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Prestbury Parish Magazine

June 2002


... flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands for ever.
1 Peter 1:24,25

June 2002


Fr Stephen writes

SPRINGBOARD - the next step

Who Needs Sleep Anyway

Our Wonderful Experience of Walsingham

Please pray for

Fr Stephen writes ...

Thank you Bob!

In March, Bob Lyle stepped down as Churchwarden after over forty years' service to God and to the Church in this parish of Prestbury. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude for all the faith, care, time and love which Bob has given as Churchwarden. Throughout his long service, Bob has been loyally and generously encouraged by Barbara.

You are invited to a tea party
on Sunday 23rd June at 3.00pm
on the Vicarage lawn
when there will be a presentation to Bob
as a token of our love and thanks for his
distinguished service as Churchwarden.

If you wish to contribute towards this gift please be in touch with any of the four Wardens - Ken, Jerry, Eileen or Peter. We do hope that you will be able to join us on 23rd June.

The Queen's Jubilee

On Sunday 2nd June at 6.30pm there will be a Service to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee. All are very welcome to join us, and you might like especially to encourage friends and neighbours who are not Church members to come on this occasion.

St Nicolas'

The PCC recently agreed with the architect his latest plans and costings for the church renewal. We hope work will commence this month. Thanks be to God for His blessings - all the work attempted is dedicated to His greater glory. During the work, the church will be completely out of use for three months. Sunday Services will usually be in the Hall, and weekday Services in the Church Room. It will be something of a squash but worth it in the long run!

With love to you all,

Fr Stephen



Does it all seem to have gone quiet?

Quiet yes, but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. The meeting on 17th April to talk over ways forward was well attended. People had been thinking hard about how the video 'Jesus Today, Tomorrow, Forever?' could best be used in their own situation.

Between us, we are making plans for:

  • an evening for a group of friends, with supper + video;
  • inviting a group of young mothers for 2 or 3 evenings to view and discuss;
  • lending the video to a neighbour;
  • inviting one or two neighbours to watch part of the video;
  • display boards based around the video, for the 'Open Churches' weekend at Pentecost.

Think about what you might be able to do to tell someone about your faith in a simple way - perhaps over a cup of coffee while watching an extract from the Passion Play video. Requests for a tape or practical help with an idea you have can be made to the Parish Office and someone will get in touch with you.

Above all, we need to keep praying:

  • for those embarking on a new step
  • for our own friends and neighbours who might welcome a brave approach;
  • for ourselves, that we may be ready to take the opportunity when it comes.

You will probably have noticed that the weekly intercessors in church are including the various Springboard initiatives in their prayers. This is important because God says: 'While they are still talking to me about their needs I will go ahead and answer their prayer.' (Isaiah 65:24b). Do please remember it in your prayers too. You can look for the brightly coloured area on the prayer boards for specifics - near the door in St Mary's and in the foyer at St Nicolas'. Or glance at the pew sheet.

Beryl Elliott & Sue Read


Who Needs Sleep Anyway?

'Everyone got on well and worked together as a group in a wide range of activities.' (Leader)

'The activities were all group orientated so you got to know people really well.' (Young Person)

'There was also lots of free time so you could have heart to hearts with people you wouldn't normally hang around with.' (Young Person)

'I loved staying up until 2 o'clock.' (Young Person)

Yes, the Parish Youth Residential was a fantastic weekend. Young People from Twilight Zone and Synergy combined with a fab team of leaders for an activity weekend (April 19-21) at the Diocese's Viney Hill Centre in the Forest of Dean.

Activities included a night hike, rope bridge building, a low ropes course, raft building, bonfire building and burning, cooking and clearing up, rounders, paper making and using the 'sanctified chill out room'.

The weekend posed questions such as: 'How can we work together more effectively?', 'Is it possible to both build a raft and then stay on it?', 'What happens if the leaders get stuck in the low ropes tunnel?' and 'What is the world record for filling shopping trolleys at Tesco?'. Most of all I was struck by God's challenge of all being unique but needing to include, support and encourage each other. The journey goes on ...

Thanks to all those young people and leaders who made it such a great weekend!

Andy Macauly


Our Wonderful Experience of Walsingham

Our pilgrimage to Walsingham proved to be a wonderful, peaceful and spiritual experience. We had made a quick two-hour visit the previous year and knew then that we would just have to return and spend longer. The four members of the Lees family, ranging in age from 17 to 92, set off on Saturday (a day later than planned) but the travelling was good, the roads clear.

We arrived just in time for Dinner - our group had been very anxious for us and we were greeted very warmly. Straight to Dinner and our son George, who must be nearly 6 feet, was spotted by Father Stephen as being a very suitable candidate to help carry the Image of Our Lady in the Procession that evening! The Procession wound its way throughout the Shrine grounds, which includes Calvary and the Stations of the Cross, and then back into the Shrine Church for Benediction. This was a deeply moving start to our pilgrimage.

Later that evening, in our secular apparel, we decided to 'hit the town' and by a remarkable coincidence chose a hostelry, where our leader, organiser and many from our group had retired to an inner room to discuss important issues! There was much humour, too, to enliven the proceedings. We even learnt from Fr Stephen that there were operatives who specialised only in twisting the little blue bags of salt that hide in Smiths Crisps! We were suitably intrigued by Fr Stephen's comprehensive knowledge of working practices!

Sunday, although rather cold and windy, was very full and rewarding. After breakfast we rushed off to buy our Pilgrims' Manuals and soon were able to take part in a number of the services.

We spent some of the afternoon visiting Binham Priory, where, as we opened the doors, we were greeted with 'Zadok the Priest' sung with great gusto by the Anglia Chorale, accompanied by an uplifting brass ensemble. The acoustics are quite remarkable - the building is a very effective amplifier. We then drove through Blakeney on to Salthouse where its huge church rests atop a hill commanding spectacular views of the countryside and the sea. The church is very light and spacious and is full of history - well worth a visit.

Back to Walsingham, where we took part in our own Stations of the Cross, Marsha reading the passage for the Station of the Resurrection. We then entered the Holy House for our Intercessions, where David read the prayer for those in need. We were pleased that we had all been able to contribute in the various ceremonies.

On Monday we went to the Holy House for our Last Visit and Eucharist. Our Mum, Marjory, came with us and was blessed. Afterwards we drank the blessed water and, full of peace and contentment, we wandered back though the grounds, reluctant to depart. We felt renewed and thankful for what we had received.

Our Pilgrimage to Walsingham coincided with the Russian Orthodox Easter, so there was an added dimension to our weekend. We went to the Orthodox Chapel in the Shrine Church as well as the Orthodox Church (the old railway station) in the village. Topped by a gilded onion dome the church is small but inviting and comforting.

In addition to our superb spiritual nourishment we were very impressed with the physical nourishment of the meals which were excellent - such a selection and so much available - and the accommodation in Richeldis House was comfortable. I wish, though, they could get the doors to close that last inch gently!

Finally, our thanks to our leader, Fr Stephen, and our organiser, Colin Holman, for making such a Pilgrimage possible. Also our thanks to our group who were so kind and helpful to us. Our warm wishes to everyone. We carry the essence of Walsingham within us.

David Lees including Marsha, Marjory and George


Walsingham is a totally unique experience. You step right back in time to when the shrine was first built. The hopes, prayers and dreams of thousands of pilgrims hover about the site. It's astoundingly relaxing; days can feel like you've been there weeks. You're free to do as many or as few services as you wish. I recommend the 7.30 Mass!

Clare Wood

Walsingham May 2002

Until we came to Prestbury St Mary's we had not heard of Our Lady of Walsingham, so to be able to visit was a very new experience for us. We went with open minds, not knowing quite what to expect. What we found was a place of quiet reverence, which was spiritual, serene, and full of pilgrims who all had the same purpose as we - to take time out from the troubles of this world and spend some quality time with God. We returned refreshed, renewed and with a feeling of having been uplifted. We are already looking forward to being able to go again. If you have not experienced Walsingham, then do try to make the next pilgrimage - it is a wonderful place of Peace.

Alan & Marion Beagley


Please pray for the young people who are preparing for Confirmation

Jonathon Allen, Jack Fagan, Simon Langley,
Jon Lyle, Alex Powell, Amy Slade, Andrew Wood

You are all warmly invited to attend the confirmation service
on Friday 7th June 2002
at 7.30pm
in Gloucester Cathedral

Please do come and support our confirmation candidates!

William Hazlewood's Ordination to the Priesthood

William Hazlewood is to be ordained Priest by the Bishop of Ebbsfleet in Bristol Cathedral on Monday 1st July 2002 at 7.30 pm.

He will celebrate his first Mass at the Parish Church of Holy Nativity, Knowle, Bristol on Tuesday 2nd July 2002 at 7.30 pm.

All are very welcome to attend both services and William and Sophie hope as many as possible can join them. It might be possible to organise a coach if there is sufficient interest, as was the case last year. I can supply directions for those who wish to make their own way. Please contact me for further details.

Michael Brick


Dates for your diaries:

Sunday 2nd June 2002
Golden Jubilee Thanksgiving Service
St Mary's at 6.30pm

A service to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of HM The Queen
 and to give thanks for her 50 years of service.
To be followed by wine and snacks.

Sunday 23rd June 2002
A Parish Tea Party
in the Vicarage Garden at 3pm

An opportunity to say 'thank you' to Bob Lyle
for his many years of service to the parish as Churchwarden.

Saturday 6th July 2002
A Jubilee Dance with the Blue Diamonds
St Nicolas' Hall at 7.30pm

Come and enjoy the music of our own Blue Diamonds
as we continue our celebrations of the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
'Jubilee food' (!!) and bar - not at 1952 prices unfortunately!
Prizes for best 'Red, White and Blue' costumes
All profits in aid of the Queen's Golden Jubilee charities

Watch for more details and tickets soon

Sunday 14th July 2002
Parish Picnic
St Nicolas' Field, from 12.30pm

Bring your own lunch and then enjoy some afternoon events!

Saturday 7th September
Prestbury's Jubilee Celebrations
These are being organised by the Parish Council and will take place
on the Pavilion Playing Field. There will be stalls and side shows.
If you have any ideas or suggestions about how our churches can
participate, please speak to: John Elliott or Margaret Holman

Mid-Morning Music at St Mary's (MMMSM)

This month's recital in St Mary's again features pupils from Dean Close School. On Wednesday 19th June we shall hear a programme of Piano and Violin Solos. Coffee will be served at 10.30am and the music will start at 11 o'clock. There will a retiring collection in aid of church funds.

Christine McKelvey

Christian Aid

Many thanks to everyone involved in Christian Aid Week: those who organised area collections, those who delivered and collected house-to-house envelopes, all who gave money so generously, and those who counted it up. To date the Parish Total (St Nicolas' and St Mary's) amounts to 4930.32.

Also included in the Total is the collection taken at the Ecumenical Evening Service at St Mary's on May 12th and proceeds from the Sunday School Shoe-Shine at St Mary's.

Thank you, one and all!

Gill Ashman and Paddy Spurgeon

Let the Children Live!

A network of coffee mornings has been started to raise funds. Beware - you might be invited! If you would like to know more about the coffee mornings or about Let the Children Live! please contact Molly Campbell.




Prestbury Parish Magazine - June 2002

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