Current News and Events
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.
Sunday 17th December 6 pm
Sunday 24th December - Christmas Eve
11.30pm – Midnight Mass
Monday 25th December - Christmas Day
Sunday 7th January
During December, you will find a display board in the Church vestibule highlighting the work of Embrace the Middle East, one of our Church missions. Embrace the Middle East supports projects in the Middle East which help vulnerable and marginalised people to achieve their potential. Their mission is to partner with Middle East Christians as they bring healing and hope to all who face poverty and injustice.
Each year we have a Giving Tree during Advent. This provides an opportunity for members of our congregation to send Christmas greetings to everyone at Church, while at the same time making a donation to our chosen appeal. This Christmas we are allocating the proceeds from the Giving Tree to Embrace the Middle East’s Gaza appeal.
- 55% of displaced household report that they have no safe places for their children to play
- 96% of the water in Gaza is already unfit for human consumption
- 50% of Palestinian children in Gaza suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder
- 80% of the population rely on humanitarian aid
- 40% live below the poverty line
Embrace the Middle East works with four Christian partners in Gaza:
Come and join with others in the village gathering outside the Co-Op on Saturday, 16th December at 10a.m. to sing carols and hear the Christmas story.
Share in the magic of Christmas through songs, carols and the story of the crib.
10 am Sunday 7th January
This is an all age service when we celebrate the Coming of the Wise Men at Epiphany, very much part of the Christmas story.
We support the Children’s Society with our collection and Christingles. The Christingles remind us that Jesus is the 'light of the world' just as He was shown to be to the Wise Men on the first Epiphany.
Donations of toys will go to Berkshire Women’s Aid to distribute at their local refuges. When children arrive they often have nothing, having fled abusive homes with their mothers. The toys will be greatly appreciated. They welcome new and good condition used toys.
Children are welcome to come dressed as wise men
“The Impact of God” by Iain Matthew
A recent addition to the library is a book called “The Impact of God” by Iain Matthew. The book is about St. John of The Cross. It is one of the books that Irene used in her preparation for the lecture she gave as part of the ongoing “Mystics Ancient and Modern” course here at St. John’s.
St. John of the Cross (1542-1591) was a poet, pastor and mystic. In Part 1-1 of this book, it says that one aim of the book is “to recover his [John of The Cross] witness to a self-bestowing God. Love changes people, and John’s witness to God’s love may help us to trust and to be brave.”
Please feel free to borrow this book or any other from the library. We also have some copies of the Church Times for you to browse or to take away with you.
Current shortages (September 2017)
Tinned pulses (e.g. Kidney beans / chick peas etc),
Tinned rice pudding,
Small jars of coffee
Personal hygiene items - deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste.
A little reminder from Julie and Les that House Group meets on alternate Monday evenings at 7.30 pm in Oak Lodge, Dukes Ride, Crowthorne RG45 6SL. Our current topic is on the Holy Spirit using ‘On the Holy Spirit’ by Douglas Connelly (Lifebuilder study from Scripture Union).
Come join us…..
For fun, music, storytime
and craft with friends
When: 9:30-11.30 every Wednesday
(except during August)
At St John’s Church
£1 donation towards craft activities
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Daily prayer intentions are distributed with St John's News with some prayers that might be used. The latest prayer list is attached.
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.
St John's News is produced monthly. The latest version is available for downloading.