Current News and Events
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.
Bank Holiday, Monday 2nd May 12 noon to 4:30 pm
This year we look forward to welcoming you to the Crowthorne May Fair from lunch at the Morgan Rec from 12noon. Please join us over the lunch period and choose from the many refreshments available.
May Fair fun for all the family will including: our popular traditional stalls like: Lucky Spinner, Percy’s Horses & Mr. Men Shy. Try your luck with our highly value tombola or the main games, toys, inflatable fun for teens and youngsters alike and white elephant bargains to find. If you enjoy motor vehicles admire the historic Buckler cars or raffle with numerous prizes. There will also be sit in a real Berkshire Fire Engine.
For the family we have ample refreshments; tea, cakes and hotdogs and burgers. For adults we have the highly popular beer tent. Find all the plants you need to brighten up your garden this summer at our extremely good value Plant Stall.
Whilst enjoying our stalls we will offer various entertainment activities in the arena including: Sandhurst Community Brass Band and EBOS singers. Above all, 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
8 MEETS 10 AT 9
CHRISTIAN AID BREAKFAST
15th MAY 2016
Please come early or stay on after your respective Sunday morning services to join the other half of St John's congregation and enjoy breakfast (donations to Christian Aid) and a chat at 9am.
Christian Aid works worldwide to bring lasting change for the world’s poorest people, regardless of faith, gender or race. Set up by churches in Britain & Ireland to address poverty internationally, it also works closely with agencies such as Church Action on Poverty to deal with poverty ‘at home’ in the UK. Current campaigns target climate change and tax justice, two major factors that have worldwide influence on devastating famine and suffering.
CTC Christian Aid Service
Sunday 16th May,
6pm St James Finchampstead
Do come along for a super High Tea at Noon on 22nd May. There will be sandwiches, scones, cakes, tea and coffee. Proceeds in aid of the Syrian Refugee Appeal. Click here for more details.
Our next book will be “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande. The author examines his experiences as a surgeon in exploring the realities of aging and dying as well as the limits of what medicine can do. Please note we will now be meeting to discuss this on the 7th June.
Anyone is welcome to come along and discuss this book and surrounding issues.
A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. The fund now stands at £81,000. We still have over £20,000 to raise in order to finance both projects so if you have not got around to giving to this or are able to give more, all donations welcome.
However the PCC Meeting held on 15th March was able to agree to move forward on our two major projects.
It approved the appointment of Sound Advice for the supply of the full audio-visual system meeting all our requirements. We have been granted a Faculty for this work and the system has been ordered with a delivery of 4-6 weeks. Installation will take 6-7 days. The system should be working before the summer holidays.
The PCC also resolved to accept the appointment of James Richardson-Jones, PipeOrgan Builder, to renovate the existing organ. The work will be done during the summer holiday period (to cause the least disruption to regular worship and activities) and should be working for early Autumn.
Our thanks to all whose fund raising efforts and generosity has made this possible. We hope you will be pleased with the new audio visual system and with the rebuilt organ. We will, however, still have to continue fund raising for a little while longer!
Daily prayer intentions are distributed with St John's News with some prayers that might be used. The latest prayer list is attached.
The organisation exists to provide transport for those in the community of Crowthorne and its environs who are unable to use public transport. Priority is given to the elderly and disabled. We give people the opportunity to be mobile and have more control over their lives. Our services include providing transport to and from the local churches on Sunday mornings, and pre-booked outings, social events, lunches, shopping trips etc during the week.
The organisation is run entirely by volunteers. Weekday drivers would typically get to do one trip per month: Sunday drivers slightly less frequently – 2 trips per quarter.
We would be interested to hear from anyone who is prepared to drive occasionally for us. In particular we would welcome extra help with the Sunday morning church trips.
Any driver who passed their test before 1 Jan 1997 should be able to drive our minibus. Those passing their test since that date may have to take an additional test (fully supported by CCM) in order to get the required section D1.
To volunteer, or just to get further information:
Peter Hattersley - 01344 775995
Did you know that there are over 4,000 children waiting for adoption in the UK? Or that 50 children are taken into care every day? Or that 8,000 more foster carers are needed across the country? Home for Good believes that the church is uniquely placed to help meet this need. Churches are a natural support network for foster carers and adoptive families who are caring for these children. Home for Good is a Christian charity that has been set up to raise awareness within churches about the needs of vulnerable children and seeks to encourage Christians to consider what they can offer.
Find out more at: www.homeforgood.org.uk/
Regional Development Manager (South East)
will be coming to St John’s
Tuesday 2nd February at 7.30pm
to give a talk on this subject.
The meeting is being put on by the Mothers’ Union
Come join us…..
For fun, music, storytime
and craft with friends
When: 9:30-11.30 every Wednesday
(except during August)
At St John’s Church
£1 donation towards craft activities
Join us on Facebook
or if you’re already on Facebook just search for Minus Fives.
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.
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 ordered some “Real Easter Eggs” via Quench Bookshop. Please consider buying your Easter eggs from our stall. There is a sign-up sheet on the Fairtrade notice board, beside “The Net” cupboard and on the general notice board in the foyer. 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.
In April we will only be selling FAIR TRADE goods on April the 10th.I hope to have some Medjoul dates and some “Manna from heaven” which is a Middle Eastern delicacy. These will be via the Embrace the Middle East Charity. Please look out for these on the stall.
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.