St Mary Magdalen will be taking part in the Tilehurst Garden Festival on the 4 and 5 July 2020 running between 1:00 and 5:00 each day. We will be the Northern Hub for the event, and will be hosting a Tilehurst Horticultural Society Plant Sales table, as will as providing refreshments throughout the day.
One of the main purposed of this is to raise money for a Lower Tilehurst Defribulator which we hope, will be located on the new front porch of the church as well as raising funds for our own church. This event will replace our normal Patronal Flower Festival.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Carl is busy planning the event and would welcome ideas as to how we can make this a really special day for the church.
Our theme will be ‘Gods Wonderful World’ and will feature themed displays on the main horticultural and bio-diverse areas of the World. This includes displays on Tundra, Rainforest, Temperate Forest, Desert, Mountain and Oceans. We will also create conservation and environmental messages about what we can do to help protect the planet.
WE WANT TO FILL THE CHURCH WITH PLANTS as well as beautify the church and hall grounds.
As we now starting to think of the warmer days of Spring, can you start collecting, growing and potting plants that we can use in church. We would like to create a ‘central-garden’ as we did for the Flanders Field event in 2018. And what about a ‘flower curtain’ in front of the Lady Chapel?
What about a line of Lavender bushes by the white railing next to the vestry? Or a Wildflower meadow between the church and hall? We are also applying to The Woodlands Trust to obtain a natural hedgerow and tree pack for the Church green and Hall.
Please speak to Carl about ideas and what you can do for the event, he is also collecting monetary donations so that we can buy plants and any materials that we will need to help the displays.
REMEMBER to put the date in your diary now, we will need help to set-up and break-down the event before and after the weekend.
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.