Call to Prayer during Lockdown

Archbishop’s Call to Prayer during Lockdown
“Bearing in mind our primary vocation as the Church of Jesus Christ to pray and to serve we call upon the Church of England to make this month of lockdown a month of prayer. More than anything else, whatever the nation thinks, we know that we are in the faithful hands of the risen Christ who knows our weaknesses, tiredness and struggles and whose steadfast love endures for ever.
Above all we recall people to some of the fundamental spiritual disciplines that shape our Christian life. How we do this is up to each congregation and clergy person. We will publish resources to support you before the first day of lockdown. During the first lockdown we cheered for the NHS every Thursday. During this second lockdown we invite you to fast in a way appropriate to you as well as pray for our nation every Thursday, for its leaders, its health and essential services and all those who suffer.”
 
The Archbishops, in consultation with the House of Bishops, decided that this call would take the form of an invitation to every Christian and person of good will to pray at 6pm every day, beginning this Thursday 5 November for the period of this present lock-down. In order to stimulate this time of prayer, where it is possible, churches are encouraged to ring a single bell at 6pm.
This call is going far and wide – and the hope is that many of our ecumenical partners will join us.
The Archbishops promised some resources in the form of different styles of written prayers with a particular thematic focus for prayer each day.
The weblink to the resources is https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches/call-prayer-nation. In addition, please find here a direct link to a simple printable prayer booklet which is intended to be shared with all members of your congregation – Prayer Booklet.
This material is intended simply as one tool to enable participation – the hope is that individuals and worshipping communities make these times of prayer their own. There is no desire to be directive in this – rather simply to encourage all to be united in Prayer for the Nation.
Prayer Booklet CofE

Sanctuary Mental Health Course

St Mary’s Tadley is hosting the Sanctuary Mental Health Course beginning in October. Watch the video below to see Rev Gill explain what it is about and get in touch if you want to know more.

Rev Gill can be contacted at the Vicarage on 01183 279 321 or by email at minister@st-marys-church-tadley.org.uk

To learn more about the course please visit the Mind & Soul Foundation website.

Weekly Notices – 13 Sep 2020

Notices for the Week Commencing 13 September 2020

Alpha Course

Richard Harlow is running an Alpha course via Zoom for anyone in the Benefice starting on Tuesday 15 September. 

Alpha is a chance to ask those questions about Christian faith that we don’t get a chance to ask in services. Each session includes a film covering a topic, such as “How do I pray?” “Why did Jesus die?” “How does God guide us?”, which is followed by an hour of discussion. There are about 12 sessions, but you can leave the course at any time. Each session will run from 7.30pm to 9pm.

If you would like to have a look at the first video, you can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBMMD5C0k-s

Let Richard know, if you would like to join in by e-mailing:  Richard73harlow@aol.com

Wednesday Service

Our Wednesday service this week will be Holy Communion in church and via Zoom.  If you wish to attend the church please let Gill know so we can account for numbers and social distancing. 

Annual Vestry Meeting and APCM (Click here)

Next Sunday is our Annual Vestry meeting, when we elect our church wardens and our Annual Parish Church Meeting when we elect members of the PCC and receive the accounts and reports for the year 2019.  Gill will speak about what it means to be a PCC member at the end of this week’s service. 

Next Sunday’s Service

Will be led by Gill and will be via Zoom.  Log in details to follow.

Weekly Notices – 23 August 2020

Samaritans Purse Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal.

St Mary’s is once again hoping to donate shoebox gifts to children in need. This year there will not be a box for items in church, boxes will need to be filled individually.

First chose if you wish the gift to go to a boy or a girl – Age ranges 2 – 4, 5- 9 or 10 – 14.

Items to include:

A special item such as a doll, cuddly toy, skipping rope, go-to, toy truck, ball, musical instrument, Play-doh, finger puppets.

You can add a note from you or your family.

School supplies such as pens, pencils, crayons or felt pens, writing pads, notebooks, solar calculators, colouring books, glue stick, pre-inked stamp. Hygiene items, toothbrush, bars of wrapped soap, comb, hairbrush, other items such as hat, gloves, scarf, sunglasses, hair accessories, jewellery set, wind up torch, slinky spring, matchbox cars, water bottle.

You must not include used or damaged items, war related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures, seeds, sweets, chocolate or food items, toothpaste, lotions or liquids including bubbles, medicines, playing cards of the 4 suit variety, religious or political literature, sharp or fragile items, books with mainly words.

When you have packed your box put a note of the age and boy/girl on a note on top of the box. I have the correct paperwork for this and will ensure it goes in your box.

Boxes need to be ready by the end of October.

I have some pre-printed shoe Boxes, let me know if you would like one or you can cover an ordinary shoebox with colourful wrapping paper and use that.

If you have any queries feel free to contact me.

Marilyn Lewis

mallylewis@btinternet.com

Tel 01256 882537

Sunday 30th AugustSt Mary’s Outdoor All-Age Service at 4pm on the lawn.

We’re making the most of the possibilities for meeting together at safe distance which is more achievable outside where we can gather in larger numbers. Please join us at 4pm to talk and share our picnics before a short service. We may not be able to sing but we will be treated to the beautiful voice of Shannon who has made a recording for our worship. The marquee will be set up (please let Steve know if you can help that morning) and there will be tables and chairs or rugs. Please dress for the weather that day (right now is forecast as sunny and breezy) and don’t forget your picnic! If you are able to offer a lift within the safety guidelines – both wearing masks, guest sitting diagonally at the rear, no physical assistance for getting in and out) please let Charles Burge know as he is trying to ensure all who want to join us may be able to so.

Ongoing Worship at St Mary’s

It was so good to meet up on August 3rd and we want to keep you informed that we are considering further options for potentially meeting for worship inside the church and via Zoom. Safety and well-being are highly important and within the guidelines we hope to be able to offer some mid-week worship and will let you know in the first week of September. To that end we are doing a “Practice Eucharist” on Wednesday 2nd September at 10am in the main church. If you would like to be part of that as we assess together what is practicable please contact Rev Gill as numbers will be limited and face coverings will have to be worn.

Tadley Autumn Arts at St Mary’s

We will soon have details of how to enter artwork into the exhibition we are hosting. Please let others know of this event 26-31October.

Advance notices

St Mary’s APCM meeting will take place on Sunday 20th September via Zoom after the service at 11.15 with coffee!

CTAT Forum will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 23rd September. Joining details to follow. This is a chance for a wider audience to hear about events planned across Tadley by the churches.

Weekly Notices – 17 August 2020

Wednesday August 19th Events at Twenty-Three

The Bible Society film crew will be at St Mary’s this Wednesday! The team is  shooting a short film about Garden Twenty-Three on Wednesday 19th August and will be interviewing some of us from noon.

It will be good to have as many of us there as possible of all ages as the Bible Society have chosen to use our very own Psalm 23 inspired garden to show other churches in the UK what’s possible! There will be activities for all ages between 3:30-5pm at the garden including a wildflower treasure hunt, sheep stone painting, and kite-making and flying.

In the evening from 8pm there is an opportunity to walk the labyrinth by candlelight. If you haven’t come yet, please do and also invite others!

Sunday 30th August St Mary’s Outdoor All-Age Service at 4pm on the lawn.

We’re making the most of the possibilities for meeting together at safe distance which is more achievable outside where we can gather in larger numbers. Please join us at 4pm to talk and share our picnics before a short service. We may not be able to sing but we will be treated to the beautiful voice of Shannon who has made a recording for our worship. The marquee will be set up (please let Steve know if you can help that morning) and there will be tables and chairs or rugs. Please dress for the weather that day (right now is forecast as sunny and breezy) and don’t forget your picnic! If you are able to offer a lift within the safety guidelines – both wearing masks, guest sitting diagonally at the rear, no physical assistance for getting in and out) please let Charles Burge know as he is trying to ensure all who want to join us may be able to so.

Ongoing Worship at St Mary’s

It was good to meet together on August 3rd and we want to keep you informed that we are considering further options for potentially meeting for worship inside the church and via Zoom. Safety and well-being are highly important and within the guidelines we hope to be able to offer some mid-week worship and will let you know in the first week of September. To that end we are doing a “Practice Eucharist” on Wednesday 2nd September at 10am in the main church. If you would like to be part of that as we assess together what is practicable please contact Rev Gill as numbers will be limited and face coverings will have to be worn.

Tadley Autumn Arts at St Mary’s

We will soon have details of how to enter artwork into the exhibition we are hosting. Please let others know of this event 26-31 October.

Advance Notices

St Mary’s APCM meeting will take place on Sunday 20th September via Zoom after the service at 11.15 with coffee!

CTAT Forum will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 23rd September. Joining details to follow. This is a chance for a wider audience to hear about events planned across Tadley by the churches.