Please open this post to read the notices for this week.
Christian Aid Week: This starts this week (10th—16th May). Christian Aid has been under great strain in the last year. You can see more information and a link to a video in the ‘News’ section of this website.
Nicolas Parochial Church Council (PCC) matters: The PCC held an interim meeting (online) recently to approve the St Nicolas accounts for the last year. The figures present a concerning picture; our projected monthly expenditure this year is around £5,800 and our current monthly regular income is around £4000. In the past, we have been able to draw on reserves to cover deficits but we can no longer do this. Normally we would have had our Annual Parish Church Meeting this month and our finances would clearly have been an important topic. We can’t hold it until we can meet inside, but the PCC will be discussing stewardship plans at the next meeting (May).
Our Mission Priorities: The PCC has agreed three priorities for this year which are in progress now:
1. Working towards opening our church for a couple of hours, five days per week 2. Creating a pastoral care team 3. Continuing online development following lockdown
Our ‘Strapline’: As you will know, our strapline as a Church has been “Faithful to God, Caring for each other, Serving the Community”. The PCC is in the process of reviewing this and invites all church members to think of a phrase which sums up what we are all about. “St Nicolas and St Anne’s Churches: ………………………” If you have ideas, please do share them with Jane.
The Friends of St Nicolas Church, Taplow: St Nicolas Church means lots of things to many people who do not attend the church regularly. This Spring, we are re-launching ‘the Friends’ to encourage our wider community and the many people who have worshipped at our church and moved away, to maintain their link with our church community. There will be a quarterly ‘Friends’ newsletter, an annual event (in the autumn) and we will invite Friends to all of our special events and services. We will all be able to join ‘the Friends’ and we will be inviting all of our Taplow community to join us. We would also want to include people who have moved away. Who do you know who might like this opportunity? Please could you email Nicki Jeffries with the names (and contact details if you have them) of people we should be inviting. Thank you. More information about ‘the Friends’ soon.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: members of our congregation are joining a special pilgrimage at the end of September this year. This is a wonderful opportunity to see many of the places where Jesus lived and worked. If you feel this might be something for you, do please contact Jane, our Vicar to find out more about it.
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.
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.