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 Annual General Meeting was held on September 14th at the Methodist Church.
The first report came from the Summer Activities read out by the Secretary in the absence of David Caddick. The Activities were well-attended in 2014 and the cost came in under the original budget. There were many generous donations from local churches, businesses and tradesmen, and voluntary organisations and shops. Very grateful parents were fulsome in their praise and also gave donations.
Operation Christmas Child are currently advertising for the position of Regional Manager for the South and South West of England. Details of this post are attached.
NOVEMBER 2nd at 6pm
This is our Annual Service when we remember loved ones who have died and light a candle in their memory
All are very welcome to come
Please post names of those you would like remembered into the Church Office by
October 29th (if possible)
There will be refreshments after the service
Sunday 9th November
10am British Legion Service
Followed by commemoration
at the Lynch Gate
with Sandhurst Silver Band
6pm Peace Vigil
A reflective night service of readings and prayers in which we bring our sorrows, confusion and longings as we pray for the dawning of God’s mercy, protection and peace.
Mondays and Thursdays 12noon to 2pm – 1 High Street, Crowthorne
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 September 2014 Crowthorne Foodbank fed:
41 people fed = 28 adults, 13 children = 369 meals
Overall from December 2012 to September 2014 – you have helped feed
1947 people = 1190 adults, 770 children = 17,523 meals
Thank you for all you do in helping people in crisis in our community.
Tuesday 7th October 7.30pm, in the church hall. WOMENS WORLD DAY OF PRAYER. Ecumenical Meeting. "Streams in the Desert".
Wednesday 8th October 2pm, in the church hall."Samaritans Purse".Talk and DVD, about the "Shoe Box Appeal". by Jenny Winter.
Corporate Communion, Wednesday 10am 15th October, in the Lady Chapel.
Prayer Meeting monday 9.30am 20th March, in the Lady Chapel.
All welcome to our meetings. Look forward to seeing you there.
Best Wishes. June Todd.
On Monday 1st September the Vicar conducted the wedding service of Matthew Higginson and Hannah Brooks. The thoughtful service included Communion and the Gloree singers provided a musical interlude.
All the parish were invited both to the service and to share a buffet in the hall afterwards (the picture above shows the Church group). The flowers were provided by the Church Flower Arrangers and the Church looked splendid for the marriage. The couple went to the Italian Lakes for their honeymoon.
The wedding followed Hannah’s ordination on 5th July by the Bishop of Oxford in a service at Christ Church Cathedral Oxford. Hannah has taken up the curacy at St James Finchampsted alongside vicar Rev Julie Ramsbottom.
All at St Johns would like to offer Hannah and Matthew best wishes as they start her ministry and their marriage.
The next book we will be discussing is “Love Wins” by Rob Bell.
On the first page Rob Bell says “I believe that Jesus’s story is first and foremost about the love of God for every single one of us.” The book goes onto expand this theme, tackling big questions such as salvation, judgment and heaven and hell.
There is still time to read this book before the next meeting which will be on 12th November at 8pm. If you wish to come along but are unsure or want further information do come and speak to me. Everyone is very welcome.
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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
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.
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!
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.