procedures in order to start using it. This means the ashes garden is now closed for new plots around the tree, though of course second ashes can be placed in double plots that are already there. You can still donate to the appeal to help us cover the costs of commissioning and maintaining the sculpture.

2021 will see the return of Lighthouse (albeit in a slightly different format). We need to collect a large number of cylindrical tubs (often containing Bisto gravy granules, cocoa powder, stock granules, salt etc). Height minimum 10cm / 4", diameter ideally 7cm / 3" but would also gladly accept 8.5cm / 3.5" diameter. Paper / card outside, wiped clean, without lids please.
We also need a set of ca 100 small plastic pots, resealable, volume 50-100ml, as well as ca 1kg of sequins. Any suggestions of a good source of these would be most welcome.
Happy to collect from your house, or bring to church and leave in a marked plastic bag, FAO "Lighthouse". Any queries, please contact Bettina on Tel 715623 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 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 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.

Our work continues, but our income is now significantly reduced. Please support us by donating securely online and help fund the work of Holy Trinity, Prestwood.


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

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.

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