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Category: News from the Parish

January 2019

Priory events and services

Tuesday 8th –   2.00 pm  – Little Angels in St John’s Chapel
Sunday   13th – 3.00 pm in the Priory – Women’s Institute Centenary Service
3.00 pm in the Hall      –  Children’s Church Party
Saturday 19th – 10.00 am in the Priory- Priory House Friends Coffee morning
– 1.45pm to 5.30 pm An Afternoon as a Chorister for boys in years 2,3,4 and 5   to experience being a Chorister. Evensong will be at 5.00 pm
Sunday 20th –  4.00 pm  Service for Christian Unity Week at Salvation Army

Priory Charities for 2019 – Church Mission Society, Embrace the Middle East, Food Bank, The Hayward Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association

Publication of Team Spirit is suspended for the present. A temporary newssheet can be read on-line at www.dunstableparish.org.uk

Volunteers would be welcomed to read lessons and intercessions at Priory services. Please ring Priory Office at 01582 477422.

“O shew yourselves joyful before the Lord the King. Let the sea make a noise and all that therein is: the round world and they that dwell therein.” From Psalm 98

Advent Procession

Sunday 2nd December

Candlelight Carols and other music for Advent:

An Advent Procession

‘from Darkness to Light’

in 13th century Priory Church,
sung by the Priory Girls’ Choir.

[Free Admission; retiring collection.]

Choir arrives 7 days late for wedding!

The boys of Dunstable Priory Choir have recently returned from singing in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. They were invited to sing the services for four days, from 19th to 22nd October, while the chapel’s own choir took a well-earned Half-term break following singing at Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding in October and Prince Harry’s in May.
The boys, aged from 10 to 14, were joined for the first three days by the ‘back row’ men, but on the last day had a chance to sing on their own, filling the building with the sound of Faure’s ‘Pie Jesu’.
As well as rehearsing in the dungeon [complete with stocks, for anyone singing out of tune!], the boys had a privileged view of the Changing of the Guard on the Saturday morning.
On the Sunday afternoon the choir sang composer John Joubert’s ‘O Lorde the maker of al thing’ with words by Henry VIII, standing less than a meter from his tombstone.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t a chance to sing in front of the Queen, as she only attends the chapel on Easter Day and for the annual Garter Day Service [and, of course, for royal weddings.]
Riley [aged 12] said: “Singing as a chorister at St George’s Chapel was a once in a lifetime experience. Not only did we sing there in the same year it hosted 2 royal weddings, but we explored ‘behind the scenes’ where not many people are allowed to go…. I’ll put it on my CV.”
For Kieran [14], this was his final appearance with the boys: he is now singing with the men in the ‘back row’ of the choir.
The choir are hosting a ‘Be a chorister for an afternoon’ on Saturday 19th January. Boys in Year 2,3,4 or 5 are invited to spend an afternoon with the boys, finding out what it’s like being in the choir. If you would like to book a place, please contact the Director of music, Laurence Notley:  notleylaurence@gmail.com  or 07720 762275.

2018 Dunstable Priory Church Christmas Fair –Saturday 1st December

Make sure you attend the Priory Church Christmas Fair on Saturday 1st December from 10.30am until 2pm in the Priory Church. Stop by for some festive shopping including books, home-made crafts and toys – ideal for Christmas.

Refreshments will also be on offer including handmade cakes and lunch as well as tea and coffee. And there are activities for the children to keep them busy too!

Entertainment will be provided by Ashton St Peter’s School Choir.

We hope to see you there.

We Welcome Revd Tim Davis to the Parish!

This month we welcome Revd Tim Davis to Dunstable Parish as Team Vicar with responsibility for St Fremund’s Church and School Chaplain at All Saints and Manshead Academies, Dunstable.

Revd Tim Davis, Team Vicar Parish of Dunstable

It is with great excitement that I briefly introduce myself and family to you as we start to get settled into life in Dunstable.

Although I’m originally from Derbyshire, I still have family roots in this area. My wife, Jo, has family over in Aylesbury and surrounding area too.

Having trained at Trinity College, Bristol, I returned to rural Derbyshire where Jo and I met; I was on my curacy whilst she came to be the Youth Worker! After marrying in 2005 we moved to Leyton before spending the last 8 years in Rugby.

Jo and I have 4 primary aged children; Zachariah, Joshua, Abigail, and Rebekah. Jo is a full-time mum and as our youngest has just started in reception, giving her a small window of free time, she is looking forward to what she may be able to get involved with for herself in the parish! Prior to becoming
a mum, Jo got a degree in Youth and Community Work with Applied Theology studying with the Centre for Youth Ministry

Whilst we both enjoy working with children and
young people we enjoy working with people of all ages and look forward to the possibilities we have here to continue to do that and meeting you over time, working with you sharing God’s Kingdom to all.

With every blessing,


SAT, Aug 24, 2019