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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.

Thoughts for July

Hail to July and its Summer blooms! (forget the hail we had in June!)

Our worship on the first day of this month began with a fine Parish Eucharist attended by members of all four churches in the Team Ministry. The robust singing of “Christ is made the sure foundation” opened the service and engendered that sense of unity we all feel on these occasions.

Looking forward planned activities are as follows:

  • Thursday 10 July – Mothers Union will be taking part in the worldwide Wave of Prayer at 1.30 pm followed by a meeting and tea.
  • Thursdays 12th and 19th July – Dr Johan Schoeman invites Dunstable parishioners to meet to raise awareness of the problem of Dementia.  It is proposed to discuss the typical early signs of the illness, and help for diagnosis and support for those affected.
  • Sunday 15th July – Cream Teas will be served at the Rectory from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm.  Tickets £3.

Priory Bell Ringers would welcome volunteers to join them in the ancient craft of change ringing.  This can be a life-long pleasureable hobby and ensure that the sound of church bells will continue to be heard in our town.  Please contact Alan Shepherd on 603238 (text 07956 004 236)

Congregation members are also invited to offer to read the lessons and intercessions at our services. Please ring Priory Office 477422.

Confirmation November 2012 – please speak to a member of clergy for information.

Ray Bryant

Lamp outing

A LAMP Outing to St. Albans Abbey – 2nd December 2011

Lamp Outing

It was round about September that I was approached by LAMP to see if I was prepared to take some of the 3rd Dunstable Scouts to the St. Albans Abbey Sleep Out. Being a Cub Leader, taking Scouts away over night is something that I do not usually do. Karen Rabjohn is one of the main fund raisers for LAMP and one of her children is currently one of our Cubs and two of her older children are part of our Scout Troop. Also I have, together with our Beaver Leader Gill Short, done the sleep out before.

So on Friday, I collected Gill, Mercedes Smart (Young Leader) and Robert Deed (Scout) and headed for St. Albans Abbey armed with lots of warm clothes, hats and survival bags. Despite being well before 9pm. all the good sites round the Abbey were full and so the team had to set up in the wind alongside the railings. We were joined later by some of the Dunstable Explorer Scouts. Karen and family were there too.  About 10pm, we went to the religious bit  of the evening  (a talk & singing) and later we had a cup of hot soup before retiring to our orange bags. Guess what, the rain had started. The Abbey bells toll the time throughout the night, “1 bell and all’s well…” and later some of us could remember some of them while others were awake at other times.

At one point, lying awake listening to the rain pattering on the orange bag and listening to the the wind blow  it made me realise, how hard it must be for the homeless. However had it been dry and bright, the impact of it all might have been far less marked. At least I could go home to a warm shower and a good breakfast. Others are not so lucky.

By 7am, it was over and we had our sponsor forms stamped, yes cold, yes slightly damp and yes feeling good.

I have heard it said that “the young people of today do not care”. Well that was not the case last night, of the 300 or more sleeping rough to raise money 75% of them were today’s youth. All in one place, no attitude, just a friendly common purpose.

The combined 4 members of the 3rd Dunstable who took part, raised over £400 for LAMP. Thank you to all those of you who supported us.

Mervyn Wilson

THU, Aug 16, 2018

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