23 June 2020
The Church Council is working hard to ensure that we can re-open the church safely as soon as possible. We are currently aiming for the 16 July but hope it will be sooner. Please watch this site for further information.
As per the governments restrictions the church, hall and associated activities are CANCELLED or POSTPONED until further notice.
We realise that this is a stressful and worrying time for many. We are now streaming services on our brand NEW YOU-TUBE channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClwxvpn6fA8Kd-2yELoaa6A
so please do view them and we hope that they bring you some sort of peace-of-mind in today's world.
We've pulled together a list of telephone numbers that you might find useful.
Age UK Reading: 0118 950 2480
Grovelands Pharmacy: 0118 957 2389
Overdown Pharmacy: 0118 9428990
For medical advice please call 999 in an emergency or call your GP, Pharmacist or NHS 111
For advice, support, a listening ear: Here for You Reading: 0118 929 1111
West Reading Together Community Group: 07941 032 281
Covid-19 Mutual Aid Reading: 07380 248606
Reading Citizen’s Advice: 03444 111 306
Communicare: 0118 926 3941
Silverline phone line for the elderly: 0800 470 80 90
To sign up as a volunteer during the Coronavirus outbreak:
Revd. Dr. Adam Carlill
tel: 0775 341 1989
Confirmations, 11th April
In the last edition of the Benefice News I invited you to pray for the seven people preparing for confirmation. I am pleased to announce that their confirmation will take place at St Mary’s Minster on Easter Eve at 7.30pm by the Bishop of Reading, The Rt Revd Olivia Graham. I am also delighted to say that the number of candidates has risen to 8, with the inclusion of Stephanie Grainger’s sister, Sophie, who was baptized at St George’s on 16th February. Please pray for them all. Just so you don’t have to go through the previous edition of Benefice News here are their names again.
From St George’s
From St Mary Magdalen’s
Safeguarding Training, 3rd May
Keeping vulnerable people safe is the most important thing that we do as Christians and I would like you to put Sunday 3rd May in your diaries now. From 2-5pm we will be holding a basic safeguarding awareness afternoon, run by our two safeguarding officers, Lesley Sutcliffe and Fran Griffin. It is crucial, if we are to do our part in changing a national culture of apathy about this subject that we spend the time together, learning just how Christlike vulnerable people are. The afternoon will include Evensong and tea and cake, so it should he a positive experience for everybody. I would also like to draw your attention to the lecture on 4th May on why it is important to name Jesus as a victim of sexual abuse This is taking place at Zero Degrees in Reading at 7.30pm. As Christians we are closest to Jesus when we identify with those who have also been hurt.