Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) – Mon 24th May

Please note that this year’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) will be held on Monday 24th May at 7.30pm.

This is the opportunity for all members on the Church Electoral Roll to question and approve the Annual Report and Financial Statements, to receive other reports and to elect members to the Parochial Church Council (PCC).

It will be a virtual meeting and the Zoom invitation details will be publicised nearer the date.

The agenda and all other papers for the meeting will be issued shortly as well as nomination papers. Thank you. Carolyn Fox. PCC Secretary (, 07779724090)

Resurrection talk #3

If you were unable to attend the third online talk of the ‘Resurrection’ series given by Canon John Edwards, a video recording of the lecture is now available on our YouTube channel…

In Person Services (St. James and St. Eligius) May 2021

The Church Wardens and Ministry Team are pleased to announce that the below in-person services will take place at St. James and St. Eligius during May.

Could we please remind you that attendance at in-person services needs to be booked. This is to maintain social distancing and to make sure no-one is turned away. We are now using Eventbrite to book places for all in-person services so please use the links below to book your places. If this is going to be a problem for you, you can still contact the office (on 0118 973 0133 or for help doing this.

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

In-Person Services at St. James and St. Eligius May

SundaySt. JamesSt. Eligius
2nd May11am Parish Communion 
9th May8am Book of Common Prayer Communion
11am Holy Communion
16th May11am Parish Communion
23rd May Pentecost11am OUTSIDE All Age Whole Parish Communion
30th May8am Common Worship Communion
11am Holy Communion

Christian Aid Week May 10-16th

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

To support CA Week, please donate online on or by phone on 08080 006 006 or by posting a cheque to FREEPOST CHRISTIAN AID.

For anyone unable to donate directly to Christian Aid, look out for CA WEEK envelopes in church which may be re-turned to the Parish Office.

See how you can support CA Week at You can book online under Virtual Events to join QUIZTIAN AID on Sat. May 8th or a concert SONG OF THE PROPHETS on Wed. June 9th

Contrast Youth Group is back

Contrast Youth Group is back for outdoor fun at 6pm – 7.30pm Term Time Sundays.

We will be having fun with wide games/outdoor cooking/firepits/hunts & hikes etc… We are happy to be able to offer food again so young people can go home fed and full of fresh air!

We hope you can join us £2 per person or a max of £6 per family.

Venue is outside the Manor House, St. James’ Church Centre, Church Lane, Finchampstead RG40 4LU.
Contact Sam/Kate (Youth & Families workers) on

Fledgelings Baby & Toddler group is back

Fledgelings Baby & Toddler group is back for outdoor fun at 2pm Term Time Tuesdays.

Each week we will have different outdoor activities, (Gardening/nature hunts & trails/ride on toys etc.) there will also be a story and song time.

As always there will be some home baking and a drink to enjoy!

All in a Covid Safe environment. Please wrap up for the day’s weather conditions and expect your child may get a little mucky! £2 per family.

Venue is outside the Manor House, St. James’ Church Centre, Church Lane, Finchampstead RG40 4LU.

Contact Sam/Kate (Youth & Families workers) on

Christianity Explored course

At 8pm on Tuesdays (starting 20th April) Revd. Tonia is leading a group through Christianity Explored, this is a great course to explore the fundamental concepts of our faith, including The Good News, Identity, The Cross etc.

Open to anyone regardless of their faith experience OR for anyone you know who may want to explore the Christian faith- and Canon John’s Resurrection talks will be available to watch online at a later date!

This course begins on Tuesday 20th April with a social time on Zoom, do be in touch with Revd. Tonia for more info: 

20th AprilSocial – bring a drink and nibbles
27th AprilSession 1 Good news
4th MaySession 2 Identity
11th MaySession 3 Sin
18th MaySession 4 The cross
25th MaySession 5 Resurrection
1st June½ term
8th JuneSession 6 Grace
15th JuneSession 7 The sower: Listen carefully
22ndJuneSession 8 James and John: Ask humbly
29th JuneSession 9 Herod: Choose wisely
6th JulySession 10 Come and die
13th JulySocial – Hopefully out somewhere!!

The Resurrection – online talk series

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.