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Vicar's Letter for this month


Dear Friends,

The exams are over for our young people and the countdown to school holidays has begun! I hope we can all look forward to good weather and time for rest and relaxation over July and August.

I do hope you can join us on Sunday 3 July for our All-Age Service at
10 o’clock. We are delighted to welcome back Mark and Rosalie Balfour, our mission partners working for CMS in Guatemala. Mark and Rosalie have an extended break in the UK at the moment to catch up with family and friends, and visit their supporting churches – including ours. It has also given time for them to spend with their new grandson, Micah, who was born a few weeks ago. Mark and Rosalie will be filling us in on all that has been happening with their work and ministry in Guatemala, and staying on for coffee, so there will be a chance to ask them questions. They will be gearing the first part of their talk to children and adults. This will be followed by activities for the children while Mark and Rosalie speak further to the adults. Do join us. There will be a retiring collection for those wishing to support Mark and Rosalie and the vital work they are doing with CMS.

We are taking more steps to make giving to support our church easier! Just to remind you that you can give by regular envelopes or Standing Order (which means the money goes direct to our church bank account);  by using the QR code on display on the table as you enter the Victory Hall on Sunday mornings – very easy if you have a smartphone; even I have managed it! You can also give via our website, and we have a card reader.

This week we are collecting a new contactless giving device which will be available at services. The diocese is encouraging congregations to use these – so much so, that they were giving a limited number to parishes free of charge! We were lucky enough to get one! However, we will need to show we are making good use of the device, otherwise it may be given to another church. Use it or lose it!

So, if you are not yet signed up to giving by envelope or standing order, please consider using your card, rather than giving to the plate collection. The new machine still enables you to gift aid your donation, and to choose how much you want to give. It is becoming increasingly difficult for churches to bank loose collections now so giving in this way would really help us. There will be someone on hand each Sunday to help you.

Please do read the article by Nigel Cohen on page 6 of this newsletter about a new initiative to support asylum seekers staying in Maidenhead – an Afternoon Tea at 4pm on Saturday 16th July at our Community Centre. It would be great to have volunteers from our own church there to help with this, and to welcome those who come. There will be adults and children there, so we would love young families to come to meet our guests - there will be games for the children; for others, simply being there to talk to those who come would be very helpful. All contributions would be welcomed - if you can help by bringing sandwiches and/or a cake this would be much appreciated. This event is not being organised by our church, but I am very much hoping church members will want to support it. Do let Bridget or me know if you are coming, or if you can offer help with providing or serving refreshments.

Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of the summer – especially those taking holidays in the coming weeks. Can I encourage you to pray for our church regularly over the summer – you may like to use the Prayer for Growth included opposite.

As we take time and space for holidays or relaxation in other ways, may we know the presence of the God who calls us into being, who longs that we should know and love him, and who promises to be with us always, whether at home or away.

Every blessing,