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.


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.

Weekly Notices 18 Oct 2020

During the week beginning 19th October:

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

Zoom Meeting details can be requested separately.  Please contact Charles Lewis or Revd. Gill for more information.

Compline Live on Facebook every Wednesday at 9.30pm

Sanctuary Mental Health Course on Thursdays October 7.45pm-8.45pm on Zoom. This group is now closed but if you are interested in joining a future course please let Gill or Chris know.

Looking Forward

Living Word – begins again on Wednesday November 4th and every Wednesday thereafter from 7.30pm-8.45pm via Zoom ending with Compline.  Please see our website for the bible readings and for more information.

Tadley Community Autumn Arts Exhibition (26th-31st October). We have lots of interesting submissions, thank you! Please let Gill know if you would like to steward/welcome our visitors.

All Soul’s Service on Sunday 1st November at 4pm. This will be a gentle contemplative opportunity to remember and give thanks for those we have loved and lost. It will be in person in St Mary’s Church and online and Zoom. If you would like the name of somebody read out as we light candles please add the name to the list in the church foyer or email our Nikki Flake, one of our new PCC members: nicola.flake@icloud.com

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.

Autumn Audio Retreat with Brian Draper

Brian Draper writes:

Hi there!

I’m delighted to say I’ve finished recording my autumn ‘audio’ retreat, and it’s ready for you to enjoy – just in time for the weekend! I’ve really missed leading my seasonal walks this year, but I’m so pleased to offer this creative alternative.

It’s all quite simple: download the file from my website onto your device, plug in your head-phones, step outside and take a reflective walk into autumn! (And if you can’t get out or walk too far – or if you don’t have a smart-phone or tablet – you can easily listen on your computer and still have an immersive time in your home or garden.)

There’s an intro and seven guided reflections on autumnal themes, plus simple ideas for ‘practice’ woven in. At 75 minutes long, you can listen in one go, or else take it slower, pressing pause between reflections and making a personal ‘event’ of it. You could even walk with friends, listen in parts, and reflect together, if local rules permit.

NB: You’ll need to visit the page – briandraper.org/autumn-audio – using the phone or tablet you want to listen from on your walk, so that you can download the file to that particular device. And don’t forget to charge it up before you head out!

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If you enjoy it and would like to make a donation, details are on the link – you can chip in via bank transfer, cheque or paypal. My suggestion is £10, but you’re welcome to pay less, more, or nothing at all, depending on your circumstances.

Apparently we’re set (here in the UK) for a vividly colourful autumn; I do hope my resource will prove to be a soulful companion, whether you’re feeling fruitful and mellow, or stripped back to the branch, or perhaps a bit of both…

With my deepest thanks for your continued support.
Go well!


PS: Join me for a ‘Mid-Day Moment Live!’on YouTube every Friday in October. You can find me here at 12 noon (or watch later, if you can’t join me at the time.)I’m also presenting Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4 on Saturdays 31st October and 7th November, 7.45(ish)am.

Weekly Notices – 04 Oct 2020

Harvest Donations

Basingstoke Food Bank Donations. You can send a cheque or drop cash into the centre.

By BACS transfer to:
Basingstoke Foodbank
Sort Code: 60-02-49
Account Number: 80118577

Natwest Bank,
Old Market Square Branch,
3 London Street,
RG21 7NS

Sunday 4th Crosslink AGM, see Andrew for details.

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 with liturgy from the Iona Community on Zoom

Zoom Meeting details to be provided

Compline Live on Facebook every Wednesday at 9.30pm

Sanctuary Mental Health Course on Thursdays October 7.45-8.45pm on Zoom. Please contact Gill if you’re interested as it’s not too late to join.

Looking Forward
Living Word – coming soon on Zoom …
Tadley Autumn Arts Exhibition (26th-31st October). Please see website
for details and submission forms.

Weekly Notices – 27 Sep 2020

Notices for Sunday 27 September:

Wednesday 30 September: Holy Communion at 10.00am in Church and live on Zoom and Facebook.

  • Compline in the evening at 9.30pm on Facebook live.

Thursday 1 October: Sanctuary Mental Health Course at 7.45pm via Zoom

**Rained Off** Saturday 3 October: Harvest Pilgrim Walk has been postponed. Instead, please meet at St Mary’s Tadley at 11am to make collages from materials that remind us of Harvest. All will be done safely and in a socially-distant way. Please bring a facemask and feel free to contact Steve on 07812 145 987 for details.

Sunday, 4 October: Harvest Festival Service via Zoom where we give thanks for our world and God’s abundance. Monetary donations are invited for the Basingstoke Foodbank. Any cash donations can be given to Gill when she delivers the Orders of Service on Saturday or dropped through the Vicarage door. Details for online giving will be in next week’s news sheet.

26-31st October: Community Arts Exhibition at St Mary’s. If anyone would be able to steward (two people together) for any of the sessions 10-12 noon and 2-4pm please let Gill know.

Log in details for these services and events are at the back of this service sheet.

Weekly Notices – 20 Sep 2020

During the week beginning 20th September:
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 23 September **Amended – Zoom only this week**

Wednesday at 10am– Morning Prayer in church and on Zoom. All are welcome to join via Zoom.

Compline Live on Facebook every Wednesday at 9.30pm

CTAT Forum at 7.30 on Zoom

Looking Forward:
Sanctuary Mental Health Course (one hour for 6 weeks) on Thursday October 1st 7.45-8.45 on Zoom. Please contact Gill if you’re interested

Living Word – coming soon on Zoom …

Harvest Pilgrim WalkSaturday October 3rd, socially distanced walking from Mortimer to Silchester, ending at the Mission Hut ‘Casa Artis’.

Harvest Festival Sunday October 4th

Tadley Autumn Arts Exhibition (26th-31st October). Please see website for details and submission forms. https://st-marys-church-tadley.org.uk/tadley-community-arts-exhibition-2020/

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 – 06 Sep 2020

From Rev’d Gill

Most of us settle into a rhythm every September that’s engrained since school days. The pattern is familiar; stiff new school shoes, too short hair, and the mix of excitement and anxiety of a new year. I learned this week that these two words, anxiety and excitement, come from the same root and, this September we find ourselves holding both in a strange kind of tension. Familiar things that now look different can disorientate and worry us, and yet there can be a frisson of excitement about the potential for something new which we mustn’t ignore.

We can take encouragement from today’s Collect prayer which reminds us that God searches us and knows us – God knows how we feel, each one of us, whatever age, in our anxiety, and we can say  –  God, ’we can rely on you in strength and rest on you in weakness’ in whatever we face this week. Let’s expect God to speak to us, whether at a ‘burning bush’ or in the everyday aspects of our life, and let’s make the most of exciting opportunities with all God’s courage as we take risks in the kingdom of God. You might send a card or letter, speak words of encouragement to a neighbour, consider joining a small group on Zoom to deepen your relationship with God. (If you are interested in a course please speak to Gill or Steve).

Collect for 06 Sep 2020
Almighty God,
you search us and know us:
may we rely on you in strength
and rest on you in weakness,
now and in all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

For our prayers this week

  • Chloe, Pat Wickham’s granddaughter recovering from a traumatic injury
  • Jack, Pat’s son-in-law, in a medically induced coma
  • Margaret Downing, adapting to her new surroundings at Marnel Lodge Care Home
  • All who feel lonely or anxious
  • Teachers and children adapting to school

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 in church and on Zoom – please contact Charles Lewis if you would like to attend in person.  All are welcome to join on Zoom. We are working to improve the audio quality and the Zoom experience.

To join the Zoom meeting on Wednesdays at 10am, please use this URL:


Meeting ID: 623 178 6968

Passcode: 3uTwhZ

You may also dial in by phone using any of the phone numbers below:

        0203 051 2874 United Kingdom

        0203 901 7895 United Kingdom

        0203 481 5237 United Kingdom

        0203 481 5240 United Kingdom

Meeting ID: 623 178 6968

Passcode: 407114

Compline Live on Facebook every Wednesday at 9.30pm

Next Sunday:

Sunday 13 September Morning Worship will be on Zoom.

Topic: St Mary’s Morning Worship

Time: Sunday 13 September 10.30 am

To Join the Zoom Meeting please click on the URL below:


Meeting ID: 893 0976 8136

Passcode: 929043

You may also dial in by phone using any of the phone numbers below:

        0203 901 7895 United Kingdom

        0203 051 2874 United Kingdom

        0203 481 5237 United Kingdom

        0203 481 5240 United Kingdom

When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 893 0976 8136 and Passcode: 929043.

Further Ahead:

Sunday 20th September APCM at 12.00 via Zoom

Harvest Pilgrim Walk on Saturday morning October 3rd. Save the date for this socially distanced event. Details to follow …

Harvest Festival on Sunday October 4th. If you have ideas for celebrating this or a theme, please get in touch with Gill. It’s an opportunity to do something different and create something together.

Tadley Autumn Arts Exhibition at St Mary’s, all ages, 26th Oct – 1st Nov.

Half-term Pumpkin Event and competition 4pm Saturday 31 October outside at St Mary’s. Details to follow …

 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/

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