Please open this post to read the notices for this week.
First, some good news. Whilst numbers of Covid patients in our local hospitals are still high, things are improving. On this basis we are planning in hope to be back in church for communal worship on Palm Sunday 28th March. There can be no palm procession this year and we will follow the protocol we put in place keeping households sat separately, sanitising hands and wearing masks. But if all continues to go well, we look forward to welcoming you to 10.45am Parish Eucharist at St Nicolas on Palm Sunday.
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!
Our Blankets: You will probably remember seeing and perhaps using the lovely warm blankets we had in church when we had no heating last winter. They got rather dusty when our heating work was done, but Suzanne and I have washed 35 of them and Suzanne took those beautiful clean blankets to the LondonandSloughRun charity who work with the homeless in Slough. https://thelondonandsloughrun.com/
… Don’t worry … we kept a few in case anyone feels cold in church next winter though we are now blessed with heating!
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!
Taplow Lake Cafe: Now that the weather has improved many more people are out walking. There is a take away kiosk that is open at Taplow Lake each weekend. Let’s support our local businesses so that they will still be around to reopen properly when they are allowed to do so in the summer.
Pause for Thought: At our last meeting looking at priorities for Mission, some of the PCC felt that it might be helpful for congregation and others to have short informal video reflections and worship available during the week, so during Lent I am posting “Pause for Thought” each Tuesday and Thursday on the St Nicolas Facebook page. This will always be less than ten minutes and combine informal reflection with a piece of music. At the end of Lent I will review how well used this has been which will inform decisions on what we do going forward.
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.
Parish Giving Scheme: Our treasurer, Jessie Cooper points out to us that the very best way to contribute to the work of our Parish Church is to use the Parish Giving Scheme. If you do not yet use this way of donating to church and you would like to know more about it or ask any questions, please contact Jessie Cooper (Parish Treasurer) in confidence… by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 01628 603187
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.