We are open for private and individual prayer each day between 9am and 5pm
 
You are very welcome to come and sit in the church for
prayer, contemplation and reflection
 
 
Please follow the social distancing and hygiene guidance as you enter the Church
 
 
Wishing you all a very Happy Mothering Sunday!
 
You are Invited to Share in Our Lent Lunches!
 
 
From this Saturday, 20th February, we will be having
Zoom Lent Lunches!
 
Our Lent Lunches are an opportunity to join together in fellowship with a frugal lunch of soup and a roll, and reflect and meditate on what this time building up to Easter means to us and our Christian faith.
 
 
 
Our lunches will start on Zoom at 12.30pm on each Saturday during Lent. 
Just message Arthur for the link then grab yourself a bowl of soup and a roll.
 
This year we are supporting the WaterAid Jars of Change Lent Appeal,  helping bring the gift of clean water – and with it improved health and livelihoods – to some of the poorest communities of the world
 
Please share this invite as wide as possible.
Blessings,  Arthur, Vicar of St. Gabriel’s
Please join Revd Denis Smith on our YouTube Channel
each Wednesday for
‘Gazing At The Cross’
a series of reflections for Lent
Please, please be aware and pass this on to any vulnerable person you know. This happened to one of the elderly folk in our congregation recently…

She said she got a call from Reading police station, the ‘officer’ even gave his name and said that someone had just withdrawn £12.000 from her account. She was told to phone this taxi firm with the number they gave her and a taxi would come and take her to town to her bank where she needed to withdraw £5000. Not sure why at this point but being a nervous soul got the taxi and tried to withdraw the money. Lucky the bank cashier queried it and found out it was a scam.

Praise God for an alert cashier!
 

In support of NHS Test & Trace, you can now check in to St. Gabriel’s with the #NHSCOVID19app.
 

You can download the app from:

Apple App Store

COVID 19– Update on Face Coverings
 

Face coverings are now mandatory in places of worship and church halls.                          

While there are exemptions, this is a legal requirement.

 
What is a face covering?                                                                                                                    
A face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face.
 

Children aged 11 and under, and those with valid exemptions do not need to wear a face covering.

 
Please remember to use the hand sanitiser provided at the entrance to the building, observe physical distancing and to wash your hands regularly.

 

 

Revd David Williams, Bishop of Basingstoke delivers a reflection about maintaining strength throughout lock down.
 

 
Emergency food for local people in crisis
 
Please spare a little thought for those in need and continue to support the Foodbank.
 
This is a vital and important service in Basingstoke providing emergency food for local people and your contributions are very much appreciated.
 
Visit www.basingstoke.foodbank.org.uk for more information
 
They especially need the following at the moment
    • TINNED MEAT (NOT PIES OR CORNED BEEF PLEASE)
    • PACKET DESSERTS
    • MICROWAVE DESSERTS
    • SHAVING GELS / CREAM
    • DEODORANTS FOR MEN & WOMEN
    • WASHING UP LIQUID
    • WASHING TABLETS (CLOTHES)
    • TINNED FRUIT
    • TINNED VEGETABLES
    • TINNED SPAGHETTI / RAVIOLI
    • COLD CEREALS
    • OAT BISCUITS / CRACKERS / CRISP BREADS
    • SWEET / SAVOURY SPREADS (PEANUT BUTTER / MARMITE)
    • UHT LONG-LIFE FRUIT JUICE
    • BISCUITS
    • INSTANT MASH PACKETS
    • POWDERED OR UHT LONG-LIFE MILK
    • TINNED RICE PUDDING
    • TOILETRIES
    • TOILET ROLLS