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.
12noon to 4:30 pm
This year we look forward to welcoming you to the Crowthorne May Fair from the earlier start time of 12noon at the Morgan Rec. So why not plan to join us over the lunch period and choose from the many refreshments options available with our customary entertainment.
May Fair fun for all the family will include:
Magnificent bouncy castles plus the ever popular traditional stalls like: Lucky Spinner, Percy’s Horses & Mr. Men Shy. There will also be toys, sweets and a REAL Fire Engine to sit in!
For Teenagers get ready for:-
- Graffiti Artist
- Dunk Tank
- Tug of War Games
For Parents, Carers, Grandparents:
- We have refreshments - tea, cakes, beer, cider and hotdogs that you can enjoy
- Why not brighten up your garden and buy some plants from our famous, and extremely good value, Plant Stall.
Everyone can be entertained by the events taking place in the arena including: Sandhurst Community Brass Band, Yateley Morris Dancers, EBOS singers, Dani Harmer Dance Academy, Legacy Allstars cheerleading group, Laura Henderson Dance Academy etc.
We hope you have a great day out and by doing so help our church and the charities we support benefit from the proceeds of the day.
See you there!
Crowthorne May Fair Committee
The Annual Meeting of Parishioners (AMP) will be held on Sunday 26th April in the Church Hall at 11:45 a.m.
1. Opening Prayers
3. Minutes of the Vestry Meeting of Parishioners 2014
4. Election of Churchwardens
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting of the PCC to be held immediately following the AMP.
1. Minutes of the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Parish
2. Matters arising from the Minutes
3. Parish Vision Update
4. Update on Renovation Projects
5. Approval of the Annual Report
6. Report on numbers entered on new electoral roll
7. Presentation of Parish Reports
8. Elections:Parochial Church Council, Deanery Synod
9. Appointments: Hon Secretary, Hon Treasurer, Hon Independent Examiner, Welcome Teams
11. Closing prayers
Following our OFSTED in February 2014, the school had its ‘Church School’ Inspection in July. The report commented on the Christian values and ethos of the school, and we were delighted with the outcome. One section in particular was especially rewarding:
“The impact of collective worship on the school community is outstanding.”
The report states that our acts of collective worship “provide a daily, focussed opportunity to emphasise the school’s Christian values”.
Collective Worship (or ‘Assembly’, as it is traditionally known) does indeed provide a time of peace and reflection for the children. In a society where our children are constantly bombarded with noise and images, and life is lived at such a break-neck speed, it is a privilege to be able to lead them in these quiet times of worship and reflection.
We have recently introduced Prayer Partners, with pupils paired up with a partner from a different year group. It is wonderful to see children from Years 5 and 6 sitting with children from Reception and Year 1, leading them in prayer, sharing thoughts and talking through prayer ideas.
In a recent Prayer Partner assembly, I asked the school how we could pray for children in countries where there is war. The responses included:
“Let’s pray for peace…safety…doctors and nurses to help them”, and then a child in Year 3 raised her hand and said:
“We should pray they have hope.”
I then watched as 210 children turned to face their partners and prayed that children around the world, children in war torn countries, would feel a sense of hope; that life would not always be this way; that things would get better and there would be an end to the suffering.
And as I watched I realised that this was my prayer for the children in our school too, that they would always have that sense of hope in whatever they may face; that they will live lives full of optimism, confidence, promise, anticipation. Just take a moment to consider the alternative: lives of doubt, fear, discouragement and pessimism.
As I reflect on these it makes me even more determined to continue to pray for our children. As the ‘world’ bombards them with negative messages, increasing levels of stress and anxiety, self-deprecation and hopelessness, I would encourage us all to do as Isabel said,
“We should pray they have hope”, for imagine what their lives would be without it.
You are invited to the Crowthorne Baptist Church Spring Barn Dance in
Hatch Ride School Hall
Saturday 25th April 2015 7:30 – 11:00 pm
Jo & Chris Drew with the Coal Black Crows
Tickets £10 (not suitable for younger children for safety reasons)
for tickets or more details, contact
Lesley Porter 01276 35355
Avril Doyle 01344 775512
The Oxford Diocese is ruunung a 10 week course on Pastoral Care, starting on 21st April 2015. For details, please see the attachment.
Sunday 28th June
Please put date in your diary, details next month
At St John’s– 4 weeks commencing Monday 21st September.
Rev’d Canon David Holt will speak on Genesis 1-11, making sense of the mythology.
The Annual Report and Accounts for 2014-15 are now available.
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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Friday June the 12th
Easthampstead Park Conference Centre
Tickets are available now priced at £50 each to include welcome drink, three course meal and music to boogie the night away to. There will be an auction and raffle and games with prizes.
Please contact either Sarah Dewson or Liz Baker for booking information.
The Mothers’ Union Wave of Prayer stretches round the world, uniting its 4 million members in an invisible chain. It is the turn of the Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Oxford to take part during 20 – 22nd April. The format for the half- hour session is in the centre of FOCUS, the Oxford Mothers’ Union magazine, copies of which can be found in the foyer. The prayers can be used at any time of the year and give an insight into the needs and challenges of members far away. Often set against a background of corruption and violence against women and girls the members show great courage in trying to improve the lives of their families and communities. Our link dioceses are Victoria Nyanza in Tanzania, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the dioceses of Warri and Ahoada in Nigeria. We thank God that we have been woven together in unity through the cross of Christ, and made secure with his love.
Nearer to home, we will be running a cake stall at the May Fair on 4th May and we will be on the field in the morning to receive cakes. If you would like one collected please contact either a committee member or myself on 01344 771302. There is list going round but please consider contributing a cake even if your name is not down.
There has been a change in the meeting on Tuesday 5th May and we now looking forward to Gwen Stevens giving us her Top Tips for cakes (in time for the next May Fair!) at 7.30. There will be a raffle for Gwen’s cake and the proceeds will go towards the Mothers’ Union ‘Away From It All’ holiday scheme. There will also be an opportunity to buy tickets on 13th May at our afternoon meeting when a speaker from Thrive, the training centre for the disabled at Beech Hill, will be coming to tell us about their work. The prayer meeting will be on Monday 18th May at 9.30 in the Lady Chapel and Corporate Communion on Wednesday 20th May at 10.00.
Crowthorne Foodbank operates from Vineyard Centre 25 Wellington Business Park, Dukes Ride, Crowthorne RG45 6LS
Opening times - Mondays and Thursdays from 12noon-2pm
Christmas holiday opening times -Crowthorne Foodbank will operate on the following days:
Monday 22 December – open from 12noon until 2pm
Thursday 25 December – closed Christmas Day
Monday 29 December – open from 12noon until 2pm
Thursday 1 January – closed New Years Day
Nappies – size 4&5, tinned sponge puddings, laundry liquid detergent (not capsules please as they disintegrate)
Crowthorne Foodbank figures:
80 people fed = 44 adults, 36 children = 720 meals
Overall from December 2012 to November 2014 – you have helped feed
2113 people = 1285 adults, 841 children – which equates to 19,017 meals.
We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and thank you for your continued support in helping people in crisis within our community.
Do you have an interest in flower arranging?
If so please come and join us , we are a team of 18 enthusiastic lovers of flowers.
No experience necessary we are happy to help you develop the right skills.
We like to think our flower arranging enhances the worship at St Johns and is fun along the way.
Do you have a special Birthday, Anniversary or event such as a Baptism that you would like to celebrate with Church Flowers? Currently, we accept donations for the Remembrance Table arrangement in memory of a loved one. We would like to extend this idea to include Altar and Porch flowers and suggest we could include an announcement in the weekly newsheet if desired.
The arrangements are normally in Church for two weeks and we would need as much notice as possible of your requirements.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank those generous individuals who donate money for flowers at our special festivals such as Christmas, Easter, Harvest.
For further information or requests tel Carol Cain 776738 or Doreen Norfield
You are not too late to register for one of the courses on offer from the Diocese for Spring 2015. There are courses on Preaching, Leading Intercessions, Communion by Extension, Ministry with Older People, Introduction to the Bible, the Eucharist and Funeral Ministry. Please click here for the brochure with booking details and then pass the information round your parishes.
Sonning Deanery Project Co-ordinator.
Daily prayer intentions are distributed with St John's News with some prayers that might be used. The latest prayer list is attached.
We run our Fairtrade stall once every two weeks on average and we appreciate the support you continue to give us.
We only stock a small range of the Fairtrade goods that are available. Do look out for the Fairtrade symbol when you do your weekly shopping. You may well see the same products that we stock here at church – sometimes at lower prices too! An example of this is CaféDirect Freeze Dried Coffee. We don’t mind if you choose to buy these goods in the supermarkets, buying them elsewhere encourages the supermarkets to continue to stock the goods.
The Meaningful Chocolate Easter Eggs are now available at church for those who put in an order. We have a few spare Eggs, so be quick if you would like one, they are £3.99 each. They are also available from Quench Bookshop.
The stall will be open on 12th and 26th April
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.