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Wednesday Evening Zoom Compline: From next Wednesday (20th), we are resuming our peaceful and reflective fifteen minute service of Compline. The service begins at 7:30pm and our Zoom meeting will be open from 7:15pm for us to say hello to each other! Do join us next 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.
Fancy a pilgrimage to the Holy Land? Last year, plans were made (and then abandoned for obvious reasons) to organise a local pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It is hoped to re-organise this pilgrimage using McCabe Pilgrimages (www.mccabe-travel.co.uk) perhaps even for September this year. If you would like to know more about this possibility (absolutely no obligation), the local organiser of this potential pilgrimage is holding a Zoom meeting at 7:30pm on Thursday, 11th February to tell us more. Email the Vicar if you would like the meeting ID and password.
Bishop Jonathan Meyrick retiring and returning to our Diocese: Some people in Taplow and Dropmore might like to know about a service which is due to be live streamed from Norwich Cathedral marking the end of Jonathan’s full-time ministry. Jonathan and Rebecca are retiring to Banbury. The service in on Sunday, 24th January at 3:30pm and you can access it on You Tube: https://youtu.be/fENesGrXpHA. The service will be followed by a ‘Zoom Afternoon Tea’ at 4:45 with Jonathan and Rebecca. If you would like to attend, please email Jane for the Meeting ID and password.
Outcomes from the PCC Meeting (held on Zoom: 5th January)
- Budget for 2021: Our treasurer proposed a budget for this year including a reduced pledge for parish share of £3K. The budget was accepted. Concerns were expressed that even this pledge would be difficult to meet if the current circumstances continue. Our income is not meeting our bottom line expenditure. The PCC will receive monthly updates on our financial position which will be reviewed at regular intervals.
- Deanery Synod Report: our representative referred to current activity related to mission including the growing use of digital communications, deanery finances which show many parishes struggling to meet their parish share and discussion related to the appointment of an Area Dean.
- Stewardship Proposals: The meeting heard that although there is some individual generosity in giving, our parish doesn’t give what might be expected. It was felt that we needed to be clearer about our mission objectives in order to procure increased giving. The PCC plans to revise our Mission Action Plan (February Zoom meeting) and submit an appeal during lent for us all to re-consider our levels of Stewardship giving. In addition, it is planned to increase the default amount on the church dropbox from £5 to £8.
Buckinghamshire Council has issued advice about support offered for those in need. See the information below and use the phone numbers if you need to.
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.