Posada a Description

Posada is a Spanish word meaning “inn” and it is a re-enactment of the search by Jesus’ two parents, Joseph and Mary for lodging prior to Jesus’ birth.
It is a chance for us to have Mary and Joseph and their donkey in our homes in the run up to 25 December, to help us remember the real meaning of Christmas – the special birth of Jesus.
During Advent Mary and Joseph ‘travel round’ the parish, visiting a different family or place every night. The overnight stay provides a great opportunity to reflect upon the true meaning of advent.
For the evening you ‘host’ Mary & Joseph you can choose to do what ever you like. Why not invite friends and family to sing carols and to talk about the meaning of Christmas?
How can you take part?
If you wish to take part, all you need to do is complete the tear off sheet attached and return it to or contact Julie Dollin with a preferred date if that is important, for a night that will suit you to ‘host’ Mary & Joseph. Another person from our community will make arrangements to bring the figures to your place at a time to suit both of you.
The next day you need to take Mary & Joseph to the next host on the Journey Rota. You will be given the relevant information when you are given the figures. We shall include ideas for games, activity ideas and prayers you can use during your hosting evening.
Join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus at our Nativity Service on Christmas Eve.

Battle of Britain Anniversary Service.

Today Sunday 8th September 2019, St. Mary’s Tadley Church,  Tadley North, held a service to Commemorate the 79th Anniversary of The Battle of Britain. The Service was conducted by  Flt Lt Charles Lewis Chaplain to 2403 (Aldermaston) Squadron and Thames Valley Wing Air Training Corps (ATC) and Revd Gill Sakakini. The Preacher was Revd. (Sqn Ldr) P John Baptiste, RAF HQ Chaplain, Northwood Headquarters.

In attendance was the Hon Hugo Cubitt DL, Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire and Mrs Cubitt, along with The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr Diane Taylor  and  The  Chairman of Tadley Town, Jo Page.

The ATC Cadets from Aldernmaston, Burghfield and Basinstoke paraded  their  Standards along with those of the Local RAF Association and The Royal British Legion. The Church was full with the Cadets and their Officers and the congregation of St. Mary’s. All were treated to an inspiring sermon by Revd. (Sqd Ldr) Baptiste, on serving others.

The Service was followed by refreshments in the church hall provided by supporters of the ATC. This has become an annual Service at St. Mary’s who  as a Church have provided Chaplains to the Local ATC over many years.

Imaging the Story: a course in the arts


Have you heard a good story lately? Maybe it was told to you by a neighbour or through a film script or at the school gate. I wonder which aspect of it drew you in and made you want to know more? How did the plot unfold, and did you begin to identify with a certain character?

We would be hard pressed to find a story with as many different aspects than the big story of God; there’e no shortage of suspense – what will happen to Daniel if he decides not to bow down to a statue as he’s ordered? There are tales of love and longing, of sacrifice and betrayal, murder and more …

There are so many ways to experience this story beyond reading; a sole actor on stage who memorises it and brings it to life, epic blockbuster films and children’s cartoons.  There are as many ways to tell this story as there are art forms! 

One approach to retelling this story through the art of making. I don’t mean illustrating but discovering something while making. For example, we might tap into a new way of knowing God if we think about a part of the story with a piece of clay in our hand. We make something of the story – quite literally – and may be surprised that something fresh opens up for us as we return to the text which we may understand a slightly different and richer way.

Imaging the Story is a course that invites us to be creative, not quite like God who creates from  nothing, but creating with the raw materials of creation. It is practical, reflective, fun and a good deal (just 5 per session)! What’s more, for the £50 course fee you get a copy of the full colour book, Imaging the Story , (co-authored by Rev Gill Sakakini), tuition from practising artists, refreshments, and all the materials required. 

The course kicks off in May and is hosted by St Mary’s Church on Monday evenings from 7:30-9:30pm. So check out the website and register to secure your place, then come along and give yourself permission to create in wood, film, metal, poetry, movement, prose, paint, clay, wool, games, music, fabric, vegetables, bread? Yes, really, all of those and more!

To find out more about this course, contact Rev’d Gill Sakakini, 01183 279321

To register go to https://www.imagingthestory.com/upcomingcourses

A review

Imaging the Story presents a window of opportunity in the busyness of life to stop, listen to, discuss and reflect upon different aspects of the biblical narrative. Exciting possibilities for personal and corporate responses unfold as examples of biblically inspired literature, poetry and art are considered. 

There is a  practical element to each session which is focussed, yet relaxed and great fun, providing an opportunity to explore words, objects and art materials in a prayerful way and then to use them creatively in response to a given theme. The culmination of this motivational and inspiring course is a rich and diverse exhibition of students work.

Imaging the Story definitely encourages individuals and groups alike, to move with a more considered and creative mindset,  in seeking to prayerfully interpret and express the truths of God’s word. This has the potential to affect and enrich one’s personal faith journey and that of small groups and our church communities. The exciting prospect of Christians expressing the Gospel in creatively diverse and engaging ways is the impact that this could have in our wider communities!

Lent Courses 2019

Dear all,

Lent is traditionally a time to review and reset our journey with God. We want to achieve a healthy balance between feeding our soul and giving out to others.

Most of us have far more demands on us than we have inner energy and wisdom to meet, and Lent can be a time to refuel.

Here are some ideas to help you:

Living Word: Lent is a contemplative approach. Gill and Steve will lead this every Wednesday evening during Lent from 7.30pm – 8.30pm in St Mary’s church, Bishopswood Road, Tadley, beginning on March 13th. (NOTE: Wednesday 4th April takes place at St Peter’s).

Check out the website: https://st-marys-church-tadley.org.uk/calendar

There is no need to book for these sessions, just turn up.

Daytime Living Word: Lent The same sessions are also available at 11am on Wednesdays at St Mary’s, beginning on March 13th.

You might wish to join others for a discussion course. 

Richard will be running a Lent Course for 5 Monday evenings (beginning on 4 March) at his house.

The course is based around the film/book/Tv series, Les Miserables. It is a bible study, not a film study, but it uses the stories in the film to explore social justice, forgiveness, redemption and other big issues.

If you would like to join the course (even if you can’t come every session), please email Richard: richard73harlow@aol.com

You might wish to follow an on-line course or series during Lent. These organisations will send a daily email to help you think, pray and grow. Sign up by clicking on the links:

40 Acts – a different challenge for each day of Lent – for those who learn by doing: https://40acts.org.uk/

The Church of England -pilgrim a daily reflection, prayer and action: https://www.churchofengland.org/pilgrim

You might wish to attend our Evening Community gatherings at St Luke’s church, Church Road, Pamber Heath at 6pm each Sunday, even if you don’t usually attend an evening service.

These last just an hour, and there is tea/coffee and often cake from 5.30pm. No need to book, just turn up.

If you have never done an Alpha course, or want to explore the basics of our faith, then you are welcome to attend Alpha at The Rectory on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm for 4 weeks, starting on 5 March.

You can get a taste of Alpha here: https://alpha.org.uk/tryalpha

You need to let Richard know, if you plan to attend: richard73harlow@aol.com

God bless,


Woofs, Bellies, and Wellies

Woof Poster

Planning  your half-term activities? Have you a dog that needs walking?  Gather with us for a bacon butty, a drink and a circular dog walk. You don’t even need a dog to come! If you have children or grandchildren who are nervous around dogs this is a gently way to introduce them. Come just as you are, with old friends or to make new ones. For further information contact Rev’d Gill on 01183 279321.