Welcome to the website of St Paul's, St Luke's and St Peter's
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God."
St Paul's Letter to the Romans
Our buildings are closed but church is not!
Church is more than just a building. An update on what we are doing and can do during this pandemic.
What is the church doing?
As you know our buildings are closed and we are not able to run home groups, parent and toddlers, coffee morning, Messy Church, Who let the dads out or even hold a prayer meeting. At the moment our church hall at St Paul's is still being used by the pre-school to provide care for the children of key workers. Thank God, there are lots of fantastic free resources (see here) available to help us give and receive help, and to help us grow in faith.
The role of the church (that is all of us) in this current time is provide the encouragement that people need to love and support each other. king up on people; others will be a place of calm amidst the storm. We all have a role, and we are all playing a vital part, even if that part involves staying at home and apparently doing very little. It is hard for us all, and we need to draw on the grace of God, however we best connect with God.
For information on resources for Easter and planned services please see our news page here.
What are the clergy doing?
Richard, as your parish priest, is working in very different ways. He is coordinating our church ministry team as we attempt to ensure that everyone has someone to phone them or shop for them. He is trying to do the same in his street, and for the clergy around the Deanery. We are trying to create a phone line for any NHS staff who need someone to talk to.
Cathy Pynn is co-ordinating a group that will deliver people's prescriptions. Richard is in regular contact with Rob and Gill in the other parishes in the benefice. We are all working on morale building and practical help projects.
What can I do to help?
We are sure that you have found different ways of helping people. Here are a few that we know people are finding helpful:
Many of us belong to the Tadley, Baughurst community coronavirus response group. You can join here: https://sites.google.com/view/tadleyhelpers/home?authuser=0 This group matches people offering help with people who need help.
If you are under 70 and in good health you could offer to pick up prescriptions or shopping for people who can't get out. Phone Cathy Pynn (01189701007) if you would like to help.
You can volunteer for the NHS (even if you are over 70). There are different roles needed. Follow this link: https://www.goodsamapp.org/nhs
You can pray - if you would like to be part of a whatsapp group that will pray by name for specific people, then send Richard a message, including your mobile phone number.
You can phone your friends from church each day and check how they are doing. If you need someone's phone number, give Richard a ring. (He will check that they are happy for us to give it out, of course).
Where are we going as a parish?
Nobody knows how long this epidemic will last and what impact it will have on the world. We pray that it will lead to a kinder, greener, safer world, but that will only be achieved by God's grace and our prayer and action towards that objective. We do know that world economies are being hit hard and many people are losing jobs or income. It will be a challenge not to fall back into austerity and despair. We will face this together. We are committed to support and care for all our church members, we have a fellowship fund to help any who are hitting hard times. We also want to be a force for good in our community as it rebuilds after the epidemic.
All this requires us to be resilient and faithful. We need to rethink how we use our time, energy, buildings and resources. We also need to ensure that we have enough income to meet our necessary expenses. As a church we have seen our regular income halve. Even after we have made the cutbacks that we can, and the savings from not heating our buildings, we are paying out about £3000 more per month than we have coming in.
I wonder if you can help us at all? Of course, you must look after your family first, but if you have any capacity, would you consider increasing your giving? If so please contact us via here.
Once this epidemic passes due to the amazing work of our government, NHS and all our citizens, we will have to rebuild our lives and communities. We'll be ready to respond as a community to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. In the meantime, we can begin to dream about the kind of community that we want to create.
The Mission of our Churches
Faith. Love. Community.
Our churches are gatherings of people from Tadley, Pamber Heath and beyond that meet together to thank God for His love, encourage one another in faith and support each other in sharing God's love with our neighbours.
Our vision is to love both our God and neighbours. St Paul helps us to understand the nature of this love; patient, kind, without envy, free, selfless, trusting, hoping, truthful, and perservering.
We welcome everybody, regardless of your history, beliefs or lifestyle to join us in the pursuit of God and the common good.
Three Buildings ... One Church
Our buildings may be currently closed but here is some information on them.
St Paul's and St Luke's buildings are fully accessible. We regret that, due to its age and location, St Peter's is not wheelchair accessible, and is not equipped with a hearing loop.
The Answers You Need
Where can I found details of services and events?
Our normal services are currently cancelled due to the Coronavirous pandemic following the Government's instructions. For planned online services please see our Facebook page or via our news page here.
We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults. We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church community. Please refer to our safeguarding policy and contact details here.