Ash Wednesday Service 6.30pm

You are warmly invited to come to our Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday 14th February 2024 at 6.30pm. Join us at St Mary’s on Vale Road, GU12 5JE. All are welcome.

The first day of Lent is called Ash Wedensday. This is the time in the year for a special service with the imposition of ashes. If you want to know more about it, why not pop in to St Mary’s and ask? Our cafe is open on Fridays 10:00-13:00 and our Sunday services start at 10:30am. See you soon!

Pancake Day – Youre invited!

Join us on Tuesday 13th Feb 2024 from 10am-12:30 for some pancake day fun! Races, crafts and yummy pancakes for all ages. It’s all by donation, no set fee. Pop along and enjoy a family friendly get together at St Mary’s church, Ash Vale GU12 5JE All are welcome.

PS – We don’t have staff for this, just a lovely team of volunteers, and all help is much appreciated at tidy up time. Thank you for pitching in – many hands make light work!

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Little Lambs getting creative – come and join in!

New year, new toddler group?

Our Tuesday baby and toddler group is called Little Lambs Library and we run each week in term time 10:00-11:30 here at St Mary’s on Vale Road in Ash Vale, GU12 5JE. All welcome and it’s free / by donation. We start with a cuppa, craft and play, then the bouncy castle goes up, and we finish with story and songs.

We would love to welcome you!

St Mary’s Flower Team: Can you put flowers in a vase?

Yes? Congratulations! You’re just the sort of person we need to join the St Mary’s Flower Team!
Other characteristics that may be useful:
– an hour or so to spare every few months;
– sense of humour;
– interest in flowers.
Of course, if you’re already a skilled flower arranger and would like to use your expertise to create glorious displays, that would be fantastic too!  If you’re starting out or just fancy having a go, you won’t be on your own – come and help out for a week or two and see how you get on.  It could be the start of something fabulous!  Contact Steph Farry for more info. Or text our Project Manager on 07730609446

Sunday morning servers wanted

We are looking for new people to join the Sunday Morning Team. 
There are various tasks that keep the Sunday service running smoothly and help us to care for each other.
Welcoming: Could you greet people as they arrive at Church, all you need is a friendly face and smile.
Reading and Intersessions: 
Reading: All you need is your voice, God has provided the words.
Intersessions: Share your unique view of the world and help us to pray for the needs of the world. Share God’s blessings with our Church family. Your prayers will help us all grow in faith.
Coffee: Can you make a cup of coffee? Can you do the washing up? These simple acts of kindness are a blessing and valued by us all.
If you would like to join the team please contact Rachel parishoffice@ash-vale.org.uk

Volunteers Needed…

We are looking for someone to care for the alter linens. This would entail checking the linens once a week and washing and ironing them as and when needed. Alison Shewell who is giving up this role after an incredible 40 years will be able to show you what needs to be done. If you can help please contact us 07730609446 Thank you

We need your Vote today!

Please can we ask you to give us your vote ASAP to help fund our vital Food Parcels Project, which feeds anyone in need in our local community of Ash, Ash Vale, Ash Green and Tongham. To find out more about the co-op community fund and how your vote can help, please click the link. https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/76829

To find out more about the Food Parcels Project and how it all works click here and have a look at all our news and updates https://ash-vale.org.uk/foodparcels-2/

Vote today and please share this so others can vote too!

Thank you for your support – it makes all the difference!

Food Parcels – Could your business donate once a week?

A big ask today… are there any local business out there, who would consider becoming a regular donor and sponsoring one foodbank item each on a weekly basis, so about 25 of the same thing weekly (pick an item that resonates with you – cheese? Veg? Tins of beans? Coffee? Pasta? You could bring us the items to The Chapel each week, or donate the funds and we can do the shopping on your behalf.

In thanks for your generosity, we would be delighted to put your business name on our food parcels news online, and provide a letter of thanks for you to display as you see fit.

Interested? We would love to hear from you at foodparcels@ash-vale.org.uk or contact our project manager on 07730 609446. If you would like to know more about us, our project information and news is all online here: https://ash-vale.org.uk/foodparcels-2/

If you think you might have a contact who can help us, why not share this blog post with them? Thank you for your support!

If you are struggling to feed yourself and need a parcel you can be referred to us by Citizens Advice, schools, social services, DWP, health visitors, local churches and other agencies. We support anyine in need in Ash, Ash Vale, Ash Green and Tongham.

Ceileidh 3rd Feb 7.30pm – Book today!

Hello everyone, who’s up for a party? It’s time to book your tickets for the Candlemass Ceilidh on Saturday 3rd Feb 2024, doors open at 7.30pm here at St Mary’s on Vale Rd GU12 5JE.

To book please text / phone / WhatsApp our Project Manager on 07730 609446 for tickets. Please do book in advance so that we can be sure to cater. (and let us know if you have any dietary requirements!)

We are asking for a suggested donation of £10 a ticket (or give what you can afford) which includes entry, music, dancing, fun and food. (Half price for children.) The amazing Andy Johnson and team will be leading the fun, including dances, music and songs.

We will also have a bar available and a raffle on the night to help fundraise and cover our costs. Any raffle prizes gladly received, donations welcomed. See you at the party!

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