This harvest, Holy Trinity, Prestwood are teaming up with the fabulous N&P Fruits to help provide fresh fruit and vegetables to those in our community who may be in need of food support. N&P are a local, family run business with over 20 years’ experience in fruit & veg and are passionate about sourcing high quality produce at value-for-money prices.
Until Friday 1st October, you can donate either a £5 or £10 fresh fruit and vegetable Help at Harvest box by adding it to your existing N&P order. Your order can be placed on site at N&P on Wycombe Road or online at nandpfruits.co.uk and your donated box will be delivered by Holy Trinity, Prestwood on Monday 4th October to local households in need of food support. Each box will contain a high quality, seasonal selection of fresh fruit and vegetables suitable for either a family or a smaller/single person household. You don’t need to be an existing N&P customer to donate a box – just pop along to N&P to make your donation or call N&P on 01494 702802.
You can even nominate someone who think would benefit from receiving a box. Simply email our Parish Administrator on firstname.lastname@example.org with the name and address of who you’d like to nominate and your own name and phone number. All nominations will be treated in the strictest confidence and any details provided will be used for the sole purpose of the delivery of a Help at Harvest box.
Please do support this wonderful local initiative to help those in need this harvest. Your donations and generosity are very much appreciated.
Harvest Festival services will take place at Holy Trinity, Prestwood on Sunday 26th September at 9.30am and St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden on Sunday October 3rd at 11.15am. This year, there won't be Harvest Lunches or other activities after the services. But they will both be lovely and valuable opportunities for us to give thanks for all those whose hard work puts food on our tables, and to pray for the fragile state of God's creation on which we all depend. Never more so than this year, so please do come along.
Many of us were saddened to hear of the death of David Davis, born at Collings Hangar Farm and died at Stoney Green Farm. He and his family have a long attachment to Great Hampden Church. David's funeral will be at St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden on Tuesday September 28, at 2.00pm. All are invited. There are no restrictions, but it would be helpful if people could let the family or the Rector know of their intention to attend.
This year's Harvest donations will be supporting the work of the Chiltern Foodbank (CFB). CFB play a crucial role in our community, supporting individuals and families with emergency and longer term food support. We are working towards re-opening the Prestwood Distribution Centre of the CFB on our site here at Holy Trinity, Prestwood. Until then clients will continue receiving the same fantastic support they have had over the last 18 months through the online voucher system and deliveries.
Please bring your Harvest donations to our Harvest family service at Holy Trinity, Prestwood on Sunday 26th September at 9.30amand St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden on October 3rd at 11.15am. There will also be a donations box by the font in Holy Trinity church, from Monday 19th-Monday 27th September. Please only bring donations of produce to decorate the churches. These will be available to take away for a donation after the Harvest services.
The CFB would be delighted with donations of dried food (tins and packets) along with toiletries and household cleaning products. The items that they have asked us if we could specifically provide are:
- Baked Beans
- Tinned Soup
- Tinned Hot Dogs
- Tinned Tomatoes
- Sponge Puddings
- Tinned Custard
- Deodorant and Toothpaste
Thank you in advance for your support. Please contact Fran, our Families Worker, on email@example.com with any queries.
Families are invited to join us at Holy Trinity, Prestwood on Saturday 25th September at 3pm for Craft & Praise Harvest. There will be crafts and activities for all the family to enjoy, along with refreshments and an informal worship time together. All are welcome. Please email Fran, our Families Worker, on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mens' Breakfast has restarted at the beginning of every month: from 8:30 - 10:30am. The next one will be on Saturday 9th October in the marquee in Holy Trinity churchyard: please contact Dick Rivett for more details.
Starting 6th/7th September: an hour each week to step back from daily life, to reflect upon and explore matters of life and faith together.
Open to all, Time Out will run throughout the autumn: just drop in, each week is standalone. Every week:
- Mondays at 8:00pm
- Tuesdays at 2:00pm
in the Annexe (behind the church hall). For more information, talk to Fran or Kevin.
As life returns to normal we have even started to make some plans! Here are some dates to put into your diaries:
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
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.
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.