Current News and Events
We have tried to assemble all the information you might need in the menu on the left hand side of this screen. If you need further information, please contact the website editor, Ken Perrett. Contact details can be found on the "How to Contact Us" page.
Once you become more familiar with the site, you will find lots more information in the "Top menu" under the main headings of our Vision for further details. These are:-
- Christ-centred Worship (Information about the Church services)
- Building the Church Community (Church activities and nurturing disciples)
- Our Local Community (both local and the wider Church)
- Concerned for Creation (Justice, peace and sustainabiity, missions and fairtrade)
There are more details of our Vision in the "Our Vision" page in the menu across the top of the screen.
Meanwhile you are very welcome to join us for any of the Church services and other activities.
Crowthorne Flower Festival
12th – 14th July 2014
This year’s Crowthorne Carnival Flower Festival entitled ‘Strictly Showtime’ was held at St Johns Church, raising money for ‘Crowthorne First Responders’. This is a group of trained volunteers, working with the South Central Ambulance Service, who help save lives in our community by responding to medical emergencies before the arrival of the emergency ambulance.
The standard of the floral arrangements was excellent and the diversity of interpretation of ‘Strictly Showtime’ amazing. Over 2,000 people visited the Church during the Festival and over 40 local organisations, schools and churches took part. The sense of community was prevalent, culminating in a wonderful ‘Songs of Praise’ service in which various members of the community presented a hymn on behalf of their school or organisation.
Is coming to St John’s on Saturday
We are planning our first outreach session which will be Messy Harvest. This will take place between 10.30 and 1.00. All are invited and we aim to provide
- Drinks and refreshments from 10.30
- Craft activities centred on Harvest
- Informal worship including music, storytelling and laughter
- Followed by lunch
Messy Church is in its 10th year, but a 1st for us and we are hoping to reach as many people as possible. We have groups who have volunteered to organise the various activities but more help and support will be welcomed.
To know more please contact Gillian Gyenes or Maggie Woodage
What do you know about the four gospels? Come and discover more....
8pm Mondays commencing 15th September for 5 weeks at church
For the past six years there have been activities on a Friday afternoon, during the school holidays, on the Morgan Rec. which have been organised and/ or supported by the Police. Unfortunately the Police are no longer able to support this endeavour which came out of a partnership with Hope 07 and a desire to be involved actively with the local community.
St. John’s PCC have agreed to support the venture financially and St. John’s church has been requested to provide help on Friday 8th August, in particular organising Craft activities and generally being “a presence.” Please do give consideration to offering assistance to this worthwhile project by volunteering to either Maggie Woodage or Jill Pope.
Waitrose in Sandhurst have agreed to open a Community Matters box during July for the Crowthorne Summer Activities. The funds will only come through in August but it would be hugely appreciated if you could remember to drop in your green token should you pop in to do any shopping during July. It is possible to collect your token at any Waitrose branch you choose to shop at and then take it along to the Sandhurst Waitrose in July, when they have the Summer Activities bin available.
I have now left Ripon College, Cuddesdon after two years of training for ordained ministry. I had a fantastic time at college and met so many great people but the very nature of the place is transitional and I am excited for the next stage in my journey.
I am now in my new house in Finchampstead and getting ordained as a deacon at the start of July. My training continues as I move into my curacy in the parish of Finchampstead and California, with Rev’d Julie Ramsbottom as my supervisor. As well as learning on the job I will also attend training days with other curates from around the diocese. I look forward in anticipation for this next stage: getting ordained and then starting as a curate in the parish. My ordination is Saturday 5th July at 10am at Christchurch in Oxford. The service is open for anyone to attend but the cathedral is quite an awkward shape so I cannot guarantee a decent view!
In other news, Matt and I are getting married at St Johns on 1st September so with that and living locally we will certainly not be strangers to you all in the coming months.
day the 14th of June, the confirmation group (Katie Baker, Ella Demblon, Holly Turner, Ruby Allerton, Summer Woodage, Jack Saville, Adam Bennett, Imogen Cook, Oscar Clark and Charlotte Stephens) went to Winchester Cathedral. We met at the Church, where we were treated to a delicious breakfast thanks to the parents! After about a 45 minute car journey, we were there: at Winchester. We had a tour of the Cathedral and we asked all our questions. It was then time to go back to the Church for a barbeque. Thank you for all of the parents who supervised, drove us there, cooked the food and - most importantly – for letting us go! We are now looking forward to our confirmation day and feel prepared for this next step in life.
The Bishop of Reading, Right Rev Andrew Pround confirmed our confirmation candidates at St Michael’s, Sandhurst, on Sunday 29th June. Our candidates were:John Lindsay and Junior candidates: Adam Bennett, Oscar Clark, Jack Saville, Ruby Allerton, Katie Baker, Imogene Cook, Charlotte Stephens, Holly Turner, Summer Woodage, Ella Demblon. The confirmation candidates were presented to the congregation at St John’s at 10am on Sunday 6th July.
We welcome these new members of our parish.
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If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to Ken or Tracy Perrett (tel 01344 773808) who will be pleased to help you.
News uodate: We have been told that we need a Listed Building Consent, so the timescale has been extended by several months.
The Fabric Committee are progressing well with arrangements to get the work for the replacement of the flat roof started at the beginning of August.
The Committee have agreed a quote of £19,900 from Finchampstead Roofing Ltd and are in the process of acquiring a faculty from the Diocese for the work. The funds for this have been made available without affecting our efforts of fundraising for the AVS system, by selling £20,000 of accumulation units from the Crowthorne Parish Trust.
The product EPDM will be used in place of the current asphalt covering, with a layer of insulation material underneath. The fibreglass skylights will also be replaced with plastic domes secured with anti-theft nuts.
The work is expected to be completed within August although it is obviously very weather dependent, so please pray for good weather. Services and events in the Church Hall will be able to continue as usual while the work is in progress, but we have agreed with the builders that they may be asked not to work on a particular day e.g. if a funeral was arranged for that day.
As with all building works there will probably be some dust created and we’d ask everyone to be patient as the work proceeds. Can we also ask us all to be especially vigilant for any ladders etc that may have been left up inadvertently each night, please let Mike or Anne know and we’ll get them safely stowed away.
Anne Mohan and Mike Thackray
Wanted : Bright, creative, well organised persons with good people skills. The Social committee is looking for new members on a regular or ad hoc basis to help with social events. A new chair for the committee is also sought. No experience necessary – just a can do attitude.
We hold no more than 5 committee meetings to arrange about 5 events a year and support with a few more. If you enjoy meeting people – this is the job for you.
Working hours : Variable
Salary : £s of fun
Perks : meeting people, socialising, helping to build the body of the church - Oh! and a glass of wine or two along the way!
Interested ? - Please see one of the social committee or contact Kay Martin : 01344 780916 for further details
The very talented artist, David Greenwood of the Holy Ghost Church, who painted the collage of all the Crowthorne churches which hangs in our lobby, has offered to paint portraits on request.
He will donate his fees to kick-start the fund-raising which will be required to cover the costs of the hugely popular Summer activities organised for the whole village by CTC and held on Friday afternoons on the Morgan Rec during the summer holidays. In previous years Thames Valley police have been able to allocate some of their budget to this enjoyable project but they can no longer do so. This is an opportunity to help a worthy cause and get a unique portrait to hang on your wall.
Thank- you to all those who participate in the coffee rota.
Being on the rota involves being responsible for serving coffee after the 10 am service approx. once in a 6 month period. There is a team of two or possibly three people each week and the only requisite is to arrange to bring milk. If the allocated date is inappropriate it is easy to arrange to change dates.
Any volunteers to replace a few who have recently retired would be most welcome. Please contact Jill Pope 01344 778843 if you feel able to help.
Come join us…..
For fun, music, storytime
and craft with friends
When: 9:30-11.30 every Wednesday
At St John’s Church
£1 donation towards craft activities
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Food shortages: Toilet rolls, kitchen rolls, laundry liquid and tinned sponge puddings.
Tesco food collection 4 & 5 July:If anyone would like to help with the Crowthorne Foodbank food collection at Tesco Extra Sandhurst on either Friday 4th or Saturday 5th July anytime in the afternoon between 12noon-5pm please do let the foodbank know.
St John's Sunday School will be changing it's name to The Net from the January term and over the next few weeks and months we will be doing activities with the children that support this move. After much deliberation the team that run the junior church felt that the term Sunday School did not reflect the fun and excitement of what we get up to with the children so we wanted a more contemporary name that a move away from the word 'school' would bring.
Watch this space!
Daily prayer intentions are distributed with St John's News with some prayers that might be used. The latest prayer list is attached.
St John's News is produced monthly. The latest version is available for downloading.
The weekly newsheet is given out at the Sunday services and contains up-to-date news for the week ahead. The latest version is attached - just click on the attachment to download it. Previous versions can be found on the "Documents for downloading" page.
You can now find out what's happening at St John's on Twitter by "following us" using the address @stjohnsberks. If you don't have a twitter account you can still access what we are saying from the church web site. Just logon and look at the column on the left hand side called "Twitter Feed" and read the text and click on the web links.