Welcome to the website of the Parish Link magazine

 

Serving the villages of Kensworth, Studham and Whipsnade for 38 years

The latest coronavirus information from Gov.uk
The latest coronavirus information from Central Bedfordshire Council
A message from Reverend Nicola Lenthall 
 
Sunday’s service will be live online at 10am for all – apologies for the delay in broadcasting last Sunday which was due to a whole range of technical problems.
This Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King, but also colloquially known as ‘Stir Up Sunday’ from the Collect in the Book of Common Prayer.  The Diocese is calling us to a time of prayer from 5pm on Sunday 22nd until 5pm on Monday 23rd, with resources here:
and a trailer here: 
https://youtu.be/5pgeI0gmAx4
Don’t forget the Dunstable Salvation Army Christmas ministry ... Major Steve Brevitt writes:
“While there are number of things we won’t be able to do this year, we will still be preparing Christmas hampers for families in need in the community.  To that end we are accumulating stocks of food (non-perishable) and also new, unwrapped children’s toys.  If you are aware of people who would like to contribute to this their donations would be most welcome.

Donations can be dropped off at our hall (The Salvation Army, Bullpond Lane, Dunstable, LU6 3AH) during the following times:

Mondays:  1.30 pm – 3.00 pm

Tuesdays:  1.30 pm – 3.00 pm

Wednesdays:  10.30 am – 12 noon

Fridays:  2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

If people would like any further information they would be welcome to call this number: 01582 606031. Thank you!”

Don’t go out unless you are able to safely or have to as part of your role, or in the context of other work.

Every week at https://www.stalbans.anglican.org/encouraging-faith/ you can access a short film from a member of senior diocesan staff to encourage us in faith together over the coming months.  We continue to keep November as a month of prayer in the church nationally, using the prayer books and resources sent out on previous emails.

https://www.stalbans.anglican.org/event/wait-and-hope-yac/

 

Wait and Hope – an online Advent retreat for families

5th December @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

This is an Advent like no other, as we prepare for a Christmas like no other. Join us, and other families from around St Albans Diocese, for stories, activities, and more, to help us reflect on the themes of dealing with disappointment, waiting, and hoping. What are you waiting for, in your life and in the world? How do we hold onto hope when things are tough? How does Jesus being born give us hope?

While we’ll be spending time together on Zoom, there will also be chances to explore your house and neighbourhood, make stuff, and get moving – so whether you’re good at sitting still or good at moving around, you’re very welcome. And we’ll be exploring faith with both our words and our senses. If you want to invite your extended family – grandparents in Scotland, cousins in Australia – to join you, you’re very welcome to do that too; just send them the Zoom link, privately, once you’ve received it.

Families who sign up before November 20th will receive a box in the post with some materials to help them engage with the retreat. Anyone signing up after that time is very welcome, but we can’t guarantee a box will get to you in time.

STUDHAM SCHOOL TRUST

 

Help raise FREE donations for Studham School Trust. Please click here for details.

THE PARISH LINK MAGAZINE

 

In the current circumstances it was not possible to deliver the printed magazine. Previous editions can be read on this website on the Back Issues page. The magazine can then be downloaded to your device to read offline. Please consider printing it for a neighbour who enjoys reading the Link but does not have access to the internet.

We are pleased to report that the printed editions are being delivered again thanks to the many lovely volounteers in the three villages. It intended to print and deliver the December/January edition but please note that this will be delivered in the middle of December and not on the 1st. 

STUDHAM SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB

 

A letter from the chairman of Studham Sports and Social Club regarding temporary closure of the clubhouse. Please click here.

Studham, Kensworth and Whipsnade (SKAW) Coronavirus Response Group
This group closed on July 31st for the time being.  It would really help if those involved either became a part of the villages’ good neighbour schemes, or allowed their data to be held digitally should the group need to re-form (if you are happy for this to happen please contact Liesa on gnstudham@hotmail.co.uk ).  Many volunteers and those in need are still in touch, which is a wonderful tribute to the group itself.
Anyone who has a new need in the current context should continue to contact
07563 135895 / gnstudham@hotmail.co.uk for the time being and they will be put in touch with the relevant group in each of the three villages.  A huge thank you to all those of you who have helped.
The Studham Good Neighbours Scheme (07563 135895) and Kensworth Community Scheme (07919 081473) would love to have more volunteers especially in light of the recent emergency.  More hands on deck makes for light work!  We are fortunate in our parishes that our neighbours already look out for each other, so our services are really only called on when it's absolutely necessary.  Please do become a volunteer if you can.  Whipsnade village is in the process of trying to organise a scheme too – if you can help with this please contact the parish council chairman Ken France on 01582 872375.  Mentoring will be offered to anyone who volunteers as group organiser.