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Join us for messy Church!

We are pleased to announce that Messy Church is coming to the Priory Church this half term.

The afternoon is open to all and promises creative, fun filled activities for all ages as well as shared worship, food and friendship.

The first session is planned for Wednesday 31st October from 2.30-4pm in the Priory Church Hall.

For further details click here to read the poster. We look forward to seeing you!

News for September

News for September

Italian Garden – Mapperton House, Dorset.

A haze on the far horizon, the infinite, tender sky,
The ripe, rich tint of the cornfields, and the wild geese sailing high;
And all over upland and lowland the charm of the golden rod –
Some of us call it Autumn, and others call it God.

William Herbert Carruth (1859 – 1924)

As August leaves us with warm and sunny periods of quite Summery weather we look forward to the possibility of mellow Autumn sunshine in September.

During the holiday period much hard work has been proceeding on the refurbishment project at the Dunstable Parish Hall.

The Hall Committee has been able to set this work in process thanks to a generous charity donation and also the willing labours of some very dedicated  volunteers whose contributions have included the drawing of plans, dealing with Suppliers of new kitchen equipment, deciding on paint colours and curtain materials etc.  All with the aim of achieving a bright and modernised Parish Hall by mid September.

Rev Ronni Goodman leaves us on 9 September after the Worship for All Eucharist and will be installed as Rector of Meppershall and Shefford on Wednesday 26 September.

Junior Church resumes on 16 September in the Parish Hall.

The Priory Choir returns to duty for choral services on 9 September.

Coffee Mornings will be held in the Priory refreshment area on Saturdays 1st September and 29 September.

Ray Bryant

September 2012

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, Mar 29, 2020