New! Help & Support Christian Aid Week – May 14th-20th

Please sign up on relevant lists if you are able to help with the House to House Collection or Street Collection.

Tickets for QUIZAID on Sat.May 6th at SJCC at 7.45pm are available at £5 each (which includes a Ploughman’s Supper) from Pam on 01189782772 or via members of the Mission, Charities and World Concern Group.

Cake Sale after services at SJ on Sunday May 21st.

New! Next Ladies Breakfast – Sat 29th April

Next Ladies Breakfast – Saturday 29th April 9am – 10am in St James’ Church Centre

A warm invitation to all ladies to join us for a delicious breakfast, friendly conversation and a short ‘thought for the day’.

I look forward to your company. Just drop me a line or ring to say you are coming so I can provide enough breakfast (fruit salad, croissants etc)

Thank you Carolyn Fox [email protected] 01189732262.   Next date 15th July.

New! St Eligius Easter Raffle thanks

Many thanks to all those who sold and to those who bought the raffle tickets for St Eligius Easter Hamper Raffle, provided by Pam Redford and Meg Hostler.

Particular thanks go to Sarah Owen who sold many tickets at St James’ and to the person who gave a £20.00 donation.

The Raffle raised the record sum of £218.00 for the Organ Fund!

Pentecost Service Band

We are putting together a band to provide the music at the combined Pentecost service on 4th June, on the Gorse Ride School field.

If there are any musicians who would like to play, please contact: [email protected].

Annual Parochial Church Meeting – Mon 24 April

Annual Parochial Church Meeting Monday 24 April 7:30pm in SJ Church Centre

All those on the Church Electoral Roll are invited to attend.

Cheese & wine to follow.

More information and nomination sheets for election of churchwardens, PCC and Deanery Synod reps available soon.

Churchyard Trust Tea thanks

Many thanks to all those who attended, those who donated the ‘goodies,’ and all those who contributed to the total which came to £563.36 plus £140 from the raffle.

Congratulations to our Confirmation Candidates

Please pray for:

Amy Adams
Oliver Anamoah
Lara Gell
Melanie Godfrey
Megan Green
Jonathan Hall
Leah Howe
Federico Martinez
Sophia, James, & Michael Medhurst
Joseph Simmons
Lisa & Lauren Spooner
Bella Van Burkleo
Erin Wallace
Caitlin Watthey
Eleanor Woolston
Rebecca Barker
Joy Scovell

Easter Messtival – Sat 22nd Apr

Easter Messtival – Saturday 22nd April, St. James’ Church Centre

An Easter themed activity trail for all ages.  Journey through the days of Holy Week with stories, games and crafts, lasting approximately an hour.

Arrive 10.00-11.00 or 15.00-16.00.

For more information, or to book a place contact [email protected]

If you can help the events in preparation or on the day, please contact the ministry team.

Parish Prayer List

Praying Hands

Parish Intercessions List – Please pray for: Joyce Beckett, Anne, Bridget, Simon, Sophie Hall, Thomas, Nick, Peter & Linda, Ken, Marilyn, David & June, Eva, Ann Pask, Thea, Caroline Pattison, Marge Andrews, April Cernuschi, Colin Ramsay McClaren, Natalie, Louise, Lindsay, Reuben, Robert, Laurie, Louise, John, Robert Andrew.

Those who mourn: Linda Dibley, Christine Wood.

Residents living in the following roads in the parish (visited by our Ministry Team this week):  Our whole Parish

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


Information Pack for APCM – Mon 24th April

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place on Monday 24th April, at 7:30pm at St James’ Church Centre.

All members of the electoral roll are entitled to attend and participate in this meeting, where we vote for the election of churchwardens and PCC members. This is your opportunity to ask questions and participate in the running of your church community in the Parish of Finchampstead and California.

The content of the information pack for the meeting including the major reports, minutes from last year and agenda can be found below. Reports from PCC committees and Church groups will be on display at the meeting. The Church Centre will be open from 6.45pm to view these reports and also during the Cheese & Wine after the meeting to read and ask questions. The displays will be available in both churches for a couple of weeks afterwards.

Limited printed copies are being produced, but in order to save the substantial costs of printing all the papers for the over 400 people on the roll we will have only limited spare copies available. Therefore we ask that you please print as much or as little of the paperwork as you would like in preparation for the meeting.