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.
Ride + Stride” is one of the most successful and popular annual fundraising events that help restore and protect historic churches and chapels across the UK. It is organised by the Royal County of Berkshire Churches Trust, supported by the National Churches Trust.
Ride + Stride will take place on Saturday 13th September between 10am and 6pm. During this time we will welcome Ride + Stride participants to our Church and offer refreshments. Please let Ken Perrett (773808) know if you can be at the Church for an hour during this time. If you would like to take part in the event, Ken has sponsor cards and details of the participating Churches. You can cycle, run or walk.
This day coincides with Heritage Open Day and so we may get additional visitors coming to see the Church.
What do you know about the four gospels? Come and discover more....
8pm Mondays commencing 15th September for 5 weeks at church
Bible Society Preacher, Heather Clements, will be speaking at both morning services on 21st September. Please come along and hear about the wonderful work that the Bible Society carries out.
Harvest Supper and Entertainment
Saturday 27th September 7.30pm
Tickets from members of the social committee
from 7th September 2013
Prices : Adult £8.50, Child £4 , Family £25
Please bring your own drinks and glasses
HARVEST ALL AGE SERVICE
10am Sunday 28th September
Please invite your friends and neighbours to this special family harvest service
Gifts to be given to the Crowthorne Foodbank – please refer to the website for suitable items.
On 5th July the Bishop of Oxford ordained Hannah Brooks in a service at Christ Church Cathedral Oxford. Hannah has taken up the curacy at St James Finchampsted alongside vicar Rev Julie Ramsbottom.
On Monday 1st September Hannah married Matthew Higginson at St John’s. They would like to thank all their friends for joining them for the service and lunch buffet afterwards.
A new course
Tutor: Helen Whitsed, Child Protection Officer for St John the Baptist Church
Tuesday 30th September: 7.45 for 8pm – 9.15pm
Wednesday 22nd October: 7.45 for 8pm – 9.15pm
It is important that we all attend a safe guarding course every 2 years.
It would be helpful to know the numbers we expect so please get in touch with me: Hazel Berry on 01344 772578 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Crowthorne Flower Festival
12th – 14th July 2014
This year’s Crowthorne Carnival Flower Festival entitled ‘Strictly Showtime’ was held at St Johns Church, raising money for ‘Crowthorne First Responders’. This is a group of trained volunteers, working with the South Central Ambulance Service, who help save lives in our community by responding to medical emergencies before the arrival of the emergency ambulance.
The standard of the floral arrangements was excellent and the diversity of interpretation of ‘Strictly Showtime’ amazing. Over 2,000 people visited the Church during the Festival and over 40 local organisations, schools and churches took part. The sense of community was prevalent, culminating in a wonderful ‘Songs of Praise’ service in which various members of the community presented a hymn on behalf of their school or organisation.
Is coming to St John’s on Saturday
27th September 10:30am - 1pm
Come along for messy craft, fun, songs and prayers, plus some tasty lunch.
All are invited and we aim to provide
- Drinks and refreshments from 10.30
- Craft activities centred on Harvest
- Informal worship including music, storytelling and laughter
- Followed by lunch
Messy Church is in its 10th year, but a 1st for us and we are hoping to reach as many people as possible. We have groups who have volunteered to organise the various activities but more help and support will be welcomed.
To know more please contact Gillian Gyenes or Maggie Woodage
Thank-you to all those who helped on Friday Aug. 8th which was St. John’s day to be in charge of the craft activities and especially to Maggie Woodage for organising this aspect of the afternoon.
From 80-100 children on the first wet and windy Friday, to over 300 on another occasion the scheme has once more proved a great success thanks to the financial support given locally and to the generous help from volunteers of CTC.
day the 14th of June, the confirmation group (Katie Baker, Ella Demblon, Holly Turner, Ruby Allerton, Summer Woodage, Jack Saville, Adam Bennett, Imogen Cook, Oscar Clark and Charlotte Stephens) went to Winchester Cathedral. We met at the Church, where we were treated to a delicious breakfast thanks to the parents! After about a 45 minute car journey, we were there: at Winchester. We had a tour of the Cathedral and we asked all our questions. It was then time to go back to the Church for a barbeque. Thank you for all of the parents who supervised, drove us there, cooked the food and - most importantly – for letting us go! We are now looking forward to our confirmation day and feel prepared for this next step in life.
Give as you Live helps you raise money for St John’s – at no cost to you – every time you shop online. The scheme allows people who are shopping online, buying the items they normally would, to give money to St John’s at the same time.
How does it work? Give as you Live retailers, including Tesco, iTunes, Sainsbury's, John Lewis, Expedia, Lastminute.com, Marks and Spencer, Amazon and many more donate a percentage of each purchase you make to the St John’s. The average retailer donates 2.5% of each purchase you make. So, you can start raising money today by clicking on the image below.
If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to Ken or Tracy Perrett (tel 01344 773808) who will be pleased to help you.
News uodate: We have been told that we need a Listed Building Consent, so the timescale has been extended by several months.
The Fabric Committee are progressing well with arrangements to get the work for the replacement of the flat roof started at the beginning of August.
The Committee have agreed a quote of £19,900 from Finchampstead Roofing Ltd and are in the process of acquiring a faculty from the Diocese for the work. The funds for this have been made available without affecting our efforts of fundraising for the AVS system, by selling £20,000 of accumulation units from the Crowthorne Parish Trust.
The product EPDM will be used in place of the current asphalt covering, with a layer of insulation material underneath. The fibreglass skylights will also be replaced with plastic domes secured with anti-theft nuts.
The work is expected to be completed within August although it is obviously very weather dependent, so please pray for good weather. Services and events in the Church Hall will be able to continue as usual while the work is in progress, but we have agreed with the builders that they may be asked not to work on a particular day e.g. if a funeral was arranged for that day.
As with all building works there will probably be some dust created and we’d ask everyone to be patient as the work proceeds. Can we also ask us all to be especially vigilant for any ladders etc that may have been left up inadvertently each night, please let Mike or Anne know and we’ll get them safely stowed away.
Anne Mohan and Mike Thackray
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
The very talented artist, David Greenwood of the Holy Ghost Church, who painted the collage of all the Crowthorne churches which hangs in our lobby, has offered to paint portraits on request.
He will donate his fees to kick-start the fund-raising which will be required to cover the costs of the hugely popular Summer activities organised for the whole village by CTC and held on Friday afternoons on the Morgan Rec during the summer holidays. In previous years Thames Valley police have been able to allocate some of their budget to this enjoyable project but they can no longer do so. This is an opportunity to help a worthy cause and get a unique portrait to hang on your wall.
Thank- you to all those who participate in the coffee rota.
Being on the rota involves being responsible for serving coffee after the 10 am service approx. once in a 6 month period. There is a team of two or possibly three people each week and the only requisite is to arrange to bring milk. If the allocated date is inappropriate it is easy to arrange to change dates.
Any volunteers to replace a few who have recently retired would be most welcome. Please contact Jill Pope 01344 778843 if you feel able to help.
Mondays and Thursdays 12noon to 2pm – 1 High Street, Crowthorne
Long life milk, porridge oats, rice, tinned sponge puddings, sugar, sweet treats, tinned kidney beans, tinned chickpeas, laundry liquid, fabric conditioner, toilet cleaner, anti bacterial spray, washing up liquid, J cloths, liquid hand soap, men’s deodorants, shaving gel, razors, unisex flannels, women’s deodorant, nappies size 4 and above, children’s toothbrushes (various sizes)
Thank you for your continued support
During July 2014 Crowthorne Foodbank fed:
Total of 85 people of which there were:
44 = adults, 41 = children
a total of 765 meals
From December 2012 (opening) to July 2014:
Total of 1801 people fed of which there were:
1096 = adults, 705 = children
a total of 16,209 meals
Thank you for all you do in helping people in crisis in our community.
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!
Daily prayer intentions are distributed with St John's News with some prayers that might be used. The latest prayer list is attached.
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.