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.
We were very pleased to welcome three new members to the Mothers' Union at the 10 o'clock service on 16th November. Diocesan president Gillian Johnson came to enrol Hilary Burton, Margaret Ward and Revd David Ramsbottom. Gwen Stevens made the chocolate cake that that was much enjoyed after the service.
Ken Perrett will be setting the Christmas story against a modern background on Tuesday 2nd December at 7.30 with pictures, readings and carols and there will be more Christmas music on 10th December at 2.00 when Hatch Ride will come to sing to us. Everyone is welcome to any of our meetings and there are programmes in the foyer listing them.
I want to say a very big thank you for all the shoeboxes you have filled. There will be many children who will discover that there are people caring about them and enabling them to get an education this Christmastide. What a gift!
A peaceful Christmas to you all.
At the meeting on 21st October, the PCC decided to include “Embrace the Middle East” as one of our seven Church Missions. This is in line with our decision to become a Kairos Community and, as part of our Programme of Action (see SJN for last month) to "Support initiatives by groups working for justice and peace in Israel/Palestine” Su McClellan, one of the Regional Managers working at Embrace the Middle East, preached at both our services on 23rd October, and told us something of their work. You can learn more at www.EmbraceME.org.
Messy Church is coming back on 10th January 2015
Come and join us and get Messy for Epiphany. This will take place between 10.30 and 1.00. All are invited and we aim to provide:-
- Drinks and refreshments from 10.30
- Craft activities to include making Christingles
- Informal worship including music, storytelling and laughter
- Followed by lunch
If you are able to join our band of merry helpers please let Maggie Woodage or Gillian Gyenes know. We particularly need support setting up for lunch.
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.
Many thanks to everyone who ordered the Fairtrade chocolate Advent calendar. If you don’t yet have a calendar and would like one we do have 3 calendars left, so if you are quick you may be able to buy one from us.
We will be open for business on the 30th November, 14th December and the 21st December.
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 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.
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.