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Welcome to this week's parish

e-Newsletter

Wishing you all a happy Christmas and good start to the New Year! This e-newsletter has information for the next 2 weeks of services as there won't be an e-news coming into your inboxes next week. 

In this week's e-Newsletter you will find:
  • A message from Peter our Vicar
  • Upcoming services
  • Information about 'Living in Life and Faith' - a course running in the New Year
  • New reflections from Canon Rob
  • A volunteering opportunity
  • Prayers for the week

Peter's Message

Brothers and sisters,

It has been a real joy to mark Christmas for the first time here amongst you all.  I would particularly like to thank everyone who worked so hard to enhance our worship, decorate the church, enable our online presence, and put plenty of plans into action to ensure that our services were conducted safely, smoothly, and joyfully.

Not for the first time, I write to you only too aware that we are all looking apprehensively at the news, wondering what the future holds.  Whilst we cannot know what developments we might experience in relation to the pandemic, we can hold on to the joy of the incarnation, and the promise that God is with us.  As T.S. Eliot observed in his wonderful poem ‘Journey of the Magi’, on which I will reflect this Sunday, our journeys are seldom simple, but the revelation that God has been born as one of us, to share our humanity and call us to a new life with Him, really does change everything.

I wish you all a happy new year.

Every blessing,


Peter

Upcoming services

Please remember that the wearing of a face-covering is mandatory in our church buildings (apart from those who are exempt from doing so). You are also strongly encouraged to take a Lateral Flow Test before attending any of our services. 

BCP Holy Communion, Sunday 2 January, 8am, St Dunstan's
A communion service using the Book of Common Prayer. 

Parish Eucharist, Sunday 2 January, 10am, St Dunstan's 
We mark the arrival of the Magi with the Festival of Epiphany.

Evensong, Sunday 2 January, 3pm, St Peter's
A traditional service as night draws in. 

Holy Communion, Wednesday 5 January, 10am, St Dunstan's 
A short service to provide spiritual nourishment during the week. 

Parish Eucharist, Sunday 9 January, 10am, St Dunstan's 
We celebrate the feast of the Baptism of Christ. 

BCP Holy Communion, Sunday 9 January, 11.30am, St Peter's
A communion service using the Book of Common Prayer. 

Evensong, Sunday 9 January, 3pm, St Dunstan's
A traditional service as night draws in.

Holy Communion, Wednesday 12 January, 10am, St Dunstan's 
A short service to provide spiritual nourishment during the week. 

Living in Life and Faith - Tuesdays in January

Living in Love and Faith is a special course being run across the Church of England to enable members of congregations to think about important issues around sexuality and gender. In the Risborough Team, we are holding the course here at St Dunstan’s, for people across our churches.  All are most welcome to attend.

The course will be facilitated by Michael Hunt and Steve and Rose Williams, and will run Tuesdays 18th January - 15th February. Each session will start at 7.30pm and will last for a maximum of two hours.

Please contact Michael Hunt if you would like to find out more and to register your interest.

Reflections from Canon Rob

Canon Rob has recommenced his reflections as a way to give some spiritual insight and encouragement based on the week's Bible readings. They will be coming out approximately every 2 weeks, and you can see the first one by clicking on the button below. 

Click to read Canon Rob's reflection

Volunteers needed

We need volunteers to help join our dedicated band of helpers who look after the communion cloths. It is vital to the work of St Dunstan's and involves washing and ironing the two altar cloths and their cotton covers about 4 times a year (or if there is a spillage). Please contact Susanne Carr for more details. 

Please keep in your prayers...

  • All those starting the New Year feeling anxious, cold, lonely, or unwell. 
  • Pupils, students and teachers going back to school.
  • The ongoing effort across the world to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, especially those who work in hospitals or healthcare.
  • Those whose anniversary of death falls at this time, and those who grieve them. 

If you have anything to go in this weekly e-News, please contact Caroline Godden at comms@stdunstanschurch.com.

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