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Welcome to March

A gesture against the wild,
The ungovernable sea of grass;
A place to remember love in,
To be lonely for a while.

It is the old kingdom of man,
Answering to their names,
Out of the soil the buds come,
The silent detonations
Of power wielded without sin.
R. S. Thomas

 

Welcome to March, the Spring and the Flowers.

Easter is early this year and Mothering Sunday is on the 10th March.
On Saturday 16th of March we have the Shambles Swing Band in the Priory at 7.30 pm.  Tickets £5 (£4 concessions) at the door with raffle and refreshments available. A concert to raise funds for the Choir.

On Sunday 17th the Annual District Church meeting will be held after Parish Communion in church. (As Chairman the Rector has promised the business will be completed by 12 noon.)

Easter Lillies – there are envelopes in church for those wishing to donate a bloom in memory of a loved one. Cost is £3.00 per bloom.  Cheques payable to Priory Church Flower Fund.

Priory Easter cards are on sale at 5 for £3.00 or 70p each.

A new Electoral Roll is being compiled. Please ensure that you complete a form before 7th April if you wish to be included.  Named forms and blanks are at the back of church.

Street Pastor collection boxes are available for contributions during Lent.
Priory 800th Anniversary Sunday Lunch is at the Old Palace Lodge on Sunday 14th April.  (Price £16 pp(under 12’s £7,50).  Book by 24th March.
Ray Bryant

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

Welcome to February

A note for February

by Ray Bryant

Brrr, the February Winter chill is with us and, as we battle to keep the business of life going despite the low temperatures, we can be thankful for warm clothing and homes and energy to keep out and about and resist the cold.  However, this period of rigour is part of the natural order and is, in fact, necessary for developing strength in life.

Horticulturists tell us that February is an important time of the year for plants that require winter chilling. Spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils, hyacinths and some tulips typically require a period of winter cold in order to flower successfully.  Many fruit trees and bushes also need specific amounts of winter chilling to enable them to emerge from  the rigours of Winter into the transformed life of Summer’s leaves and  flowers and fruit.

Transforming Life is the title of our Lent Courses which commence in the week beginning 26 February and by giving ourselves time to “chill out” with our fellow Christians we can strengthen our faith and learn from each other. Venues and times are as follows:

  • Tuesday 28th February – Methodist Church, The Square – 2.00pm-3.30pm
  • Wednesday 29th February – St. Katherine’s, Katherine Drive – 7.30pm-9.00pm
  • Thursday 1st March – St. Fremunds, Westfield Road – 7.30pm–9.00pm
  • Friday 2nd March – Salvation Army 2.00pm –3.30pm
  • Ash Wednesday falls on 22nd February and there will be a Said Eucharist at 12.30 pm and a Parish Eucharist at 8.00pm, both at the Priory.

Other services at the Priory this month are:

  • 7th February – Pram Service- 2.00pm
  • 8th February – Ashton St Peters School Service – 10.00am

THU, Aug 16, 2018

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