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St. James Patronal and Flower Festival Weekend – July 20th-22nd

Please can you help? There is a signup sheet near the coffee bar in the church centre, please sign up to offer your help.

Also donations of bric-a-brac, toys, books, plants, raffle and tombola prizes and of course we will need lots of cakes for both Saturday and Sunday, all your donations and help will be very much appreciated.

Please bring your donations up to the church centre and leave them in the lobby area any Sunday morning, or weekdays from 10am to 12 noon. Cakes please can be left in the kitchen from Friday 20th. This festival weekend is our biggest Parish fundraiser of the year, so we really do need as much help as possible. Denise is busy planning for our bi-annual flower festival and the theme this year is Caring for our Beautiful World if you would like to make a donation towards the flowers, perhaps for an anniversary, birthday or loved one, she would be very pleased to hear from you. Many thanks.

Friday 20th July 7pm-9pm – Fizz and Flowers. Tickets £7 with light refreshments

Saturday 21st July 10am – 5pm – Flower Festival in Church, with cake and coffee in Church Centre

Saturday 21st July 7.30pm – Choir Concert. Tickets £12 with finger buffet

Sunday 22nd July 2pm-5pm – Church Tower Open (sorry you need to be 8 or over) with cream teas, stalls, games and lots more.

Finchampstead Village Fete – Sat 16th June

Finchampstead Village Fete Saturday 16th June 11am – 4pm at the Finchampstead Memorial Park

This year’s fete is being organised jointly by the Church School and the Memorial Park Committee.  There will be lots for all the family including stalls, games, barbecue, teas, ice creams, grand draw, dog show and much more including a display of birds of prey.

Please come and enjoy the fun, see the results of the photo competition and support these two village organisations.

Bring & Share Lunch – Sun 1st July

Sign up for the Bring & Share Lunch at SMSJ Parish Centre on Sunday 1st July 12noon.

Come along & meet Kailean & Kim, our CMS partners, and their daughters.

Kailean will be speaking about his work on creation care with A Rocha UK in the 9.30am Family Service at St James & Meet [email protected] at SMSJ.

Carrier Bags!

The Flower Team are in need of carrier bags and would welcome any donations.

The greater the variety in colours the better.

These can be left in the box marked Flower Team under the stairs in the church centre.

They also require plastic bottle tops which can be left in the same box.

Many thanks.

Bring and Share Lunch for Revd Hannah and family – Sun 8th Jul

Bring and Share Lunch for Revd Hannah and family – Sunday 8th July 12:30pm at SJCC

Revd Hannah will become Associate Priest of All Saints’ Wokingham when she returns from maternity leave in October.

As she has now moved to Wokingham we invite you to attend a bring and share lunch to wish Hannah, Matt and Elizabeth God-speed, and to thank her for her ministry amongst us.

Hannah has explicitly asked that we do not have a collection for her, but would love as many as possible to attend the lunch.

Please use sign-up sheets in church centres to confirm attendance.

Welcome Service for Revd Gemma Wilkinson – Sun 1st Jul

Welcome Service for Revd Gemma Wilkinson

Sunday 1st July at 6pm at SJ followed by light refreshments.

It would be lovely to see as many of you as possible to welcome Gemma, our new curate.

Heartstart – Emergency Life Support Course – Thu 5th July

Heartstart – Emergency Life Support Course, Thursday 5th July 7pm-9:30pm, Arborfield Village Hall

The main focus involves training on Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills.

Training is free, we do ask for donations for the Heartstart team to cover their running costs. The course is funded by Wokingham Council via the Adult Community Learning programme and trainees must be 19+. Bookings:

Baptism Team thanks

Thanks to the dedication and hard work from our baptism visitors, the team raised over £300 in verger donations in 2017.

50% of the donations are retained for church funds, and the other 50% is donated to a local charity of the team’s choice.  We are pleased to announce the Baptism Team has recently been able to make a donation of £150 to Camp Mohawk, a multi-functional day centre for children with special needs and their families in Berkshire.

Please see the Baptism Noticeboard in SJCC if you are interested in a baptism, or if you would like to volunteer as a baptism visitor.

Gift aid and planned giving

Thank you very much to all the many people who have planned a regular monthly direct gift to church and made a gift aid declaration.

It costs over £5,000 a week to run our parish with all our activities.

If you have not yet done this but are able to support your church in this way please see me or just send me email.  I will do the rest.

Many thanks. Robert Alder. [email protected]

Newsletter and Calendar of Events for May-July 2018 now available

The latest Newsletter and Calendar of Events (May 2018 – Jul 2018) are now available for viewing/download (in PDF format) here:

May 2018 – Jul 2018 Newsletter

May 2018 – Jul 2018 Calendar

Sincere apologies from our editor for missing the originally planned publication date (29th April) due to illness.