New! 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.

New! 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.

Many thanks.

New! Christian Aid Week Thanks

Many thanks to all who have helped and supported this year’s Christian Aid Week.

Together we have delivered almost 1800 envelopes.

Thank you for supporting Chris Driver’s cake stall last Sunday, the proceeds of which were £67.

More details of the amounts raised in our parish will follow in due course.

New! 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.

New! 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.

Funeral of Brigadier Martyn Clark – Tue 22nd May

The Funeral of the late Brigadier Martyn Clark will take place at St Eligius Community Church on Tuesday 22nd May 2018 at 6:30pm.

The service at Easthampstead Park Crematorium will take place on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at 3pm.

Dates for Your Diary at St Eligius Church

Every Tuesday & Wednesday at 9:30am – New Prayer Meeting at SECC starting 15th May in Memorial Chapel

Sunday 20th May *A CHANGE TO THE ORIGINAL PLAN* The 11am service will now go ahead at St Eligius as normal. The congregation at SECC are then invited to join with the rest of the parish for the Pentecost Picnic at 12noon on the field behind Gorse Ride Junior School, Finchampstead (please bring folding chair/blanket)

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]

Parish Prayer List

Praying Hands

Parish Intercessions List – Please pray for: Joyce Beckett, Anne, Bridget, Sophie Hall, Hugh Wakeling, Marilyn, David & June, Paula, Ann Pask, Thea, Caroline Pattison, Colin Ramsay McClaren, Natalie, Louise, Lindsay, Reuben, Rosalind Drury, Leo Lumby, Robyn Walden, Revd Bryan Story, Wendy Wright, Andrew Tomlinson, Sharon, Colin, Sarah, Hannah & Josh, Audrey Metcalfe, Rob Andrew.

And Those Who Mourn: Colin Wood, Martyn Clark, Peter Watkins.

Residents living in the following roads in the parish (visited by our Ministry Team this week):  Finchampstead Road & Park Lane

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


Thank You from Barbara Dunn’s family

A Huge Thank You from Barbara Dunn’s family to everyone who helped at Barbara’s funeral, for their kindness, and the wonderful refreshments served.

Please see the thank-you note from Barbara’s family on the noticeboard next to the SJ coffee bar.