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Prestbury Parish Magazine

March 2005


Broken yet Whole

Mothering Sunday

Easter 2005 in Prestbury

Searching for Prestbury

Prestbury Parish Annual Meeting & Vestry Meeting

Churchyard and Church Annual Spring Cleaning Day

Calling all Flower Arrangers

Some articles from this month's magazine have been included elsewhere in the web site:

The Prestbury Passion Play

The Calendar for this month

The Diary for this month

The Parish Registers 2004 & 2005


Broken yet Whole

In the Prestbury churches on the first Sunday of Lent, Fr Paul spoke of the importance of giving space to God. That seemed entirely appropriate for me as the next day I set off for my annual retreat! This year I have been staying at the Francsican Friary at Alnmouth, on the Northumbrian coast. The five brothers who make up the community exercise a tremendous ministry of welcome and hospitality, welcoming up to 6,000 day visitors in a year as well as hosting 1,000 guests who stay at the Friary.

The Friary stands on a hill overlooking the sea and has a Blessed Sacrament Chapel which has windows on three sides. The Tabernacle containing the Blessed Sacrament (the consecrated host which has become the Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ) is placed against the backdrop of the waves silently breaking onto the beach below.

On Thursday the Blessed Sacrament is exposed; brought out and placed on the altar. Sitting or kneeling in the real presence of God is a powerfully humbling experience. The bread which has become the Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ is perfectly whole. And yet, as we move into the events of Holy Week, we will be powerfully reminded of how that body was broken on the cross. Not just for me and for you, but for the whole created world.

Then we will joyfully celebrate how that Body was made new in the glorious resurrection of Our Lord which assures us of our share in His risen life. The Easter life which we celebrate every time we share together in the Eucharist.

Do make some space for God during what remains of this season of Lent. Do also take the opportunity to accompany Jesus through the events of the last days of his earthly life. Join Him and us in the very moving services of the Triduum - Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday - the completion of our Lenten journey and the climax of our Christian year.

Fr Michael


Mothering Sunday 6th March

Services will include a 9.30am Eucharist with a Difference at St Nicolas', 9.30am Celebrate! and 11am Sung Eucharist both at St Mary's. Please join us at one of these services to celebrate this special day.


Easter 2005 in Prestbury

With more than seventy players clocking up weeks of intensive rehearsal, the Good Friday Passion Play is, without question, the focal point of Easter in Prestbury this year! So a cross-committee Easter Planning meeting in early February concentrated on how we could support this important event in the days leading up to, and after, Good Friday.

This support is deliberately 'low key' to ensure that the Passion Play maintains its intensity - both among its players and its audiences. Palm Sunday (20th March), for instance, will not see a repeat of last year's procession, which ended with breakfast at the Junior School. Instead, Palm Sunday services will include a symbolic act of procession at each of our Churches.

The rest of Holy Week, too, will be less busy than last year: Monday 21st March will see Stations of the Cross at St Mary's, while on Wednesday 23rd March there will be an evening Eucharist at St Nicolas'.

Maundy Thursday 24th March

Please join us at 7.30pm at St Nicolas' as we gather around a simple table, witness the washing of feet and celebrate the gift of the Eucharist in this most moving service. This will be followed by a watch before the Altar of Repose until midnight in both churches.

Good Friday

As you will see from other pages in this edition, the Passion Play itself will be held at 11am and 3pm at the Scout Field, the Burgage (if the weather is bad, signs will direct people to St Mary's Church). There will also be a Devotional Service at St Nicolas' at 9am, and a liturgy at St Mary's at 7.30pm.

Holy Saturday

By Saturday afternoon, the flowers will be in place at St Mary's, and we hope that people will call into Church to see them, and take a few moments for reflection. The Easter Vigil will be held at 9pm, again at St Mary's, followed by refreshments.

Easter Sunday - fellowship and refreshments

On Easter Sunday we invite our congregations to enjoy fellowship and sustenance (courtesy of the Parish Events Committee)! Refreshments will be served after the 9.30am service at St Nicolas', and at about 10.15am at St Mary's - after the Celebrate! service, and before the 11am service. Our hope is that this will be a wonderful shared time of fellowship for these two Sunday morning congregations at St Mary's.

Letting people know...

Posters for the Passion Play will abound throughout Prestbury and beyond. The Mission & Outreach team will also be producing an Easter Card (with details of all Church services in the Parish over Easter) for distribution throughout the village. We aim to have the cards bundled and ready for distribution by Sunday 6th March. Please take a bundle and deliver them if you possibly can. Thank you.

Caroline Sexton
for Mission & Outreach Committee


Searching for Prestbury

At the beginning of February MSN launched their new Search Engine: . I typed in 'St Nicolas' and our church came 24th among a long list of 1,511,791 St Nicolases. Pretty good, I thought. 'St Mary's' didn't do so well.

There are at least 101,705 results for web pages found throughout the world which contain the word 'Prestbury'. Our parish website was proudly listed at the head of those 101,705. Yes, has arrived!

Brian Wood

And don't forget the Lent Prayers ...

... on Tuesdays at 12 noon in St Mary's. Only fifteen minutes!


Prestbury Parish Annual Meeting & Vestry Meeting

These meetings will take place on Sunday 13 March at 6:30pm in St Mary's.

The Vestry Meeting starts at 6.30pm followed by the Annual Meeting at 6.35pm

There will be notices in the churches giving details of vacancies and nomination procedure.

The Annual Meeting of the Prestbury & Pittville Youth Charity will follow immediately after the Parish Annual Meeting


St Mary's Bakestall 2005

Since this falls on Sunday 20th March, the week before Easter, we are suggesting an Easter theme. Perhaps Easter biscuits or even a Simnel cake?

Whatever the A-F Team can come up with will be most welcome.

Margaret Waker & Linda Matthews


Prestbury Mothers' Union

Our next meeting on Tuesday 22nd March at St Nicolas' starts at 7.30 pm and features Andy Macauly talking about Youth Work in the Parish. All are welcome.

Marion Beagley


Churchyard and Church Annual Spring Cleaning Day

Saturday 19 March 2005 from 10am

Please support this project if you can, even if it is only for one hour. Why not come to the Church Service first at 9.30am?

More hands make light work. It was great fun last year and we all like to take a pride in the upkeep of our Churchyard and beautiful old Church. Let's see you there, particularly the younger people. Bring necessary equipment if you can.

Doreen & Henry Morris


Calling all Flower Arrangers

There will be an Annual General Meeting for St Mary's Flower Arrangers on Thursday March 31st at 7.30pm.

We would be delighted to welcome any newcomers who would like to assist in arranging the flowers in St Mary's church during the year. As in all things we do need more help. Whether you are a 'skilled arranger' or merely a 'novice', please, please come along and be part of a team who enjoy beautifying our lovely church with flowers.

Sheila Beer



Prestbury Parish Magazine - March 2005

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