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Many of us were saddened to hear of the death of Betty Byrne (Snr.) who worshipped in this church throughout her life. Her funeral will take place on Monday 25th November at 11am in church and all are welcome.

We are very excited to announce a new group starting next Wednesday 13th November in the Annexe (formerly the Children's Centre) at Holy Trinity, Prestwood. Are you a new or expectant parent? This will be a weekly group for parents and their babies aged 0-1 years. You'll find a cosy, warm environment where you can sit and chat, feed, drink a hot cuppa and meet parents in the same boat as you. Do come along anytime between 9.30am-11.15am.

This event is fast approaching! There is a sign-up sheet in church for those of you who can spare a couple of hours over the weekend helping on the stall. The jams and chutneys have been coming in steadily - thanks for that. If you still have any for the sale please could I have them ASAP. A note to chutney / relish makers - please can I have a list of their ingredients as I need to do ingredient / allergy labels for them. If any of the jams have butter in to clarify them - this also needs noting.

With my house now clear of Charities Bazaar sales stuff, I am happy to take any hand-made things you have made ready for the sale. With these, could you please give me an idea of what you think a fair price for them is. I often don't have a clue.
I know Doreen has been busy cake making over the last several weeks and her freezer is fairly full but she would dearly like to hear from other people willing to make cakes for this event. It is one of our main fund-raising events and quite often tops £1000.

Thank you to everyone who helped with this event: sale item givers, poster putter-uppers and hand bill deliverers, table movers, sellers – both goods and raffle tickets, entry money taker, cake bakers and refreshment providers. Also, all those people who attended the event spending your hard earned cash! Without you this event would not have been as successful as it was. Apart from our own church stall we had 10 different charities attending.

Having taken this event over from the Village Hall we now need to decide if it is worth taking it on permanently, giving the different charities and village organisations, as well as ourselves, the chance to fund-raise / showcase our church, and their cause or to let the event die as the Village Hall were prepared to do. Your thoughts would be most welcome.

Ever wondered how to choose the perfect festive wine? Maybe finding a wine to go with the all-important Christmas dinner has you baffled or perhaps you are looking for a wine to serve at a festive drinks party. If so, join us on Friday 29th November at 7.30pm for a fabulous festive wine tasting with local wine expert, Carole Hazlehurst. Back by popular demand, Carole will guide us through the best wines to choose for Christmas dinner and has handpicked 6 wines to taste on the night, as well as answering any questions you may have.
Tickets are £15 and include all wine, cheese, biscuits and festive nibbles. To book, please email Lesley on . To ensure groups are sat together, please, if possible, state the names and number of people in your group at the time of booking. Max number per table is 5. If no preference is stated, seats will be allocated on the night.

Starting in November, we will begin a "Parish Prayer Cycle", which means each week we shall pray for the people in a handful of streets in our parish.  With different streets each week, we shall pray for everyone in our parish over about six months ... and then we start again!  There are a number of ways you can follow this and join in:

  • If you follow our Facebook page, you will start to see a message each Wednesday, saying which streets we are praying for
  • In our Sunday intercessions at 9:30am, we will remember the streets for this week
  • If there are any particular prayer requests arising during the week, they will be remembered at our Parish Prayers on Monday morning
  • There are printed copies of the schedule at the back of church, for you to take away

You might like to include this in your personal prayer.  When your own street is being prayed for, you might mention it to your neighbours, or bring any prayer requests for Monday prayers (either email the parish office, send a Direct Message via Facebook or place your request on our prayer tree in church).  Oh, and let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.know of any streets that are missing

A gift in your will can be an expression of gratitiude and thanksgiving towards God, and is a vital part of keeping Holy Trinity, Prestwood alive and transforming its future. At Holy Trinity we try to use income from legacies to fund special projects like our Family Support Worker. Throughout November both churches in the benefice will be sharing information about how you can support your church through your will. Look our for the bookmarks and leaflets that will give you more information. November is also Will Aid month, when lots of solicitors waive their fee for writing a basic will. Instead, they invite clients to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid. Find out more at www.willaid.org.uk.

Suggested Wording for your Will

"I give ___ % of my residuary estate OR I give the sum of £___ free of all taxes to the Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Holy Trinity, Prestwood registered charity no. 1129233 in the Diocese of Oxford for its general purposes, and I declare that the receipt of an officer of the Parochial Church Council shall be sufficient discharge to my executors and trustees."

In year two of the Partnership for Missional Church (PMC) process we are asked to develop a Missional Adapative Challenge. What is this? It is a tool to help us think differently. An adaptive challenge is one where we don't begin with a determined path of how to solve 'the problem' we have identified, but rather we explore and experiment around a need that we would like to address. Our challenge is to respond to the human need of people living with dementia and their carers by loving service as a Christian community in partnership with others. What does this mean? Well, if this is something that resonates with your life you might have some ideas. Can you think about where you notice God active in the lives of people dealing with or living with dementia? It may be your own life, or your friends or realtives. It might be near to or far from our church life. Where do you see God as active, and can you help us to join in? Please pray for, look out for, listen out for and notice God's activity when you see it. Then tell us about it, in whatever way you want. God is active, and we want to join in.

Each Christmas Day there is a lunch followed by entertainment and carols at Great Missenden Baptist church for people who would normally be on their own. 

If anyone is able to be involved this year, we will need :-
Helpers on Christmas Eve from 2 pm – 4 pm approx. preparing vegetables, setting up and decorating tables.

Helpers on Christmas Day from around 12.15 pm until about 3.30 pm. Jobs include giving out labels for guests and their coats, welcome team, table hosts, servers, waiters, and kitchen assistants, washing up, loading dishwasher etc. This is done on a rota basis, and the helpers normally sit and eat with the guests.
We also value help in clearing up at the end when the helpers are tired.

So far this year, we are still looking for a Cook, and kitchen assistants. They would need to be at the Church earlier on Christmas morning.
We usually cook for about 65 people including helpers.

If anyone would like to help in ANY capacity, please get in touch with MAry Spooner through the Church Office.

Although it is very early, you might consider whether you have any neighbours who might be on their own, and who would enjoy sharing the day with us. If they have serious mobility problems, they would need a carer to come with them. (It is a long walk up the drive, even to get into the church Hall !)
Donations are of course welcome.
If someone feels that this is the sort of event they would like to help organise, and oversee on the day, please let us know!

This is the final call for the Young People's Confirmation group, which gets underway this Sunday afternoon.  Starting at 3pm in Holy Trinity Prestwood, we shall be meeting on 17th and 24th November, 8th December and 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th January. This is a valuable part of a young person's growth, as it gives them the opportunity to ask big questions about life and faith. Bishop Alan will conduct confirmations on Sunday, February 2, 2020. We also welcome adults to be confirmed: if you or a young person in your family is interested in confirmation then talk to Kevin or Deiniol very soon!

These sessions continue on Tuesday evenings, up until 26th November, from 7:30 until 9:00pm in the Annexe (behind the church hall, where the preschool used to meet).  We are exploring how we might become more Christ-like in today's world, using the Beatitudes (Matthew chapter 5) as a central resource.  All are welcome: bring a bible, join in the conversation or come and listen.  Any questions, speak to Kevin or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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!

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