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Important Announcement about St James Church

On Thursday 11th Oct, an approx. 1 foot long piece of timber frame attached to the wall above the nave in St James’ came detached and fell, causing damage to the framework. As a result, we have had to make the decision to make St James Church out of bounds until further notice.

We do not yet know the cause as this is under investigation by professionals. We will be having this weekend and next week’s services at St James’ in the church hall/back rooms.

Once we know more information we will be able to give a timescale as to how long before we will be able to return to normal.

The safety of our congregation is of the utmost importance to us. We thank you for bearing with us during this time. We will post further updates on our website and social media pages once we have them.

Joanne Myall & Robert Alder
St James Churchwardens

Green Team Working Party thanks

A Huge Thank You to everyone who came and helped the Green Team Working Party in the Lost Liddell Gardens last Saturday.

A lot was achieved, with special thanks to ‘Zip the Chips’.

Location Location Location

We’ve made a few changes to our Facebook pages over the past couple of weeks to address a couple of issues people have been having with how our notices and updates get distributed. As our parish has come together from three separate church communities with their own identity we have always kept separate social media pages for each, but as a lot of our notices are useful to all three churches we’ve distributed our updates to all three.

For the increasing numbers of church members who have ‘liked’ more than one of the parish pages that has resulted in a lot of duplication of notices.

What we have done now is to set up a separate Parish of Finchampstead and California page and convert each of the individual church pages to location pages. Facebook limitations mean that we have had to rename the existing pages, so they are now Parish of Finchampstead and California (St James), Parish of Finchampstead and California (St Mary and St John), and Parish of Finchampstead and California (St Eligius).

I future all the notices will be posted to the parish page, and will also appear on each location page as parish notices – what this should mean is that whatever combination of pages you have liked, you should only see the notices once in your news feed rather than having duplicates from the different churches.

You don’t need to do anything, but if you can ‘like’ our new Parish Page that would be much appreciated. We also have reviews enabled on the location pages, so if you’ve had a great experience at one of our churches, please do give us a good review.

Patronal Festival thanks


Our Flower and Patronal Festival last weekend was magnificent, thank you to everyone who helped in so many different ways. I think we all agree that Denise and her flower team excelled themselves, the displays depicting “Caring for our Beautiful World” were just amazing and so imaginative. A big thank you to our very talented choir and William our organist, who entertained us with a wonderful concert on Saturday evening. Thanks to Hugh and the tower team for their sterling work looking after everyone in the tower on Sunday afternoon.

We really do appreciate and thank you all for your help, to the lovely people who baked cakes, donated items, helped with refreshments, looked after the stalls and games, put up the gazebos, to everyone who came along and supported the weekend, it was a great team effort.

We look forward to seeing you at some of our other events, the next one being our Supper and Quiz evening on 13th October, put a note in your diaries.

Last but certainly not least, we are delighted to say that all the efforts of the weekend raised over £3,000 – what an amazing amount!

We hope you all have a happy and restful summer, from SJ Social and Fundraising Committee

Baptism Team thanks

Thanks to the dedication and hard work from our baptism visitors, the team raised over £300 in verger donations in 2017.

50% of the donations are retained for church funds, and the other 50% is donated to a local charity of the team’s choice.  We are pleased to announce the Baptism Team has recently been able to make a donation of £150 to Camp Mohawk, a multi-functional day centre for children with special needs and their families in Berkshire.

Please see the Baptism Noticeboard in SJCC if you are interested in a baptism, or if you would like to volunteer as a baptism visitor.

Welcome to our Newly Elected Churchwardens for 2018/9

At the Annual Meeting on Monday 23rd April, the following were elected:

Marjorie Stalker and Dave Moore for St Mary & St John’s; Lucia Golding and Larry Le Var for St Eligius’ and Jo Myall and Robert Alder for St James’.

Please remember them in your prayers and give them your support.

See the notice in the newsletter for the full list of elections.

Carolyn Fox PCC Secretary

Information Pack for APCM – Mon 23rd April

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place on Monday 23rd 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 the over 400 people on the 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.

Appointment of Sam Khan and Kate Meads as Youth & Family Workers

We are delighted to announce that the PCC has just approved the above appointment.

Sam and Kate will be employed on a part-time basis and job-share this post.

Many congratulations to both ladies – we could not have hoped for more worthy successors to James.

Green Team Working Parties thanks

Thanks to recent path clearing by the Green Team Working Parties, daffodils can now be viewed in the Lost Liddell Garden.

Please go and take a look. Bluebells to follow, April/May!

Berkshire Womens’ Aid thanks

A Big Thank You to all who so generously donated items for the Berkshire Womens’ Aid.

We delivered two very large car loads and the look on the faces of ladies as they helped unpack them said it all.

They were amazed, delighted, and extremely grateful