Announcement of our New Rector

The Churchwardens of St James’ Finchampstead and St Mary and St John’s California are delighted to announce the appointment of the Rev’d Julie Ramsbottom, currently Rector of West Woodhay with Enborne, Hamstead Marshall, Inkpen and Combe, and Priest-in-Charge of Kintbury with Avington, as Priest-in-Charge of our two parishes and Rector Designate of the United Parish of Finchampstead and California.

The Archdeacon has made the following statement regarding the appointment:

“The Revd Julie Ramsbottom has been quite exceptional in her leadership of a raft of small village parishes in West Berkshire. Formerly independent parishes are now working together cooperatively without losing their distinctiveness and Mrs Ramsbottom has become a much loved and well respected Rector across the communities she serves. She will bring a wealth of experience to her new role in Finchampstead and California.”

The Parish Representatives were impressed by Julie’s breadth of experience – her existing parishes include a similar cross-section of liturgical styles and traditions to those we have here. Whilst maintaining the liturgical traditions she has also introduced new services and Fresh Expressions to bring in new people. She also has extensive experience of school ministry and work with young families.
She currently leads a ministry team of seven, and is an experienced Training Incumbent currently training one Deacon and three Priests.

Julie is married, and has two daughters.

The actual timings of when Julie and her family will move to Finchampstead and take up the post will be announced in due course, in the meantime we would ask for your continued prayers for Julie and her family over the coming weeks.

We are also issuing the following press release to local news media.

A New Rector for Finchampstead and California

Mothers’ Union Coffee Morning

Mothers’ Union Coffee Morning raised £300 for our Deanery Project supporting overseas aid programmes. Many thanks to all who supported us.

Money raised for Church Conservation Fund

A great time was had by all at the Rodgers and Hammerstein concert ! Thanks go to everyone who took part and to everyone who came and supported the event. £735 was raised for the Church Conservation Fund.

Children’s Society

Over £1200 was raised! Thank you to everyone who contributed.

British Legion Poppy Appeal

British Legion have let us know that St James’ collected £256.50 towards the appeal, with the district total being £3988.46. Many thanks to all who donated to this vital cause.

Contrast’s Panto

Contrast’s annual Panto extravaganza this year was Peter Pan. The whole of our youth group joined together to put on a fantastic show. There were opportunities to be one of the stars, take on a supporting role, play music, dance, sing, design and build the set and even organise the sound effects and music playing during the show. We’re always looking for new members, so why not join us next year either on the stage or behind the scenes? Contact Nigel Kennington ([email protected]) or Cathy Clayton ([email protected]).

Our pirates in full voice

Captain Hook takes charge of the his motley crew of pirates

The cast after the show

Peter Pan triumphs over the evil Captain Hook