Current News and Events
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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.
What do you know about the four gospels? Come and discover more....
8pm Mondays commencing 15th September for 5 weeks at church
A new course
Tutor: Helen Whitsed, Child Protection Officer for St John the Baptist Church
Tuesday 30th September: 7.45 for 8pm – 9.15pm
Wednesday 22nd October: 7.45 for 8pm – 9.15pm
It is important that we all attend a safe guarding course every 2 years.
It would be helpful to know the numbers we expect so please get in touch with me: Hazel Berry on 01344 772578 or email@example.com
The Annual General Meeting was held on September 14th at the Methodist Church.
The first report came from the Summer Activities read out by the Secretary in the absence of David Caddick. The Activities were well-attended in 2014 and the cost came in under the original budget. There were many generous donations from local churches, businesses and tradesmen, and voluntary organisations and shops. Very grateful parents were fulsome in their praise and also gave donations.
Operation Christmas Child are currently advertising for the position of Regional Manager for the South and South West of England. Details of this post are attached.
NOVEMBER 2nd at 6pm
This is our Annual Service when we remember loved ones who have died and light a candle in their memory
All are very welcome to come
Please post names of those you would like remembered into the Church Office by
October 29th (if possible)
There will be refreshments after the service
Sunday 9th November
10am British Legion Service
Followed by commemoration
at the Lynch Gate
with Sandhurst Silver Band
6pm Peace Vigil
A reflective night service of readings and prayers in which we bring our sorrows, confusion and longings as we pray for the dawning of God’s mercy, protection and peace.
Mondays and Thursdays 12noon to 2pm – 1 High Street, Crowthorne
Long life milk, porridge oats, rice, tinned sponge puddings, sugar, sweet treats, tinned kidney beans, tinned chickpeas, laundry liquid, fabric conditioner, toilet cleaner, anti bacterial spray, washing up liquid, J cloths, liquid hand soap, men’s deodorants, shaving gel, razors, unisex flannels, women’s deodorant, nappies size 4 and above, children’s toothbrushes (various sizes)
Thank you for your continued support
During July 2014 Crowthorne Foodbank fed:
Total of 85 people of which there were:
44 = adults, 41 = children
a total of 765 meals
From December 2012 (opening) to July 2014:
Total of 1801 people fed of which there were:
1096 = adults, 705 = children
a total of 16,209 meals
Thank you for all you do in helping people in crisis in our community.
Tuesday 7th October 7.30pm, in the church hall. WOMENS WORLD DAY OF PRAYER. Ecumenical Meeting. "Streams in the Desert".
Wednesday 8th October 2pm, in the church hall."Samaritans Purse".Talk and DVD, about the "Shoe Box Appeal". by Jenny Winter.
Corporate Communion, Wednesday 10am 15th October, in the Lady Chapel.
Prayer Meeting monday 9.30am 20th March, in the Lady Chapel.
All welcome to our meetings. Look forward to seeing you there.
Best Wishes. June Todd.
On Monday 1st September the Vicar conducted the wedding service of Matthew Higginson and Hannah Brooks. The thoughtful service included Communion and the Gloree singers provided a musical interlude.
All the parish were invited both to the service and to share a buffet in the hall afterwards (the picture above shows the Church group). The flowers were provided by the Church Flower Arrangers and the Church looked splendid for the marriage. The couple went to the Italian Lakes for their honeymoon.
The wedding followed Hannah’s ordination on 5th July by the Bishop of Oxford in a service at Christ Church Cathedral Oxford. Hannah has taken up the curacy at St James Finchampsted alongside vicar Rev Julie Ramsbottom.
All at St Johns would like to offer Hannah and Matthew best wishes as they start her ministry and their marriage.
Saturday 18th October at 3pm
A special commemoration event, marking 100 years since the outbreak of World War One, will be held in St John's on Saturday, 18th October. 3pm. The event will remember and give thanks for the service men and women who selflessly gave their lives in the First World War and will celebrate all that they achieved for us.
The music for the event will once again come from Sandhurst Community Brass and their Musical Director, Martin Hayter. The afternoon's programme will also include singing from the Basinsgtoke Songsters of the Salvation Army. Also, as a result of many requests received after previous concert events, we will also be delighted to welcome members of the Sandhurst Corps of Drums to provide drummers beatings as well as a musical contribution.
Tickets, priced at £5, are available from Brian Attewell on 01276 31076. There may also be limited numbers of tickets available on the day at the door.
All profits and proceeds from this event will be donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal.
We all look forward to seeing as many of you as possible join us for this important community event.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
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
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.
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.