New! Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal

Many thanks to all who filled shoeboxes for families or elderly people in eastern Europe.

With those from Crowthorne MU and Finchampstead Church of England Primary School we sent 52 shoeboxes.

New! St. James’ Gift Sunday – 2nd Dec

Advance Notice – St. James’ Gift Sunday on 2nd December.

Donations of toiletries etc for Reading Women’s Refuge are very welcome.

More details to follow. Thank you.

New! St. James’ Church Closure Update

We are working hard to re open the church as soon as possible.

The timber in church has been inspected by 2 specialists, and a fuller survey of the church will take place very shortly, to make sure we address the problem completely.  It is taking more time than we would wish to do the comprehensive job that is required, and safety comes first as always.

We will provide another update as soon as there is more definite news.  In the meantime thank you all for your interest and support.

Robert Alder and Jo Myall. SJ Churchwardens.

Confirmation Classes

Confirmation Classes start at SJCC on Sunday 18th November 4:45pm.

If you or your child (year 6 and above) are interested in being confirmed, please contact the Parish Office for more details.

Annual Advent Witness – Sat 15th Dec

Saturday 15th December from 10am – Annual Advent Witness with Churches Together in Crowthorne

An opportunity to sing some favourite Carols, with a mince pie and hot drink afterwards!

Please come along and sing the ‘Christmas Story’ outside the Crowthorne Co-Op with the various CTC churches through Carols and Readings.

‘Nativity on the Loose’ Messtival – Sat 15th Dec

Saturday 15th December ‘Nativity on the Loose’ Messtival from 10:30am followed by lunch at SJCC.

Watch this space for more details!

Church Fete 2019 organising team volunteers

Church Fete 2019 – Saturday 29th June on Finchampstead Memorial Park and in the Memorial Hall

This is our biggest fundraising event for church funds and will require lots of help and volunteers nearer the date and especially on the actual day.   If however you’d be willing to be part of a smallish organising team, possibly taking responsibility for one area of the organising, then please speak to myself or Nicky Alder. We’d love to hear from you.

Thank you. Carolyn Fox

URGENT – Old mobile phones needed by Sun 2nd Dec

URGENT – Old mobile phones needed – by Sunday 2nd Dec at the latest

Our link with Recycleforcharity has earned the church nice amounts from sending in old mobile phones.  They are however stopping this facility soon so please scour your drawers/cupboards and let us have your old phones so we can trade them in by the deadline. (Collecting box by door into St James’ Church Centre)

Thank you. The Green Team

Traidcraft Christmas Cards

Prices and catalogue numbers are inside the cards on display at SJCC.

Orders can be e-mailed to P.Smith on [email protected]. Delivery will be by the end of November.

Other items can be seen in catalogues on the CMG notice board or on

‘Nativity on the Green’ – Thu 20th Dec

‘Nativity on the Green’ is being organised by St Eligius Community Church and will take place on Thursday 20th December at 3.30pm.

I am looking for help with set up and refreshments. If you would be able to spare a couple of hours please do get in touch with me. Thanks Tonia – [email protected]