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Priory Church Spring Fair

The Priory Church of St Peter Spring Fair takes place this Saturday 18th May from 11 until 2.30pm.

Bring the whole family for a morning of fun with stalls including books, baby accessories, tombola and jewellery as well as face painting. Refreshments will also be available in the kitchen area including lunches and a range of home made cakes.

The fair forms part of a special weekend to kick start a year of celebration for the 800th anniversary of the church. Later that same day there is a special choral evensong at 5pm. In addition on Sunday 19th May there is a special parish service at 10.30am which will be delivered by The Bishop of Bedford in honour of the anniversary.

The fair forms part of a medieval weekend which is taking place in Priory Gardens so make sure you head along for a weekend of fun!

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

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

March 2012

March 2012

“The budding twigs spread out their fan to catch the breezy air” said William Wordsworth of the month of March. This little man seems to epitomise that sense of freedom, throwing his arms wide to welcome the fresh and free air of the Spring weather.  Yes March should soon be coming in “like a lion and going out like a lamb” according to legend.

Well, nothing is ever really as predictable as that but we can make plans and programmes and work towards them in faith.

The Lenten courses will have begun and a mix of friends and acquaintances from our Dunstable churches will be meeting for prayer, discussion and fellowship.

Throughout the month the intrepid Jackie and Gill will be rambling on (no offence meant!) taking in Caldicotte Lake in Milton Keynes on one trip.  Those who join them are promised an area ideal for bird watchers and the physical stimulation of “catching the breezy air” in fellowship together.

Those who can drag themselves away from Saturday night TV (joke!) can visit the Parish hall and enjoy a Beetle Drive on the 10th March from 6.30 pm. £2.50 per person. Hot dog supper is included but you are requested to bring your own drinks and glasses.

The Annual Church meeting is to be held on the 25th March after the 9.15 am service on that Sunday.  Those who wish to make a contribution to the active life of their church are urged to attend and either volunteer or nominate others for important elections to responsible Church posts and councils. Nomination forms are always available in Church.

At the conclusion of the four weeks of the Lent courses we are invited to a shared meal at St Augustine’s church at 7.00pm on April 2nd.

Mothering Sunday is on the 18th March and there will be the Worship for All and parade service at 9.15am.

Contributions to the work of the Street Pastors can be made by taking a  collection box for use during Lent.  These, hopefully full boxes, will be collected at Easter and provide much needed funds to support the caring outreach work of the Pastors.

Ray Bryant

SUN, Mar 29, 2020