Personal prayer and study
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.
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 (www.churchofengland.org) 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.
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: http://www.biblereadingnotes.org.uk/subscriptions/ 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.
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.
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.
Do give them your support at:
Holme Grange Craft Village
Tel. 01189 776715