St John the Baptist Parish Church

Where a warm welcome awaits you

Personal prayer and study

The library

Please do browse the library. We have books on a variety of subjects and levels, so if you are new to St. John’s or have been here for some time, I hope that there is a book which would suit you. There are books on pastoral care, prayer, study, poetry, and a number of miscellaneous books.

There are various books for particular times of the year, such as Lent and Advent. With the New Year fast approaching one of the “daily reflection” type books might be a good choice.  When you borrow a book, just sign the book out and then back in when you return it.

Many thanks.

Anne Pelham

The Office of Daily Prayer

One of the glories of the Church of England is its worship. There are currently two collections of services and prayers authorized for use in the Church of England: The Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England.

For each collection, the services of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer for today, yesterday and the next four weeks are also available in full on the Church of England website ( to help you find time for God during your day.

On the front page of our Church website there are three links - to the Common Worship forms of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer (Compline). These include the text of the psalm and the two Bible readings, and the appropriate Collect. You can easily print the service in an attractive format for reading later. Common Worship “Daily Prayer” is also available in book form – see the picture.

 If you are interested in following one of more of the Daily Offices, we hope that this may be helpful.  

Bible Reading Fellowship Notes

For many years now members of St John’s have used Bible Reading Fellowship notes in print form, however, I recently discovered that are other ways in which the notes are available from the BRF.  “New Daylight” is available as a daily e-mail or iPhone or iPad App, “Guidelines” is available as a download, a weekly PDF e-mail, an iPhone or iPad App, “Day by Day with God” is available as an iPhone or iPad App and “The Upper Room” is available as a download.  Also, because the downloads are in PDF format they can be loaded onto a Kindle.

So if you go to: and then click on the notes you are interested in and keep clicking you can find the information you want.

Also don’t forget that Anna Forbes would be very pleased to hear from anyone who would like to start receiving any of the notes in print form.

Hazel Berry

Would you like to read the Bible every day?

Or would you perhaps just like some direction?

The Bible Reading Fellowship produces 3 different books of notes, also available on Audio cassette.

  • New Daylight - the most popular notes, also available in large print.
  • Day by Day with God is written by women and is particularly aimed at other women.
  • Guidelines provide more detailed bible studies.

All of these are available on subscription and there are samples for you to ‘look and see’.  Please contact Anna Forbes 01344 772577, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any information.  I look forward to hearing from you.


Quench Christian Bookshop


Currently, Quench Christian Bookshops runs shops in Wokingham and Maidenhead and it is run by a charitable trust.  It will not surprise you that trading conditions are difficult currently and as a registered charity, the trustees have to make sure that the charity is viable on an ongoing basis.  Please do visit the shops and use them.  There is a serious possibility that if trading deteriorates further, it will not be possible to retain these shops which have a considerable ministry to the general public and sell hundreds of bibles each year which would otherwise not be available in Maidenhead and Wokingham.

They are also looking to appoint some new trustees to join our current team and help us continue moving forward with Quench. If you have experience in retail, sales and marketing, IT or property management, and a passion for promoting our resources, please contact Jeremy Hyde for more details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Do give them your support at:

Unit 11

Holme Grange Craft Village
Heathlands Road
RG40 3AW

Tel. 01189 776715