Sunday Service 28 June 2020

Dear all,

This week, we have a slightly different log in for our Sunday morning service and coffee morning.  For those who have joined in the Wednesday services you will see that this is the same joining instruction as for that.  If you follow the link below it should take you directly to the service.  Peter Wood and I are planning to be online from 10.00 to ease your joining process and at 2 minutes to 10:30 we will have the opportunity to listen to Mary Flynn playing the St Mary’s Organ as recorded earlier this week.

If you have any problems on the morning please contact me on 01256 882537 or Peter Wood and we will try and help you with any problems  you have.

Below is the order of service so that if you are not able to join us, on line or by telephone you will be able to follow our Sunday morning offering.

Looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday morning.



Weekly Email 20 June 2020

A message from Rev Gill:

Dear church family,
Tomorrow, Sunday 21st June is our first try at worship on Zoom, and I hope as many as possible will be able to make it. If not this week please ask for help, and we’ll keep trying! You can join by pc, tablet, mobile phone or landline and all the details are below. You don’t have to let us see you, so you can join in your pj’s or whilst you eat breakfast! Here are the ways to join and we’ll be there from 10am helping you all get in and we aim to start at 10.30 for about 25 minutes and then will have coffee! 

Topic: St Mary’s Church Zoom Service and Coffee Time: June 21, 2020 10:30 AM London – Meeting ID 856 6882 0982
Join Zoom Meeting

PHONE any of the following numbers then you’ll be asked to key in the Meeting ID followed by # on your phone.

  • 0203 481 5240
  • 0131 460 1196
  • 0203 051 2874
  • 0203 481 5273

Other news: Our Psalm inspired Garden Labyrinth, ‘Twenty Three’ is growing wonderfully after all the rain and we have at least 3 wildflowers budding with colour. I wonder if you know what they are from my sketches? In early July we plan to offer a series of activities based on Twenty Three which will lead up to the actual walking of the labyrinth later in the month in a prayerful way. We have some tree stump ‘seats’ which are perfect for socially distanced seating and a Tadley mosaic artist is working with us so as many as wish can lay a mosaic design on the surface. We’ll have “one household-at-a-time” as we did for the planting and bird scarers so please let me know if you are interested in being part of this.

Tadley and Baughurst Scarecrow Trail: We’re going on a bug hunt:

St Mary’s is participating in this community adventure as we did last year. Since finding stag beetle larvae in the soil at Twenty Three we decided to create a giant male stag beetle as part of the trail. Andrew and Charles have been creating it and now are ready for socially distanced papier-mache help! It is rather large so, so many gluey hands are needed! We will announce some slots for sign-up from next week.

St Mary’s opening for private prayer:

As you’ll be aware, from this week the government has permitted churches to open for this purpose and we hope to do so too in early July. Since safety is top priority we are taking our time to ensure we can fulfil all the requirements. Initially it will be for just two days a week and we’ll let you know once things have taken shape. This week we have had an electrician on the premises doing some electrical work in anticipation of the remodelling work beginning at a later date.

Casa Artis on Zoom This is on Saturday 4th July, details to follow.

With every blessing,
Rev Gill

Weekly Email 13 June 2020

A message from Rev Gill:

Dear Church Family,
I hope you are all well and thank you for all you’re doing to keep people connected and spirits up.

Here is the link to tomorrow’s service (14 June 2020):

At the end of the 14 June service I mention how we plan to continue with worship at St Mary’s in the transition period towards returning to the church building in due course. On Sunday mornings, we will be shifting our service onto Zoom at 10.30am for 30 minutes in order to re-create community meeting together at the same time (as far as we can). This will be a blended or hybrid form of worship with some recorded parts and some ‘live’. For the next few weeks we’ll have a theme and different people will take the lead. If you’d like to know more please ask me.

We’d like to get as many people as possible on Zoom even if just via dial in – which works well too  – and we will be ready to help people get in from 10am each week. It will be really good to see each other again in this way and we look forward to gathering after at 11am for coffee zoom too!
With love and prayers,

Rev Gill