Welcome


Inside St Mary and St John's churchInside St James church
Inside St Eligius' church
St James' Church viewed from the graveyard on South side
St. Eligius' Church
St Mary and St John's Parish Centre
St James' Parish Centre
A very warm welcome from the Parish of Finchampstead and California!

Welcome to our parish web site. In these challenging times we want to reassure you that even if our buildings are shut for the time being, we are still together as the body of Christ and that the work of that body continues through prayer and technology even if we cannot physically meet.

So how are we keeping in touch?

  • Everyone on our database should be getting a weekly call. E-mail the parish office : office@stjames.finchampstead.co.uk if you haven’t received one or know of someone who would like one
  • By streaming weekly services on our Facebook page and YouTube channel as follows:
    9.30am Family Service
    11.00am Parish Communion
  • By e-mailing resources for every Sunday and for Morning Prayer during the week.  Click here to view these resources.
  • Through a weekly themed worship and activity video for families with children every Tuesday on our Facebook page

How can you help us?

  • If you’re visiting us for the first time e-mail the parish office : office@stjames.finchampstead.co.uk
  • Let us know if someone needs our help – call 0118 973 0133
  • Subscribe to our YouTube channel which is free of charge, so that we can live-stream directly onto that. We need 1,000 subscribers to do this.
  • Support the local Foodbank through donating online https://crowthorne.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/ or sending a cheque to Crowthorne Foodbank, 25 Wellington Business Park, Duke’s Ride, Crowthorne RG45 6LS
  • Through prayer.
    If possible join Christians throughout the world daily at 11.00am to say Psalm 23 and the Lord’s Prayer. You could also use the simple prayer below:

    God our Father, we place before you the Covid19 disease afflicting our world at this time.
    We turn to you in our time of need.
    Bring wisdom to doctors.
    Give understanding to scientists.
    Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity.
    Bring healing to those who are ill.
    Protect those who are most at risk.
    Give comfort to those who have lost a loved one.
    Welcome those who have died into your eternal home.
    We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen

    If you would like to download a prayer-sheet please click here.
    If you want to send us a prayer request please e-mail the parish office : office@stjames.finchampstead.co.uk or contribute to the Prayer Request post on our Facebook page

Most of all please be reassured that as ever we will hold everyone in our prayers and also know how much we look forward to the time when we can meet again in our worship centres when the storm has passed.

Rev Canon John Edwards


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Comprising the three churches of St James, Finchampstead, St Mary and St John, California and St. Eligius Church, Arborfield Green (previously the army garrison church at Arborfield) the Parish of Finchampstead and California is a Church of England parish within the Deanery of Sonning, itself part of the Diocese of Oxford.

See here for details on how to find us.  Our aim is to be a place where young or old can come to hear the good news about Jesus; to explore the Christian faith together; and to share with others the fun and excitement of being part of an active church community.Worship is at the heart of our church life and we have a wide range of forms of worship, as you will see from the Worship section of our website.

We hope you will find our website informative and useful and look forward to welcoming you to our churches.

If you have queries not answered here please do contact the Parish Office – alternatively take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.

Rev Canon Julie Ramsbottom, Rector
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During the pandemic we continue to monitor our finances very closely and reducing spending as much as much as we can.
The shortfall in our normal income during 2020 was over £40,000.  We expect a further very substantial shortfall to happen this year. 
We are very thankful that many people have already made a gift to make up our loss of income in these exceptional times. We would really appreciate any and every contribution that you can make.

To donate simply click here – thank you.


Parish of Finchampstead and California CORONAVIRUS CONTINUITY PLAN


Activities – 19th Sep – 25th Sep

Sunday 19th September Trinity 16

Sunday services in church
8am Holy Communion (SJ)
9.30am Café Church (SJCC)
9.30am Holy Communion (SMSJ)
11am Parish Communion (SJ)
11am Parish Communion (SE Live Service)

Online Services:
11.00am Parish Communion

You can download the material for this service here
You can access our recorded services on our Facebook page and YouTube channel

During the week
To access Morning Prayer online go to Join us in a service of Daily Prayer | The Church of England

Thursday (2nd and 4th Thursday in month)
8pm Evening Prayer Meeting at SMSJ Parish Centre (contact Rev
Julian (0118 973 5876) for details.

St. James’ Church is open for private prayer from 10am to 12pm on Monday to Friday each week. 


Harvest Event (Sat 25th September from 2pm – 4pm)

Join us for harvest fun for all ages 0 – 99!  There will be all sorts of family friendly activities!! From seed swapping to nature hunts!! And of course a lovely café to rest and recover!!


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Current Calendar of Events Feb-Apr 2020
Latest Newsletter – Feb-Apr 2020

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What’s happening in the parish?

The Google calendars below show planned services and other activities at our churches.
Click on an item for further details (location etc.)

St James Church

St Mary and St John’s Church


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easyfundraising.org.uk

Over 2,700 retailers, including Amazon, M&S, Argos, John Lewis, Debenhams etc, are waiting to give money to our church. All you need to do is sign up as a supporter of the church (Parish of Finchampstead & California) on easyfundraising.org.uk and then go through their site for all your online shopping.
At no extra cost to you, the church will receive a percentage of your spend.
The church urgently needs money to balance the books.  Here’s something you could do today!  Please sign up. That ‘free’ money is only a couple of clicks away.  Thank you.


St James on Google Streetview

Virtual Tour of St James’ Church

You can now explore the grounds and interior of St James’ Church on Google Street View!   Click here to start your tour.
Don’t miss the panoramic view from the top of the tower!

Thanks to Andrew Emptage of The Art Company in Wokingham for producing this tour.

Aerial Video of St James’ Church

We now also have this fabulous aerial video of St James’ Church and its surroundings thanks to Steve Powers who took this video using his small “quadcopter” with mounted high definition video camera…

This is purely a hobby for Steve but you can see further examples of his aerial filming at http://aerial.spowers.co.uk/