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.
Saturday 3rd October 7.30pm
Get your tickets now
£8.50 per head, £5 per child and £25 per family ticket
Crowthorne Foodbank – Mondays and Thursdays 12noon-2pm at Vineyard Church Centre, 25 Wellington Business Park
Latest update (26th September) for Harvest Gifts at St Johns on 4th October -
Tinned meats in sauce/gravy
Long life juices
Jam / marmalade
Vineyard Centre Manager, 25 Wellington Business Park, Dukes Ride, RG45 6LS, 01344 780087
Genesis 1-11, making sense
of the mythology
Rev’d Canon David Holt
St John’s – Mondays 21st, 28th September, 5th, 12th October, 8-9.30 pm
David Holt writes:
In these four sessions we will look, hopefully with fresh eyes, at the perplexing beginning of our Old Testament. We will see, among other things, that these stories are not disconnected “myths” but are dependent upon each other and are going somewhere and the threads that join them together are the much neglected genealogies.
We will look at who collected and edited these stories, when and why they were put together.
We will look at the createdness, and therefore the sacredness, of both space and time and how this is reflected in the life of the Church today.
We will explore the story of Adam and Eve and will see how it is as much a parable as a creation story and, via Cain and Able we will look at human sacrifice in the Old Testament.
We will not neglect the story of the sons of God and the daughters of men and the story of the flood will make us look at the Sumerian King List at present in the Ashmoleum Museum in Oxford.
We will see how these stories are massively important to us today and how we neglect them at our peril.
You may not agree with all that I say but I think I can guarantee you will have plenty to think and pray about.
Nick Russell from the Church Army is coming to the 10 o’clock service on 18th October 2015. As a church, we have supported Nick’s work with our donations from the Christmas giving tree for several years. Come and hear about how the Church Army supports the socially deprived and disadvantaged residents on the housing estates in south east London.
Parish representative for the Church Army
St John's House Group has been meeting regularly since the beginning of this year and is very well attended, with meetings taking place on alternate Monday evenings. We have enjoyed spending time together in worship, prayer, and bible study.
The meetings for Autumn will commence on Monday 7th September at 7.30 - 9.00 p.m. in Oak Lodge, New Road, Crowthorne
We will be looking at the teachings in the book of Romans throughout the coming weeks. We have found it really useful to be able to discuss scripture together and how it applies to our lives today. We are excited about this new topic and are looking forward to new faces in the Group, so do come and join us.
Catch us after the Sunday service if you have any questions - or just turn up on Monday evening!
Julie and Les.
Can you help with the annual churchyard hedge cutting; let’s have the churchyard at its best for the annual Remembrance Service.
Saturday 10th October
Team 1 - Cutting and strimming at 9 am
Team 2 - Sweeping and collecting from 10 am
All welcome, the more hands the better, please bring protective gloves etc and any useful tools.
Reserve Date – Sat 17th Oct if Sat 10th Oct is cancelled (eg due to bad weather or work is not completed the previous Saturday).
Sandhurst Baptist Church is hosting the 'f' Word Exhibition from Tuesday September 22nd to Thursday October 2nd, as a way of serving our community.
The message of forgiveness is central to the gospel of Jesus Christ and remains very pertinent to human relationships and society. While those telling their story may refer to their own Christian faith, they may also refer to other spiritual or philosophical links. The Forgiveness Project itself is not a religious foundation.
There is no charge for admission. Should you wish to bring a group, we’d appreciate it if you could tell us, simply because the capacity of the Chapel is limited. Please contact either
Glossy A4 booklets containing the story are available at a cost of £5 each. The stories, along with others, also appear on The Forgiveness Project’s website.
Daily prayer intentions are distributed with St John's News with some prayers that might be used. The latest prayer list is attached.
We are currently reading “Archbishop” by Michele Guinness’s. It is a novel set in 2020 in which the main character is a female bishop elected to be Archbishop of Canterbury.
The book is available from Quench book shop.
Please do come along and join in our discussion of the book on Wednesday 14th October 2015 at 8pm at the Church hall, unless otherwise advised.
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
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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 do 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.
We are open for business on the 11th and 25th October. If you would like to get involved in helping with the Fairtrade stall in any way, I would be pleased to speak to you.
Do you have a special Birthday, Anniversary or event such as a Baptism that you would like to celebrate with Church Flowers? Currently, we accept donations for the Remembrance Table arrangement in memory of a loved one. We would like to extend this idea to include Altar and Porch flowers and suggest we could include an announcement in the weekly newsheet if desired.
The arrangements are normally in Church for two weeks and we would need as much notice as possible of your requirements.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank those generous individuals who donate money for flowers at our special festivals such as Christmas, Easter, Harvest.
For further information or requests tel Carol Cain 776738 or Doreen Norfield
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.