News from the Diocese...
RESULTS OF ELECTIONS TO THE DIOCESAN SYNOD 2021-2024
The Diocesan Synod is the governing body of the Church of England in the Diocese of Oxford - that is, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. This year is a Diocesan Synod election year, and the elections have just taken place. Wendover Deanery has four places, two for laity and two for clergy. Our Wendover Deanery Synod members are the electorate. Of the four candidates who stood for the house of laity, Ralph ROBERTS (of All Saints’, Buckland) and Alison KIRK (of St Mary's, Wendover) have been elected. For the House of clergy only Deiniol HEYWOOD (of Prestwood and Great Hampden and Area Dean) was nominated, so one place remains vacant. If you want to get hold of your Diocesan Synod representatives to talk to them about the Diocese please do so via your Church Wardens or Incumbent. Please pray for them as they take up this important role for the next three years.
STAND FOR ELECTION TO THE GENERAL SYNOD
This year is also an election year for the General Synod, the national assembly of the Church of England. It considers and approves legislation affecting the whole church, authorises new forms of worship, debates matters of religious and public interest, and makes the financial decisions that affect the work of the Church at national level. Becoming a member is an opportunity to represent the concerns of your community and your diocese at a national level. If you want to influence the financial and future life of the church, this is the place to do it. Please consider standing. For more information go to www.oxford.anglican.org and click on the link for 'General Synod'.
A special service dedicated to horses and riders will follow the 11:15 am morning service at Great Hampden on September 19. Horses, mules, donkeys and riders are all invited to attend, and all are welcome to join the service. Please speak to Kevin for more information
As life returns to normal we have even started to make some plans! Here are some dates to put into your diaries:
September 5 9.30am HTP Back to School Sunday Family Service September 12 4.00pm HTP Fusion Youth Group September 19 Noon GH Horseman's Sunday Blessing of Horses and Riders September 26 9.30am HTP Harvest Festival October 3 9.30am HTP Blessing of the Ashes Memorial by Bishop Alan 11.15am GH Harvest Festival and Harvest Lunch at the Village Hall
Following our COVID Roadmap Recovery Document, all our services will now take place in the two churches (not outside). There are no longer limits on the numbers of people who may attend a service or event. Unless further restrictions come into force, in September Children's Church, Family Services and Mid-week services will revert to their pre-COVID forms.
However, there is still ongoing guidance in place. Like most places, we are moving cautiously. A summary of the Ongoing COVID Guidance is given below, and you can read the full schema of Ongoing COVID Guidance here. You can access the full range of COVID documents here. Ongoing Guidance will be reviewed on a monthly basis.
Ongoing COVID-19 Guidance
- During our worship we expect and recommend that you wear face coverings, unless you are exempt or whilst taking a leading role.
- Please try to ensure an even spread of people across the whole church.
- Wherever possible, please sit one individual or family group to one pew.
- You are welcome to sing.
- We encourage you to share the peace without physical contact or moving around.
- At communion follow the sides-person’s direction to approach the chancel step.
- Please keep socially distanced whilst moving in church.
- The presiding priest will place the bread in your hand.
- The wafer will have a drop of wine put on it by the priest – this is known as intinction and is permitted in the Church of England when done by the presiding priest.
GREAT HAMPDEN W.I. VILLAGE SHOW will be held in Great Hampden Village Hall on Saturday 11th September. Domestic, Craft, Flowers, Fruit, Vegetables, Flower Arranging and Children's Classes. Entries staged by 10.30 a.m. and doors open to the public at 2.30 p.m. W.I. teas served all afternoon. Raffle and Auction. Entry 50p, children 12 and under and exhibitors free.
Great Hampden Church clergy and congregation are eligible to enter! Show Schedule and Entry Form are available in the Summer edition of the Parish Magazine, on the G H Church website and in Church. Further details from Hilary Reid 01494 488611/ email@example.com
We have re-started regular Home Communion. There is a large number of people to whom we will be taking communion, so we aim to get to everyone monthly. If you, or someone you know, would like to start receiving Home Communion please speak to one of the clergy. Similarly, if you would like to think about becoming one of the people who take Home Communion to people in their houses or care homes please ask one of the clergy for more information. It is a very rewarding ministry.
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 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.