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The latest news, updates, and thoughts from the team at St Mary's.

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Hart Foodbank Update

  • Rev'd Lerys Campbell
  • 14 Aug 2022

Providing emergency food to local people in crisis

During the period April 1st - June 30th 2022 we provided the following with emergency food: Adults 719, Children 402, Total 1121

An example of what we hear from a typical client: "I'm going through a divorce and I have had to move to different rented accommodation. I'm trying my best to work, pay all the bills, look after my children...but sometimes I only have a few pounds left to buy food for the whole family. Your parcels make such a difference to our lives! Thank you"

Thank you to everyone who works for, supports and prays for Foodbank’s continuing ministry in this community.

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Generous June

  • Rev'd Lerys Campbell
  • 12 Jun 2022

For the next four weeks we will once again be joining in with generous June.

This is an opportunity for each of us to reflect on God’s generosity to us, and our own response both in terms of the time, talents and money that we give back to God, and also our attitudes to those around us. We will very helpfully be led in our thoughts with sermons both by live visiting speakers in some cases, and in talks pre-recorded by our Bishop’s David and Debbie. As we engage with generous June once more, we will be inviting everyone to review our giving to church once more and look at what God is calling us to give.

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Foodbank Volunteers Needed

  • Jane Hughes
  • 29 May 2022

Could you spare an hour or two a month to help at the Darby Green Foodbank, part of Hart Foodbank?

We need help to deliver food parcels to clients. This would happen on a Monday or Thursday between 1:30pm and 3:00pm. We also need help collecting supplies from our central store in Fleet for our foodbank in Darby Green. Again, this would be Monday or Thursday 1:30-3:00pm.

In both cases you will need access to a car and be physically able to carry heavy bags and trays of food. Petrol expenses can be claimed.

If you can help or would like more information, please contact me.

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Easter Services at St Mary's

  • Rev'd Lerys Campbell
  • 29 Mar 2022

Please join us for our Easter Services:

Thursday 14th April

7pm Maundy Thursday Holy Communion at St Peter's Church, Yateley

Friday 15th April

10am Good Friday Family Worship at St Mary's Church and on YouTube

2pm An Hour at the Cross

Sunday 17th April

8am BCP Holy Communion at St Mary's Church

10am Easter Family Communion at St Mary's Church and on YouTube

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Prayer down my street

  • Rev'd Lerys Campbell
  • 8 Mar 2022

Our giant map of the parish of St Barnabas will soon be complete.

Jane Hughes has also given me a list of the roads in the parish of Eversley and at church on Sunday we will soon have this available to sign up on whilst we make a similar map for Eversley.

 We would love you to commit to praying every week for two streets in the parish(es).   If you live in the parish(es), one of these is your own.  The other is another which no one else has yet committed to praying for.  If you don't live in the parish, then we'd ask you to commit to 2 streets which no one else is praying for. 

If you are fit enough, perhaps you could go and visit the street you are committing to pray for, and prayer walk it. But if not then the act of praying from home for the people, buildings and communities represented by that street is a key indicator to God that we are serious about asking him to bless every person in our area with his love.

Praying for each street once a week or more frequently will also, we pray, open up opportunities in these areas for God to act.  Everyone can do this, so please do sign up when the sheets appear at the beginning of March and we will give you something to help remind you of your commitment to pray.

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10 in 10,000

  • Rev'd Lerys Campbell
  • 8 Mar 2022

Alongside praying for our community, we also want to ask you to commit to praying for our Churches.

 Did you know that there are 10,080 minutes in a week?  I'm asking you to commit 10 of them (or 0.1%!) to pray specifically for your church.  Both of our churches face huge pressures at the moment and we need God to guide us and to step in with his resources to help us.  Regular committed prayer for our churches for 10 minutes each week is a way that every single person, regardless of physical ability, can help. 

Often people have said they don’t know what to pray for so we will commit to send out a short list each month of the particular things or areas that we would value prayer for over the next few weeks.  You do’t have to follow or take any notice of this list, but it is there to help guide your prayers if you wish.  Wherever possible we will let you know how and when God answers our prayers and the signs of hope we see.  Everyone can do this, so please do sign up in church this Sunday or if you can’t be there in person, drop us an email and we will give you something to help remind you of your commitment to pray and the first areas to pray for.

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Supporting the people of Ukraine in prayer and action

  • Rev'd Rachel Hartland
  • 8 Mar 2022

We have shared in prayer for the people of Ukraine on several occasions this week, including at our Ash Wednesday Services. Whilst we continue to pray for the situation, several people have asked about practical ways in which we can help, so we share the following for you to prayerfully consider:

One of the best and safest ways to donate is via the Disasters Emergency Committee have launched an appeal https://www.dec.org.uk or https://www.redcross.org.uk/ who are part of DEC. These are organisations who are well equipped to provide targeted assistance by ‘professionals’ at the places it is most needed, responding to need swiftly as the situation changes.

It is possible to donate physical items, but there is a very specific list of needs that Yateley Town Council are equipped to receive at the former Red Cross Hut, off Monteagle Lane, GU46 6LU. They also need volunteers to help receive and sort donations – if you can help with this please contact office@yateley-tc.gov.uk.

The donation point will be open Tuesday 15th – Thursday 17th March 4-7pm, and Friday 18th March 9am-1pm.

They will ONLY be able to accept the following:

  • Pushchairs
  • Torches
  • Dried and canned food
  • Batteries
  • Nappies, nappy sacks, and wipes
  • Baby products
  • Baby food products (including toddler food)
  • Special diet food (e.g. lactose and gluten free)
  • Thermos flasks/insulated cups
  • Sanitary products
  • Medical supplies
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Thank You

  • Rev'd Lerys Campbell
  • 8 Mar 2022

Two years ago this week, our churches began to respond for the first time to the Coronavirus pandemic and I wrote to each of you about some changes to the way we were going to have to operate for the (near!) future.

 Two years later, and after all we have endured, and all we see in the news today, I wanted to write to you again.  We may not quite be back to normal yet – whatever that might mean – but this week saw a number of things restarting, and I wanted to mark this moment with a thankyou.  A couple of times this week I have been reminded of the need for us to be thankful, even, and perhaps especially, when things seem tough or bleak. I have also been reminded that we should express that gratitude to those around us, often and earnestly. So I want to take a moment today to say thank you to you all. 

Thank you to all of you who have helped us to keep our churches going over the last two years.  Whether in practical, financial or spiritual ways I am aware of how much time, money and prayer has gone into our church life.  Turning up on a Sunday, whether in person, or online is a huge encouragement to us and to one another so thank you to all of you who have taken the time to come, in person or virtually and shared with us. Thank you to everyone on this newsletter chain for praying for the things which are happening.  Thank you to our prayer chain pray-ers for keeping those of us in need in their prayers and indeed for all of you praying for me too.  Thank you for those of you who have gone on rotas and agreed to support us in so many ways.  Thank you to those who have joined us recently, and those who have been part of our communities for many years.  Thank you everyone for your continued support.

May God bless you all

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Messy Church is at Eversley Village Hall in February!

  • Rev'd Rachel Hartland
  • 7 Feb 2022

February's Messy Church will take place at Eversley Village Hall. 

Everyone is always welcome at Messy Church, and this month is no exception.
There will be fun, creative activities that celebrate the love that God has for all us.
They will be continue to be designed to enable family 'bubbles' to remain as safe as possible.

It's just that this month, there will be PANCAKES!...
And, we're holding Messy Church at Eversley Village Hall,
thanks to the generosity and help of the EVH Committee.

Do come and join the fun at 4pm on Sunday 20th February, at Eversley Village Hall.

Messy Church Poster

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Important Notice Regarding Worship

  • Rev'd Rachel Hartland
  • 31 Jan 2022

Whilst the legal requirement that facemasks be worn in all church services has been dropped by government, we are still very keen to continue keeping everyone as safe and well as possible.

Singing still increases transmission risk, so in line with other churches and venues both locally and nationally we are continuing to ask congregations to remain masked particularly when singing please.

We will continue to use individual cups for Holy Communion, have hand gel available, and keep the churches well ventilated.

Please continue to dress warmly!