28 Feb 2021 – Leaving Service

Dear friends at St Mary’s,
It’s hard to believe that this day has come and that today’s service is the final one for Steve and I before we move to Shepton Mallet in the coming week. It has been so lovely to share conversations with many of you this week, to be reminded of things from almost 3 years ago which seem much further in the past because of the pandemic year.

We’ll gather some threads together in our worship and celebrate and give thanks for God’s steadfast keeping and hopeful future. It is at least a consolation to be moving knowing that vaccines are plentiful, restrictions will lift before long, and that the spring is coming and the way is opening up for us. For some there are many challenges still and I know you’ll continue to care for each other well and be bold in seeking out the lonesome and struggling in our church family and beyond.


It has been a privilege to serve here at St Mary’s and we’ll miss you very much. We’ve been shaped by your faith, your love and care, your interests, and stories and we look forward to hearing how God continues to build this community through you because each one of you has a significant part to play.

With all love and prayers,
Gill and Steve

Weekly Notices – 21 Feb 2021

From Rev’d Gill

The CTAT Unity Service is today, Sunday 21st February at 4pm

This is an online gathering to give thanks for what God has done among the churches of Tadley over the past year, and to say our farewells to Gill and Steve Sakakini. The Zoom joining details will be sent by email – contact Gill if you have not received the details and would like them.

For the week beginning 22 February, 2021:

Looking forward

  • Luke in Lent – throughout Lent we will be able to hear/read/see daily reflections (on Facebook, by email or printed).  These take us through the gospel of Luke, with different voices across the benefice, including some of our own from St Mary’s! If you do not want to receive these by email please let Peter Wood know, (peter.wood487@btinternet.com).
  • Farewell Zooms – We are not able to say farewell in the way we’d love to, but we are arranging a number of opportunities to say ‘good-bye’. Some will be ‘doorstep’ encounters, and some are over tea and coffee on Zoom. The Zoom joining details will be sent separately by email.

Farewell Morning coffee – Feb 22, 2021 11:00am

Farewell drinks (of any kind) with the Sakakinis Feb 23, 2021 7:30pm

Farewell afternoon cuppa – Feb 24, 2021 4:00pm


Things are happening at Garden 23!  Steve spotted this tiny iris in bloom while casually walking through the labyrinth.  Come, walk the garden path and take a look at what plants and flowers you can find! Surely signs of good things to come!   You can watch the Garden 23 video on the St Mary’s website here: https://st-marys-church-tadley.org.uk/garden-23-video/  

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/

Welcome to St Mary’s Tadley

Weekly Notices – 14 Feb 2021

The week beginning 15th February, 2021:

From Rev’d Gill,

Morning Prayer Service on Wednesday 17th February. Please contact
Charles Lewis for zoom joining details. c_m.lewis@btinternet.com. All are welcome!

Tuesday & 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 Living Word (no Compline this week). Please ask Rev’d Gill for the Zoom joining details. Please note this is the last week of these services led by Gill and Steve.


Vickie Ward’s funeral service will take place on Tuesday 16th February at St Mary’s at 3pm.


Ash Wednesday – A pre-recorded Holy Communion Service, which can be viewed any time, but we recommend joining together at 7pm.

There are a few ways to participate
Send in the cross shapes you’ve made and photographed (or
get in touch and I’ll photograph them).
Since we can’t use traditional ash from palm crosses, you can,
if you wish, make your own from soil or cocoa powder mixed
with a little oil. If you don’t believe me, listen to Daren, Head
Virger on YouTube at Winchester Cathedral as he explains! https://
www.youtube.com/watch?v=utlJzqQ02Vo



Luke in Lent – begins on Ash Wednesday with daily reflections by people from our benefice community, including some of our own at St Mary’s! If you do not want to receive these via email please let Peter Wood know,
(peter.wood487@btinternet.com). Please let me know if you are able to print and take a version to others without internet access.



Farewell Zooms – Save the date(s)! Since we aren’t able to say farewell
in the way we’d love to, we’re arranging a number of opportunities,
some will be ‘doorstep’ ones and others on Zoom. Joining details will
be given next Sunday for 22 Feb at 11am, 23 Feb at 7.30pm, and 24th
Feb at 4pm.




How can I donate to St Mary’s Tadley?
The best way to give regularly to the work of St Mary’s Tadley is through the Parish Giving Scheme. You can find out more about how to do this on their website. Let them know you want your gift to go to St Mary’s Tadley.
 
You can also support the work of St Mary’s Tadley by an online donation here! (follow the link: https://st-marys-church-tadley.org.uk/donate)



 

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/

Welcome to St Mary’s Tadley

Weekly Notices – 31 Jan 2021

From Rev’d Gill

As promised and as mentioned on Sunday, here is the link to watch more of the video and music by the group Epiphany expressing lament during the pandemic.

Epiphany video and music

A reflection on the altar frontal of The Wedding at Cana by Margaret Brackenborough

When I first saw the altarpiece at the beginning of the service sheet on Sunday I didn’t even think of Epiphany. My first impression was of creation with those glorious colours representing the four elements of earth, air, fire and water, all intermingling and flowing through and around each other with no beginning and no end and the detail was the richness within creation with nothing repeating and everything moving forward. I absolutely love it.

I can see the story of Epiphany and the water into wine in the piece, but for me I will always see creation with all those amazing colours and textures.

Thank you, Margaret, for your thoughtful response. Please send any more thoughts or reflections you may have had.


 For your prayers

  • Please continue to hold Vickie’s sons, Greg and Lewis, and family in prayer. Funeral details below.
  • Please continue to pray for the Jeff family, Jane, Jane, Ian, Kieran, and Hayden following the death of Jane’s brother John, and for Pat Wickam and family following the death of Jack.
  • We had news that Margaret Downing is in hospital.  Please pray for her and for those caring for her.
  • Please pray for all who face this week with fear or in loneliness, for those suffering in our hospitals, and all who work in the NHS and in caring professions.
  • Please send any prayer requests to us so we can include them here, if you wish.

Vickie Ward

Vickie Ward’s funeral service will take place on Tuesday 16th February at St Mary’s at 3pm. It will be live-streamed, and Greg and Lewis invite any of Vickie’s friends from St Mary’s to come to church. Please be mindful of the risks associated with doing so and let me know if you would like to come, space permitting.


Here is a link from the Bible Society that a few people passed on to me. Our community Garden 23 features in a Bible reading guide! The bulbs in the garden are emerging and showing us signs of spring hope which we very much need.


During the week beginning 4th February 2021:

Tuesday and Thursday – Daily Morning Prayer at 8am – on Facebook Live.  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 – led by Charles Lewis. Please contact Charles for the Zoom joining details at his email address: c_m.lewis@btinternet.com 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 [https://st-marys-church-tadley.org.uk/services/living-word/]

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

With Ephiphany blessings,

Rev’d Gill

If you have any questions or would like to contact Rev’d 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/

Weekly Notices – 24 Jan 2021

Epiphany Chapel altar frontal – Turning Water into Wine, designed by Sophie Hacker, Winchester Cathedral 2021

From Rev’d Gill

We always look forward to meeting together in worship and fellowship to support and encourage each other, and to grow and to give to our community and neighbours. We are especially grateful for those who are generously helping others with tech matters in these recent weeks, as this is a lifeline, especially during lockdown.

During this season of Epiphany, we continue to ponder ‘epiphanies’ in our own lives, those glimpses of God breaking in, giving us moments of recognition. We pray that God reveals himself more and more to us in these days which are hard to live through. Thank you for the myriad ways you keep each other lifted up. It is a precious gift to offer.

Sunday service links: if you would like to listen to the interviews or watch the videos again, please use these URL’s (in red below). I’d love to know what you think!

Breakfast on BBC Radio Solent -10th Jan 2021 – Sophie Hacker – on BBC Sounds – start listening from 2:40:00 of the 4:02:59 programme – https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p092906n

Jar Poem – on Facebook – https://fb.watch/31RlqJClXD/


For your prayers

  • Please continue to hold Vickie’s sons, Greg and Lewis, and family in prayer. Funeral details to follow soon.
  • Please pray for Jack, Rita, and all who face this week with fear or in loneliness. Pray for those suffering in our hospitals and for those who care for them.
  • We give thanks for the life of John and pray for comfort for Jane, his mother, Jane, his sister and Ian, Kieran and Hayden.
  • Please send any prayer requests to us so we can include them.

During the week beginning 25th January 2021:

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 contact Charles Lewis for the Zoom joining details at his email address: c_m.lewis@btinternet.com You would be most 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

With Epiphany blessings,

Rev’d Gill


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. 


How can I donate to St Mary’s Tadley?

The best way to give regularly to the work of St Mary’s Tadley is through the Parish Giving Scheme. You can find out more about how to do this on their website. Let them know you want your gift to go to St Mary’s Tadley.

You can also support the work of St Mary’s Tadley by an online donation here! follow the link: https://st-marys-church-tadley.org.uk/donate

Weekly Notices – 17 Jan 2021

Notices for St Mary’s Church, Tadley

Dear St Mary’s Family,

Vickie Ward

Vickie and Sally painting 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