What’s on this week 20 Feb 2023

Morning all! Here’s what’s on this week at StMary’s and The Chapel:

Monday 9:00-12:00 Chapel Cafe / warm hub (Chapel GU12 5AY)

Tuesday 10:00-11:30 Little Lambs Library, Baby and toddler group 0-4yrs (St Marys GU12 5JE)

Tuesday 16:00-18:00 Pancake party, races and pancakes (St Marys GU12 5JE)

Tuesday 18:30-19:00 Families choir for all ages (St Marys GU12 5JE)

Tuesday 20:00-21:00 Choir (St Marys GU12 5JE)

Wednesday 11:00-14:00 Chapel Kids, baby and toddler group 0-4yrs with lunch club (Chapel GU12 5AY)

Wednesday 20:00-22:00 Chapel crafts, bring a craft project along and have a natter (Chapel GU12 5AY)

Wednesday 20:00 Ash Wednesday service, first day of Lent (St Marys GU12 5JE)

Friday 10:00-13:00 Community Cafe / warm hub with lunch served at 12:00 (St Marys GU12 5JE)

Sunday 9:45 Learning centre before the main service (St Marys GU12 5JE)

Sunday 10:30 Church Service with Sunday School (St Mary’s GU12 5JE)

All sessions are free / by donation. We look forward to welcoming you.

Coats – available this Friday at Community Cafe

** Coats ** if you need a coat please come down to the Community Cafe Warm Hub this Friday at St Mary’s 10:00-13:00 we have had lots donated as part of our ‘winter warmers’ appeal and they are free to whoever needs them. Lots of different sizes, mostly childrens but there are a few adults ones. We also have some blankets available. Tea and coffee available all morning, Soup lunch is served at 12:00 . No need to book just pop in.

#FridayCafe #CommunityCafe #WarmHub #FamilyFriendly #EcoChurch #StopWaste #WinterWarmer

Christmas Services 2022

All are welcome!

Midnight Mass / Christmas Communion will be on Christmas Eve 11.30pm. All welcome.

Christmas Day Service is at 10am on Sunday. Neil will be taking the service and the service will be relaxed and shorter than a normal Sunday. Please note the change of time for this service.All welcome and children can bring a new toy to show us!

May you have a blessed and peaceful Christmas.

Community Cafe & Warm Hub Fridays 10:00-13:00

Come on in and get warm! 

Fridays 10:00-13:00

St Mary’s, Vale Rd, Ash Vale GU12 5JE  

Join us for cuppa, biscuits and a chat. 

We have free wifi for anyone needing to

get online and toys, books and 

colouring to entertain the children. 

Free Soup Lunch served at 12:00. 

All free / by donation. 

All welcome.  

SCC is also sending us winter 

essentials for those in need, 

just ask for Alex or Nikki 

The gift of trees this Christmas 

Please support Amaha We Uganda’s tree planting projects this Christmas. Your gift of trees will reforest mountains, stop landslides and feed families. 

Amaha We Uganda is one of St Mary’s chosen charities again this year and we are so excited to see that another 30,000 trees have been planted this season. You can read all about it on their website www.AmahaWeUganda.org.uk

Gift certificate cards are available for your family and friends. Email alex@amahaweuganda.org for your PDF certificate.

Donations link: https://givealittle.co/campaigns/ba64796b-7c63-4d16-944f-bacf9b8dc098

Carols by Candlelight 11th Dec 2022 6:30pm

Join us for an evening of Carols, music and readings by candlelight to celebrate the joy of Christmas. Sunday 11th December 2022 at St Marys, Vale Rd in Ash Vale, 6.30pm

Free to attend, all welcome, please stay for refreshments afterwards. (We are back indoors this year for the first time since covid)

#ChristmasJoy #AshVale #CarolsByCandlelight #StMarysAshVale #ChristmasCarolshttps://fb.me/e/2PNl2uQEf

Eco Crafting – Christmas Wreath

By Stephanie Farry

We have so many boxes and parcels arriving at this time of year with all sorts of deliveries – why not reuse them and create some beautiful seasonal decorations?

You will need:

– cardboard packaging

– scrap paper (we used plain white packing paper that came as padding inside a delivery, and scraps of leftover wrapping paper)

– glue

– scissors

– pen or pencil

– tape – recyclable, if possible!

– two short ribbons

– anything you like to decorate – ribbon, holly, glitter, pens, stickers

Step 1: draw your shape on cardboard, with a nice thick border, and cut out. We did a simple circle to make a wreath, but you could make stars, hearts, holly leaves – it’s up to you. Note: if you want to hang your decoration somewhere where the back can be seen, you might like to make two identical shapes, then secure them back-to-back before displaying!

Step 2: cut your paper into strips. Thinner strips work better as they are easier to position, but thicker strips might be quicker!

Step 3: decide which side of your shape is the front and which is the back. Spread glue over the front, then begin carefully wrapping the strips of paper around. Start each new strip at the back, and make sure they overlap to fix down the loose ends and neaten the edges.

Step 4: continue to wrap strips around until the card is fully covered. If you have different types of paper you can create a pattern as you go. We used two layers of white to create a solid look, then added on the other colours. Add more glue as needed.

Step 5: use small pieces of tape to secure any loose ends or edges on the back.

Step 6: tie one piece of ribbon around your shape at the top and secure loose ends at the back, and then tie the other piece of ribbon into the first to create a hanging loop.

Step 7: finish off your decoration with any embellishments you have to hand – we added a miniature bauble and some sparkly tape.

Step 8: hang your decoration and enjoy it all season!  Then when it’s time to tidy away, you can recycle it – just remember to remove any non-recyclable parts, of course!

Christmas Food Parcels 2022 – can you help?

Christmas Food Parcels 2022  

Can you help? 

The local Food Parcels Project for Ash, Ash Vale and Ash Green is appealing for Christmas Hamper items and winter warmers for local families this Christmas. 

Not everyone will be in a position to help this year, but if you can, we will be very thankful. Donations can be dropped off on or before Saturday 17th December at St Mary’s Church Vale Rd on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays 9:00-12:00 or at other times by arrangement (please text 07730609446) THANK YOU! 

Ideas for things to donate? Hot water bottles, warm socks, blankets, childrens toys (no cuddly toys please), sweets and treats, cranberry sauce, mince pies, biscuits, Christmas cake, crackers, Christmas pudding, custard, chocolates, seasonal fruit and veg, tinned ham, christmas activity books, board games, festive toiletries… think about what makes your Christmas special – let’s share some of that Christmas joy! Thank you for your support.