Welcome back Jane!: Whilst it is wonderful to see Jane back with us, we need to bear in mind that her operation requires a four week recovery period and we are only two weeks in. So for the next two weeks, she will only be able to do very limited duties with us. Please respect this.
Hope Café: This monthly opportunity when we invite anyone at any stage of their journey of loss or bereavement to join us takes place next Wednesday (1st February) afternoon (2:00-3:30pm). It is a safe space to come and relax, have a cuppa, and appreciate the company of others who have also experienced loss in their lives. No need to book in advance, just come!
Traidcraft: Next Sunday will be the first Sunday in the month so we will have our Traidcraft Stall open with all the usual items that we stock up on for the month. Bring your cash!
St. Nicolas’ Choir at Gloucester Cathedral: This year, our Choir will be singing the services in Gloucester Cathedral on Saturday, 3rd & Sunday 4th June. If you would be interested in a coach trip to Gloucester on Saturday, 3rd June, leaving Taplow at 10.00 a.m., arriving in Gloucester in time for some “retail therapy”/lunch and/or the rehearsal for singers, Choral Evensong sung by our Choir, and arriving back in Taplow at about 8.00 p.m. (in good time to get home before it gets dark), do please tell Phil or Pam as soon as you can. This will help book the correct size coach! The current indicative cost is £24 per person for the return coach trip.
The Next Friends’ ‘Taplow Talk’: Overleaf you will see the details for our February Taplow Talk which also includes music! It begins at 7:00pm; there are two halves with interval ice-cream and coffee. A pay wine and soft drinks bar will be available before it begins and during the interval. There is likely to be big demand for tickets so get yours in good time on our website: The Friends>Taplow Talks.
Monthly Financial Position: Overall our Income covered 89% of our expenditure in December, leaving a deficit of £10,000 in our Parish Share. Whilst we received an energy Grant from the Diocese for £1,285, we also had a bill of £3,500 for pollarding of trees in the churchyard. Do raise any questions you have with Jessie Cooper.
Zoom Meeting to Pray; 10:00am Wednesdays Weekly: our Deanery now offers a half hour Zoom prayer meeting hosted by St Paul’s Church, Slough. You can join this Zoom call any Wednesday by going to meeting ID: 523 com. 327 5615 Passcode: 2022 The meeting also goes out on Facebook.
We need a new Church Warden: Following her new job in the ambulance service, Janet is having to step down from her role as churchwarden so we need to find someone else to work with Tony & Hilary. Please pray about this and consider whether you or someone you know might be called to support our church community in this way.
Prayer for the Homeless of Ukraine
Almighty and merciful God, whose Son became a refugee and had no place to call his own; look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger, homeless and hungry. Bless those who work to bring them relief; inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts; and guide the nations of the world towards that day when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
St Nicolas joins the REFILL REVOLUTION!: We are reducing our plastic waste by refilling used plastic bottles instead of sending them to be recycled or wasted. We have teamed up with the REFILL HUB (see advert in our Christmas newsletter) to supply the church with cleaning materials that createPLASTIC WASTE. We already have products in church which you can try. Look out for our supplies of:
Liquid Hand Soap(French Vanilla)
Hand Sanitiser Gel 70% alcohol(French Vanilla)
Anti-bac All Purpose Cleaner(French Lavender)
Washing Up Liquid(Rhubarb and Lemon)
Toilet Cleaner(Spearmint and Peppermint)
The REFILL HUB visits Burnham Market on Wednesday mornings 8.30 – 13.00, and several other venues. Times and prices are given on their website.refill-hub.co.uk. If you wish to reduce your own plastic waste you can either take your empty plastic bottles to the Refill Hub, or bring them to church and Hilary will get them filled for you. Chat to Hilary for more details.
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: email@example.com or phone: 01628 603187