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.
See the attached document for more details.
Join us for an evening of food and conversation as we explore stories of women in rural Ethiopia. A chance to meet other Christian Aid supporters from your area and be inspired together.
Venue: St Pauls URC, The Square, Ralphs Ride, Bracknell, RG12 9LP
Cost: £6.50 for fish & chips
RSVP Essential - to book your place please contact Jessica Hall on 01865 246 818
Regional Coordinator for Berkshire
SCO Coordinator – Tackling Violence, Building Peace
Away From It All, sometimes shortened to AFIA, is a Mothers’ Union Charity that arranges and pays for holidays for families who would otherwise not be able to enjoy a break. The Mothers’ Union in the Diocese has been able to arrange 10 holidays this year and is working on others. We have been fund raising for AFIA and have sent the organisers £431 raised at our social events, raffles and the sale of Joan Colyer’s cards.
We are now turning our thoughts to Mothering Sunday on 15th March and the ethical gifts that the Mothers’ Union has put together to help other mothers create a better life for themselves and and their families. The gifts range from £5 and include supporting our Literacy and Financial Education Programme abroad, our Community Development Officers in the UK, helping in the fight to end violence against women and girls amongst others. There are catalogues in church but do ask if you cannot find them.
Our meeting on 3rd February at 7.30 is a talk by one of our community police officers and on 11th February at 2 pm we will be reminiscing about school days. If you any items to show us please bring them along. Our prayer meeting will be on 16th February at 9.30 in the Lady Chapel.
Our meetings are open to everyone and we would be delighted to see you.
A powerful photographic exhibition exploring the idea of forgiveness in the face of atrocity and telling the stories of victims as well as perpetrators
ALL SAINTS PARISH CHURCH
27th February - 5th March
Open every day: 10am - 5pm
( except during church services)
(Wednesday 11am -5pm; Sunday 12 noon - 5.30pm)
Confirmation preparation for Adults
Are you thinking about Confirmation or would just like to know more or need a brush up on the basics of the Christian faith? Then this course is for you.
Commences on Monday 2nd March 8pm at The Vicarage. Flyers will full details now available at the back of the hall. Please return your sign up form to the Vicar.
Sunday March 1st 12.30-2pm
To raise money for relief work in Syria
Suggested donation £5
(Please gift aid if you can)
Do come and bring your friends
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
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.
Parish Quiet Day
at Ascot Priory
Priory Road, Ascot, SL5 8RT
Called to Holiness
Saturday 7th March
Cost: £15 including soup & sandwich lunch
The day will be led by the Warden, Fr Paul McLaren-Cook
9.30 am Arrivals and coffee
10 am Simple Opening Worship
12 noon Eucharist & 2nd address
2.30 pm 3rd Address
3.45 pm Closing Worship
4 pm Depart
The day will be in silence following the opening worship/ first address. There will be pockets of free time, during which you might like to have a devotional book with you to read, go for a walk around the grounds, engage in personal prayer, journal or sign up for a “spiritual chat” with either Fr Paul, Lisa or Hazel.
Please complete a registration form, available at the back of the hall and return to the Vicar or Hazel Berry by Sunday 22nd February at the latest.
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 stock only a small range of the Fairtrade goods that are available. Please do look out for the Fairtrade symbol when you do your weekly shopping. Buying these products does make a difference to the lives of the producers.
We have already ordered some of “The Real Easter Eggs”. Please consider buying your Easter eggs from our stall. We can even keep them for you, so that you don’t have to find hiding places at home for them, till almost Easter.
We will be open for business on the 22nd February and then on the 8th March.
February 11th Rev Alison Webster will speak about “Called to make a difference- exploring social action as Good News”
March 18th Ven. Olivia Graham, our Archdeacon, will speak about “God in the life of an Archdeacon.”
April 15th Rev Lisa Cornwell will speak about “The challenge of the Enlightenment legacy to the Christian world view.”
Meeting in the Church at 8pm. There will be an opportunity for questions and the evening will finish at 9.30 pm.
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
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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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!
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.