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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

Parish quiet weekend

A relaxing weekend of reflection

The weekend of 8-10th July saw the annual Parish Quiet Weekend at Holland House in Worcester. Attendees enjoyed a mix of quiet reflection and prayer as well as an opportunity for fellowship with one another.

parishQuietWeekend

Holland House is a popular destination for the trip and an old haunt of some members of the clergy. With the combination of the beautiful surroundings, friendly staff and delicious food (especially the puddings!) it is easy to see why!!

Thought provoking addresses were led by Martin Hathaway who gave everyone something to ponder upon during quiet moments. Richard Andrews led many of the prayers and services, as well as a few of the croquet matches!

Everyone agreed that it proved a fantastic break and was well worth the trip.

For more information about Holland House visit www.hollandhouse.org

THU, Jun 21, 2018

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