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

Parish of Finchampstead and California CORONAVIRUS CONTINUITY PLAN

Activities – 18th-24th Oct

Sunday 18th Oct – Trinity 19
   Family Service
Join Rev Tonia for a relaxed and contemporary family service on Facebook  or YouTube.  Don’t forget to download the Family Service activity sheet here.
11.00am    Parish Communion Service
Led by Rev Julian on Facebook  or YouTube. Print off the sermon and prayers here.

During the week
St. James’ remains open for private prayer on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 12pm.

Use the Thoughts for the Day that we have prepared based on the readings for Morning Prayer during the week.  To access Morning Prayer online go to Join us in a service of Daily Prayer | The Church of England
11.00am Join the Pope, Archbishop of Canterbury and Christians across the world to pause and say together Psalm 23 and the Lord’s Prayer  Some of us are doing this together each day during a phone call.

Our Bible Discussion Group continues on Zoom Monday: 2pm to 3pm, please contact Rev Julian for further information.

Quiet Space Service
– Bi-weekly (2nd and 4th) on Wednesdays at 8.30pm
A ‘come as you are’ service where we can explore our fears, worries and laments in a safe space. Exploring different reflection and contemplative prayer practises, as well as spending some quiet time bringing ourselves before God.
Streamed on Facebook and YouTube  as our other services are. (More info- Revd. Gemma- revgemmaw@outlook.com)

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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/