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This is where you can find information on how church life is being affected by the Coronavirus.

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.
With best wishes,
Deiniol, Kevin, Nigel and all the team.

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

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