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What is Christmas?

Christmas is a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child. Christmas is not about the Saviour’s infancy; it is about His deity. The humble birth of Jesus Christ was never intended to conceal the reality that God was being born into the world.

WE WISH YOU ALL A VERY

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

And a Wonderful New Year

What is Epiphany?

 The Epiphany is an ancient Christian feast day and is significant in a number of ways. It is held on January 6th the twelfth day after Christmas Day. In the East, where it originated, the Epiphany celebrates the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. It also celebrates Jesus' birth. The Western Church began celebrating the Epiphany in the 4th century where it was, and still is, associated with the visit of the magi (wise men) to the infant Jesus when God revealed himself to the world through the incarnation of Jesus. For many Protestant church traditions, the season of Epiphany extends from 6 January until Ash Wednesday, which begins the season of Lent leading to Easter.

FUTURE SERVICES

Following his Installation and Licencing on 11th October 2018, Reverend Mark Ackford started taking services within the Team from the 1st week in November 2018. He will take the Communion Service in Holy Trinity, Lane End on the 1st and 4th Sundays of each month.

All Sunday services including the services on the 3rd and 5th start at 9:15am – this will enable him to spend more time meeting the congregation before he has to go to Cadmore End.

Jump4Joy will remain at 10:00am on the 2nd Sunday of the month.

5th Sundays usually occur 4 times a year, and Rev’d Mark intends to hold one service in each of the 4 churches in the Team during the year.

Mark's day off is Monday.

JUMP 4 JOY

On the 2nd Sunday of the month, beginning Sunday 8th July 2018 we are offering a service for children and young families. This comes as a response to a request by a family in Lane End who have been to Holy Trinity in the past and have asked for a service along the lines of our Messy Church events. 

The PCC and many others are delighted that we have been asked to do this so Jo Law, Graham Cartwright, Sheila and Judy have put their heads and technology together to hopefully produce a service which will attract and appeal to both those who are familiar with Holy Trinity and new families too.  The service will begin at 10.00 am and will last around 30-40 minutes.  It will be a different style of worship and will naturally focus more on the children.  We are hoping it will be fun and at the same time bring bible stories, and the love of God to all, especially to those who may be new to the Christian faith.

VACANCY PRAYER.

Rev’d Peter Wainwright has composed a Vacancy Prayer (printed below). Please use this prayer as often as you can.

Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth, we pray to you, the head of your body, the church. You desire that your people should grow in spiritual maturity and that they should be effective in outreach to the communities in which you have put them.

As the four churches in the South Chilterns group of churches look to work together as a Team Ministry and appoint two new clergy, led by a Team Rector, we pray that you would bind us all together in mutual love and respect.   May your Holy Spirit guide those involved in the selection process.   Help them to both recognise and appoint those you have chosen for this role out of those who apply.

We further pray that both we and those newly appointed may be able to work well as a team.   We pray this for the honour of your name and the extension of your kingdom. Amen

OUR CHURCH AND COMMUNITY

Holy Trinity Church is the parish church of Lane End serving a mixed village of about 4,000 people. The incumbent is also vicar of the nearby smaller village of Cadmore End. Worship is fairly formal (moderately catholic, using Common Worship and the Book of Common Prayer). We have an enthusiastic choir and a small group of altar servers. Our church services are informal once a month when baptism is administered.

We used to share our building with the local Methodist congregation (see Sharing Agreement and NEWS below). We have occasional united services. Visitors comment that we are a warm, friendly and welcoming church. Most members of the congregation are actively involved in many village activities and like to see their church fully integrated into the life of the community.

Our church is one of twenty-seven churches in the Deanery of Wycombe within the Diocese of Oxford (see www.wycombedeanery.com)  which in turn is part of the Church of England in the Province of Canterbury in the United Kingdom - our Mother Church is Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford.

NEWS

11 October 2018 - Rev'd Mark Ackford. Installation and Licencing as Team Rector of Rev'd Mark Ackford.

20 October 2017 - Rev'd Harold Webb, Vicar of Lane End between 1971 and 1984 died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family

20 June 2017 - NEIL MAY Congratulations to Neil May who has been awarded the MBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours List for services to sustainability and energy efficiency in buildings and communities.

7 June 2017 - LANE END METHODIST CHURCH agreed to cease to be an independent Church Society and the members be constituted as a Class and be attached to another church within the Circuit.  This means they will move their regular services from Holy Trinity to another church.  We will be very sad to see them go.

13 October 2016 - A small group of us attended the welcome service for the Right Rev'd Dr. Steven Croft, new Bishop of Oxford, in All Saints' Church High Wycombe. This was very well attended and an excellent way to welcome our new bishop.

OTHER NEWS

Our Vision: To worship God the Holy Trinity, and within His grace to love our neighbours; extending love to all.