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

Followers of Christ are described in the New Testament as a royal priesthood and inheritors of the kingdom—people with incredible potential and enormous responsibility. Yet the selves we see in the mirror are flawed and failing, all too often tongue-tied and terrified.

'The King's Speech' is such a runaway success because it holds that mirror to our world and offers hope of overcoming the difficulties. It shows hope built out of friendship, trust and supportive love, and courage in the face of gathering evil.

Lent is traditionally a time for strengthening resolve, bringing believers together in trust and encouragement as they strive to follow their calling. The purpose of this course could be summed up in the words of the King's speech therapist: To give them faith in their voice and let them know a friend is listening. The course provides five group sessions on Wednesdays in Lent. It uses the film as a starting point, along with personal weekly reading, exploring more fully the issues raised, and Bible readings to root it in Christian values.

Wednesday Mornings will finish with soup and a roll.

Wednesday Evenings will start with coffee and biscuits.

February 21 11.00am-12.30pm 7.30pm-9.00pm
February 28 11.00am-12.30pm 7.30pm-9.00pm
March 7 11.00am-12.30pm 7.30pm-9.00pm
March 14 11.00am-12.30pm 7.30pm-9.00pm
March 21 11.00am-12.30pm 7.30pm-9.00pm

 

John Rolfe-Dickinson will launch our Health and Safety policy after the 9.30am service on February 4th. You can find all the details at www.htprestwood.org.uk/hands.

Shrove Tuesday, February 13th, 5-7pm. Come to the famous Holy Trinity Pancake Party in the Church on Shrove Tuesday. There'll be very reasonably priced sweet and savoury pancakes by the dozen, as well as gluten-free pancakes. All are welcome to this fabulous event!

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. 

There are two special services to mark the week. There'll be an ecumenical Taize service at 6pm on Sunday 21 January evening at St Peter and St Paul's in Great Missenden. All are invited to Kingshill Baptist Church, Windsor Lane, Little Kingshill at 9:15am on Wednesday 24th Jan for the Northumbria Communities Daily Office (about 20 mins, often some extended silence) and then for coffee and chat until about 10:15-10:30. And to close the Week of Prayer there will be a special service at 12.30 on Thursday January 25, followed by soup and a roll, at Holy Trinity, Prestwood. Please tell people and come along to support these services.

This year the focus is on the contemporary issues addressed by the churches of the Caribbean. Abuses of human rights are found across the region and we are challenged to consider our manner of welcoming of the stranger into our midst. Human trafficking and modern-day slavery continue to be huge issues. Addiction to pornography and drugs, continue to be serious challenges to all societies. The debt crisis has a negative impact upon the nations and upon individuals – the economies of the nations and people have become precarious. Family life continues to be challenged by the economic restrictions which lead to migration, domestic abuse and violence.

The Caribbean Churches work together to heal the wounds in the body of Christ. Reconciliation demands repentance, reparation and the healing of memories. The whole Church is called to be both a sign and an active agent of this reconciliation.

Each year Christian Aid provides the Go and Do action points for each of the daily reflections – linking into the important work of Christian Aid in the relief of poverty and advocacy of justice.

Show your support for Christian Unity by posting unity messages and details of your events to our Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Twitter wall – simply add the #wpcuwall hashtag to your Twitter post. You can also find updates about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Twitter by following the #wpcu2018 hashtag.

Prestwood Methodist Church holds it's annual Covenant Service on Sunday 28 January at 3.00pm. It has been the custom for many years for other churches in the vicinity to come to and participate in the Covenant Service which is one of the most distinctive parts of the heritage of the Methodist Church.

It first took place in August 1755 and since then it has been extensively revised but the underlying purpose of the service has not changed. Within it we thank God for his faithfulness, seek forgiveness for the past and commit ourselves again to serving God. It is in effect the renewal together of the individual promises which we each made (depending on the traditions we’ve been part of) either when we first became followers of Jesus Christ, or when we were baptised or confirmed as Christians.

The primary element of the service is the beautiful Covenant Prayer:

Eternal God,
in your faithful and enduring love you call us to share in your gracious covenant in Jesus Christ.
In obedience we hear and accept your commands; in love we seek to do your perfect will; with joy we offer ourselves anew to you.
We are no longer our own but yours.

I am no longer my own but yours. Your will, not mine, be done in all things, wherever you may place me, in all that I do and in all that I may endure; when there is work for me and when there is none; when I am troubled and when I am at peace.
Your will be done when I am valued and when I am disregarded; when I find fulfilment and when it is lacking; when I have all things, and when I have nothing.
I willingly offer all I have and am to serve you, as and where you choose.

Glorious and blessèd God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours.
May it be so for ever.
Let this covenant now made on earth be fulfilled in heaven. Amen.

Christmas is such an important time, because Christ coming into the world is Good News! And many people get to hear some of that good news who don't ordinarily come to church. So thank you to everyone who contributed to our Christmas Services—Flower Ladies, Cleaners, Service Book folders, Wine Mullers, Pie makers, Musicians... It's a long list, but thank you to everyone who made it a Christmas to remember at Holy Trinity.

John Smith has taken some stunning aerial photos of Holy Trinity, using his drone. Check them out at http://www.htprestwood.org.uk/drone

If you have a church key, or would like to help keep the church open during the day and get a key, please go to www.htprestwood.org.uk/openchurch. Follow the simple instructions to sign up for specific occasions to lock or unlock the church. Please help us keep the church open on those days when we need some help!

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.

Do visit the church website at www.htprestwood.org.uk. There's lots of information there, and if you create a login for yourself whenever you do log in you'll be taken straight to a page of useful links and rotas.

 

Praise God, our refurbishment is complete and we are open! First Sunday back, December 13 9.30am. Here are some photograps of the building.

Posted by Holy Trinity, Prestwood on Saturday, 12 December 2015
 
htprestwood Blessing the Plough this morning. God Speed the Plough!
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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.

The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Holy Trinity, Prestwood is a registered charity, no. 1129233.

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