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Holy Trinity, Prestwood has been nominated in the land category for recognition at the Saturday 8th June Celebration of Creation Care event in Oxford due to our wildlife rich churchyard! From community gardens to wild churches, ‘Creation Crews’ to carbon cutters, and from local advocates to energy champions, many actions will be recognised. We’ll be cheered on and inspired by others’ actions to continue our collective journey, caring for God’s creation. The keynote speaker is Dr Ruth Valerio, environmentalist, theologian, social activist and author. Bishop Steven will lead a time of worship within this afternoon of recognising and celebrating the amazing work happening in the diocese.

If anyone would like to replresent the church or attend this event to celebrate our part in caring for creation let us know and book your place at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/celebration-of-creation-care-tickets-827135623917.

The Rector has written a short Grove Booklet entitled, 'Partnering with Non-religious People and Organizations: Theology and Practice for Churches'. Why and how should Christians be involved in community action alongside explicitly non-religious people? This helpful booklet explores the biblical justification, theology and practice of working together with non-religious people and organizations in social action and social justice to benefit others. Competitively priced at £4.95 you can buy a copy here P 177 Partnering with Non- religious People and Organizations: Theology and Practice - Grove Books or search for P177 at https://grovebooks.co.uk/

Grove Books aims to stimulate and equip Christian community by providing clear and concise explorations of Christian living and ministry.

Please keep Kayleigh in your prayers as she prepares to be ordained priest. Her ordination takes place on Saturday, 22nd June at 4pm at St Mary's, Old Amersham. We are all invited to share this special service with her! Please make your own way to and from the church.

Kayleigh's First Mass will take place at Holy Trinity, Prestwood on Sunday, June 23 at 10.30am. This will be the only service in the benefice that day. Everyone is invited to support Kayleigh as she begins her priestly ministry by presiding at the Eucharist for the first time.

There will be fizz and a BBQ buffet after the service, please stay and celebrate with Kayleigh!

Many of us will have fond memories of Teresia, who served in the benefice as a priest between 2012-2019. Teresia has just been elected as the new Bishop of Härnösand, a diocese in the north of Sweden. 

"It's overwhelming. It is a great honour, but an equally great responsibility. I am grateful for the trust that the Diocese of Härnösand has given me and I look forward to getting to know my new employees and diocesan residents," she said, immediately after she received the news.

Teresia will be consecrated bishop at a ceremony in Uppsala Cathedral on 22 September, succeeding the diocese's current bishop Eva Nordung-Byström, who is retiring after ten years in the post.

You can read all about it here, New bishop elected for the Diocese of Härnösand - Diocese of Härnösand (svenskakyrkan.se) (see website) but you may need the help of Google Translate! 

We are sending our congratulations to Teresia and Mattias. Please keep them in your prayers.

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 (or Barbara whilst Frances is away). 

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. 

St Andrews Bookshop in Great Missenden are holding their first Literature Festival: 21-22 June 2024.

Join us in Great Missenden for the St Andrews Literature Festival!

Listen to captivating stories and wisdom from some of the UK's best loved Christian authors, right on your doorstep. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with great Christian literature and find out how God is changing lives through the written word. Find out more - https://stalitfest.co.uk/

We are delighted that Lorna Crook is our new Parish Administrator.  Lorna lives in Bryants Bottom with her husband, her two children and her excitable Brittany Spaniel called George. She served in the RAF for nineteen years as a Medical Support Officer and she left in 2013 to focus on her family. She enjoys judo, playing the piano and gardening. Lorna will be settling to thge life of the benefice over the next few weeks.

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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