St John the Baptist Parish Church
Churches Together in Crowthorne
Our annual Advent witness with Churches Together in Crowthorne is Saturday 15th Dec. , starting at 10am and is an opportunity to sing some favourite Carols (and for a mince pie and hot drink afterwards!!)
Please come along and sing the ‘Christmas Story’ with brothers and sisters from the various CTC churches through Carols and Readings as a witness to our community that Christmas is about Jesus Christ! It provides an opportunity to brighten up the day and bring the REAL Christmas story to the community at the same time!!
About Churches Together in Crowthorne
Churches Together in Crowthorne involves the Baptist Church, Methodist Church, the Roman Catholic Church, St. Sebastians, St. Johns. St. James, and the Wokingham Vineyard Church.
Representatives from each church meet three times a year and an A.G.M is held in September.
We hold joint services in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18th – 25th January, on Good Friday, One World Week and other occasions. We are always welcome at each others services and join together for the Lent groups each year.
Coffee shops are held at the Methodist church on a Tuesday morning and the Baptist Church on a Thursday morning. Money raised from these is given to various charities and to sponsor young people from the churches when they go abroad with Christian organisations. A service is held at Pinehurst Rest Home once a month on a Sunday evening at 6.30 pm. This is led by members from different churches.
Monthly Service at Pinehurst
On the last Sunday evening of each month, representatives of the churches in Crowthorne lead a short act of worship for the residents of Pinehurst. Between six and ten residents attend and a similar number of visitors, who take it in turn to lead the service, choosing the hymns and the style or theme. The air of expectancy and joy in sharing time together is good. It was extra special at the end of December when several of our Pathfinders led a post Christmas evening. The mini doughnuts and mince pies were a treat too.
If you feel called to assist with the leadership of this activity, do contact the Vicar.
Welcome to Crowthorne - Welcome Cards and Cake Bombing
CTC is working to welcome newcomers to Crowthorne starting with Oakham Park. They are delivering the card above and offering a homemade cake. The first ‘bombing’ was on 21st April. There was a terrific response from all of the churches to take part in baking, praying and being part of the greeting team, so an enormous thank you to everyone! If you were not able to take part this time and would like to in future, there will be PLENTY of opportunity going forward - Janet Rodgers reckons there will be a calling to do this for at least the next 10 years!
The Churchestogetherincrowthorne.org.uk website gives more welcome information and explains that CTC is an association of local churches from Crowthorne/ Finchampstead, who come together to serve and bless our area and its people in the name of Jesus Christ. We put on occasional combined events, such as the Good Friday “Walk of Witness”.
But our aim is to spend most of our energies working together on projects that build God’s Kingdom and benefit our village, for example setting up the Crowthorne Foodbank, running Summer activities for children, welcoming new residents, cooperating in sharing Christian faith with local care homes, and setting up teams to do assemblies in local schools.
The clergy of the churches meet together monthly over lunch to talk, pray and plan ways that our congregations can work together.“
Do try to give your support to this initiative to take our mission forward.