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February news

The Schlumbergera truncata (commonly known as the Christmas cactus) has adorned  the porch with it’s pink trumpet-like flowers since November.  Like the yellow Winter Jasmin covering the back garden shed with it’s floral bounty from November to February each year, they are an unfailing annual delight and brighten the darker days.

Tulip bulbs are already showing spears of pointed leaves through the cold earth which gives us hope for the longer days and better weather to come. As we move into the month of February we look forward to Lent and an early Easter at the end of March.

Priory Ramblers have continued to tramp the countryside in all weathers.

Tuesday 29th January – Bible reading Group meet at 18 Emerald Road.  Tel 654403.

Friday 1st February – Big Society Christian Response Meeting 7.00 pm at the Dunstable Fire Station.
Thursday 7th February – BRF Meeting 8 pm at 3, Penrith Avenue.

Friday/Saturday 8th 9th February – “Cinderella” Pantomime at Totternhoe Lower School Hall.  Tickets are £6 (Cons £4) from St Fremunds or Box Office 01582 603287.

February 11th – St Fremunds Vicarage – 20, Friars Walk – 8 pm Prelim Meeting for a 5 session Pastoral Care Course.

Lent Courses begin during February and dates and venues are as follows:

Tuesdays 2.00 -3.30 pm the Square Methodist Church.  Feb 19th and 26th Mar 5th 12th 19th
Wednesdays 7.30 – 9.00 pm St Katherine’s Drive       Feb 20th and 27th Mar 6th 13th & 20th
Thursdays 7.45 – 9.15 pm St Fremunds                 Feb 21st and 28th Mar 7th 14th & 21st
Fridays 2.00 pm –3.30 pm St Mary’s RC Hall           Feb 22nd Mar 1st 8th 15th & 22nd
Fellowship Meal at St Augustine’s at 7 pm 25th March.

Coming in March – Shambles Swing Band – Saturday 16th in the Priory £5 (Con £4)

Ray Bryant

May 2012

All Nature has a Feeling

All nature has a feeling, woods, fields, brooks
Are life eternal – and in silence they
Speak happiness beyond the reach of books.
There’s nothing mortal in them – their decay
Is the green life of change, to pass away
And come again in blooms revivivied.
It’s birth was heaven, eternal is it’s stay,
And with the sun and moon shall still abide
Beneath their night and day and heaven wide.
John Clare (1793-1864)

Another month has passed and we have entered the merry month of May. The closing days of April have seen the Priory Ramblers continue to tramp the local countryside despite the towering clouds and heavy rainstorms that constantly threaten and burst upon us in this very wet and windy Spring season.

Mothers Union will hold a Coffee Morning on Thursday 3rd May.

Bible Reading Fellowship group continue their studies on that evening at 3, Penrith Avenue.

Strawberries, Wine and Ice Cream are offered on Sunday 13 May at 61, Great Northern  Road with all donations to Christian Aid funds. (Should the rain abate it is even suggested refreshments may be taken in the garden!!)

A Priory Spring Fair is to be held on Saturday 19th May from 11 am to 2 pm with a Raffle, Plant and Cake stalls and Refreshments. Proceeds to Church funds.

A new Emmaus Course will begin on 31st May holding an initial six sessions on Thursday evenings at the Rectory in Furness Avenue. Entitled “What Christians Believe” it is an opportunity for regular worshippers to meet together and discuss their faith, or for those who are considering Baptism or Confirmation to enquire and learn about the Church’s faith and it’s meaning for life.
Ray Bryant

Happy new year

Winter – Flowering Mahonia

Wow! It’s a brand new Year with all those blank pages in the diary staring at us and daring us to take up some new challenges for 2012.

As seen above, not all shrubs and plants wait for the Spring or Summer to show off their blooms.  Some are hardy enough to brave the cold winds and frosty air and throw out their bright blossoms to cheer our spirits if we have eyes to notice them.  Winter Jasmin is another species that has blossomed over my garden shed for many years giving us joy from October to late January.

January Flower

So far in the first month of the Year the Junior Church has enjoyed their party with the time honoured games of Pass the Parcel, Statues etc and been provided with splendid quantities of sandwiches, cakes and, of  course, jelly and ice cream. That was on Sunday afternoon the 8th in the Parish Hall and it was much enjoyed by both pupils and teachers and catering helpers, though I expect the adults were later thankful for the relief from the afternoon decibel count!

Mothers Union have their first branch meeting of the year on Tuesday 10th and on Thursday 12th Priory Ladies have their New Year Dinner.

On a more reflective note two bible study groups will hold their monthly meetings at 3 pm on Mon 16 January (61 Group) and BRF on Thursday 19 January.

A Rainbow Service for those who have suffered peri-natal bereavement is to be held at 3:30 pm on Sunday 22 January.

On the same day at 6:30 pm the Priory will host the Dunstable Churches Together United Service to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

This is an opportunity to meet fellow Christians from other Churches in the town.

Priory charity giving for 2012 will be for two national charities and three local charities.  These are as follows:

  • USPG – an Anglican mission agency specialising in leadership development and health work.
  • Alzheimer’s Society – which works to improve the quality of life of people effected by dementia in the UK.

Local charities are:

  • The Hayward Club provides social and computer learning activities to its members.
  • Homestart UK has provided family support work in Dunstable for the last five years.
  • Keech Hospice Care for adults and children in Luton, Bedfordshire, Hertford and Milton Keynes.

In addition Lent collections will be made for Dunstable Street Pastors and the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal.

News on the income side of life is that the Christmas Fair held at the year end brought in the helpful sum of £1924 for parish funds. Thanks to all who worked and contributed to the effort.

Vanessa Bradley is a trainee Reader from the parish of All Saints, Luton and will begin a four week placement at the Priory from the 8 January. We welcome her participation in our worship and some mid-week activities, and wish her every blessing in her proposed future ministry.

Ray Bryant

SUN, Nov 19, 2017

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