The Church Office is open from 9-12 Monday to Thursday

Those of us who have seen the recent documentary on how the Church of England failed the victims of Bishop Peter Ball's abuse will be struggling to reconcile our faith in the institution with the faith it proclaims. As part of its ongoing response to previous failures, and alongside all other dioceses in the Church of England, the Diocese of Oxford is undertaking a comprehensive safeguarding review of past cases. Clergy are required to check back through their parish records to ensure that all safeguarding concerns and allegations involving clergy or church officers have been reported to the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor. As part of this we ask anyone who has any concerns or memories about a past event involving clergy or church officers that may not have been recorded or dealt with properly at the time to speak in confidence to the Rector or our Safeguarding Officer: Lesley Wickham in Prestwood or Val Gristwood in Great Hampden. You can find out more about this process on the front page of the Oxford Diocesan Website (www.oxford.anglican.org). We understand this process may bring back painful memories for some. If it does and you're able, please talk to us. If you aren't comfortable with that there is an independent helpline 0800 80 20 20 – this is a number set up by the NSPCC, and it is operated independently by them.

Come down to Holy Trinity, Prestwood Church Hall on Saturday 8th February, 10.00am-11.30am...

...for a table top children's clothes grab! We have been lucky enough to gain a large amount of children's clothing from a charity that is closing in High Wycombe. Come along to the Church hall, have a cup of coffee and take some chiildren's clothes home with you, free of charge. Please do mention this event to any local parents that you know. The main sizes we have available are as follows: newborn boy, newborn girl, 3-6 month boy, 3-6 month girl, 12 - 18 month girl, 12-18 month boy. We have a large selection of My Little Pony pyjamas and clothing in girls sizes 2 years - 8 years. We have a selection of winter coats in varying sizes and a small selection of boys clothing in sizes 2-6 years.

Please bring your Palm Crosses back to church and leave them by the font. We will be burning them to make the ash for our Ash Wednesday services on February 26.

We are delighted that the Ashes Garden Memorial Wall project has been selected by the Waitrose at Handy Cross to be supported through their Community Matters scheme. Over the course of February we will be one of the “Community Matters” boxes in the shop. At the end of the month, Waitrose will donate a proportion of £1,000 to the project, based on the proportion of votes customers cast for our project and the two other good causes for that month. So plese try to get along to Waitrose and cast a vote for the Ashes Garden!

This year in Lent we will be exploring themes of change, reality, generosity—and joyful indulgence. We will be watching the film Chocolat. Meeting in the Annexe over five weeks of Lent, ‘Christ and the Chocolaterie’ by Hilary Brand takes events from the film and relates them to key Bible message of Lent. Recognising Lent as a chance to embrace change and renewal, Hilary’s meditations lead into private thought or group discussion around the daily challenge of growing, giving and getting real with life. There will be two sessions each week, one afternoon and one evening. Please come along and bring your friends!

It will really help if you’ve seen the whole film before we start the course, so on Sunday 1st March: 6:00pm there will be a Film Night in the Annexe. We’ll show the entire film. Bring-your-own drinks and popcorn! Or you can stream it at home on most services.

Tuesday Afternoon
2.00-3.30pm
Wednesday Evening
8.00-9.30pm
March 3 March 4
March 10 March 11
March 17 March 18
March 24 March 25
March 31 April 1

Join us with your family for our next Craft & Praise event celebrating Candlemas on Saturday 1st February, 3pm-5pm. We will be exploring the theme that 'Jesus is the Light of the World' with crafts and activities suitable for children of all ages.  We will have refreshments and end with an informal worship time together. All are welcome. Please email Fran (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information and to book a place.

Week by week, we pray for every part of our parish. This January we are remembering the following parts of our village:
w/c 12th Jan: Green Lane, New Road, Salmons Lane, Green Park, Cherry Close
w/c 19th Jan Clare Road, Blacksmith Lane, Graeme Avenue
w/c 26th Jan Sixty Acres Road, Honor Road, Orchard Lane

The next men’s breakfast is on Saturday 1st February  at 8.30am in the church Hall. Colin Melsom, Chairman of the Chiltern Herpetological Society will be speaking about ‘Life with Reptiles.’. Full cooked English Breakfast for £5. Book your place with Dick Rivett This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01494 863350.

We are delighted that Bishop Alan will be presiding at a Confirmation Service on Sunday, February 2nd, which is Candlemas. There will be one main service in the Benefice that day, and it will be at 10.00am in Prestwood. There'll be fizz and canapés afterwards to toast the candidates! Please put this important event in you diaries and come along to support the members of our church community who will be taking this important step in their journey of discipleship.

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 Parish Office is open from 9-12 am on Monday to Thursday for parish business. It is open from 9-12 am on Friday for Preschool business.

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.

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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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