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Christian Aid Week May 10th- 16th 2021

As last year, we are unable to hold our usual CA Week events so please support it by donating online at or by phone on 08080 006 006 or by posting a cheque to FREEPOST CHRISTIAN AID

In its 75th year, “Christian Aid exists to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.”

See how you can support their work in CA Week at
Virtual Events you can join are Quiztian Aid on Sat.May 8th at 7pm and a debut of the orchestral work Song of the Prophets on Wed.June 9th at 7pm. Book under Virtual Events on the website.

Giving to God and his church

A gentle reminder, thanks, and an offer to assist.

Firstly, thank you so much to all who have already made gifts in response to our special request at the beginning of March about the very great financial impact of the pandemic on our church and its future plans.

To those who have not yet replied and you have been thinking about this and intending to respond, by increasing you existing regular gift, starting to give, and/or making a specific donation but have not yet done so, please do find the time to reply over the next few days.
There will be a stock take of progress and an update for everyone next week. It would be a very great help to those working to secure our finances to hear from you. Please do help if you can, in whatever way is possible at this really difficult time for the whole parish.

If you would like the paperwork done on your behalf please do contact me by email or phone. Every good wish. Robert Alder. Giving and gift aid advisor and administrator. 01189 734904.

Bank instruction forms are available on request. For convenience, our bank details are:
CAF Bank Sort Code 40-52-40,
Account number 00013727
PCC of Finchampstead and California.

JAC Easter Animal & Horse Experience

JAC Easter Pottery Painting

In Person Services (St. James and St. Eligius) March-April 2021

The Church Wardens and Ministry Team are pleased to announce that in-person worship will resume at St. James and St. Eligius from Sunday 21st March.

Could we please remind you that attendance at in-person services needs to be booked via the office by Friday 10am. Please contact Pamela on 0118 973 0133 or, to book a place at services. This is to maintain social distancing and to make sure no-one is turned away. Could we please also ask you to let a Church Warden know if you’re unable to attend a service you have previously booked. Thank You.  

All of these services are subject to possible change if COVID-19 rates and restrictions change. 

28th March (Palm Sunday)
11am Palm Sunday Service at St James

1st April (Maundy Thursday)
7pm Maundy Thursday Service at St Eligius

2nd April (Good Friday)
2pm-3pm Hour at the Cross at St James

4th April (Easter Day)
6am Dawn Service at St. James
9.30am Family Communion at St. James Church Centre
9.30am Communion Service at St. Eligius
11am Parish Communion at St. James
11am Family Communion at St. Eligius

11th April (Easter Two)
8am Book of Common Prayer Communion in St. James
11am Communion Service in St. Eligius

18th April (Easter Three)
11am Parish Communion Service in St. James

25th April (Easter Four)
8am Common Worship Communion Service in St. James
9.30am Family Service Outside St. James
11am Communion Service in St. Eligius

Private Prayer in St James’ Church now open

We are pleased to be able to open St James’ church for private individual prayer between 10am and 12 Noon on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week.

Pandemic safety precautions continue to apply. Please follow the instructions in church.

Welcome Service for our new Rector – Mon 19th July

We are delighted to be able to say that our new Rector Rev Leonard Onugha’s welcome service will take place on Monday 19th July at 7pm.

Please continue to pray for Rev Leonard and his family as they prepare to move to Finchampstead. 

Wanted: A volunteer to give IT Support

The PCC is seeking someone to give IT support from time to time, mainly to the Church Office, preferably someone with professional expertise.

Could this be you? Contact me initially, please. Carolyn Fox PCC Secretary 07779724090

A tribute to gardener Darren Wise following his sudden and tragic death

It was over three years ago when we first contracted ‘our Darren’ to look after both the churchyard at St James’ and the surrounding Manor House grounds.

He tucked into the job and worked his magic almost instantly as if he had been there for years. He built up a friendly rapport with everyone he bumped into and made the campus his own.

The churchyard and MH grounds were never an easy ‘garden’, quite extensive with all sorts of nooks and crannies with various ups and downs. Not to mention all the lawnmower hazards created by the large number of stone memorials to negotiate!!

Darren always had a friendly word and a chat with whosoever was passing through, either dog-walker or bereaving visitor. He was also always helpful when we had a burial or committal giving that grave area just a little bit of a tidy up to make it look quiet and peaceful for the occasion.

His passing is enormously sad and we will miss his calm and quiet Friday presence getting on with the cutting and strimming, and the multitude of other gardening jobs that he willingly undertook.

He was such a nice chap and always happy to help out on anything, even offering his assistance on the church fete. We shall miss him but remember him when we pass by ‘his’ triangle which was created so that he did not have to slow down on his lawnmower when passing the corner!!! (We intend to make more of that area of the churchyard in his memory and mark it with a plaque.)

Dear Darren, much remembered with love and thanks.
Helen Taylor Churchyard Trust. Jan’ 2021.

St Eligius Church

After many years of very difficult technical issues having to be resolved, the PCC agreed on Monday evening to go ahead with the purchase of St Eligius Church in Arborfield Green.

Like any sale nothing is guaranteed until the final contract is signed but we feel we are very close now to owning a building which can be used for the current congregation and the mission into the community.

Please do be praying for all the necessary pieces to come together smoothly and give thanks to God for the way he has been faithful in bringing the parish to this significant place in its history.