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Welcome to 2013

Happy New Year to all – our Winter days can be brightened by indoor flower arrangements especially when the bouquet has been given by a well wisher as a token of friendship.

While we look forward to the floral joys of Spring our churches and homes are decorated by those who love flowers and our lives are cheered through the darker days.

The Priory interior was enhanced at the Midnight Mass by the special coloured lighting bathing the ancient walls.  The cost was donated in memory of Shiela Furnell’s faithful service to the Priory community during her lifetime.

January events are as follows:

  • Tuesday 15th  – Pram Service in the Priory
  • Wednesday 16th – Messy Church 4:00 pm – for people of all ages to share worship, craft activities, food and friendship.
  • Friday 18th – Dementia Support Group – 2:00 pm at Chews House.
  • Sunday 27th – 3:30 pm in the Priory – for those who have suffered peri-natal bereavement.

Ray Bryant

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.

News for November

Late Roses, Conkers and Fir cones…

As we say a reluctant farewell to the last roses and dahlias in the garden the conkers and the fircones drop from the trees and remind us of the constant cycle of beauty, death and renewal in our world.  Our concern about the expected severity of the coming Winter weather may be tempered by looking ahead to the possibilities of the colours and perfumes of the Spring flowers.  Bulbs and Wallflowers planted this month will thrive in the freezing ground as part of their necessary development and reward us with their bounty in the new year.

Messy Church holds its first session on Wednesday 31st October at 2 30 pm.  Mums and children, Dads and Grandads are all welcome to share an afternoon of friendship, food and worship until 4:00 pm in the Parish Hall and in Church.

The Communion service at 10 am on Thursday 8th November will be a Requiem for All Souls at which departed loved ones will be remembered by name. There is a list at the back of the church.  Please add names of those you wish to be remembered.

The second talk on the history of the Priory church will take place on Saturday 24th November at 730 pm in church when Hugh Garrod will speak about the period from Edward V1th to Elizabeth II.

Parish pocket diaries for 2013 are now available at the back of the church.

Parish Christmas cards are being prepared and volunteers are needed to help deliver them by hand to as many homes as possible before Christmas. Roads are listed at the back of church. Please sign up to which roads you can cover for delivery in your area.
It is hoped cards will be available on Advent Sunday 2nd December.

Baptisms and Weddings.  There are opportunities for those who would like to assist as sidespersons at Baptisms and Weddings. If interested please contact the Priory Office at 01582 477422.

Priory Bell Ringers are eager to teach young people to learn the art of church bell ringing.  It is an absorbing and interesting activity and a very challenging one. If interested please contact Alan Shepherd on 603238 or 07956 004 236.

The annual Christmas Bazaar in aid of church funds will be held in the Priory on Saturday 1st December.

Welcome to February

A note for February

by Ray Bryant

Brrr, the February Winter chill is with us and, as we battle to keep the business of life going despite the low temperatures, we can be thankful for warm clothing and homes and energy to keep out and about and resist the cold.  However, this period of rigour is part of the natural order and is, in fact, necessary for developing strength in life.

Horticulturists tell us that February is an important time of the year for plants that require winter chilling. Spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils, hyacinths and some tulips typically require a period of winter cold in order to flower successfully.  Many fruit trees and bushes also need specific amounts of winter chilling to enable them to emerge from  the rigours of Winter into the transformed life of Summer’s leaves and  flowers and fruit.

Transforming Life is the title of our Lent Courses which commence in the week beginning 26 February and by giving ourselves time to “chill out” with our fellow Christians we can strengthen our faith and learn from each other. Venues and times are as follows:

  • Tuesday 28th February – Methodist Church, The Square – 2.00pm-3.30pm
  • Wednesday 29th February – St. Katherine’s, Katherine Drive – 7.30pm-9.00pm
  • Thursday 1st March – St. Fremunds, Westfield Road – 7.30pm–9.00pm
  • Friday 2nd March – Salvation Army 2.00pm –3.30pm
  • Ash Wednesday falls on 22nd February and there will be a Said Eucharist at 12.30 pm and a Parish Eucharist at 8.00pm, both at the Priory.

Other services at the Priory this month are:

  • 7th February – Pram Service- 2.00pm
  • 8th February – Ashton St Peters School Service – 10.00am

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

SAT, May 26, 2018

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