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 Choir will be singing
Sir John Stainer (1840 – 1901)
“Could ye not watch with
Me one brief hour?”
These are the first words sung by Jesus in this Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer. In this beautiful cantata we are taken through the Garden and on to the Procession to Calvary and the ‘Throne of the Cross’. The Revd William Sparrow-Simpson, Librarian of St Paul’s, compiled the libretto, drawing on the Gospel accounts for the narrative texts for the choruses, recitatives and hymns. Stainer was one of the most distinguished composers of his generation, appointed organist of St Paul’s Cathedral in 1872.
The eminent musician, Barry Rose, writes: Stainer shows a rare sense of understanding in painting the text with music that is both thoughtful and dramatic . . . including the sublime unaccompanied setting of God So Loved the World.
Stainer’s aim was to provide an extended Passiontide meditation for both choir and congregation, as sung in the final hymn:
All for Jesus – all for Jesus,
This our song shall ever be;
For we have no hope, nor Saviour,
If we have not hope in Thee
We hope that you will make this Meditation part of your Holy Week devotion by coming to listen and sing on Good Friday evening at 6pm.
St. John’s Crowthorne May Fair
Bank Holiday Monday 5th May 2 - 4-30p.m.
We are looking forward to welcome you all at another fantastic Crowthorne May Fair, at the Morgan Recreation ground on Bank Holiday Monday.
As usual this St. John’s May Fair committee have laid on lots of fun for you to enjoy.
Children will be entertained at stalls like:
●The magnificent Bouncy Castles,
●The popular Lucky Spinner, Percy’s Horses, Mr Men Shy
●Plus toys, sweets and a REAL Fire Engine to sit in!
Parents, Grandparents & Carers will enjoy:
●Refreshments - tea, cakes, beer, cider and hotdogs
●Our famous, excellent value Plant Stall.
Entertainments in the arena including:
- Sandhurst Community Brass Band
- St. John's GLorEE singers
- The Yateley Morris Dancers
We hope you enjoy a great day out with us and help us raise essential funds for our church and the charities we support. Thanks for all your support of this FANTASTIC community event, which without you would be no fun at all!
During February and March, Ken Perrett stayed in Bethlehem. He wrote a weekly newsletter which was posted at Church and a daily blog - kenperrett.blogspot.co.uk.
On 23rd April, at 8pm, Ken will be showing a short film called "The stones cry out" in the Church Hall. This will be followed by informal discussion and am opportunity for people to ask questions about Ken's experiences in Israel/Palestine. Everyone welcome.
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.
As we are coming up to Lent please do have a look at the books in the library. If you can’t commit to a Lent study group think about taking out one of the library books. We have a number of books specifically written for and about Lent, including one by the previous Bishop of Reading, Bishop Stephen.
The Annual Meeting of Parishioners (AMP) will be held on Sunday 27th April 2014 in the Church Hall at 11:45am.
1. Opening Prayers
3. Minutes of the Vestry Meeting of Parishioners 2013
4. Election of Churchwardens
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting of the PCC to be held immediately following the AMP.
1. Minutes of the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Parish
2. Matters arising from the Minutes
3. Vicar’s sabbatical feedback
4. Parish Vision Update
5 Update on Renovation Projects
6. Approval of the Annual Report and Accounts
7. Report on numbers entered on new electoral roll
8. Presentation of Parish Reports
a. Parochial Church Council,
b. Deanery Synod
a. Hon Secretary,
c.Hon Independent Examiner,
12. Closing prayers
The first meeting of the new PCC will then follow.
Will all box holders kindly let me have their boxes for emptying during March. Before handing them in please ensure that your name appears on the box.
Please bring them to Church and pass them to me or, just leave on the side in the foyer. Alternatively please ring me to arrange collection.
(tel: 01344 773808)
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
Join us on Facebook
or if you’re already on Facebook just search for Minus Fives.
Men’s and women’s toiletries - especially deodorants, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo.
Cleaning items – especially: laundry liquid capsules, anti bacterial spray, toilet cleaner.
Also -There is an urgent need for Long life orange juice and is also running low on Long life Milk (in date please). There is a need for nappies (any size) baby wipes, etc
From opening in December 2012 to the end of November 2013:
Crowthorne Foodbank has fed 1,058 people – (695 adults and 363 children). Equivalent of 9,522 meals.
We are also giving out Christmas parcels for clients from the amazing donations of mince pies, Christmas puddings etc.
Many thanks to everyone for their continued support. It’s only with your generosity that we are able to help so many people.
The next confirmation service will take place at 6pm on Sunday 29th June 2014 at St Michael’s Sandhurst with the Bishop of Reading.
We will be joining forces with Finchampstead and Sandhurst parishes and possibly Owlsmoor. Preparation will be based upon the Emmaus Course and will run for 10 sessions
Classes for adult candidates
These will start on Monday 3rd March, 8pm at 90 New Wokingham Road
These will be led by Mrs Gillian Gyenes (LLM) and Rev’d David Ramsbottom
This is open to all those considering confirmation or who would like to brush up on the basics of the Christian faith. Help yourself to a leaflet from the table at the back of the hall. Please return reply slips to Carol Frost (put in the appropriate pigeon hole in the foyer).
Classes for Junior Candidates
These will also involve 10 sessions. These will start on Wednesday 5th March, from 5 - 6pm in the church hall.
These will be led by Mrs Carol Frost and Rev’d David Ramsbottom.
If any youngsters are undecided about confirmation, they are welcome to join the group and make a decision later on in the course.
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.