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April 2013

Snakeskin Fritillaria in Spring

Snakeskin Fritillaria in Spring

These small, frail, delicate looking flowers force their way through the cold earth among the daffodils and take their part in announcing the season of Spring.

The month of April sees us move into British Summer Time with the clocks moving forward one hour. Parish news is as follows:-

Sunday 7th – The Parish Service is to be held at St Katherine’s at 10.45 am. (There will be no 9.15 am service at the Priory on that Sunday. 8.00 am and 6.30 pm services will be as usual)

Sunday 14th – To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the dedication of the Priory a Parish lunch has been arranged to take place at the Old Palace Lodge.

Commemorative bone china mugs and tea towels are on sale in church at £4.99 and £3.00 respectively.

Monday April 29th – The Annual Parish Church meeting is at 7.30 pm at St Katherine’s.

Courses on Pastoral Ministry – will be held from week beginning 15th April on Tuesday afternoons at St Katherine’s and on Thursday afternoons at St Augustine’s. There is a list in the back of the Priory church to sign up for those interested.

Sidespersons – Volunteers are invited to assist in staffing and welcoming duties at Priory 9.15 am and 6.30 pm services. Please contact Gill short if you can help. (01582 666629)

Ray Bryant

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

News for August

Summer Blossoms!

August is here with its thoughts of holidays, sitting in the garden, days out with the family, plans for new ventures and all in the hope that the whole week of sunshine we’ve recently enjoyed will continue.

Of course the Olympic contests are in full swing after the wonderful opening ceremony which welcomed our world-wide visitors and athletes on an amazing evening in July.  Those of us who remained glued to the television till 1 am aver that it was the most surprising, inventive, artistic, spectacular, original and humorous presentation we could have imagined.  (I think I’ve left out some adjectives!)

General items of Priory church news are as follows:

  • Revd Roni Goodman is coming to the end of her four years as Curate at the Priory.  We congratulate her on her appointment as Rector of Meppershall and Shefford and thank her for the dedication and service she has given us all. Roni’s final Priory service will be at 915 am on Sunday 9th September and her Institution at Meppershall is on Wednesday 26th September.
  • During August the Priory Choirs are singing at Exeter and Chichester Cathedrals.  We wish them a happy and enjoyable time.
  • A Coffee Morning will be held in church on Saturday 1st September.
  • Please support Food Bank and Friends in Deed schemes as you are able.

Ray Bryant

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

THU, Jun 21, 2018

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