On Advent Sunday we are trying an experiment. We are going to stream our Sunday morning service on Facebook! We will be using the camera on the wall at the back, and most of the time it will be focused on the chancel. We won't be doing close ups on the congregation! But we hope it will give the curious an opportunity to see what happens here on a Sunday morning.  So for it to be representative it would be great to have a full church of us singing wholeheartedly to celebrate the beginning of Advent. If anyone has any qualms or questions about this leap into the digital age please speak to the Rector.

Every year a Christmas lunch with entertainment is held in the Great Missenden Baptist Church Hall for those who would normally spend Christmas Day on their own. Some couples who won’t be with family also like to come. There is a great team of helpers for such jobs as table hosts, servers, waiters, washers up, drivers etc. Transport is offered to those in the local area. Offers of help in bringing people to the church hall for 12.30pm and/or collecting them about 3.20pm would be invaluable. If anyone is a qualified first aider, that would be really helpful too. Help also required on Christmas Eve from 2-4pm preparing vegetables and decorating the hall. If you would like to come as a helper, a guest or a driver, please email Mary Spooner phone 01494 862431or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Esther Rogers on 01494 868483

Holy Trinity Presents an afternoon of Advent Craft. All ages are welcome, there'll be food, drink and craft galore! It's in the Church Hall on Sunday, December 3rd from 4-6pm.

Our churchyard has been designated a site of international significance for Wax Cap fungi. That's partly because it is a unique habitat in this area Please do take a look and see if you can discover the world of Fiery Milkcaps, Dripping Bonnets and Star Pinkgills for yourself. Please don't complain if the grass is a little longer than usual--this is to allow our famous fungi to flourish for a season.

Peterley Manor Farm Christmas Market 25th to 26th November 2017, 10 am – 5 pm
Calling all cake, preserve and gift makers. We have once again been given the chance to have a table at the Peterley Manor Farm Christmas Market on at the end of November. This is a fantastic opportunity to raise funds for the church. We are planning to sell cakes, preserves and other homemade goodies. As the sale lasts 2 days we will need a large quantity of all items to sell.
If you have preserves – jams, chutneys, pickles, jellies, marmalades etc.  please could you let us have them as soon as possible. We have some very pretty jar covers and labels that say homemade that we can put onto the jars for a “corporate” image – we are the only charity table amongst a whole plethora of commercial traders. There is still time to make some ready for the sale – I know I have bags of fruit in the freezer that I haven’t done anything with yet, so I know I what will be doing with my weekends this month.
Cake makers – we have some cake boxes to put the cakes in after being sold for ease of transport. They measure 8” x 8” square by 4” deep. Please make sure your cakes fit these. The boxes will also be ideal for cut-up tray bakes, cupcakes etc. Loaf tin cakes, biscuits etc. will be packed into plastic bags for sale. Bread, fruit pies, crumbles, chocolates etc. will also be very popular.
We will need to label our produce with any allergens used in the making of them, so here is a reminder: - Cereals/Flour containing gluten, Crustaceans, Eggs, Fish, Peanuts, Soybeans, Milk (including lactose), Nuts, Celery, Mustard, Sesame, Sulphur dioxide/sulphites, Lupin and Molluscs. I know some people use butter to help clarify jams, many chutneys and pickles contain mustard seed and malt vinegar includes gluten.
Also other homemade gifts, e.g. Christmas decorations, bags, scarves – the list is really endless. Any ideas you have, please let us know as we can give you advice on what does or doesn’t sell.
Fourteen hours is a long time to be selling things so we will need a large stock. We will also need to have lots of volunteers throughout the days to man the stall. If you have an hour or two to spare please sign up on the list at the back of Church

This year Advent starts on Sunday December 3rd. We will be continuing our focus on prayer during this time.  Our Advent devotions will be in the form of a daily prayer.  This will be sent as a daily email, and will also be on our Facebook page; printed booklets will be available in church from November 26th.
We will also provide every family with an Advent candle, these will be available in church from November 26th.  The candles are divided into 24 sections and we would encourage you to light the candle whilst you read and contemplate on the prayer for each day.  As the candles will start from December 1st you may like to use the first two days as a period of quiet whilst you think about the real gift of Christmas, Jesus.  If you would like to make a £2 donation for this please place the money in a separate envelope labelled Advent Candle.
After each Sunday 9.30 service in Advent there will be a short (10 minutes) prayer session taking place in the chancel.  This will be an opportunity to pray with friends about people and matters close to your heart.  Please bring your coffee with you.

Part of our mission here is to support the work of the wider church in all sorts of different ways. We are delighted that a priest in training, Steven Hilton, is going to be joining us on a Sunday placement during the coming year. Steve is resident at Cuddesdon theological college and just beginning his time there. We will meet him on October 15 when he worships with us for the first time. He is on a different pathway as an ordinand to Nigel. For those in residential training a Sunday placement is about watching and listening to the life of a parish church and worshipping alongside us in term-time, rather than the rugged, hands-on training that we are giving Nigel! Please help Steve and his partner Marco to feel welcome within our community.

Steve writes: I’m a first year ordinand at Ripon College Cuddesdon having just moved from South London (Diocese of Southwark) with my Civil Partner, Marco, and also our 18-month old pug, Nelson, and four rescued battery hens (who already give us ample eggs!). I’m also a magistrate in Westminster, a Freeman of the City of London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. I am really delighted to be joining the worshipping community at Holy Trinity in Prestwood as I begin my first Sunday placement. It’s a great opportunity for me to be part of a different team and to experience other types of church as I worship alongside you. I graduated in theology/RS in 2001 and have spent over fifteen years working in public relations in central London including a spell at Lehman Brothers and the Royal Household. I’m also just embarking on the MTh at the University of Oxford during my formation and training at Cuddesdon.

BEER, BRATWURST AND LUTHER: A REFORMATION COMMEMORATION EVENT

On Saturday 11th November at 6.00pm to 9.30pm we will be hosting an evening to commemorate the reformation. The evening will include a German themed supper (Sausage and mash) and a screening of the film “Luther” (12A). There will be an intermission with Black Forest Gateau will be served. A bar will also be available. Tickets are £8 and are available from Doreen Clarke (01494) 863397.

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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.

 
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