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Vicar's Letter for this month
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.