Current News and Events
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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.
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.
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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.
Mondays and Thursdays 12noon to 2pm – 1 High Street, Crowthorne
FOODBANK CURRENT NEEDS:
Laundry liquid, fabric conditioner, washing up liquid, toilet cleaner, anti-bacterial spray, hand pump liquid, soap, kitchen roll, shampoo, deodorant (male & female), baby wipes, children’s toothbrushes, tinned sponge puddings, sugar, squash, sandwich spread, snack bars (i,e, Kit-Kats, Club bars etc.) chocolate treats, dark chocolate. Thank you for your continued support
During June 2014 Crowthorne Foodbank fed:
Total of 69 people of which there were:
33 = adults, 36 = children
a total of 621 meals
From December 2012 (opening) to June 2014:
Total of 1716 people fed of which there were:
1052 = adults, 664 = children
a total of 15,444 meals
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.
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