Gift Sunday thanks

Thank You to everyone who donated items on Gift Sunday, and also to Tesco in Wokingham who were very generous and donated many goods to be taken to the women’s refuge.

New Staff for 2018!

We are delighted to be able to announce that the Revd Tonia Elliott, currently Curate of St Peter’s, Farnborough in the Diocese of Guildford, has accepted the post of New Communities Minister of Arborfield Green, in the parish of Finchampstead and California, starting in February 2018.

We are also delighted to announce that upon satisfactory completion of her training, Gemma Wilkinson, our new Curate, will join us at the end of next June.

Poppy Appeal thanks

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Poppy Appeal.  £279.63 was raised.

Thank you…

To all who supported the recent Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal. 41 boxes were sent to Families and the Elderly in Eastern Europe.

To all who supported Traidcraft in November. Sales of Christmas Cards and other items were £199.84.

To all who shopped and spent money at the Bring & Buy Sale at St James’; we raised £330 for church funds.

Newsletter and Calendar of Events for Dec 2017 and Jan 2018 now available

Our latest Newsletter and Calendar of Events (Dec 2017 – Jan 2018) are now available for viewing/download (in PDF format) here:

Dec 2017 – Jan 2018 Newsletter

Dec 2017 – Jan 2018 Calendar

Youth Update

This half term has been the biggest we’ve seen in the last 3 years!

Contrast numbers are at record levels; 32 youngsters enjoyed a trip to the newly opened Coral Reef Centre in Bracknell; and last week over 110 people from across the community took part in the first Finchampstead Lantern Parade.

So, to everyone who has helped make all this happen thank you, whether it’s through attending, preparing, lighting bonfires, mulling wine, leading, teaching or simply praying, we couldn’t have done it without you.

If you’d like to get involved in future activities please contact James Lawbuary, our Youth Worker.

DEC Emergency Appeal for People Fleeing Myanmar

TearFund envelopes will be available in our churches for this appeal during the next few weeks.

The appeal has matched Government funding up to £3 million.

Thank you from Rev Julian and Monika

Monika and I would like to say a huge thank you for the wedding gift presented to us at Monika’s welcome reception last Sunday.  We will be using the money to furnish California Vicarage.

We are also very grateful to the congregation for the invaluable help we received leading up to our wedding day.

Lastly, Monika would personally like to thank everyone for the warm welcome she has received since moving from London in September.

Julian & Monika

St James’ Churchyard Extension wins Church Times Green Church Award

Ed and Sue Sampson receive the award from the Bishop of Salisbury, Rt Rev’d Nick Holtam. Picture courtesy of KT Bruce

Great news!  At the Church Times Green Church Awards ceremony held at Lambeth Palace on Monday 16th October, St James’ church was announced the winner of the very prestigious Biodiversity Award for the work done on the new churchyard extension.

Thank you to Revd Hannah, Ed Sampson, & their team for all their hard work in achieving this award, which has been recognised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

Please have a look at our certificate on display in SJ church centre to the right of the entrance door.

Further details about the awards ceremony can be found here.

 

Quiz and Supper Evening thanks

Many thanks to the folks who came and supported this event on Saturday 14th Oct.

Numbers were much lower than we would have liked, however the evening was most enjoyable and the hot supper was much appreciated.

The profit from the evening, which is for general church funds, was just over £670.