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Award winning Priory girls choir

Girls Choir

The Girls Choir from the Priory Church of St Peter in Dunstable are now award winning having recently won an award at the Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts Music Festival.
The 17-strong choir, which is led by new Choir Director Emily Kirby-Ashmore, won their group – Choirs of School Age Sixth Form and Under – as well as the overall competition and were awarded Distinction Honours.
Head Choristers Rhyannan Rogers and Caroline Shaw comment: “We only entered the competition for fun and were really surprised and delighted to win! We all love being part of the choir and its great to receive an award”.

Girls Choir March 2013

The girls who all attend local schools performed Money, Money, Money arranged by David Kirby­‐Ashmore and Lift Thine Eyes by F Mendelssohn at the competition, which was held on Friday 8th March in Walverton.

The girls sing services regularly at The Priory Church and also performed in a fund raising evening with The Shambles swing band on Saturday 16th March where Money, Money, Money was performed again

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.

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

Priory Church hunger lunch

In support of CHRISTIAN AID

Saturday 28th April
12noon – 2.00pm
to be hosted in the Priory Church

organised by Priory Church Youth and leaders

Homemade soup and a roll
tickets £5.00 each
all profits to Christian Aid

Timed tickets available from Kaye Rogers (tel.535474) or Alison Andrews (tel.703271)

We hope to see you there!

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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