WELCOME to Our Parish Church
Welcome, to our new look Parish website. We hope that you enjoy looking around at the new layout. Please do let us know what you think?
I am still waiting for some documents, and information, so you may find some of the links not quite working as you would expect. Hopefully this will be sorting out very shortly.
I hope you have all managed to stay safe and well over Christmas and new year, and that your celebrations were peaceful, if not has jolly as normal.
I write to update you with our latest response to the serious escalation in Covid-19 infections since I last wrote. At the time of writing, over 200,000 people in the UK have tested positive in the last four days and over 1,500 people have died in the last 48 hours. Scientists at University College London reported yesterday that the new strain of coronavirus is significantly easier to transmit. In the light of this, and after discussion with the staff team, I am having to make some changes to our pattern of worship for the time being. This will effect tomorrow’s face to face services a little, but will have a major impact on our worship from Sunday 10th January.
Worship from Sunday 10th January
All face to face services at both churches will cease from Sunday 11th January until further notice.
People may attend church for private prayer by appointment. Please contact me on 07753411989 or another member of the staff team.
You can contact me or other members of the staff team for prayer and a chat by phone at any time.
You can contact me or other members of the staff team to arrange to meet for prayer and private worship in church, again at any time.
You can worship using the daily services on our YouTube Channel: St George's and St Mary Magdalen's Tilehurst - YouTube
You can worship using the Church of England's Daily Prayers online: Join us in a service of Daily Prayer | The Church of England
You can worship using the Church of England's Daily Prayer App: Daily Prayer: The Official Common Worship App from the Church of England | Aimer Media
You can worship each week at 10am using the Diocese of Oxford's Service: Livestream (anglican.org)
You can worship each week at 10am using the service on BBC 1: BBC One - Sunday Worship
You can worship each week using the service on BBC Radio 4: BBC Radio 4 - Sunday Worship
You can worship each week using the services during the breakfast show on BBC Radio Berkshire: BBC Radio Berkshire - Breakfast on BBC Radio Berkshire, With Paul Coia (03/01/2021)
You can read the Bible daily. If you want me to tailor a Bible reading program just for you, please give me a ring and we can talk about what would suit you best.
For centuries Christians have often organised themselves into groups of individuals and families who worship separately but share a common pattern of worship so that they feel connected, and that is pretty much what we are doing now. It is different from the model used in parish churches and monastic communities of the western tradition, but we know that in either situation we are privileged to be in the presence of God and of his Son, Jesus Christ, by the power of the Spirit, whether we are solitary or in community.
The church councils and staff team will, of course, keep the current arrangements under constant review, and I will keep you informed of any changes to our worship arrangements as and when they arise.
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
Thursday 9th July 2020
Getting Back to Church
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. (Isaiah 43.1)
It has been a long, long time since we saw each other. We have missed our human contact. I pray you are staying safe, feeding your souls with online worship, telephone support, Diocesan or national services, or simply by reading, prayer and meditation. The world is very different but God is looking after us.
Being Safe in Church
You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday. (Psalm 91.5-6)
The church officers have been working very hard to open both churches safely. We want to minimise the chances of Covid-19 spreading through our communities by following national guidelines. The two churches have different layouts, so there will be some differences between them. However, common to both will be the following principles.
• Apply hand gel when you arrive, and, if necessary, at other times.
• Give your first name and telephone number to the person on duty, so that we can trace and track any infections.
• Keep 2 metres social distance at all times.
• Only sit in one seat. Do not move from seat to seat.
• Avoid touching objects and surfaces.
• Stay within the designated areas. Some parts of church will be closed off.
• If you hold church keys, do not enter the church outside service times without permission from me.
• If you are over 70 you are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if you do go out, take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of your household.
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4.24)
St George's has opened twice for private prayer, and St Mary Magdalen's once, both at 10am on Sundays. St George's has a Service of the Word each Sunday at 10am and St Mary Magdalen's will do the same from Sunday 19th July also at 10am.
Worship feels different now, but God's love is great and his Spirit is still with us. The church councils and staff team are monitoring closely how worship develops. At some point we will start to have Holy Communion. Online services will continue for the foreseeable future, and I am grateful to those who have contributed to these during lockdown.
If you feel safer staying at home please do so. We are the Body of Christ wherever we are. We are all joined to each other in faith, hope and love. God is leading us into new ways of loving each other and praying for each other, whether in church or at home.
May God bless you at work, at homes, in a bubble or in solitude, with his timeless,
With every blessing,