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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.

For those people who have been busily knitting or crocheting baby things for African Village Support, please let me have them in the next week or so, and I will pass them on to the AVS committee for transporting to Uganda. We are assured that these items are very gratefully received by the new mums out there.

We are delighted that the Chiltern Foodbank, part of the Trussell Trust’s UK-wide network, will be opening a Distribution Centre on site at Holy Trinity, Prestwood. The Distribution Centre will provide emergency food boxes within the HP16 community and further afield. In order to open the Distribution Centre on a weekly basis, we are looking for a team of volunteers to staff the Centre on a Friday morning. This is a wonderful opportunity to support our local community, and an important venture to take on together as partners in Christ. There will be a two hour training session, led by Dave Worrall from the Chiltern Foodbank, on Wednesday 30th October, 7.30pm-9.30pm in the Annexe (formerly the Children’s Centre) at Holy Trinity, Prestwood.

If you are interested in training as a volunteer, then please contact Fran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone her on 07934 050468.

To find out more about the foodbank, visit www.chiltern.foodbank.org.uk.

Holy Trinity, Prestwood,
134 Wycombe Road,
Prestwood
HP16 0HJ
01494 863805
www.htprestwood.org.uk

Confirmation is a valuable part of a young person's growth, as it gives them the opportunity to ask big questions about life and faith. We will be offering confirmation preparation for young people in a group that will run on Sunday afternoons in Holy Trinity, Prestwood. Bishop Alan will conduct confirmations on Sunday, February 2, 2020. If you or a young person in your family is interested in confirmation then please pick up a flyer in church or talk to Kevin. The age at which this is right depends very much on the individual, but as a guide we'd say 10+ is usually about right.

Kevin will be leading a series of six weekly sessions, exploring how we might become more Christ-like in today's world.  We will be drawing on recent teaching from Bishop Steven of Oxford, using the Beatitudes (Matthew chapter 5) as a central resource.  All are welcome, just turn up (though if you're planning to attend in advance, it would be useful to have an idea of expected numbers).

These sessions will be on Tuesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:00pm, on 22nd and 29th October, 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th November, held in the Annexe (behind the church hall, where the preschool used to meet).  Any questions, speak to Kevin or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Lighthouse are one again doing a treats tombola at the Charities Bazaar on 9th November and would appreciate chocolates or sweets for it. One larger item rather than several smaller items would be preferred but all donations will be gratefully received. Please speak to Maggie for more info.

From the end of October through to mid November we have a season for remembering and reflecting. In recent years this has been punctuated with our Service of Personal Remembrance and by commemorating the sacrifice of those who died in war.

At last years's service of personal remembrance we had over 100 names to read out so this year we have decided to hold two services to remember those who have passed away.
The first is our Service of Personal Remembrance on Sunday 27th October at 4.00pm. This is for remembering people who have died in recent years.Then the following week we will hold an All Souls Requiem Mass on Sunday 3rd November at 6.00pm. This is to remember those people who have died but still have a very special place in our hearts.

Unsure which service to attend? No one can be prescriptive about grief and in what way of for how long we may grieve. Our Service of Personal Remembrance is for those for whom grief still feels raw. Grief can move to a different place—we still feel the loss, but we call to mind the treasured memories in our hearts. This is what the All Souls Requiem Mass aims to reflect. As usual we will have lists where your can provide the name of the person you would like remembered nearer the time of those services.

Our Remembering season will come to an end with our Remembrance Sunday Family Eucharist at 9.30am on Sunday 10th November with an Act of Remembrance around the War Memorial in the churchyard with two minutes silence at 11am.

We have had to postpone the Coffee and Chat session on Friday 25th Octobober with Nigel Gordon, as not enough members of our congregation who have shown an interest in getting involved were available on this date. Please do make sure you have spoken to Fran if you would like to be involved with CAP, so that she has your name and details and can rearrange the Coffee and Chat session.

As part of our 170th anniversary celebrations, we are very excited to welcome professional magician Ian Keable for a special evening of magic, mystery and humour on Friday 18th October at 7.30pm.

Ian is an accredited Chartered Accountant and established author, he is also a member of The Magic Circle and has won several prestigious awards as well as making numerous national TV appearances. The focus of Ian’s show is Charles Dickens.

It is a little-known fact that as well as being one of the world’s greatest writers, Dickens was also a talented conjurer and fascinated by spiritualism. In this humorous and mystifying show, Ian reveals this secret side to him and recreates some of his favourite tricks and will talk about how his magic sheds light both on his character and his writings. 1849, the year Holy Trinity was consecrated, also happens to be the year in which Dickens wrote his most significant magic show so this evening is a very fitting part of our anniversary celebrations.

Early-bird tickets are £12.50 and are available until 4th October (£15 thereafter). Refreshments will be available to purchase on the night. Tickets can be booked by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment! We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fabulous evening!

HELP NEEDED It is that time of year when I come asking for your help. This year is no exception…

Jam Jars:
We now have enough for this year. Thank you to everyone who has been bringing them in. I can always store more if you still have them, but it is no longer a matter of urgency.

The Village Charities Bazaar:
Thank you to those of you who have volunteered to help on Saturday 9th November.
A plea to strong, able-bodied people. We will need help at 12.45 - 1.00 to put out tables if you are able to come along then, and at 4'ish to put them away again at the end.
Thank you for the donations of sale items that we have received already. If there are any more new / nearly new items that are cluttering up your houses we would love to have them for sale on the Church table.
We are still on the hunt for other charities to join us for the afternoon. If you are involved with any that might be interested please put let me know.

Peterley Christmas Fair:
This is happening on Saturday and Sunday 23rd and 24th November. We have been promised the same spot as we had last year, in the 2nd greenhouse. A sign-up sheet for helpers will be available in November if you can spare a few hours on either day. For those new to church since last year - this is a very effective fund-raiser for the church where we sell a range of hand-made, home-made and home-baked goods. If you have made any preserves, chutneys etc. please could I have them earlier rather than later so that I can sort out pretty labels and tops for the jars. Hand-made items can be brought in any time from now, and cakes etc. in time for the weekend.

Thanks Jean Green.

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.

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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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