Please open this post to read the notices for this week.
Repair to our Rosencrantz Nativity Stained Glass Window: with a generous grant from Historic England and a donation from Nigel Smales, we can report that the Rosencrantz Nativity stained glass window is now completely repaired and restored to its former glory.
A Cause well worth supporting – Many of you will remember Leslie Hart who used to worship with us in church. He and his wife Sonia join us for zoom compline most weeks during lockdown periods. This month, Sonia is going to try to do the 50K challenge for the charity Lullaby Trust who helped her when her daughter Julie died at 7 weeks in 1983. She writes:
“Over the last year smaller charities have really suffered because fundraising events cannot be held in the same way so I have decided to support the charity that is close to my heart. I shall be doing the walking challenge and my husband Leslie will be doing what I call a Sir Tom Moore challenge. He has Parkinson’s so will be walking with his walker 50 times around Hag Hill Rise estate in February. If you live round our area I am sure you have seen me and my husband out walking nearly every day. It would be lovely if you could sponsor us“.
Here is the link: – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sonia-Hart
Bags2thefuture – On 30th March we will have a collection of good quality old clothing from Bags2thefuture. There are three good reasons to support this:
- The items will be recycled providing employment opportunities selling on clothes in Africa and India,
- We are helping to improve our environment by not sending good quality clothing to landfill,
- We will receive funds for our church.
If you would like to contribute simply bag up your items and deliver to church on Sunday 28th March or by 9am on Tuesday 30th March. Please do share this with friends and neighbours as the more we collect the more money we make. We are also looking for volunteers to collect bags from anyone who cannot get to church. If you can help or will need a collection please let Jane or Caroline know. Happy de-cluttering!
Tales of Taplow – We still have plenty of the “Tales of Taplow” books if you would like to purchase one to give for a birthday present. Please contact Tony Bridge or Hilary Monaghan if you would like one – their details are on the screen. They are excellent value at just £10.
New Masks! – We know we are likely to be wearing masks for some considerable time so if you need a new one, just contact Jane our Vicar and she will arrange to have a selection on display at the Rectory for you to view at a safe distance or she can bring a selection in the car to you if you are unable to get out. We ask for a donation of £5 per mask. The new design with a special nose section!
Church Employment Opportunity: Are you or is anyone you know looking for a paid part time job in the local area? St Mary’s Hitcham are advertising for a paid administrator to support Sue in both parish and Deanery enabler roles. It is a flexible seven hours a week and of course during lockdown most work is by email or online communication.
Ash Wednesday – If you missed our fifteen minute service for Ash Wednesday, you can still access it on our website. The service includes our choir singing Allegri’s Miserere.
Wednesday Evening Zoom Compline:
Your are warmly invited to join us for our peaceful and reflective fifteen minute service of Compline held on Zoom every Wednesday. The service begins at 7:30pm and our Zoom meeting is open from 7:15pm for us to say hello to each other! Do join us on any Wednesday by emailing Jane, our Vicar if you haven’t yet got the Zoom meeting number and password. Also, do ask for a Compline service sheet if you need one. You are not committing to attend every week but we will be holding Compline every Wednesday until we are back in church.
World Day of Prayer, 10.30am Friday 5th March (online): On Friday 5th March our local churches together will be streaming a special service for the World Day of Prayer at 10.30am on Facebook and YouTube. More details nearer the time but put the date in your diary.
‘Come and See’: As we move on from the Epiphany weeks to the weeks before Lent, we have the opportunity to reflect on our creed as an online Lent course. The ‘Come and See’ initiative is an invitation to everyone and anyone who feels adrift during this pandemic, whether or not they know anything about the Christian faith.
We have registered as a church to take part the the programme which includes a weekly video before Lent then daily reflections during Lent and the opportunity to meet with Jane and Suzanne weekly during Lent to explore our creed. Here is a three minute introduction to the programme from Bishop Steven.
You can register for the programme by visiting oxford.anglican.org/come-and-see or you can simply email our Vicar, Jane to express your interest.
The Slough Food Bank: The APCM agreed we would continue to make donations to Slough Foodbank (following our Harvest donations). The Foodbank works with 155 government and community-based agencies like Shelter, Social Services, GPs and Schools. The Foodbank is a last resort for people. Last year, they helped 4,781 clients and it is expected that with Covid-19, this year significantly more people are in a food crisis situation. £20.00 provides two-day emergency supplies for a family – click this link Our nearest donation point for food is Taplow Sainsburys. Go to the Slough Foodbank website for the December wish list.