Welcome to Shaw Church
- Dedicating our new Trees
We have recently planted three trees, and on 22nd May, we will be dedicating them.
- To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day
- To celebrate the 70th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II
- To remember those who suffered in the Covid-19 pandemic
You are invited to come to St Mary’s Church at 2:30 to join in the dedication
- 2:15 pm a quarter peal of the church bells begins
- 2:30 pm service to dedicate the trees
- 3:00 pm service of evensong in church
- 4:00 pm tea in the Church Centre
The Parish of St Mary’s Shaw cum Donnington
We are a community of Christians bringing the Good News of God’s love to everyone in the parish, through Worship, Prayer, Teaching, and Serving.
We invite you to come and join us as we gather to worship God on Sundays at 10am, or in any of the other things we have going on.
Shaw cum Donnington lies to the north of Newbury in Berkshire, and St Mary’s Church is in the middle of the parish, just to the East of the A339.
A word for the week
- Trees are beautiful
There used to be a fabulous Metasequoia Glyptostroboides at Rosemore, with its reddish bark twisting towards the sky. But they cut it down. I don’t know why.
My favourite tree is the Acer Griseum – there’s one in our front garden where I can watch it and admire it.
There’s something about trees. Secure in the ground, they are just there, growing imperceptibly but surely, a living and constant presence that puts human caprice to shame; beautiful in their variety and in their design, providing oxygen, food, and shelter.
Is that what the Tree of Life is like: reliably growing where it was planted; bearing the ultimate fruit that exceeds ambrosia, nectar and elixir, because it brings life in all its fulness.
Wasn’t there another tree too? A tree cut down, cut up, two pieces fixed together, to raise up the author of life?
“the Son of Man [was] lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” John 3:14-15