HELP WANTED – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Due to holidays and illness, one of our main projects in Slough – a food share hub – is in desperate need of volunteers/drivers to collect, sort and deliver food (to other charities) which is donated by several supermarkets 7 days per week.
How we operate… The food collections take place in the evenings, and are delivered to our Hub at Dukes House (Queensmere Shopping Centre) around 9.45pm, where a team of sorters unload the van, sort the food inside our premises and re-load the van with non-chilled goods ready for the following early morning deliveries (food which needs refrigeration is stored in our range of chillers overnight). The sorting typically takes up to an hour. The delivery driver arrives at Dukes House the following morning just before 7am to load the chilled food and set off on the delivery run. We use our Transit van for the collection and delivery, which only needs a standard UK driving licence.
So, in summary we urgently need more drivers to help with either the morning deliveries or evening collections, and helpers to unload and reload at Dukes House in the evenings. If you can spare some time to help this very worthy project, please contact John Goudie by text on 07712 650038 or email at admin[AT]sloughnightshelter.org as soon as possible. Thank you!
OUR LADY OF PEACE SUNDAY READERS If you have previously been included in the Reading Rota for 9.30am Sunday Mass, and have recently returned to regular attendance and would like to continue, please speak to Denise after Mass or email her at dennymcclintock73[AT]sky.com New readers are also welcome, please either speak to Denise or send her an email.
CHURCH CLEANING TEAM Can you spare an hour or two on a Saturday morning once a month/fortnight? If so, are you willing to join our team of cleaners who help to keep our Church clean. Please contact Yvonne if you can help: office.ourladyofpeace[AT]northamptondiocese.org.
DONATION OF MASKS We would welcome donation of disposable masks. Proper face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth before entering the Church and throughout the duration of services.
As people return to work, we now have a shortfall of Stewards. If you can spare some time (especially at weekends) to volunteer as a Steward, your help would be very much appreciated. Training will be provided. To volunteer, contact Fr Joe or speak to any steward on duty.
We are very grateful to all who help with the Church linen throughout the year, but more volunteers are needed. If you would like to help with this Ministry please speak to Denise, sacristan at Our Lady of Peace or contact Yvonne.
USED STAMPS FOR THE MISSIONS
Please save your stamps and put in the boxes available in the Church porches.
Over the years used stamps have been collected at Slough and have been sold on to raise funds for work undertaken in schools, hospitals and Parishes by Sisters, Brothers, Lay People and Priests in the developing world. The used stamps are sold on to Dealers and Collectors, and the proceeds used to assist in funding Church projects. This can be done here in this Parish by as many people as possible depositing as many stamps as is possible in the Stamps for the Missions box at the back of Church. Please make a real effort to bring your used stamps to Church and help in this simple way to support the Church’s work abroad.
DONATIONS OF FOREIGN COINS
After your Summer holidays if you have returned with any foreign coins which you do not want to keep until your next holiday, we would welcome any coins or notes. ‘Old’ coins are also useful to us eg ‘old decimal’ and pre-decimal UK money and European Francs, Deutschmarks, Punts etc. Please leave in the Sacristy marked ‘Foreign coins’, or give to Yvonne or Denise.
THE CATENIAN ROSARY GROUP
Since 2009 they have been sending Rosaries to Aboriginals in Australia and to Third World Countries in Africa. To date they have sent over 150,000 Rosaries but many more are needed. Please search your cupboards and drawers for surplus Rosaries, there is a box in the porch at Our Lady of Peace.
FOODBANK – CAN YOU HELP?
St Andrew’s Shared Church Foodbank distribution point for Cippenham. Every Wednesday 11am-2.00pm. They need volunteers to work alongside Foodbank in St Andrew’s, working on a rota. Full training will be given. For further information please contact Revd Janet Minkkinen, Vicar 07856047960 or 01628 661994.
If you chose to make further donations during the year they would very much welcome products that they are nearly always low on their list of availability: these are tins of meat, tins of fish, long life milk, long life fruit juices and instant mash potatoes.
If it is more convenient a financial gift would be welcome, as it would contribute to the storage and transport costs and enables them to buy some foods to ensure they always give tasty, well balanced food parcels to all recipients. For more information please telephone 01753 550303.
Slough Foodbank website
St Andrew’s – Elmshott La/Washington Drive, Cippenham, Berks | SL1 5RE
SATURDAYS – PRESBYTERY GARDEN
Can you spare an hour or two on a Saturday or even during the week? It does not have to be a permanent commitment – a little help goes a long way to keep our Church garden looking neat and tidy. The only qualification you need is enthusiasm! John is there from 10.00am every Saturday, and Giles, Martina and Leo have been working hard in the garden during the week, if you can pop in and help for an hour or so on a Saturday or during the week they would be delighted to see you.
Would anyone like to donate a Rose or shrub for the garden at the Presbytery? Please contact John on 07519 698394. John is happy to plant it.
– for the London Run Sandwich makers at St Peter’s Burnham on Monday mornings 7.15am-8.15am which includes coffee and cakes for helpers. Just turn up if you can help.
St Peter’s Cornerstone: Church St/The Precincts, Burnham | SL1 7HX
Host is looking for kind, friendly, hospitable people who are inspired by the idea of welcoming an international student at university here, far from his or her own family, to their home. This could be for a day, a weekend or Christmas, and you do not need to live near a university, as students will travel for the privilege of meeting you, learning about real life in this country, and sharing their own culture. HOST is a voluntary activity which makes ambassadors for international goodwill of us all. Please see www.hostuk.org or call HOST on 0207 739 6292.
Many thanks for all the hard work preparing for Christmas and Easter. We are always looking for more volunteers to help us arrange flowers. Names to June Potter or Father Joseph.
FAIR TRADE PARISH
We have been recognised as a Fair Trade parish and Traidcraft goods are regularly on sale at Our Lady of Peace. Please support Fair Trade Fortnight in March…
Click here to find out more about Cafod and Fairtrade.