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Meanwhile you are very welcome to join us for any of the Church services and other activities.
The book that we are currently reading (or have read) is ‘Hilda of Whitby - a spirituality for now’ by Ray Simpson. Irene Simmons wrote about the life of St Hilda in an edition of St John’s News and recommended this book.
There is a copy of the book in the library, which anyone is welcome to borrow. Otherwise, you could buy your own copy and which I am sure would be available from the Quench book shop.
Everyone is welcome to come and discuss this book on 16th June at 8pm. Venue will be 12 Chaucer Rd. unless otherwise informed.
6pm Sunday 5th July 2015
Do feel free to join us. The Bishop of Reading, Right Rev Andrew Proud, will preside. We will be joined by candidates from Sandhurst parish. There will be coffee and confirmation cake after the service.
This year we have 9 junior and 6 adult candidates as follows:
Junior: Hannah Bennett, Samuel Cooper, Victoria Layer, Isabella Myers, Joshua O’ Donoghue, Wilbur Pope, Lucy Robertson, Finley Saunders, William Spring
Adult: Philip Foster, Suzan Laverick, Leigh Welham, Abigail Ticehurst, Chris Watson, Alex Woodage
Do keep our confirmees in your prayers as they prepare for this important step in their Christian journey. You may care to use this Confirmation prayer:
‘ Defend, O Lord, these your servants with your heavenly grace, that they may continue yours for ever, and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more until they come to your everlasting kingdom.’ Amen
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.
Daily prayer intentions are distributed with St John's News with some prayers that might be used. The latest prayer list is attached.
I would firstly like to thank everyone who made cakes for our cake stall at the May Fair and all those who bought cakes and helped us to raise £288. Gwen Stevens raffled the wonderful cake she had made and iced and raised a further £119.
The guest speaker after our AGM on 2nd June will be Liz Aston describing what it has been like to be a woman in a man’s world working as a geologist in the oil industry and lately, mapping the rock strata under London.
The following day the toddlers at the Minus Fives will rise to the challenge and take part in the sponsored trike ride we are organising. This event will be in the church yard if fine or in the foyer if wet from 10.15 in the morning. Trikes are not essential as the children can push prams or be carried if they prefer! The aim is to have fun and to raise money for The John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital, Oxford, so they can buy Treasured Memory Kits for the families with very sick children. We will tell you more about the event next month.
We had a very interesting talk in May from a volunteer at Thrive who works with some of the disabled people for whom gardening has transformed their lives. We will be going to see the gardens at Beech Hill on 10 June to learn more about the wonderful work they do there.
The Prayer meeeting will be on Monday 15th June at 9.30 in the Lady Chapel and Corporate Communion on Wednesday 17th June.
We are looking forward to our Quiet Day with lunch,t that Hazel Berry will be putting on for us in her garden on Thursday 18th June. A time of quiet reflection will be very welcome after a busy few weeks.
Crowthorne Foodbank – Mondays and Thursdays 12noon-2pm at Vineyard Church Centre, 25 Wellington Business Park
Crowthorne Foodbank shortages
The Foodbank would be very grateful to receive:
tinned minced beef in gravy , pulses , long life juices, squashes, Black bin bags, Toilet Rolls, Shampoo, Conditioner, Handwash, Fairy liquid, Baby wipes, Size 5 nappies,
Thank you for all you do in helping people in crisis in our community, Blessings
Vineyard Centre Manager, 25 Wellington Business Park, Dukes Ride, RG45 6LS, 01344 780087
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.
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.
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
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.
The stall will be open after the 8am and 10 am services on the 14th and 28th June, 12th and 26th July. We will then take a break until September.
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.
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