New short course – “Called to be Christ-like”

For further details on the topics to be covered
please read the course flyer (pdf format)

Information Pack for APCM – Mon 23rd April

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place on Monday 23rd 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 all three 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.

Appointment of Sam Khan and Kate Meads as Youth & Family Workers

We are delighted to announce that the PCC has just approved the above appointment.

Sam and Kate will be employed on a part-time basis and job-share this post.

Many congratulations to both ladies – we could not have hoped for more worthy successors to James.

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]

Messy Church at St Eligius – Sun May 6th/June 3rd/Jul 1st

Communion Before Confirmation

We will host 6 short sessions on a Saturday afternoon for parents and candidates between Easter and Pentecost.

If you have a candidate who is age 7 or over and a regular attender, and would like to explore this further please contact the Parish Office.

Prayer Diary for April

100 Square board for Churchyard Maintenance

Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraising by buying squares that raised another £100 for the churchyard.

Congratulations to Bettina Faull who won the Waitrose Voucher & Chocolates!

Praying – Mark 14:27-42

If you were unable to attend our final Lent Lecture for 2018, Points of No Return, Canon John talking on the subject of Praying from Mark 14:27-42, a video recording of the lecture is now available on our YouTube channel.

Messtival thanks

A Big Thank You to the 30 Messtival helpers last weekend.

You did a great job! The 50 attendees commented on what an inspiring tone there was to the day.