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I am taking a full sabbatical this autumn, the first one since I was ordained in 2004. I shall be on sabbatical from September 13-December 13. (Though making a sneaky return for Kevin's ordination and first mass, and a couple of rescheduled weddings.) Hopefully COVID restrictions won't get in the way too much. Every ten years licensed clergy and lay ministers can take a three-month sabbatical. This sustained period away from normal duties promotes professional development and personal enrichment.

I intend to think a lot about the theology of exposition, adoration and benediction within the new and often virtual framework of the pandemic, and what the future of the Eucharist is going to be. That's in the light of  our own experience in the benefice, and modern catholic expressions of Christianity such as On Fire Mission.

I'm confident that between the PCC, Kevin, Nigel and the staff team everyone will be well looked after during the autumn. We will have a robust support plan in place, and we'll know what our direction of travel will be despite the uncertainty that the pandemic brings. And I will definitely be looking forward to Christmas when I get back!

We are planning on having two outdoor services in September. These will be on September 6th - Family Service for the start of term and September 20th - Kevin's First Mass. They will be at 9.30am in the churchyard of Holy Trinity, Prestwood. We intend to do a basic live-stream of these services, so there are three ways you can participate:
1) Come along with chairs, and arrange yourselves in the marquee or the churchyard in good socially distanced order. No need to book in advance, it's a free-for-all.
2) Book one of the 'social bubble' benches in the church to watch the stream on the screen.
Book inside the church tickets for Back to School Family Service
Book inside the church tickets for Kevin's First Mass
3) Watch online.
Communion will be available to all present—in the churchyard or in church.

On September 20th, Kevin's First Mass will be the only service in the Benefice, and all are invited to attend.

Some dates for us to note for September. On September 6th we’ll have a Back to School family service. And on September 19 Kevin will be ordained priest. This will, of course, not happen in the usual way and we will not all be travelling to the service together. Details are still being finalised, but we think the service will happen in Buckingham and will be streamed online. Sunday September 20th will be Kevin’s First Mass at 9.30am. We are hoping to do something special on both September 3rd and September 20th to mark these auspicious events that herald hope for the future.

We will let everyone know what is happening as our plans develop. All I can write now is that my advice is to make sure you have a bottle of fizz and a picnic champagne flute by September 20th!

We want you to come to church and so have worked to make is as safe an environment for you as we can. To manage capacity and record attendees we invite everyone planning to attend to register in advance using Online Ticketing. You do not have to do this. You can telephone the Rector on 01494 866530, or you can turn up on the day. But bear in mind we can only admit people when we can safely abide by our Social Distancing guidelines.

 

 

  • There is clear guidance on entering the church to help you clean your hands and follow our hygiene and sanitation procedure.
  • Wearing a facemask is mandatory unless you are exempt on medical grounds.
  • The priest taking the service will follow the guidance in our risk assessment, which means frequent hand washing, wearing a face mask, and communicating people as safely as possible, amongst other measures.
  • Communion will be by bread alone.
  • The church is laid out to allow safe entry and exit and maintain social distancing throughout the service.

Access the COVID HTP Reopening and 8am Risk Assessment.

We have passed the £17,000 mark in our Ashes Garden Appeal! Although we set out to raise up to £25000, that included a contingency and we have heard from our stone mason that if we are able to place the order before October his original quote (from two and a half years ago) will still be valid. That means we have only to raise the last £3,700 to complete this project. Whilst we are still seeking grant funding we really hope that we will be able to get there by the autumn through people's generosity. If you are able to contribute to this Fitting Memorial for the People of Prestwood now is the time! You can find out more ad make a donation here http://www.htprestwood.org.uk/ashesgarden

We are delighted to welcome you back to church, which is now open during the day.

You are invited, if it is safe for you to do so, to spend time in church in prayer, contemplation and rest.

 

Please follow the arrows indicating the one way system in place.

Enter through the main door.

Exit through the small door.

Sanitise your hands when entering.

You can wipe down a bench before sitting and when leaving.

You can wash your hands on the way out.

Sit, pray, rest. There are many ways to be with God in this space.

In the church are resources to help you pray. Our Risk Assessment for re-opening the church is attached. 

The church is open from 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday and Noon-5pm Sunday.

Do you love to grown your own food? Will you shortly have more courgettes and cucumbers than you know what to do with? Look no further than 'Harvest Share'.

Restore Hope, Latimer have set up a new scheme called FoodLife and are providing fresh food boxes for families in need in the local area, including HP16. They would love your surplus home grown produce for these boxes. If you have any to spare, please let Fran know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  I have a volunteer ready and waiting to collect your produce!

The area in the churchyard where ashes are interred is getting full. But we believe it is an essential part of our duty of care to the community that we keep Prestwood’s churchyard open. We have launched an appeal to create a Memorial that is a beautiful, permanent and fitting place for the ashes of our loved ones to be interred now and into the future. We have commissioned Martin Cook to design a stone monument to record the names of those to be interred in the Ashes Garden.
You can find out all about the memorial at http://www.htprestwood.org.uk/ashesgarden or by picking up a leaflet in church. Of course we want our members to contribute to this important, beautiful and permanent memorial. But more importantly we need our church community to be ambassadors in the village, talking about and sharing our leaflets and encouraging the whole community to contribute. We want all the different village groups to be enthusiastic supporters of this project. This is a memorial for the village, not the church. Our hope is that the people of Prestwood will be able to rest in peace in their churchyard long into the future.

Do visit the church website at www.htprestwood.org.uk. 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.

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.

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!

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.

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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