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March 2012

March 2012

“The budding twigs spread out their fan to catch the breezy air” said William Wordsworth of the month of March. This little man seems to epitomise that sense of freedom, throwing his arms wide to welcome the fresh and free air of the Spring weather.  Yes March should soon be coming in “like a lion and going out like a lamb” according to legend.

Well, nothing is ever really as predictable as that but we can make plans and programmes and work towards them in faith.

The Lenten courses will have begun and a mix of friends and acquaintances from our Dunstable churches will be meeting for prayer, discussion and fellowship.

Throughout the month the intrepid Jackie and Gill will be rambling on (no offence meant!) taking in Caldicotte Lake in Milton Keynes on one trip.  Those who join them are promised an area ideal for bird watchers and the physical stimulation of “catching the breezy air” in fellowship together.

Those who can drag themselves away from Saturday night TV (joke!) can visit the Parish hall and enjoy a Beetle Drive on the 10th March from 6.30 pm. £2.50 per person. Hot dog supper is included but you are requested to bring your own drinks and glasses.

The Annual Church meeting is to be held on the 25th March after the 9.15 am service on that Sunday.  Those who wish to make a contribution to the active life of their church are urged to attend and either volunteer or nominate others for important elections to responsible Church posts and councils. Nomination forms are always available in Church.

At the conclusion of the four weeks of the Lent courses we are invited to a shared meal at St Augustine’s church at 7.00pm on April 2nd.

Mothering Sunday is on the 18th March and there will be the Worship for All and parade service at 9.15am.

Contributions to the work of the Street Pastors can be made by taking a  collection box for use during Lent.  These, hopefully full boxes, will be collected at Easter and provide much needed funds to support the caring outreach work of the Pastors.

Ray Bryant

December news

Priory News Roundup for December by Ray Bryant

We have lit the first Advent candle at the Advent Sunday Eucharist and the Choir has led the Advent Carol Service on the evening of the same day.  We are in the season of waiting for the coming of Jesus as a human child which we celebrate on Christmas Day.

Before that exciting festival is upon us there is much to do both in Church life and our own private family lives.

Volunteers will be attending to give the Priory a good clean and polish during this month.  Printing, slicing and folding of the small red cards detailing the Church  services for Christmas has been carried out and more volunteers have taken bundles of them to distribute to the  houses in their own area of town.

The Christmas post box is now available in Church for the members to distribute their cards to each other in the coming weeks.

The travelling crib will be visiting the homes of those who wish to take part in the ritual welcoming of the infant Christ into their home.

The annual Christingle service is to take place with lots of hard work among young people and their helpers in preparation for the service and to encourage contributions and support to the Childrens Society.

The Priory will be the setting for a choral concert by the Luton Choral Society on 10 December when they will render Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, a feast of festival music.

Carol singers are invited to join up for a sing around the parish streets on 19 December and you are advised to wrap up warm!

Many volunteers are preparing for the Christmas Market which takes place on 3 December and aims to support the Church’s finances.

All this work and activity takes place in addition to the busy life of our homes and families where so much has to be prepared as we endeavour to clothe, feed and look after our children and to express our love to friends and  loved ones through our gifts and goodwill.

During the Midnight Eucharist on Christmas Eve we often kneel to sing the wonderful hymn

“Let all mortal flesh keep silent, And with fear and trembling stand,

Ponder nothing earthly-minded, For with blessing in His hand

Christ, our God, to Earth descendeth, Our full homage to demand.”

At this point, after the Advent waiting, we can rejoice that Jesus has come and is always here to love and guide us if we believe and trust in him.

Happy Christmas and a Joyous New year

Parish quiet weekend

A relaxing weekend of reflection

The weekend of 8-10th July saw the annual Parish Quiet Weekend at Holland House in Worcester. Attendees enjoyed a mix of quiet reflection and prayer as well as an opportunity for fellowship with one another.


Holland House is a popular destination for the trip and an old haunt of some members of the clergy. With the combination of the beautiful surroundings, friendly staff and delicious food (especially the puddings!) it is easy to see why!!

Thought provoking addresses were led by Martin Hathaway who gave everyone something to ponder upon during quiet moments. Richard Andrews led many of the prayers and services, as well as a few of the croquet matches!

Everyone agreed that it proved a fantastic break and was well worth the trip.

For more information about Holland House visit www.hollandhouse.org

SUN, Mar 29, 2020