St John the Baptist Parish Church

Where a warm welcome awaits you

Ways of giving

St John's Situations Vacant

At St John’s using our time and talents in God’s service has always played a key role in church life and stewardship. Everyone has a skill they can offer. Everyone is a valuable part of the body of Christ. Check out 1 Corinthians 12:4-31.

Sacristy team

Volunteers still desired to join the sacristy rota. Please speak to Anne Ireland or Chris Williams to find out what this entails.

New recruits for the Fabric Committee

Monthly meetings and ongoing maintenance tasks in church. If you cannot join the committee but could still get involved, especially on Saturday mornings, you are welcome to just help out on our working parties during the year eg. Spring cleaning, hedge cutting – more muscle needed! Flexible working arrangements available! Contact Mike on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New recruits for the Outreach Committee

... to further the ongoing vision target: “Find appropriate ways to share the love of God and good news of the gospel with those on the fringe or outside of the church”. Speak to the Vicar or Rev David Ramsbottom.

Pathfinder Leaders Required

Would you be interested in getting involved in the work that we do with Pathfinders? Any involvement - whether it be supporting occasional social activities, weekly meetings or taking a more active role – would be welcomed by the current leadership team.  Please contact us if you would like to find out more. Tracy Perrett and David Rance.

Help Urgently Needed-Cleaning

We are currently needing additional volunteers to help with church cleaning. This is not a huge task- just 4 times a year taking about half an hour each time. You can fit in your session at any time during ‘your’ week. The church and hall are split up so you wouldn’t be cleaning the whole place.Spaces are appearing on the rota and despite best attempts we are not managing to replace retiring volunteers. If you can help in this way please speak to Jenny McKeever,771379 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday School Teachers

Sunday School needs more teachers.  Your Sunday School needs YOU.  Do you enjoy working with kids?  Are you looking for a new challenge?  Fancy a chance to nurture our children in their Christian 

journey?  Additional hands required for the running of our Sunday School  Join a friendly and enthusiastic team.  If you are interested in any way – or would simply like to find out more - please contact Zellah Barrett on 0771 9300167 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Minus Fives! Team member required.

Do you have love of children and all things crafty? Are you free Wednesday mornings to help with our ever growing toddler group? 

Your role includes

  • Meeting to plan the sessions
  • Helping source and prepare the materials and equipment
  • Welcoming families and chatting to them
  • Clearing up afterwards as much as possible
  • A positive, cooperative, helpful, loving, forgiving attitude to team and families

Please contact Maggie Woodage for more information 467503

Altar serving

Recently we have lost senior servers and in the New Year there will be another gap for a couple of months.

If you feel you would like to contribute to our worship in this way either on an occasional or temporary basis please contact either Chris Williams or Lisa. 

Maybe an opportunity for members of our Welcome Team when not on their monthly tour of duty.

The particular request is for our Sunday 10am Eucharist but a quieter 8.am said service may also appeal. 

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Sharing time, talents and money in God's service

As members of the Church here in Crowthorne we all have our part to play, both spiritual and practical, to sustain our Church family and to be a resource for the village of Crowthorne. We share our time, talents and money in God’s service.

Please consider, after a time for thought and prayer to ask for God’s guidance to make the right decision:-

Becoming a voting member of the church-----sign and return an electoral roll application.

This will enable you to vote for your representative on any of the synodical councils of the Church---the Parochial Church Council, the Deanery Synod, the Diocesan Synod, and the General Synod. You could stand for election to any of these bodies yourself to influence decision making for every aspect of church life.   Click here if you would like to complete an Electoral Roll Application Form.

Sharing your time and talents---------------------contact the vicar, churchwardens or an activity organiser to get involved.  Check out the website . Do you have a particular skill or interest that you might offer? Full-time commitment is not necessary, even a little extra help occasionally can make all the difference.  All Church activities need more support and input.    Click here to see a list of time and talents suggestions. If you feel that you could share some of your time and talents, please click here to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Becoming a planned giver--------------------------complete a standing order form for your bank or building society

It is important to give regularly and faithfully for the church to receive consistent income throughout the year. In the Old Testament a provision was made of a tithe of one tenth of income as a thanksgiving for God’s continued blessing of his people. The Church of England encourages its members to give 5% to their church and 5% to other causes such as mission and charities.   Click here to see a flowchart of different ways to give to the Church, or click here to open a Standing Order Form.

Becoming a tax efficient giver---------------------complete a Gift Aid Declaration form.

Gift Aid is the method in which the Government helps charities and churches by refunding the tax paid on money given to them. This means that for every £10 the church gets an extra £2.50, at no extra cost to the giver, by reclaiming the tax. You must have paid sufficient tax (on income or investment) to cover your donation.   Click here to open a list of answers to common Gift Aid questions. Click here to open a Gift aid declaration form.

For many people these are very difficult times but hopefully you will feel able to respond favourably.  It will be exciting to see what a difference your contribution makes to St John’s Church and its mission.

Thank you.

You can make a lasting difference to the work of our Church

A legacy can make a real difference to the life of our Church. A gift in your Will can help the Church to carry out its vital work day after day. If you want to, you can channel your gift to community outreach project, to maintenance of the church fabric, to youth work or music or to any other aspect of church life that matters to you. Many Christians give regularly and proportionately from their income. Why not give proportionately from your estate too? Leaving a gift in your Will is tax efficient and can reduce the amount of inheritance tax you pay.

Making a Will and including a gift to our Church in it or a Codicil to include a straightforward gift, if you have already written your Will, can be a simple process.  Information on how to do it is provided on Church Legacy and Wills Information Line 08445 870875 or visit www.churchlegacy.co.uk/wills.htm or pick up a leaflet from our Church foyer.

Information for all contributors to the work of the Church

Gift Aid Tax Recovery is changing.

On 6th April 2011, all charities lost the 'Transitional Relief' that has enabled us to reclaim tax of 28p for very £1 given. This means that the value of your giving will fall by 3p for every £1 of Gift Aid giving.

What can you do?

If you wish the value of your giving to remain the same you will need to consider increasing your standing order or numbered or white envelope giving, by at least 3p for every £1 you give

For instance

Your current giving          New giving

£100.00                            £103.00

£50.00                              £51.50

£25.00                              £25.75

£10.00                              £10.30

Please take action as soon as possible, if you are able, to help are church make up this impending shortfall, which will amount to around £1,700 annually. Thank you.