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Benefice Notices

  1. The Annual Parochial Church Meeting of Holy Trinity, Prestwood will be held on Sunday May 5th at 10.45am in church.

    The Accounts and Annual Report will be available in church from Sunday April 26th and are available online at the bottom of this notice.

    For election of up to 9 parochial representatives of the laity to the Parochial Church Councils.
    For the appointment of the Independent Examiner or Auditor.
    For the consideration of:
    (a) a report on changes to the Roll since the last annual parochial church meeting;
    (b) an Annual Report on the proceedings of the parochial church council and the activities of the parish generally;
    (c) the financial statements of the council for the year ending on the 31st December preceding the meeting;
    (d) the annual report on the fabric, goods and ornaments of the church;
    (e) a report of the proceedings of the deanery synod; and
    (f) other matters of parochial or general Church interest.

    At the same time a meeting for the election of churchwardens will be held. This meeting may be attended by:
    1. All persons whose names are entered on the church electoral roll of the parish and
    2. All persons resident in the parish whose names are entered on a register of local government electors by reason of such residence.

    In this Notice, ‘parish’ means an ecclesiastical parish.

  2. Diocesan Pathways Magazine and Weekly Email

    Pathways is the magazine for the people of the diocese, featuring articles to help equip committed Christians on their walk with God, while informing enquirers as they learn more about faith. From deepening your spiritual life to practical tips on living out your faith, we hope Pathways will provide something for everyone and be enjoyed by many. The new edition is out now and available in both churches.

    In addition, the Diocesan eNews is sent to around 6,000 subscribers every week, with breaks over Christmas, Easter and in August. It's free of charge and contains lots of useful information for churches and congregations. Subscribe to it online at http://eepurl.com/c-OzSD.

  3. GREAT HAMPDEN VILLAGE HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE INVITES YOU TO A FUNDRAISING QUIZ ON
    Saturday 27th April 2024
    Time: 7.00 for 7.30 pm
    Where: Village Hall

    Cost £15 includes delicatessen platter.


    Text or WhatsApp for tickets by 24th April
    Val on 07904 014307 or email the.firths@btinternet.com
    Kate on 07786 430666 or email brocklehurst@btinternet.com

    The Great Hampden Village Hall Management Committee is organising the above quiz and we would very much like St Mary Magdalene Church to field a team (or 2!)  of up to eight including friends and family for a fun night which includes delicious food provided by Andrew Reid and his team of helpers!

  4. Many thanks to everyone across the benefice who contributed to our Lent Appeal 2024. We raised an amazing total of £4010 including Gift Aid. This will be distributed across our three chosen charities:

    • Local Inspire Bucks, providing birthday and Christmas presents, mentoring, education grants and support for local children in crisis.
    • National St Matthew’s, Burnley, providing disadvantaged families with the opportunity for a summer day out.
    • International Christian Aid, addressing poverty and enabling people of all faiths and none to stand up for dignity, equality and justice.
  5. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this a memorable Holy Week and Easter in both churches. Thank you to the SEARCH catering team for a lovely Agape meal and canapes on Holy Saturday. Thanks, too, to all the readers, servers and others who supported our worship. We had some amazing music and Prestwood and Great Hampden. The Easter flowers were really lovely. And an extra thanks this year for all those involved in preparing for worship in Hill House. It was a very special season.

  6. St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden will reopen for public worship on Sunday, May 5th. This will mark the completion of the first phase of our 2023 and Beyond Project. The major remaining element is the redecoration of the church. We hope to do the redecoration in the autumn, if we can raise the remaining funds in time. To help us make that happen and contribute to our appeal please visit https://www.greathampden.org.uk/project.  

  7. There are two concerts happening soon! 

    The Damon Singers, Saturday April 20th, 7.30pm, at Holy Trinity Prestwood
    Including sacred pieces by Skempton, Tallis, Morales and Burgon; and secular music by Barber and Bernstein with folksongs by Gustav Holst.
    Tickets in advance from Perfect Pitch, The Broadway, Chesham
    Glass of wine or soft drink included
    £15, £5 for 12-18s, under 12s free.
    call 07747 455704,email secretary@htprestwood.org.uk or on the door.

    Moonrakers, Saturday May 11th, 7.30pm, at St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden
    Popular, well-loved folk group playing Celtic traditional and contemporary songs and tunes. "...mesmerising harp...wonderful gentle harmonies...an uplifting journey." (BBC)
    Refreshments
    £12 from secretary@htprestwood.org.uk or on the door.
    This will be the first event at Great Hampden after the reopening of the church!

    Please get tickets for these concerts, download and print the posters, bring your friends and help us publicise these two events!

  8. We work in the community with Acts 435. Acts 435 is a giving website that allows people to give money directly to others, and 100% of what is donated via Acts 435 goes directly to those in need. When so many people need so much help giving to charities and good causes can sometimes feel overwhelming and hard. Acts 435 puts people who want to help in touch with people who are in need, through a network of churches and local charities. Acts 435 enables virtual, online giving for specific needs.

    If you would like to be notified by email when a local Acts 435 is made by us, please let one of the clergy know.

  9. Eco Church Bronze Award for Holy Trinity

    After a thorough audit and the submission of our paperwork to the A Rocha Eco Church Awards Scheme Holy Trinity, Prestwood has been awarded the Bronze Eco Church Award. This scheme is our church's primary means of addressing the climate crisis through the PCC's Climate Strategy. We are now working on achieving the next-level Silver Award.

    Help us respond faithfully to the climate and nature crises! Join us in reaching the Silver Award!

    • Community and Global Engagement—Transforming local and global communities and ecosystems
    • Buildings—Finding energy efficient and innovative ways to manage our places of worship
    • Land—Nurturing spaces for people and nature
    • Lifestyle—Living joyfully and sustainably as followers of Christ
    • Worship and Teaching—Embedding creation care in worship, prayer and learning
  10. We get many generous donations via the supermarkets towards our Foodbank. Unfortunately, due to the hazardous nature of cleaning materials, they are not included in the list given to supermarkets but are still essential items.
    At the moment we have a shortage of household cleaning products such as bleach, antibacterial spray, kitchen / bathroom cleaner etc. If you are able to donate such items, please could you drop them off at the church office or give to a member of our clergy who will keep them under lock and key until we can move them to our foodbank storage. Many thanks.