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Jean Green is in desperate need of clean (no labels) lidded jam jars of normal size. If you can help, please call Jean (865860) to arrange safe, socially distanced collection. There are still jams left from last year, plus this year’s marmalade is now available

Next Sunday 31st May is Pentecost. The liturgical colour for Pentecost is red. It symbolizes joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit. In normal time, clergy wear red vestments and we have other red fabric at the pulpit and over the tabernacle. In some places lay people of the congregation wearing red clothing in celebration as well and since we are in are unable to worship together in church we invite you to do wear red for Pentecost instead.

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.

Our Wednesday coffee Zoom is moving... We are taking a break next week, and resuming the week after at a different time. We'd like someone to host Zoom Coffee -- you don't need to work the technology, just be there each week and keep the conversation flowing! Maybe you'd like to do this, perhaps with someone else? Please email Kevin if you're interested.

Online Compline is taking a week off, as the Rector is on holiday for half-term. Each evening we will post a link for people to say compline at home on Facebook. We will resume again on Sunday, May 31st.

Following the latest guidance from the Diocese of Oxford only one person is allowed to enter the church. If you are a key holder for Holy Trinity, Prestwood or St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden please do not enter the church building for any purpose until restrictions are relaxed further. This rule does not apply to other PCC buildings, which can still be accessed as necessary, strictly following the government COVID-19 guidance.

Our Annual General Meeting (APCM) has been postponed until later in the year, but here is the Annual Report for 2019 for you to read.

As well as supporting the Chiltern Foodbank, who we partner with at Holy Trinity, Prestwood, please do consider donating tinned and dried goods to the One Can Trust, High Wycombe.  If you live in Great Kingshill, 3 donation points have been set up and the details are as follows:

Three lovely people in Great Kingshill have decided to be ‘One Can Trust’ heroes and collect canned goods for those in need of help with food in the Wycombe area. Helen (one of our volunteers) will be leaving a container for a pop-up collection point at the top of Country Lane (part way along Spurlands End Road) every day for people to leave donations as they walk or cycle by. Wendy has a collection in Oak View (off Cockpit Road) and Kate has a container at the corner of Limmers Mead and Pipers Lane - nice and convenient if you are on your way to see the Bluebells in the wood.

All donations are welcome. One Can Trusts says they are particularly short of tinned meat products (pies corned beef etc) long life milk, canned veg and cooking sauces.

For more information, contact Fran: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Starting on June 4th our mid-week Zoom virtual coffee moves to Thursdays at 2.30pm. Just like after church on a Sunday, but on a Thursday! You can get to it easily by going to www.htprestwood.org.uk/midweekcoffee. To get the Zoom ID and Password you need to subscribe to our weekly email. You can view the latest email and subscribe to future ones using the "Stay Connected" and "Subscribe" sidebars on the left of the Notices page on the website.  Please join us--all are welcome!

All Distribution Centres for the Chiltern Foodbank have now closed to face-to-face clients. A DELIVERY SERVICE IS NOW OPERATING.

If you or your family are in need of a food box from the Chiltern Foodbank, please email our Families Worker, Fran: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone her on: 07934050468.

If you would like to donate dried food to the Chiltern Foodbank, please take these to the donation baskets at Co-op Prestwood and Co-op Great Missenden. An up-to-date list of urgently needed items can be found on the CFB website: https://chiltern.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

Many thanks.

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.

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.

 

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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