Current News and Events
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Meanwhile you are very welcome to join us for any of the Church services and other activities.
The Bishop of Reading, the Right Rev Andrew Proud, presided over the 2015 Confirmation Service at St Johns. It was a wonderful service and was followed by coffee and cake.
This year we had 9 junior and 6 adult candidates as follows:
Junior (l to r): Finley Saunders, Joshua O'Donoghue, William Spring, Isabella Myers, Victoria Layer, Samuel Cooper, Hannah Bennet, Lucy Robertson, Wilbur Pope. Adult: (l to r) Chris Watson, Suzan Laverick, Philip Foster, , Leigh Welham, Alex Woodage.
St Michael's Sandhurst joined us for the service and brought five candidates, making 19 in total.
We met on the 16th June to discuss ‘Hilda of Whitby - A spirituality for now’ by Ray Simpson. There was a mixed response to this book. Most found it a difficult book to get into because of the historical content in the first chapter. Hilda lived from around 614 - 680 during the Anglo-Saxon invasions of Britain. We found the many Anglo-Saxon names very difficult; some of us would have liked more source references for the historical background. It was a book that needed concentration and although a small book it took time to read. However, there were some parts of the book that we found interesting, especially the reflections at the end of each chapter.
Now in its 8th year and open to all who are free to join in the fun, where families can come along and bring their picnics with everyone from toddlers to grandparents. The activities are geared mostly for younger children, but the JAC van will be present for interaction with the teens.
Activities will include
Petting farm, the ever-popular Climbing Wall, Football
London Irish rugby team coaching afternoon
Crafting tent with each church running an afternoon session,
Prayer tent which will again be hosted by St Sebastian’s'
There will be a registration tent for children to sign in and parents will need to accompany their children for the afternoon.
Some liquid refreshments will be available.
3 - 5.30 pm, Fridays 24th, 31st July and 7th, 14th, 21st August
Morgan Recreation Ground
Invite your friends and neighbours
Daily prayer intentions are distributed with St John's News with some prayers that might be used. The latest prayer list is attached.
Genesis 1-11, making sense
of the mythology
Rev’d Canon David Holt
St John’s – Mondays 21st, 28th September, 5th, 12th October, 8-9.30 pm
David Holt writes:
In these four sessions we will look, hopefully with fresh eyes, at the perplexing beginning of our Old Testament. We will see, among other things, that these stories are not disconnected “myths” but are dependent upon each other and are going somewhere and the threads that join them together are the much neglected genealogies.
We will look at who collected and edited these stories, when and why they were put together.
We will look at the createdness, and therefore the sacredness, of both space and time and how this is reflected in the life of the Church today.
We will explore the story of Adam and Eve and will see how it is as much a parable as a creation story and, via Cain and Able we will look at human sacrifice in the Old Testament.
We will not neglect the story of the sons of God and the daughters of men and the story of the flood will make us look at the Sumerian King List at present in the Ashmoleum Museum in Oxford.
We will see how these stories are massively important to us today and how we neglect them at our peril.
You may not agree with all that I say but I think I can guarantee you will have plenty to think and pray about.
The Minus Fives and Mothers’ Union joined forces in early June for a Toddler Challenge. The sun shone, the grass was cut and a course laid out in the churchyard in preparation for this great event. Even the press turned up to record the children having a great time navigating their way round the memorial cross on an assortment of sit and ride toys.
The challenge was held to raise money for the John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital where Mothers’ Union members support parents of very sick children. We were asked to raise money particularly for Treasured Memory Kits so that parents could make hand prints of their children. Maggie Woodage helped to organise the event and Kate Hargreaves has produced a tea towel with the hand prints of the children at Minus Fives. We are delighted that so far £135 has been raised with more to come which is a really wonderful result. We are looking forward to other joint ventures in the future.
The sun also shone on the Mothers’ Union outing to Thrive at Beech Hill for a conducted tour of their lovely gardens created by the students. It was evident that they achieve great things and lives are changed through horticulture.
Our meetings in July will both centre round fellowship and food! The social evening will be on Tuesday 7th July at 7.30. Friends are welcome and tickets cost £10 a head. Please tell a committee member if you would like to come so we know numbers. The tea party is on Wednesday 8th July at 2.00 in the hall. We will be delighted to see you and there is no need to book.
The prayer meeting will be on Monday 20th July and will be informal so bring a poem or reading. Please note that there will be no prayer meeting in August. Corporate Communion will be on Wednesday 22nd July.
The committee and I hope you have a pleasant Summer and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 9th September at 2.00 for sung Evensong.
Crowthorne Foodbank – Mondays and Thursdays 12noon-2pm at Vineyard Church Centre, 25 Wellington Business Park
Crowthorne Foodbank shortages
The Foodbank would be very grateful to receive:
tinned minced beef in gravy , pulses , long life juices, squashes, Black bin bags, Toilet Rolls, Shampoo, Conditioner, Handwash, Fairy liquid, Baby wipes, Size 5 nappies,
Thank you for all you do in helping people in crisis in our community, Blessings
Vineyard Centre Manager, 25 Wellington Business Park, Dukes Ride, RG45 6LS, 01344 780087
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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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
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. We do try out new items on the stall and this month we have a Fairtrade curry sauce. 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.
The stall will be open after the 8am and 10 am services on the 12th and 26th July. We will then take a break until September.
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.