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.
Traditional & Novel fillings, entertainment
Saturday 10th February 7.30pm
Come and join us!
Please bring your own drinks and glasses.
Tickets, £5, from members of the social
committee from 14th January
Chariots of Fire - Stories of Transformation in the Old and New Testaments
St John’s Church Hall 9.45am for 10am
Collect your coffee and cake as you arrive
Lent will start on 14th February with Ash Wednesday.
Once again, the Churches in Crowthorne are offering a variety of opportunities for preparation during Lent. The topics will be:
- “Finding a Voice: A Lent course based on The King’s Speech”
- “The Joy of the Gospel – walking through Lent with Pope Francis”
- “On the Way – Lent Course – Following Jesus in today’s world”
- “Life Balance”
There will also be the Christian Meditation group on Monday morning, “Stations of the Cross” services on Fridays at noon, and the excellent series of Lent Talks on Tuesday evenings at Finchampstead.
So, have a look at the programme and join in.
In July, I am going to be leading a session at the Oxford Diocesan and BRF Festival of Prayer. The Festival organisers have asked me to help publicise the event. The day is an opportunity to step back from the busyness of life and spend time exploring prayer and different aspects of spirituality.
There will be a keynote address by John Bell, a number of different workshops to choose from and other prayerful activities, bringing together the interconnectedness of prayer and life. Take the opportunity to learn about different ways of praying and see whether they work for you - perhaps you are looking to renew an interest or try something new?
There will be the opportunity to attend up to four workshops, as well as some personal space for your own reflection as you wander through a prayer labyrinth, or embark on the village prayer walk.
I hope this event will be of interest to you. More information including booking link here: https://www.brfonline.org.uk/festival-of-prayer/
Archdeacon of Berkshire
Mothering Sunday is a time for us to reflect on what our mothers have meant to us, now and in the past. This year we are asking you to celebrate with us by buying one of the "gifts" in the special Mothers' Union catalogue on behalf of your mother so you can support and empower other mothers in developing countries. You can either make a contribution to the branch donation or make a personal donation of your choice and request a Mothering Sunday card that features flowers that are native to the country of your choice.
A donation of £6.00 helps to fund MU work with prisoners in the U.K in an act of healing and restoring broken relationships. One of £15.00 will help women develop literacy and numeracy skills. Matilda, living in South Sudan, was helped with her skills enabling her to start the first medical clinic in her region which now serves 8,000 people in that region.
Please look at the catalogue in the foyer and on the MU notice board in the hall and speak to a committee member if you would like to help mothers to bloom with your Make a Mother's Day gift.
Our next meetings will be on Tuesday 6th February at 7.30pm when Catherine Pandya will take us on a fascinating trip around Hindu Celebrations.
Our Wednesday meeting falls on Ash Wednesday so Cath Coutts will be taking a Lent Reflection with flowers and Hazel Berry with readings. It will be a lovely afternoon so do come to this and all our meetings if you can, everyone is welcome.
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.
The next confirmation service will take place at St John’s on Sunday 8th July 2018 at 10am. Classes for adults and juniors, following the Emmaus Course, will commence after Easter - Adults on Monday evenings and Juniors after school on Wednesdays.
The course is open to anyone who is interested in finding out more about the Christian faith whether or not you wish to be confirmed.
Further details to follow. In the meantime please speak to the Vicar or Gillian Gyenes about the adult course, and Rev David Ramsbottom or Carol Frost about the junior course, if you are interested.
Current shortages (September 2017)
Tinned pulses (e.g. Kidney beans / chick peas etc),
Tinned rice pudding,
Small jars of coffee
Personal hygiene items - deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste.
If you are busy on a Monday evening, no problem, our Housegroup is changing to Tuesday evenings. Same time 7.30pm – 9pm, same place Oak Lodge, New Road, Crowthorne, Rg45 6SL. The new day from Tuesday 20th February 2018 onwards, meeting fortnightly.
Our current study topic is ‘Prayer & Listening’. In a crisis people who wouldn’t identify themselves as Christians or who don’t attend church find themselves praying. This indicates a distinct human tendency to talk to God.
While some spiritual disciplines may seem mysterious and laborious, people almost fall into praying without thinking about it. Until we make it too complicated. Over the years people have developed formulas, techniques to get God to answer their prayers. Prayer is about our connection with God and building a relationship. Come along and share your thoughts. Everyone welcome.
Julie & Les Richardson (07901 833974)
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
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