Macmillan Coffee Morning: Last Friday, Pam organised a Coffee Morning for us all. Thank you to all who attended to donate funds to this important cause and thank you to Pam for setting it all up for us.
Our Autumn Lecture Series: These lectures continue tomorrow: Monday at 7:00pm in church. The title of this lecture is ‘Here I Stand: My Name is Why?’. Lemn Sissay OBE, inspirational poet, performer, writer and broadcaster,read on stage throughout the world, from The Library of Congress in the United States to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, from the Opera House of Dubai to the London Palladium and finally to the heady heights of Wigan library in… Wigan. In this lecture, he will explore the courage to discover one’s true identity, to speak truth to power, and what it means to celebrate your own creativity and unique poetic voice. All are welcome; no charge—just come and join us.
Hope Café: Next Wednesday (4th Oct), we have our monthly Hope Café from 2:00pm until 3:30pm for anyone at any stage on life’s journey who would like to meet informally with others for refreshments and chat.
Churchyard Clearing Party: This will be from 10:00 until 2:00pm on Friday,6th October clearing brambles and generally making our lovely churchyard look well cared for. Please come and help if you can. Bring your own tools, gloves etc. Thank you.
Corn dollies ‘training’ day: Recently, we held the first of two ’learning’ events making corn dollies; you may have seen some of the beautiful results on the table outside the Lady Chapel. These corn dolly products will decorate the church for the Scarecrow festival and we hope to be able to teach visitors how to make them too. There is another session coming up on Friday 13th9.30am. If anyone else fancies joining us they are very welcome; just come along!
Our Website: Over the next few weeks we are restructuring our website to update it and make it easier to find your way around. Apologies for any inconveniences; we’ll tell you when it’s sorted out!
What will our legacy be?: Last Sunday, we had the opportunity to reflect on how we can transform lives we are gone. The Church of England and Christian Aid have created a scheme outlined in a leaflet (back of church) which you are encouraged to take away and think about. There is also a three minute video about it which you can access on this link.
PCC Meeting Outcomes: Notes of key outcomes are in the ‘News’ section of our website. Topics discussed on Thursday included the servery area, the streaming system, the heating system, planning all events through to Christmas, storage, leading intercessions, First Aid.
Scarecrow Festival Preparation: Please do sign up on the sheet at the back of church if you can help with serving refreshments during our festival opening times. There will be “shifts” of two hours available and we are aiming for at least three volunteers per shift. Thank you.
New Cards: Ann King and Keith Paskins paintings from the 2023 calendar are now available as greetings cards. The cards come with C5 envelopes, in cello bags as pictured: the set of 5 for £7.50 or singly @ £1.50. the card stall in the coffee area. All proceeds to St Nicolas church fundraising account.
Holy Land Pilgrimage: It looks like there will be at least six people from our parish joining this once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage next March. It is not too late for others to think about coming; information is at the back of church; talk to Jane about it if you have a feeling this might be for you. If there are safety issues at the time, it will not take place.
TAPLOW VILLAGE LUXURY ECO TEA TOWEL: At last, our 100% organic cotton tea towel is available to purchase. Designed using Ann King’s beautiful paintings which show-case our magnificent village of Taplow, this generously-sized luxury tea towel has been printed and sewn in Lincolnshire. £12in aid of St Nicolas’ Church.
‘Open the Book’: following our Annual Parochial Church Meeting, you will recall that the first of our three aims going forward is “to increase our relevance to the younger generation including to younger children and families”. One way we do this is through our involvement with St Nicolas School. On Thursday mornings, Jim and some parents work with Jenny Dobson at the school to act out Bible stories in our ‘Open the Book’ morning assembly. The school would welcome some more of our church community who might like to join in this work which is from 08:45 to 9:15am weekly. If you think this is something you might like to know more about, please talk to Jim about it. It is good fun and much appreciated by the children.
Pathways: the latest edition of Pathways on themes of schools, sanctuary and asylum seekers as we reflect on a momentous few months. Find nine ways you can support refugees, consider different views on worship in schools, and read some challenging but inspiring life stories. Are you sitting comfortably?to page 21 to find out…. Copies at the back of church.
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.
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