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.
March 29th – Palm Sunday
8 am: Holy Communion & dramatized reading of The Passion
10 am: Sung Eucharist & Procession including “Jerusalem Joy”, the story of the Passion, performed by the choir
April 2nd – Maundy Thursday
8pm: Sung Eucharist & stripping of altar followed by silent vigil until midnight.
April 3rd – Good Friday
10 am: Churches Together all-age worship followed by a walk of witness
2 pm: Meditation before the cross
April 5th - Easter Sunday
8am: Service of Light and Sung Eucharist
10.30 am: All-Age Eucharist, blessing of the Easter Garden & Easter egg hunt
Our Church is planning a ten day trip to the Holy Land on 12th-21st February 2016. This trip will include many of the important Christian sites and be suitable for people visiting the Holy Land for the first time. It will also engage with local groups and offer opportunities to hear their stories. We will stay for part of the time in Bethlehem, from where we will visit the Christian sites in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. The second part of the trip will be in Galilee, some 100 miles to the north. There we will see the sites associated with Jesus’ life and early ministry. We expect the cost to be around £1,350 per person. The trip will be organised for us by Su McLellan of Embrace the Middle East and will use a tour company based in Bethlehem. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Ken Perrett.
You may remember that our Church signed up as a Kairos Community with Kairos Britain. Ken has been assisting Kairos Britain with the launch of their new website. Do have a look at it – http://www.kairosbritain.org.uk/. As a Kairos Community we now have access to the members forum.
Talks on Israel/Palestine
As part of our continuing efforts to tell others about the situation in Israel and Palestine, Ken gave the first Lent Lecture at Finchampstead Church on Tuesday 24th February. This arose from a similar talk given by Ken to the Deanery Synod, which has been very supportive in sharing our concern for Justice and Peace.
Ken will next be speaking at the open Bracknell U3A meeting on Maundy Thursday (2nd April).
We met on the 17th February to discuss “The Weeping Chamber” by Sigmund Brouwer. This is a novel based around the events of Holy Week. Almost everyone in the book club enjoyed reading this book. One person wasn’t sure of the genre of a biblical story written as fiction.
On the whole we found the characterisation convincing and even illuminating, for instance, the exploration of Judas’s character, which gave possible reasons for his actions. The character of Jesus came over as someone very powerful, very understanding and strong, who was in control of the events and when they would happen. All the other characters in the book came over very well and drew you into the story.
The book also went into the politics of that time and place; it showed the tensions and power struggles between the different groups. In addition there were conversations between Caiaphas and Jesus as well as between Caiaphas and Pontius Pilate.
Everyone said that they would read the book again. It is a very good book to read in Lent. We found one review of the book in which the reviewer said they read the book every Holy Week. We would thoroughly recommend this book.
The next book will be ‘Hilda of Whitby - a spirituality for now’ by Ray Simpson. Irene Simmons wrote about the life of St Hilda in a recent edition of St John’s News and recommended this book. There is a copy in the library which you could borrow. Otherwise, you could buy your own copy which I am sure would be available from the Quench book shop.
The next meeting will be on 16th June at 8pm.
To celebrate Palm Sunday on March 29th the choir will be singing
‘Jerusalem Joy’, a cantata for Easter by Roger Jones.
As always, we welcome any members of the congregation who would like to come and sing this with the choir. It would be great if you would like to join us for all the Easter services too.
Practices for ‘Jerusalem Joy’ will begin on Thursday, February 26th at 7.45pm.
Please talk to David, Jill or Maggie if you would like to know more.
We look forward to seeing you.
9am - sweeper downers
10am - clearer uppers
2pm - polishing and finishing offers!!
Bring long canes/extension poles with dusters on. Your own spare Henry type hoovers, with your own extension leads also welcomed, tea / coffee + bickie volunteers for 10am also rewarded with smiles!!
The Lent Lunch on Sunday 1st March raised £643.75 for Embrace the Middle East to support Syrian refugees.
Our next MessyChurch will be MESSY PENTECOST on Saturday May 16th. Do come next time. All ages are welcome to join us!
As an outreach into the community, Debbie Harris, the previous Youth Worker at St Sebastian’s Church, set up the provision of cake and coffee for the staff of Edgbarrow School once a week. This requires a number of volunteers to bake the cakes and other volunteers to serve the staff. Sue Thomas at St Sebastian’s has carried on the co-ordination of this and could do with a few more volunteers to add to the rota. Folk from St Sebastian’s, Crowthorne Baptist Church and the Vineyard are currently involved, but it would be great to have more volunteers from these and the other CTC churches.
The bakers need to provide 20 cakes (or a whole cake which can feed 20 people) about every four weeks during term time. The cakes need to be dropped at St Sebastian's Parish Centre (open 9am to 3pm) by 10am on Friday morning. If this isn't convenient then they can be dropped at Crowthorne Baptist Church and left in the lobby on the side.
All bakers need to clearly label their boxes with their name, that they are intended for Edgbarrow School and from where they will be collected afterwards. Empty boxes are normally returned to St Sebastian’s Parish Centre on the following Sunday, for collection as soon as possible please, or they can be left at Crowthorne Baptist Church.
See the attached document for more details.
Thursday 19th March from 10am to 12.00 am
Crowthorne Baptist Church.
It would be most appreciated if you could support this event by either baking a cake or something savoury, or donating books, or just visit for a cuppa and a slice of something - all of the proceeds for the morning goes to Corrymeela.
March is an extremely busy time for the Mothers’ Union. The month begins with with our meeting on Tuesday 3rd March at 7.30pm with a Lent Eucharist to be conducted by the vicar. The following day there will be a meeting at Benson for the diocese from 10.30am until 3.00pm when the speaker will be Lucinda Hassell from the London headquarters at Mary Sumner House.
Friday 6th March is the annual Womens World Day of Prayer ecumenical service at the Methodist Church at 10.30am. This year the service has been written by the Christian ladies of The Bahamas focusing on the theme of ‘Jesus said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?”.
We have a special afternoon to look forward to on 11 March at 2pm when Kath Coutts will create a Mary Garden with flowers, accompanied by music and readings. It will be a time of reflection in this season of Lent.
The following Saturday, 14th March, we will be making posies for Mothering Sunday the following day. We will welcome all offers of help and greenery on the day. We will also be providing Simnel cake at coffee after the 10 o’clock service.
Lady Day is on the 25th March and there will be a service at St Michael’s, Easthampstead at 2.00.
We extend a warm welcome to everyone to any or all of our meetings. There are programmes in the foyer and notices about our meetings on the Mothers’ Union notice board in the hall.
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.
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.
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 “Real Easter Eggs”. Please consider buying your Easter eggs from our stall. There is a sign-up sheet on the Fairtrade notice board, beside “The Net” cupboard .We can even keep them for you, so that you don’t have to find hiding places at home for them, till you require them.
We will be open for business on the 8th March and the 22nd March.
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!
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