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.


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:

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.


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.


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.