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.
Thanks to your generosity to the Giving Tree this Christmas, I have been able to send Nick Russell of the Church Army a cheque for £350. Nick and his team face the grim reality of life on the deprived housing estates in Greenwich every day to support so many children. The Church Army run many children clubs and mentoring schemes to help the children and young people, many of whom fail to thrive as their parents are unable to parent them properly due to addiction or mental health problems. It is great that as a church we can support this valuable work.
Berkshire Women’s Aid were delighted with the donation of toys following our Epiphany Christingle service: “There were so many of them and they were all so lovely. They have been distributed between the family refuges in Bracknell, Wokingham and Reading and the outreach service in Bracknell. I think they are all going to be very well-loved!Thank you.”
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 perhaps you could find some time read a book based around Lent. We don’t have a time limit on the books so you can take a book out for the whole of Lent. The library has a number of books specifically written for and about Lent which include daily meditations. There are also a number of books on prayer.
Neil Graham and Heather Stanley from Embrace the Middle East joined us as the group gathered at the Church for a day of preparation on 16th January. Everyone is getting excited now as we have our tickets, have gone through the itinerary and know what clothes to take. We set off at dawn on Friday 12th February (and return on 21st February).
We will be staying 6 nights at a Guest House run by nuns in Bethlehem, just a short walk from where Jesus was born. On Sunday 14th February we will worship close to where the shepherds still graze their sheep as did the shepherds who heard the news of the birth of Jesus. We will see the caves where they sheltered on cold nights and remember that night long ago.
We will travel to see the caves at Qumran where the Essenes hid early copies of the scriptures we now know as The Dead Sea scrolls.
We then travel up to Galilee and see the stunning lake. One of the highlights will be a lakeside Eucharist.
While we are away, we will be posting a daily thought on the Kairos Crowthorne website - http://kairoscrowthorne.blogspot.co.uk . You might like to have a look and post a comment!
Please do keep us in your prayers while we are away, as we go to a land under occupation (just as it was in the time of Jesus). Irene Simmons has kindly included us in the Parish prayers.
Daily prayer intentions are distributed with St John's News with some prayers that might be used. The latest prayer list is attached.
The organisation exists to provide transport for those in the community of Crowthorne and its environs who are unable to use public transport. Priority is given to the elderly and disabled. We give people the opportunity to be mobile and have more control over their lives. Our services include providing transport to and from the local churches on Sunday mornings, and pre-booked outings, social events, lunches, shopping trips etc during the week.
The organisation is run entirely by volunteers. Weekday drivers would typically get to do one trip per month: Sunday drivers slightly less frequently – 2 trips per quarter.
We would be interested to hear from anyone who is prepared to drive occasionally for us. In particular we would welcome extra help with the Sunday morning church trips.
Any driver who passed their test before 1 Jan 1997 should be able to drive our minibus. Those passing their test since that date may have to take an additional test (fully supported by CCM) in order to get the required section D1.
To volunteer, or just to get further information:
Peter Hattersley - 01344 775995
Did you know that there are over 4,000 children waiting for adoption in the UK? Or that 50 children are taken into care every day? Or that 8,000 more foster carers are needed across the country? Home for Good believes that the church is uniquely placed to help meet this need. Churches are a natural support network for foster carers and adoptive families who are caring for these children. Home for Good is a Christian charity that has been set up to raise awareness within churches about the needs of vulnerable children and seeks to encourage Christians to consider what they can offer.
Find out more at: www.homeforgood.org.uk/
Regional Development Manager (South East)
will be coming to St John’s
Tuesday 2nd February at 7.30pm
to give a talk on this subject.
The meeting is being put on by the Mothers’ 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
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.
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.
We have already ordered some of “The Real Easter Eggs”. Please consider buying your Easter eggs from our stall. We can even keep them for you, so that you don’t have to find hiding places at home for them, till almost Easter. There is a sign-up sheet on both the fair trade and general notice boards.
We will be open for business on the 7th and 28th February and then on the 13th March.
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.