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.
The speaker at our 8 and 10am services on Christ the King Sunday will be Su McClellan from “Embrace the Middle East”, formerly “Biblelands”.
“Embrace the Middle East” works with projects in many of the countries in the Middle East; Israel /Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan so do come to listen to what Su has to share with us.
There will also be a display of the Missions we support at St John's
After much planning and anticipation, we opened the doors for our first Messy Church on Saturday 27th September.
We were delighted to welcome around 30 people during the course of the morning. Many new friends were made. The harvest themed crafts were very popular. We made bird feeders, harvest crowns and planted seeds. Our group project was a prayer tree, which has been on display in the Church.
After all the messy fun, we gathered in Church where we were led in song, worship and story. Our story was a modern take on the parable of the sower, and our songs had lots of fruit and vegetables in.
After such a busy morning, we were ready for lunch!
Everyone enjoyed some tasty soup, bread and cheese followed by fruit, jelly and yoghurts. Many had seconds too! Soon after, it was time to say goodbye.
I would like to say an enormous thank you to all that have helped to make our Messy Church happen. Thank you to those who provided refreshments, lunch, and craft. Thank you to all who helped to move furniture, print posters and plan. Thanks to those who helped with singing, music and worship.
November will be a busy month for the Mothers' Union starting with our evening meeting, 7.30 pm, on Tuesday 4th November when Kerry Mann will be telling us about the history of mime based on a life time involvement with film and theatre.
On Wednesday 12th at 2pm we will hear about the effect of World War 1 on Crowthorne, the history of the Lychgate and the background to some of the names written there from Sue McIntosh (of the British Legion and Paul Bevan from the Family History Society.
The Diocesan Winter Meeting will be on 11th at Benson, from 10.15, when the speaker will be Maureen Meatcher from the Union of Catholic Mothers. Everyone is welcome to any of our meetings.
On Sunday 16th we have invited Diocesan President, Gillian Johnson, to the 10am service to enrol three new members, Hilary Burton, Revd David Ramsbottom and Margaret Ward and to commission me as Branch Leader. We do hope that as many members as possible will be there to welcome our new members and meet Gillian. We also invite the congregation to coffee and cake after the service.
Please remember the cake stall at the Advent Fair on Sunday 30th, after the 10.am service. Contributions of cakes, biscuits and jams will be gratefully received.
We now have boxes for the shoe box appeal for Operation Christmas Child. They will be in church for the next few Sundays and we will be accepting filled boxes from now until 23rd November. Do remember that in many countries if a child has pens, pencils and paper they can go to school (an old video box makes an excellent pencil box). So please consider giving not only pleasure but the life-time gift of an education to a child somewhere in the world.
If you have any questions about the work of the Mothers' Union or about branch activities do ask one of the committee or call me on 01344 771302.
Saturday 22nd November
7.15pm for 7.30pm start
Tickets £8 to include tasting and coffee to finish the evening
Roland Fruin has kindly offered to run a quiz for us which will feature wine and cheese tasting and include other rounds of questions as well.
Do come along whether you are single a couple or can arrange a team of “6”. You are guaranteed an entertaining evening!
Daily prayer intentions are distributed with St John's News with some prayers that might be used. The latest prayer list is attached.
Crowthorne Foodbank has moved from 1 High Street, Crowthorne to Vineyard Church Centre, 25 Wellington Business Park, Dukes Ride, Crowthorne, RG45 6LS. More details in the attached document.
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 if the producers.
Traidcraft have just introduced some fair trade cleaning products. We have the hand wash and multi surface cleaner for sale on our stall. These are made with natural plant based ingredients and are eco-friendly.
We will be ordering Fairtrade chocolate advent calendars again this year. If you would like one please let me know by the 2nd November, as I have to put the order in early, to be sure of getting them.
We are open for business on the 2nd, 16th and 30th November .
Sunday 30th November
This will be after the 10.00am Service, at about 11.15 am,in the Church Hall. There will be special refreshments, craft and card stalls, games etc. All welcome
COME AND SING FOR CHRISTMAS!
We will be starting to rehearse our
from Thursday November 6th at 7pm.
As always, you are warmly invited
to come and join us to make a joyful noise
(as well as getting a seat for the service!).
Permanent members also welcome
Do speak to David, Jill or Maggie.
We look forward to seeing you
Crowthorne Foodbank – NOW MOVED FROM 1 HIGH STREET TO 25 WELLINGTON BUSINESS PARK, DUKES RIDE, CROWTHORNE RG45 6LS
Open Mondays and Thursdays 12noon-2pm
CROWTHORNE FOODBANK COLLECTION AT TESCOS, THE MEADOWS, SANDHURST
FOODBANK CURRENT NEEDS:
Food: sponge puddings, Long life fruit juice, chocolate sweet treats
Cleaning packs: laundry liquid, anti-bacterial spray, fabric conditioner
Thank you for your continued support
During October 2014 Crowthorne Foodbank fed
86 people fed = 51 adults, 35 children = 774 meals
Overall from December 2012 to October 2014 – you have helped feed
2033 people = 1241 adults, 805 children = 18,297 meals
Thank you for all you do in helping people in crisis in our community.
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.