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News for July

July blooms

Summer days – news for JULY         

July blooms

July blooms

A summary of activities and events for July in The Priory Church of St Peter

Tuesday 2nd                                              Pram Service 2 pm in the Priory
Thursday 4th                                             Emmaus Group at the Rectory 8 pm
Bible Reading Fellowship at 3 Penrith Avenue 8 pm
Saturday 6th                                             DCT Prayer Meeting 930 am at St Augustine’s
Coffee Morning – Friends of Priory House 11.30 am in Priory.

Sunday 7th Services at 9.15 am and 6.30 pm – Fair Trade stall in church
Monday 8th Messy Church 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm in the Parish Hall

Saturday 13th Priory Organ Recital by Gary Sieling (ex  Music Director)  Sunday 14th 9.15 am Worship for All Eucharist

Priory Sponsorship Scheme leaflets are available in church
A Confirmation will be held in November Interested adults please contact the Rector
Volunteers are needed to prepare and read Intercessions at Services.  If you could help with this please write your name,address, telephone number (and E mail if appt) in the red book at the back of church and you will be contacted.

Two audio tours of the Priory are available for hire at £2.50 (with a returnable deposit of £10) from the Priory House shop.

Priory Girls choir are collecting used postage stamps in aid of a Guide Dog charity.  Please support.

Whatever you do and whatever the weather have a lovely Summer!     

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

December news

Priory News Roundup for December by Ray Bryant

We have lit the first Advent candle at the Advent Sunday Eucharist and the Choir has led the Advent Carol Service on the evening of the same day.  We are in the season of waiting for the coming of Jesus as a human child which we celebrate on Christmas Day.

Before that exciting festival is upon us there is much to do both in Church life and our own private family lives.

Volunteers will be attending to give the Priory a good clean and polish during this month.  Printing, slicing and folding of the small red cards detailing the Church  services for Christmas has been carried out and more volunteers have taken bundles of them to distribute to the  houses in their own area of town.

The Christmas post box is now available in Church for the members to distribute their cards to each other in the coming weeks.

The travelling crib will be visiting the homes of those who wish to take part in the ritual welcoming of the infant Christ into their home.

The annual Christingle service is to take place with lots of hard work among young people and their helpers in preparation for the service and to encourage contributions and support to the Childrens Society.

The Priory will be the setting for a choral concert by the Luton Choral Society on 10 December when they will render Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, a feast of festival music.

Carol singers are invited to join up for a sing around the parish streets on 19 December and you are advised to wrap up warm!

Many volunteers are preparing for the Christmas Market which takes place on 3 December and aims to support the Church’s finances.

All this work and activity takes place in addition to the busy life of our homes and families where so much has to be prepared as we endeavour to clothe, feed and look after our children and to express our love to friends and  loved ones through our gifts and goodwill.

During the Midnight Eucharist on Christmas Eve we often kneel to sing the wonderful hymn

“Let all mortal flesh keep silent, And with fear and trembling stand,

Ponder nothing earthly-minded, For with blessing in His hand

Christ, our God, to Earth descendeth, Our full homage to demand.”

At this point, after the Advent waiting, we can rejoice that Jesus has come and is always here to love and guide us if we believe and trust in him.

Happy Christmas and a Joyous New year

SAT, May 26, 2018

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