New! Short film – ‘The Bench’

Short film “The Bench” written, directed and edited by Anne Massey of Reading Film and Video Makers club during the summer of 2017 in and around St. James’ churchyard…

This film won the summer team challenge competition against 8 other entries, and also received a nomination for originality.
Our thanks to Anne for allowing us to publish this on our parish web site.

New! Lent Lectures 2018 – Points of No Return

New! Quench Christian Bookshops

Quench Christian Bookshops (registered charity) wish to increase the number of trustees (currently 4) and expand the expertise of its’ board.

They are interested in trustees with retail, sales and marketing, IT or property experience and a real interest/passion for promoting their resources.

Trading is currently very difficult – you can help by using the shops.  If trading deteriorates further, it may 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.

New! Welcome Service for Revd Tonia Elliott – Mon 5th Mar

Welcome Service for Revd Tonia Elliott Monday 5th March 2018, 7:30pm at St Eligius.

Please join Bishop Andrew & Archdeacon Olivia for this special service. All welcome!

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Thu 18th Jan-Thu 25th Jan

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Thurs 18th January-Thurs 25th January.

The combined service will take place on Sunday 21st January at 6.30pm at Crowthorne Baptist Church.

New! Christingle Collections

The total amount raised for the Children’s Society from our three Christingle services was a wonderful £1399.86 plus some gift aid.

Thank you very much to all who donated.

Next Ladies Breakfast – Sat 27 Jan

Next Ladies Breakfast on Sat 27 January 9 – 10am at St James’ Church Centre

A warm invitation to all ladies to come and have an hour of delicious breakfast (fresh fruit salad, yoghurts, croissants, brioche and home made jams) plus friendly chat and a short ‘thought for the day’.

All welcome. Just let me know you are coming then I can provide enough breakfast.

Carolyn Fox [email protected] 07779724090

Recent Christian Aid Collections

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to recent appeals.

At SJ the Christmas Appeal “Enough for Everyone” through One Card on the Tree raised £190 of which £85 was gift-aided and the Emergency Appeal raised £180 of which £50 was gift-aided.

At SMSJ the Christmas Appeal “Enough for Everyone” through One Card and Advent Charity Appeal raised £98.75 of which £57 was gift-aided.

Lifeline – MOT for Christians – postponed

This has been put on hold for now as Revd Hugh is still in hospital in Hereford.  We will keep you updated on his progress and ask that you keep him in your prayers.

The course will start when Hugh is better.

It will take place over three Thursday evenings in SMSJ Parish Centre, and will include the topics “How to pray better”, “Who is Jesus?” and “Christian Maturity”.

Parish Prayer List

Praying Hands

Parish Intercessions List – Please pray for: Joyce Beckett, Anne, Bridget, Simon, Sophie Hall, Nick & Gillian, Peter & Linda, Marilyn, David & June, Helen & Patrick, Emily, Paula, Simon Owens, Ann Pask, Thea, Caroline Pattison, Colin Ramsay McClaren, Natalie, Louise, Lindsay, Reuben, Rosalind Drury, Leo Lumby, Colin and Joyce, Jamie Hemmings & family, Revd Bryan Story, Robyn Walden, Hugh Wakeling, Gerald Griffiths.

And Those Who Mourn: Thomas Stead, Graham, David Phillips, Jack Marshall, Lord Victor Alanbrooke.

Residents living in the following roads in the parish (visited by our Ministry Team this week):  Nash Grove Lane & Hollybush Ride

Please call the Parish Office if you wish prayers to be offered for yourself or somebody you know.  Alternatively, fill out a prayer request card and leave in the box provided.  Names will be included for 4 weeks initially.   Thank you.


Below are some familiar prayers that Christians have found helpful and inspirational down the centuries which you may want to use :

O God, from whom to be turned is to fall, to whom to be turned is to rise,
and in whom to stand is to abide forever; grant us in all our duties , thy help,
in all our perplexities thy guidance, in all our dangers thy protection,
and in all our sorrows thy peace; through Jesus Christ out Lord.   Amen
St Augustine of Hippo

Thanks be to  thee, our Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which thou hast given us,
for all the pains and insults which thou hast borne for us.
O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we see thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
and follow thee more nearly
day by day.
St Richard of Chichester

Lord, I shall be verie busie this day.  I may forget thee, but do not thou forget me.   Amen.
Sir Jacob Astley’s Prayer befor the battle of Edgehill

Grant us, O Lord
in thought, faith;
in word, wisdom,
in deed, courage;
in life, service;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.   Amen
Inscribed on the Viceroy’s house in New Delhi