Archive for the ‘General Notices’ Category

Teddy Bears Picnic – Mon Sep 16th

Elmers Birthday Parade- Monday September 16th 2019 10am to 12noon

Grounds of St Eligius Community Church, Arborfield

Celebrating 30 years of the childrens’ favourite. Books by author David Mckee.

Pilgrim Course begins 1st Oct

Pilgrim Course begins on 1st October (Church and Kingdom)

In the final title of the Grow stage of the Pilgrim Course we look at what it means to live as a child of the Kingdom of God.

The course begins on Tuesday 1st October from 8-9.30pm at SMSJ Parish Centre and runs for six weeks.

For more details contact Reverend Julian [email protected]

Newsletter and Calendar of Events for Aug 2019 – Nov 2019 now available

The latest Newsletter and Calendar of Events (Aug 2019 – Nov 2019) are now available for viewing/download (in PDF format) here:

Aug 2019 – Nov 2019 Newsletter

Aug 2019 – Nov 2019 Calendarr

Information pack for APCM – Mon 29th Apr

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place on Monday 29th April, at 7:30pm at St James’ Church Centre.

All members of the electoral roll are entitled to attend and participate in this meeting, where we vote for the election of churchwardens and PCC members. This is your opportunity to ask questions and participate in the running of your church community in the Parish of Finchampstead and California.

The content of the information pack for the meeting including the major reports, minutes from last year and agenda can be found below. Reports from PCC committees and Church groups will be on display at the meeting. The Church Centre will be open from 6.45pm to view these reports and also during the Cheese & Wine after the meeting to read and ask questions. The displays will be available in all three churches for a couple of weeks afterwards.

Limited printed copies are being produced, but in order to save the substantial costs of printing all the papers for all the people on the electoral roll we will have only limited spare copies available. Therefore we ask that you please print as much or as little of the paperwork as you would like in preparation for the meeting.

Fairtrade Fortnight thanks

Thank you to all who supported Fairtrade Fortnight.

Sales & Orders were £302.   £25 was donated to Traidcraft Exchange, supporting the producers & growers to develop their businesses.

Musical Supper thanks

Thank you to all who supported the St. David’s Day Musical Supper – and especially to all our choristers who entertained us so beautifully.

With lots of lovely comments about how enjoyable the evening was, all the hard work was well worth the effort as we raised £1,000 for church funds.

Parish inclusivity policy

‘To give the best possible welcome to all-comers’   Vision Statement – Parish of Finchampstead & California

A recent letter from a number of ‘concerned Anglicans’ to the four bishops of the Diocese on the issue of human sexuality could be interpreted as having been sent with the approval of the parish of Finchampstead and California.  We, the Rector and Church Wardens of the parish, would like to point out that this is not the case.

In line with our vision statement, quoted above, we would like to reaffirm our support for the tone and pastoral sensitivity of our Bishops’ ‘Ad Clerum – Clothed in Love’ last October.

We believe that as a diverse parish, embracing and seeking to hold together people with differing churchmanships and theologies, it is important that we restate our policy of inclusivity, respect and welcome to all-comers.

St James’ Church Cleaning

We would very much welcome some more help in keeping our lovely church clean.

Can you spare an hour every few weeks to help please? If so we would love to hear from you. Please contact Parish Office on 0118 9730133.

Growing Living Faith 2019 activities and booklet

Messy Church at Arborfield Community Centre

Messy Church at Arborfield Community Centre starting Tuesday 5th February 2019 (Sheerlands Rd, RG2 9ND) 3:30pm-5:15pm and every 1st Tuesday of the month.

Crafts, songs, Bible stories, & afternoon tea.