Weekly Notices – 17 Jan 2021

Notices for St Mary’s Church, Tadley

Dear St Mary’s Family,

Vickie Ward

Vickie and Sally paining silk for the Lumen Project 2018

It is with sadness that we share news of the death of our friend Vickie Ward on Friday 15th January. Vickie loved sitting at the front on the left at St Mary’s and often had little things such as newspaper cuttings in her bag to give people. Vickie was a longtime faithful member at St Mary’s who attended Sunday worship weekly until the first lock-down period and occasionally via zoom, even from her hospital bed. She will be missed and remembered by many in the St Mary’s family and our thoughts and prayers are with her two sons, Greg and Lewis, whom she adored and who took great care of her in the difficult recent months. There will be a service at St Mary’s in due course to which you are invited by Greg bearing in mind all restrictions and well-being.

Here is an extract from Greg’s email that he wished to share with us:

“For anyone who maybe hasn’t had a very recent update, they finally diagnosed Mum with a large liver tumour around Christmas time and they then moved to palliative care.  Just as she was about to be moved to a care home a week ago she contracted Covid and was moved to a Covid ward elsewhere in the hospital.  She was then moved to Alton Community Hospital for her last couple of days which was much more peaceful environment where they specialise in elderly rehabilitation and end of life care. I was able to visit her there yesterday and whilst she didn’t respond I believe she heard me and was perhaps waiting for my visit.

Her journey has come to an end now and she is at peace”.


Please take advantage of the many offerings beginning this week across Tadley, Pamber Heath and Silchester – The Bible Course, The Prayer Course, and the choice of two Alpha Courses (one in the Benefice and one at St Michael’s). Please contact, respectively, Rev’d Richard on 0118 981 4860 or Father Patrick on 0118 981 4572 if are interested in attending.


Tadley Men’s Shed

Following a successful first meeting it has been decided to hold fortnightly meetings on the second and fourth Fridays at 2pm. The door to our shed is open to all.  Join by Zoom with Meeting ID: 879 7785 1033 and Passcode: 201350


During the week

Tuesday and Thursday – Daily Morning Prayer at 8am – on Facebook Live.  All are welcome to join us as we pray together.  You may also watch the video and follow the short prayer service at any time on Facebook.

Wednesday at 10am – Morning Prayer on Zoom – please let Charles Lewis know if you would like to attend and he will send you the joining details.  All are welcome!

Wednesday at 7.30pm – Living Word on Zoom followed by Compline at approximately 8.15pm on Zoom and on Facebook Live – please let Revd Gill know if you would like to join the Zoom meeting. All are welcome!  More information can be found on St Mary’s Tadley website Living Word.

St Mary’s remains open for private prayer on Wednesdays and Saturdays


The Winchester Diocese has alerted us to remind everyone to be vigilant about Scams and Potential Fraud especially during the COVID pandemic. Please be careful if ever asked to provide bank details to prove your identity, especially to any person not known to you. The NHS will never ask for a person’s banking details

With every blessing,

Rev’d Gill

If you have any questions or would like to contact Rev Gill, please phone the Vicarage on 01189 279 321


You can find us in Person, on Facebook, and on Zoom!

Weekly Notices – 10 Jan 2021

During the week:

Tuesday and Thursday – Daily Morning Prayer at 8am begins again this week – on Facebook Live.  All are welcome to join us as we pray together.  You may also watch the video and follow the short prayer service at any time on Facebook.

Wednesday at 10am – Morning Prayer on Zoom – please let Charles Lewis know if you would like to attend and he will send you the joining details.  All are welcome!

Wednesday at 7.30pm – Living Word on Zoom followed by Compline at approximately 8.15pm on Zoom and on Facebook Live – please let Revd Gill know if you would like to join the Zoom meeting. All are welcome!  More information can be found on St Mary’s Tadley website Living Word.

St Mary’s remains open for private prayer on Wednesdays and Saturdays generally but please note – on Wednesday 13th the church will be closed as there will have been a funeral the day before and we want to allow ample time for cleaning. 


Wednesday Morning Prayer Service is led by Charles Lewis, please contact him for details.


On Thursday 14th there is a CTAT Forum and AGM. This is the collective group of Churches Together Around Tadley which hosts events such as the Arts Festival, Holiday Club, Unity Services and is a key part of the Tadley Hub helping with shopping and prescriptions. If you would like to know more or want to attend this meeting please contact Sally Wood or Andrew Thompson.


During the lock-down it is very meaningful to be in touch with each other regularly so if you would like to have a Church Directory or wish your contact details to be included in the next version please let Peter Wood know.


And finally, the Diocese has alerted us to the following COVID Vaccination Scam Alert. It is SO easy to be drawn into scam calls so please hang up on any calls where you are asked for bank information, however kind they seem. There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity. The NHS will never ask for a person’s banking information so please do not provide as it will be a scam

With every blessing,

Rev’d Gill

Weekly Notices – 03 Jan 2021

Dear Church Family,
I trust Christmas was restful and meaningful, if strange at times. Now, as we settle into our Tier 4 restrictions we recognise once again the need to do what we’re being asked to keep the greatest number of people safe which means staying at home most of the time, so please do contact us with any needs and we’ll aim to help out.

Our homes will be the focus of much of what we do in these days, and it seems appropriate to recall that Epiphany tradition of asking God to bless our homes. By writing the blessing inscription over our doors we’re daily reminded that God watches over us and brings his Light into our homes and lives. Please find the blessed chalks in individual bags in the church foyer for you to collect and use. If you’d like someone to do this for you please contact me. An Epiphany Prayer to go along with the chalk can be found here!

Epiphany blessing above St Mary’s Tadley doors – 2021

We continue our worship on Zoom every Sunday and this Wednesday the mid-week Morning Prayer Service will be that way too. If you have not joined worship on Zoom yet or are unsure about it I’d encourage you to give it a go. From about 10am on a Sunday morning the waiting room is open and you can join from then by simply clicking on the link provided in the email. For the foreseeable future this is going to be our main  way of being in fellowship and, while no substitute for the real thing, most find it a connecting and positive experience. Please get in touch with Steve or Peter if you’d like to be coached on how to join Zoom!

Join us on Sunday Mornings


Since we’re staying put it’s good to have opportunities to meet in other ways, and I’d like to draw your attention to three courses that are beginning after January 10th which will allow you to meet others and grow in your faith. All are cross-benefice with our partners at St Paul’s and St Lukes, and St Mary the Virgin in Silchester. You may join the Prayer Course, the Bible Course, or the Alpha Course. Please ask me for details of any you may be interested in. (Julie Dollin would be happy to tell you about her experience on a recent Alpha), and the other two are solid ways to deepen your relationship with God and others.

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Rev’d Gill

Weekly Notices – 29 Nov 2020

Dear all,
I hope you will be able to join in our service tomorrow morning – Advent Sunday – and that you all have all received your Advent Journey booklet which includes the order of service. If you haven’t, please look on the website while yours arrives! The link is below:
https://st-marys-church-tadley.org.uk/services/advent-journey/


It’s been another week of adjustments and decision making for us all and I know there will be disappointments about Christmas and that it’s challenging and tiring weighing up the ‘right’ thing to do. As the time approaches we want to make sure everyone is well cared for and connected, so let’s keep talking about that. However, in light of the guidelines we will be able to have some services in the church again, though we’ll keep our Sunday’s on Zoom and Wednesday Morning Prayer I draw your attention to the following things that are planned:

  • Christingle on Sunday 13th at 4pm, partly outside, partly inside.
  • Blue Christmas (a reflective quiet service for Christmas) on Sunday 19th at 4pm in Church and on Zoom. Please email me to book a place.
  • Christmas Shed Carol Services with a difference, Sunday 20, Monday 21, Tuesday 22nd (at St Mary’s) and Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th at St Paul’s, all at 6pm except 24th at 4pm. St Mary’s is hosting on the 20th. Please do share the attached poster.
  • Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve at 11pm, finishing before midnight to avoid any revellers! Please email me to book a place.
  • Christmas Morning Zoom – to share greetings at 10am

Zoom invitations to follow …..
Extra help needed for biscuit making as we’d like to give them away at Christingle and on the 20th. Please let Heather Saunders know (at coffee) if you’d like to make any and she will collect them from you in advance.
Also we would like to give a good St Mary’s welcome to all who come to the Christmas Shed opening on the 20th Dec. Please email Greg Whittick to let him know as he’s organising the teams. gregw@bccnet.org.uk
Thank you to Andrew and Charles for constructing the Christmas Shed!

With Advent blessings!

Rev’d Gill

Weekly Notices – 14 Nov 2020

Welcome to St Mary’s Tadley

Thank you for joining in our service today.

Giving to St Mary’s

Thank you for your faithful giving during the pandemic. Along with so many other areas of life at the moment, most churches have been hit hard financially and we would be so grateful for your donations anytime. Your gifts ensure we can serve our community and maintain the ministry we feel called to.  

You can now give online. Just click the DONATE button on the St Mary’s website.  The button will take you directly to givealittle.co/campaigns where you can select an amount to give to St Mary’s Tadley, and you can indicate whether you want to include gift aid.

If you would be willing set up regular giving through direct debit in the Parish Giving Scheme, that would be a wonderful help – please contact Mary Wyles to discuss. Thank you so much for all your support.


Next Sunday 22nd November there will be no Zoom service. You are invited to share in other acts of worship, either in our benefice or beyond. Please contact Rev Richard Harlow, richard73harlow@aol.com, or Rev Rob Young, robwyoung101@gmail.com if you would like to join their services on Zoom.

or

Sunday Worship on Radio 4 at 8.10 

Songs of Praise BBC 1 at 1.15pm

Winchester Cathedral Live Stream at 10am 


Good News!

A birth – a grandson was born to Amanda and David Leeks on Friday, he is Yoann and all the family are doing well.


Twenty-Three: the movie made a debut this week. The whole August day of filming is condensed into a 5-minute film featuring some of our congregation! Well done everyone who has had any part in creating and maintaining Twenty-Three. You can watch the video on biblesociety.org.uk by clicking HERE!

You may also be interested in …

Sunday morning (15 Nov @ 7am) on Radio Solent – Listen to Rev Gill’s interview about Twenty-Three.  You can also listen-again if you missed it by clicking HERE!


During the week:

Tuesday and Thursday – Daily Morning Prayer at 8 am – in church and on Facebook Live.  All are welcome to join us as we pray together.  You may also watch the video and follow the short prayer service at any time on Facebook.

Wednesday at 10am – Morning Prayer on Zoom – please let Charles Lewis know if you would like to attend and he will send you the joining details.  All are welcome!

Wednesday at 7.30pm – Living Word on Zoom followed by Compline at approximately 8.15pm on Zoom and on Facebook Live – please let Revd Gill know if you would like to join the Zoom meeting.  All are welcome!  More information can be found on St Mary’s Tadley website under Living Word.

 St Mary’s Tadley have produced a SPIRITUAL RESOURCES booklet for use from All Saints into Advent.  If you would like a copy, please let Rev Gill know.  You can download a copy from the St Mary’s website by clicking HERE!

If you have any questions or would like to contact Rev Gill, please phone the Vicarage on 01189 279 321

You can find us on Facebook and connect with us on our website at https://st-marys-church-tadley.org.uk/

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

Weekly Notices – 1 Nov 2020

Notices for today and the week beginning 2nd November

If you have any problems connecting the Sunday morning service please contact Rev Gill on 01183 279321 or Steve on 07812 145 987

Today, Sunday 1st November, at 4pm A Service of Remembering in the church and on Zoom.  If you plan to attend please email Gill. If you would like the name of a loved-one read out please add the name to the list in the church foyer, phone Gill, or email Nikki Flake, one of our PCC members: nicola.flake@icloud.com

Tuesday and Thursday – Daily Morning Prayer at 8 am – in church and on Facebook Live. All are welcome to join us as we pray together.  You may also watch the video and follow the short prayer service at any time on Facebook.

Wednesday at 10am – Morning Prayer (Contact Charles Lewis for joining details)

Wednesday at 7.30pm Living Word on Zoom (details from Gill) followed by Compline Live at the earlier time of 8.30pm

ThursdaySanctuary Mental Health Course at 7.45pm

Sunday 8th November – Remembrance Day – a short service in the church. Please let Charles Lewis know if you would like to attend.

Finally, thank you to all who helped in any way during the Arts Exhibition and Pumpkin Activities, they were enjoyable and safe, and timely experiences for all who passed through.

Weekly Notices 25 October 2020

Good morning and welcome to our Worship on this Bible Sunday. 

From Rev. Gill

For those of you who were in our Zoom service last week, I apologise once again for the incident that occurred. If you find yourself troubled by it please do contact me or Chris Gillings to talk things through. In light of the occurrence we are putting in further layers of security so you will only hear of the Zoom connection via email. It will no longer be on our website. However, please do continue to use the website as much as possible because it is a primary source of up to date information. 

Both Charles and I have Zoom accounts and the details for this Sunday’s service is different and will change when Charles is hosting. The next time I host the details will change initially then remain the same. I hope this is clear and assures you of our care in this matter. If you know of others who would like to join any of our services please direct them to me, Charles, Peter or Steve to get the access, that way we can remain open and invitational – and safe.

Notices

Tadley Community Arts Exhibition 25-31 October

This opens from 10-12 and 2-4pm starting TOMORROW. There are over 70 exhibits and a mini catalogue which gives insight into artistic processes during the lock-down period. Please come and see, if you feel able, and encourage others. There is room for 6 people to visit at a time plus two Stewards who are working as welcomers.

Could you steward for the exhibition at any of the following times please? If so please contact Greg Whittick, gregw@bccnet.org.uk.

Thursday 29th – 10-12 – 1 person

Friday 30th – 10-12 – 1 person

Saturday 31st – 2-4 – 2 people 

Creative Pumpkin Carving and Pumpkin Walk raising money for MIND

Pumpkins are available for a donation on Monday morning between 10-11 plus a guide to carving. Return the pumpkin on Wednesday between 3-4pm then come back to do the candle-lit Walk between 6-7pm. This is all socially distanced and a good way to share with our community and raise funds for mental health provision.

Memorial Service Sunday 1st November at 4pm in church

This is a quiet and reflective service for remembering loved ones. Please let Gill know if you intend to come.

Living Word and Compline begin on Wednesday 4th November, Zoom details to follow.

From Charles Lewis

Remembrance Sunday – This year Remembrance Sunday falls on 8 November and, as everywhere else in the country, we have had to make changes to our usual Remembrance Sunday arrangements.  There will be NO service at Baughurst War Memorial at 11.00 this year so we will be holding a service of Remembrance in St Mary’s Church start at 10.30.

The service will also be broadcast over Zoom and details will be sent out via email nearer the time. 

Church of England guidance allows a maximum number of people in a church building up to the number that can be accommodated with social distancing rules adhered too (i.e. 2 metres (6 feet) between people and compulsory face coverings).  However, people must not mingle in groups of more than six unless they are from the same household or support bubble.

If you would like to attend in person, in Church please let me know by telephoning on 01256 882537 by no later than midday on Friday,            6 November.  You will need to announce  your name before being connected.

I look forward to seeing you in Church for our first “in person” Sunday Service.