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.
Sunday 17th December 6 pm
Sunday 24th December - Christmas Eve
11.30pm – Midnight Mass
Monday 25th December - Christmas Day
Sunday 7th January
On Sunday 15th October, 2017 we welcomed Peter Graystone, National Project Officer from the Church Army to speak to us. He could only speak at the 10.00am service as he had to travel some distance to be with us. We heard how the Church Army transforms lives through faith, words and action often working with the most deprived, marginalised children and adults in society.
For further information please contact Gini Cope, Missions committee
We are currently reading: ENOUGH by John Naish
Our culture keeps telling us that we don’t yet have all we need to be happy, but in fact we need to nurture a new skill – the ability to bask in the bounties all around us. ENOUGH explores how our Neolithic brain-wiring spurs us to build a world of overabundance that keeps us hooked on ‘more’. John explains how, through adopting the art of enoughness, we can break from this wrecking cycle. With ten chapters on topics such as Enough food, Enough stuff, Enough hurry and Enough information, he explores how we created the problem and gives us practical ways to make our lives better. (Published January 24th, 2008 by Hodder and Stoughton)
We will be meeting at 8pm on the Tuesday 17th October to discuss this book. The venue will be the Church hall. Please do feel free to come along and discuss this book and surrounding issues.
We have looked at alternative charities for this year 2017. We have decided to support “Link to Hope” organisation.
This is a Christian charity which has twenty five years of experience of delivering Shoe Boxes to 'Family and Elderly' in the Eastern Europe countries Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Bulgaria. Please look on the MU Notice board in the church hall for information on this charity or on line. We will have a collection point for all ‘shoe boxes’ at St John’s Church (as in previous years). Shoe boxes will need to be finished and ready for collection by Fri 10th November.
Please talk with an MU committee member, if you want further information
Please come to the
Sunday 29th October
10am in the Church Hall
An informal communion service with a light breakfast
The East Berks Operatic Society are performing ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at the beginning of November.
We plan to go on Wednesday, 1st November.
If you are interested, please contact Christine Rees (Tel: 771394)
November 5th 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 let Gillian Gyenes have the names of those you wish to be remembered by Wednesday November 1st, if possible.
There will be refreshments after the service
Thames Voyces begin their fiftieth anniversary season with “ A Celebration of 20th Century Choral Music” at St John the Baptist Church, Crowthorne on Saturday 11th November at 7:30pm.
The concert includes Howell’s motet, “Take Him, Earth, For Cherishing” described as “a classic of twentieth century choral music”, Britten’s “Hymn to Saint Cecilia”a piece dedicated to the patron saint of music and Poulenc’s “Gloria” said to be a mixture of solemnity and mischievous exuberance.
Ticket prices are £14, £12 concessions and under 16 free. For further information on this concert and others in the fiftieth anniversary season, please go to www.thamesvoyces.org.uk or ring Alan Jackson on 01344 776663.
The British Legion service will be held on Sunday 12th November at 10am followed by a minute silence at 11am by the war memorial Lynch Gate
“The Impact of God” by Iain Matthew
A recent addition to the library is a book called “The Impact of God” by Iain Matthew. The book is about St. John of The Cross. It is one of the books that Irene used in her preparation for the lecture she gave as part of the ongoing “Mystics Ancient and Modern” course here at St. John’s.
St. John of the Cross (1542-1591) was a poet, pastor and mystic. In Part 1-1 of this book, it says that one aim of the book is “to recover his [John of The Cross] witness to a self-bestowing God. Love changes people, and John’s witness to God’s love may help us to trust and to be brave.”
Please feel free to borrow this book or any other from the library. We also have some copies of the Church Times for you to browse or to take away with you.
Current shortages (September 2017)
Tinned pulses (e.g. Kidney beans / chick peas etc),
Tinned rice pudding,
Small jars of coffee
Personal hygiene items - deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste.
Our small team of servers and acolytes does a wonderful job of serving at the 8.00 and the 10.00 services, and at occasional services too.
However, we are urgently in need of additional volunteers to bolster the team. Maybe you feel you don't have the time, maybe you're already committed to other rotas, but with a full team, you would only be required to serve/acolyte once a month - or even less.
So whether you are young or not so young, whether you've been a server in the past or are completely new to it, please consider helping with this important and enjoyable aspect of our worship.
Thanks in advance,
Crowthorne Good Neighbours was established in 1972 by Churches Together in Crowthorne to help transport local elderly and infirm people to hospital and GP appointments. In addition, we also take people shopping and to visit relatives who are in care homes. There is no charge for the service although most people pay a donation to help cover the cost of the trip.
Crowthorne Good Neighbours operates out of Crowthorne Baptist Church every Monday to Friday between 10am and 12 noon, and can be contacted on 01344 761001.
New volunteer drivers are desperately needed to help with this vital work. As a volunteer driver, you can:
- volunteer a small amount of your time (just tell us your preferences)
- claim a mileage allowance
- decide where you want to go - local trips are just as important as those further afield.
Last year we took 160 people to 1207 appointments. These journeys were only possible because we have a group of volunteers willing to give up some of their time. Please consider if you may be able to give up some of your time to help a much-needed service. For more information call 01344 761001
A little reminder from Julie and Les that House Group meets on alternate Monday evenings at 7.30 pm in Oak Lodge, Dukes Ride, Crowthorne RG45 6SL. Our current topic is on the Holy Spirit using ‘On the Holy Spirit’ by Douglas Connelly (Lifebuilder study from Scripture Union).
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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