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News for December

Welcome Yule !

The yellow blooms of the spiky-leaved Winter Mahonia shine out in December in defiance of cold winds, ice and snow in welcome to the festival of the Christ Mass.

The Priory Christmas bazaar was held on the 1st day of December and made a contribution to church funds of something over £1800.  Well done to all workers and contributors and thank you to customers!

Parish Christmas cards are ready for distribution by those church members who have volunteered to distribute them around the parish in their area.  Apart from offering Christmas and New Year greetings the cards detail the Christmas services in all the four churches in the Priory parish.

On Saturday 8th December at 10 am a Service of the Blessing of the Crib will be held in the Priory.  Families are welcome and are encouraged to bring their own cribs for a blessing and to join in the preparation of Christingles for the Sunday service.

Luton Choral Society are to perform Handel’s “Messiah” in the Priory at 7 30 pm on Saturday 8th December.  Tickets at the door on the night.

The annual Christingle Service is at 9 15 am on Sunday 9th December in the Priory.

Monday 10th December at 7 30 pm  – A Christmas Carol in church.  An evening of Christmas readings and music.  Mince pies, coffee and mulled wine will be served.

  • Mothers Union meet for a “Christmas Miscellany” at 2 00 pm in the Priory Church hall  on Tuesday 11 December.
  • Priory Ladies have Christmas revels and a Dutch Supper on Wednesday 12th December at   8 pm.
  • Monday 19th December.  Carol singers meet at 7 00 pm at the Priory to sing around the neighbouring streets ending at Chews House for coffee and mince pies.
  • Priory Church post box is open on Sundays and Thursdays for church members and clergy use only.
  • Christmas flowers.  Contributions to the cost are welcome and these can be placed in the envelopes at the back of the church.

A happy and healthy Christmas season to all.

News for November

Late Roses, Conkers and Fir cones…

As we say a reluctant farewell to the last roses and dahlias in the garden the conkers and the fircones drop from the trees and remind us of the constant cycle of beauty, death and renewal in our world.  Our concern about the expected severity of the coming Winter weather may be tempered by looking ahead to the possibilities of the colours and perfumes of the Spring flowers.  Bulbs and Wallflowers planted this month will thrive in the freezing ground as part of their necessary development and reward us with their bounty in the new year.

Messy Church holds its first session on Wednesday 31st October at 2 30 pm.  Mums and children, Dads and Grandads are all welcome to share an afternoon of friendship, food and worship until 4:00 pm in the Parish Hall and in Church.

The Communion service at 10 am on Thursday 8th November will be a Requiem for All Souls at which departed loved ones will be remembered by name. There is a list at the back of the church.  Please add names of those you wish to be remembered.

The second talk on the history of the Priory church will take place on Saturday 24th November at 730 pm in church when Hugh Garrod will speak about the period from Edward V1th to Elizabeth II.

Parish pocket diaries for 2013 are now available at the back of the church.

Parish Christmas cards are being prepared and volunteers are needed to help deliver them by hand to as many homes as possible before Christmas. Roads are listed at the back of church. Please sign up to which roads you can cover for delivery in your area.
It is hoped cards will be available on Advent Sunday 2nd December.

Baptisms and Weddings.  There are opportunities for those who would like to assist as sidespersons at Baptisms and Weddings. If interested please contact the Priory Office at 01582 477422.

Priory Bell Ringers are eager to teach young people to learn the art of church bell ringing.  It is an absorbing and interesting activity and a very challenging one. If interested please contact Alan Shepherd on 603238 or 07956 004 236.

The annual Christmas Bazaar in aid of church funds will be held in the Priory on Saturday 1st December.

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

SUN, Nov 19, 2017

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