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Coronavirus Response

In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.

Holy Trinity, Prestwood is closed, but our worship continues online.

All public church activities have ceased.

The Church Office is closed, and staff are working from home.

Online worship takes place three times a day during the week and twice on Sundays.
Whilst the office is closed our work carries on, Please contact us via email or if you need the clergy please contact 01494 866530.

Any important updates to our church life will be posted on this page. Quicklink: www.htprestwood.org.uk/coronavirus

In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.

Holy Trinity, Prestwood is no longer open during the day.

All public church activities have ceased.

The Church Office is closed, and staff are working from home.

Latest guidance for Churches.

Online worship takes place three times a day during the week and twice on Sundays.
Weddings and Baptisms: Until further notice no weddings or baptisms can take place. Where baptism needs to take place in an emergency please contact the Rector—we are contacting everyone who has a wedding or baptism booked.

Funerals: Small funerals can take place at the graveside or Crematorium. Please contact the Rector as soon as you can to discuss the options.

Last modified on Monday, 27 April 2020 09:38

Since the lockdown began we have settled into a pattern of online worship which seems to work well for us. There is one thing missing from it—the Eucharist. How can we share in communion when we are separate? The answer is, sadly, that we can't. At least not in the way that Jesus intended. A shared meal is off limits for now. 

We have spent some time over the last two weeks thinking about how we can incorporate something of the Eucharist into our worship. The Eucharist was celebrated for the first time since lockdown on Ascension Day, streamed from church, but we don't think watching a Eucharist happen somewhere else is the best way for us all to share together the presence of Jesus in our lives.  So from this Sunday onwards the culmination of our Online Sunday Worship at 9.30am will be a short time of shared prayer, where we join together in focussing on the communion bread placed on the altar in church. We'll be tuning in to the 24/7 live stream as we do this—and it should all happen smoothly on screen (fingers crossed!).

A lot of thought and reflection has gone into thinking this through. What we are doing forms part of a well-established tradition of Eucharistic devotion known as Exposition, Adoration and Benediction. Those of you who remember Holy Trinity's worship in the 1970s may recall this service happening regularly in the Reverend Sidney Smith's day.

We can't share in communion, but we can, by gazing on the bread of the sacrament in prayer, in thankful adoration receive the gift of grace that forms us into the Body of Christ.

Holy Trinity's PCC worked through this with the help of two briefing papers—a summary paper and a full briefing paper. Please do take the time to read them if you are able. They contribute to the theology behind our practice. Over the next few weeks we shall think about and try to develop what we do enhance our worship. Please do let us know what you think. 

So from the Sunday after Ascension this will be the regular pattern of Sunday worship: 

8.00am Holy Communion will be celebrated privately in Church according to the Book of Common Prayer.
This will be available for people to watch as part of our 24/7 Live Stream from the chancel, accessed from our website.
The order of service will be available online for people to follow if they wish. But this service will not be streamed on Facebook.
9.30am Online Sunday Worship.
This will continue to be streamed to Facebook as our main act of Online Worship.
Followed by Zoom Coffee.
8.00pm Compline or The Angelus.
Streamed to Facebook as Online Worship from the church.
Last modified on Thursday, 21 May 2020 12:42

Whilst the Church site is closed, and we are not meeting together, I will be uploading weekly 'Children's Church' activity sheets here for you to do together. These have been produced by Jessica-Ann Jenner and are a great resource.  If you'd like any more informaton, activities or support don't hesitate to email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fran

Here's more about our resources.

Last modified on Wednesday, 13 May 2020 20:18

Whilst we can't meet together at Toddler Thursday, let's make sure we are still supporting each other and having fun together. Each week I will upload a Toddler Thursday PDF here with craft activities, songs and our Toddler Prayer.  Every Thursday at 10.30am we will hold a Toddler Thursday Zoom meeting! If you and your little ones would like to join us then please email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fran

Last modified on Wednesday, 13 May 2020 20:17

We will be reviewing and updating our support for the congregation in the light of events and need.  

  1. All members of the worshipping community will be contacted by telephone initially by one of a dedicated team. The purpose of this will be to:
    • Make contact
    • Raise awareness of how the church is supporting people through online worship, prayer and other resources.
    • Assess need.
    • Assess the level of community/friendly/family support for those people who are at risk.
    • Receive prayer requests.
  2. An "At-risk" register will be made of people in need of practical support.
  3. Support for the "At-risk" will be co-ordinated in line with our Community Support plan.
  4. The Reverend Nigel Spoor is co-ordinating the pastoral response to the "At-risk" group.
  5. Fran McLean is co-ordinating the response to families with children.
  6. The Reverend Kevin Lovell is co-ordinating the worship and prayer response.
  7. In any case of need or concern or in urgency please contact the Rector.

 

Last modified on Friday, 20 March 2020 19:18

Here are some ideas as to how you can support the at risk people around you.

  1. Be part of a group. There are lots of offers of help, but they need to be co-ordinated to be effective. Is there already a group operating in your street or area? The best register is at https://covidmutualaid.org. It is really simple to register a group, and the more local it is the better. If everyone in Prestwood and Great Missenden used this resource to start or join a group we would be really efficient. 
  2. In Prestwood the response is being co-ordinated through the Your Prestwood & Great Missenden Coronavirus Community Group Facebook Group. You can use this group to:
    • Volunteer to help
    • Ask for help
    • Let us know of a friend or relative you can't help yourself but needs help.
    If you are not on Facebook please email Lesley—we will pass the information on.
  3. Be clear about how you are helping and who you are helping. More than anything else people who are at risk need consistency. Are you able to drop shopping off twice a week? Are you happy to pick up medicines? Have you thought about doing other people's shopping for them—and how will it paid for? Are you concentrating on your street, or some particular people you know? Who else is offering help around you? This is why working in a group is so important. Some people might be offered too much help, some not enough. Come up with a plan or a rota.
  4. Be Safe. If you are going to help people you must do it safely. Please read this safeguarding advice.
  5. Be aware of who needs help. How will you find out? Who might be slipping through the net? 
  6. Be social (at a distance). Keep communicating with your group. Set up a Facebook/WhatsApp Group to make it easy to keep in touch.#
  7. Be educated about the help that is around you. You can find local resources at www.htprestwood.org.uk/coronavirus and www.missendenchurch.org.uk/covid19help
  8. And lastly... remember that not everyone is online. Many of the most at risk are even more isolated because they are not online.
Some more resources from our friends in Great Missenden church.
Last modified on Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:50

There has been such a massive show of support from people in Prestwood and Great Missenden. It might be helpful to think what support will really help people over the long term.

Who needs support?

There are two types of people who need our support. Many people are fit and healthy, but are self-isolating because they have, or suspect they have, the virus. These we can describe as ‘confined to barracks’. Then there are those who are already vulnerable in everyday life, who have been advised to isolate because of their vulnerability. This could be because of age, medical condition or disability, or because they are carers.

What is their situation?

The ‘Shielding’

This group are likely to need practical support such as assistance with food deliveries and picking up prescriptions. They are more likely to be on-line with established networks of people around them and resources to help them cope until they can come out of isolation.

The Vulnerable

This group is in a more difficult position. They will have to remain isolated until the risk of them catching the virus has diminished. They are less likely to be online, and if they are they may use the internet in a more basic, less social way. They are less likely to have an established support network around them. The services that they rely on have all ceased—lunch clubs, day centres, social groups and classes. They will no longer be interacting with their friends. If they have family they may not be close by, and if they don’t they might be feeling very alone. They are much less likely to have the resources to stock up on food even if they have the opportunity.

Some people will have elements of both these broad groups—everyone is different, and we will have to listen to people if we are to provide effective support.

How can we help?

The ‘Shielding’

  • Offer practical support—shopping for perishable goods; picking up prescriptions.
  • Plug into their networks—use technology to keep in touch with your friends and the people you’re supporting. Use video technology if you can. It is nice to see a friendly face!

The Vulnerable

  • As the above, plus.
  • Are they online? If so, can you help them use their devices effectively? What are their interests? Is there an App for that? (There are a lot of Bridge and Mah-jong players in Prestwood.)
  • If they aren’t online can they be helped to get online? Do you have an old iPad you could resurrect? Does your wifi extend to your neighbour’s house? Imagine standing outside the door whilst someone uses your old phone piggybacking off your personal hotspot to FaceTime their family. That might be the biggest boost to their mental health you could imagine! (Following good safeguarding guidelines, of course.)
  • How can you help social interaction remotely? Social Distancing makes this hard but be creative. Help with gardening—making sure they are pointing out to you (literally!) the jobs they want doing. Play games—online chess or draughts?
  • Talk to them—through the letter box, on the phone. Do everything you can to promote healthy and safe human interaction. Loneliness too can kill.
Last modified on Monday, 11 May 2020 10:19

Good safeguarding is really important. It protects you and the people you want to help. It gives you confidence that you are doing the right thing, and others confidence that you know what you are doing. Good safeguarding, like good health and safety, makes stuff possible. Bad safeguarding, like bad health and safety, gets in the way and makes things worse. Here are some good safeguarding principles to follow when helping the elderly and vulnerable.


1. COMMUNICATE WELL WITH THE PERSON YOU ARE HELPING. Make sure you are meeting a real need that you have been asked to meet. Make sure you understand what is being asked of you, and make sure the person you are helping knows what you are going to do for them. Don’t make assumptions. Listen, and make sure the person has listened to you. Avoid misunderstandings.


2. DON’T GO IT ALONE. Make sure you are working with other people. Try to work in teams. Tell others what you are doing, and ask them for advice. Share good practice and ideas. Ask people, “Is there a better/safer way I could do this?” Be confident in sharing your experience with other people. It could be something as simple as being reminded to tell Mrs X that there’s frozen food in the top of the bag that you’ve left on the doorstep, because last time she forgot and it was wasted!


3. KEEP A LEDGER OF ANYTHING FINANCIAL Always have a second person involved when money is involved – e.g. getting shopping for someone. They shouel record and confirm what you are doing. Write down any way in which you are involved with someone else’s money; give receipts; make sure everything is transparent. This isn’t about a lack of trust—it is about increasing trust because you are doing it right.


4. KEEP A RECORD. This is really important. Keep a written record of what you’ve done. Record the date and time, the person you are helping, what you did, and anything out of the ordinary that you noticed. It doesn’t need to be long but it needs to be complete. There are all sorts of ways this could be useful—It could be vital for medical professionals, for instance. But it also protects you and the person you are helping. It demonstrates that you are safeguarding yourself as well as others. Encourage anyone you are helping to keep their own record of the help they have received.


5. TALK TO FAMILY/FRIENDS. One of the hardest things right now is that people are isolated from their family. Give your contact details and ask them to be passed on to a responsible family member/friend. Someone whom the person trusts. Family may be worried and concerned and maybe feel unable to help; talking to you will give them confidence, and ease their worries that the person might be at risk. You can also get helpful information. People living with dementia or other heath conditions may not be able to tell you exactly what they need.


6. SOCIAL DISTANCING IS YOUR FRIEND. However unnatural, social distancing can help you be good at safeguarding. You will have to find ways of communicating with people that don’t impose upon them. You will have to think creatively about how to support people without being in their personal space. All of this will help you protect others and yourselves.


7. BE AWARE Put safeguarding at the heart of your support. Get aware, get educated, talk about it, test yourselves and others. It isn’t a tick box exercise. Make safeguarding a part of your culture and it will help you offer good support for as long as it takes. You will feel more confident, you will build a better team around you, you will avoid pitfalls that demoralise you and others. And most of all you will keep everyone safe.

Our online worship is streamed directly to the viewer below. If this doesn't work for you just go directly to our Facebook Live Video page.

 

 

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Move you mouse over the viewer during the stream. You will see icons in the viewer. They allow you to change the quality of the stream (if your connection is slow), enter full screen mode, watch on Facebook and most importantly turn on and change the volume.

Sunday Worship

8.00am: Holy Communion. This service is not streamed to Facebook, but you can follow it on our 24/7 Live Stream from the Chancel, using this Order of Service.

9.30am: Sunday Morning Online Worship. Download the Order of Service.

8:00pm: Night prayer or the Angelus (click here for today's night prayer, and here for the Angelus.) 

Monday to Friday

8:00am: Morning prayers (click here for the text)

12:00 noon: Prayers for Prestwood (click here for the text), during which we will offer any prayer requests we have received

8:00pm: Night prayer (click here for today's night prayer)

Saturday: No online prayers on Saturday

Last modified on Thursday, 21 May 2020 12:41

A prayer about the Coronavirus outbreak

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

For those in isolation

God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For those who are worried

Loving Jesus, you are compassionate to those in need and heal the sick in body and mind.
Look kindly on those who are fearful at this time.
Help us all to put away all thoughts and actions that separate us from you and from one another.
Give us grace to live our lives confident in your promise that you are with us always. Amen.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful, to care for the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love, for your name’s sake. Amen.

For those who are ill

Merciful God, we entrust to your unfailing and tender care, those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms are there to hold us safe.
Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God, give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick, and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Last modified on Monday, 16 March 2020 19:11

During this time, you might find some of these resources helpful to sustain your prayer life during this time.  Many of these resources are available for mobile devices in app form, you may need to register to access the material. 

From the Church of England: 

  • Daily Hope Phone line0800 804 8044 Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. 
  • Prayer for each day. From this page you can choose to read (or listen to) today's prayer. Further down the page are the full texts of the Church of England's 'daily office': morning evening and night prayer each day, complete with bible readings and psalms.
  • Time to Pray.  Listen to twice-daily audio broadcasts (6-7 minutes each): Prayers During the Day and Night Prayer.
  • LiveLent. Daily readings and reflections from the Church of England, available as an app, a daily email or via your Google or Alexa smart speaker. 
  • Prayers for the Coronavirus outbreak, including personal prayers and prayers for use with children and family groups.
From the BBC: 
  • The Daily Service: every day at 9:45am on Radio 4 Long Wave.
  • Sunday Worship: shortly after 8:00am on BBC Radio 4 and all BBC local radio stations.
  • Songs of Praise: Sunday at 1:15pm on BBC1.
All the above also available, after the live broadcast, on BBC sounds or BBC iPlayer.
 
 
Other sources offering daily prayers, meditations and bible readings: 
  • Christian Aid daily bible readings. With a global perspective, Christian Aid offer a short daily bible reading and prayer. 
  • Pray as you go. Each day, a bible reading, some music and a reflection.  Jesuit resource for Ignatian prayer, also available as an app.  Includes other prayer resources such as the Examen.
  • Centre for Action and Contemplation: daily meditation. Here you can enrol for a free daily meditation via email. You can browse previous emails through the archive, other pages on the site allow you to listen to podcasts.
Last modified on Tuesday, 28 April 2020 13:49

It seems clear that it will be a long and difficult time until life is back to normal. Whatever decisions we make—individually and collectively—will have consequences. We see your chuch's role as supporting the parish through worship, prayer, caring for the isolated and unwell, and supporting, as best we can, the healthy functioning of the community. "Social distancing", whilst entirely necessary, isn't good for us in the long-term and isn't very easy for many Christians to do! But the safer we stay the sooner we can get back to normal. No one should take risks.

Our prayer is that we can maintain the bonds that bind us together in the love of God. As we continue to journey through Lent we do so in the company of Jesus, who knew the pain of isolation. He went through great suffering to grant access to the joyful and very social life that God promises us all. 

In time we will continue to build that life in our own community as we always have, but for now we must find different ways to make that love real and vital.

Let us make sure we are all praying for one another, and those who are supporting us. Some prayers you might like to use are below.

With best wishes,

Deiniol, Kevin, Nigel and all the team.

Any important updates to our church life will be posted on this page. Quicklink: www.htprestwood.org.uk/coronavirus

Services from Holy Trinity, Prestwood are being live streamed at https://www.periscope.tv/htprestwood (or search for @htprestwood on the Periscope app). Participate in the Sunday 9.30am service by downloading the Order of Service.

Last modified on Monday, 16 March 2020 19:09

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