Services during December

In Person Services (St. James and St. Eligius) – December 2020

6th December (Advent 2)
11am Parish Communion in St. James

13th December (Advent 3)
8am Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion in St. James
(9.30am Family Carol Service OUTSIDE St. James – to be confirmed)
11am Holy Communion in St. Eligius

20th December (Advent 4)
11am Parish Communion in St. James

All Christmas Services are still to be confirmed.
There will be online Nine Lessons and Carols, Christingle and

Christmas Services as well as some In Person Services.

St James church heating update

A faculty (planning permission) to go ahead with the heating changes was signed off and we were notified last week. We are now planning the work to be undertaken early in the new year taking into account the current lockdown, availability of contractors and our wish to have use of SJ church during December services.

We will continue to keep you informed about timing.

Best wishes from your SJ churchwardens.

Prayer Diary for December

Angels of Comfort and Joy

Amazon Smile

If you shop Amazon Black Friday Week deals from 20th – 30th November, you can do more than discover great deals: Simply shop at or with Amazon Smile ON in the Amazon Shopping app, and Amazon Smile donates to Parish Of Finchampstead And California at no extra cost to you.

The Happiness Lab

This week we launch THE HAPPINESS LAB – The Happiness Lab is a 6-week online course looking at different ways of increasing your happiness from Gratitude to investing in Friends and Family.

With practical advice and opportunities to share together. This will be run by Rev Gemma and Kate Meads. See below for more info and email Rev Gemma to get the Zoom Link

Giving to God and his church

Thank you so much to everyone who gives regularly by direct bank transfer to support our parish. During the pandemic we are continuing to monitor our finances very closely and reduce spending, but it is clear that we face a very significant shortfall in income this year.

If you are able to help, perhaps by increasing your monthly gift to maintain its value, or by starting to give by monthly bank transfer, please update your instructions directly if you bank online, or contact me for assistance.

Bank instruction forms are available in our churches. For convenience our bank details follow. Please do help if you can at this really difficult time for the parish.

Every good wish. Robert.

Parish of Finchampstead and California.
CAF Bank. Sort Code 40-52-40, Account number 0002 2949

Parish Prayer List

Praying Hands

Parish Intercessions List – Please pray for: Joyce Beckett, Bridget, Sophie Hall, Thea, Kate, Ann Pask, Colin Ramsay McClaren, Natalie, Louise, Reuben, Rosalind Drury, Simon, Bernadette, Andrew, Dennis Hall, Sarah, Daniel, Jack, Mary Whalley, June & Tom Warr, Hazel & Maurice Levy, Ann, Bob Brooks, Ann Symmonds, Doreen and family, Linda Whiteside, Claire, Steve Prosser, the Thomas family, Amber and Paige, James, David Powell, the McAllen family, Bob Helliwell, Pamela Redford, Meg Hostler

Residents living in the following roads in the parish (visited by our Ministry Team this week):  The Whole Parish

Please call the Parish Office if you wish prayers to be offered for yourself or somebody you know.  Alternatively, fill out a prayer request card and leave in the box provided.  Names will be included for 4 weeks initially.   Thank you.

Below are some familiar prayers that Christians have found helpful and inspirational down the centuries which you may want to use :

O God, from whom to be turned is to fall, to whom to be turned is to rise,
and in whom to stand is to abide forever; grant us in all our duties , thy help,
in all our perplexities thy guidance, in all our dangers thy protection,
and in all our sorrows thy peace; through Jesus Christ out Lord.   Amen
St Augustine of Hippo

Thanks be to  thee, our Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which thou hast given us,
for all the pains and insults which thou hast borne for us.
O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we see thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
and follow thee more nearly
day by day.
St Richard of Chichester

Lord, I shall be verie busie this day.  I may forget thee, but do not thou forget me.   Amen.
Sir Jacob Astley’s Prayer befor the battle of Edgehill

Grant us, O Lord
in thought, faith;
in word, wisdom,
in deed, courage;
in life, service;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.   Amen
Inscribed on the Viceroy’s house in New Delhi

Services during November

There will be no in-person services at any of our worship centres during November.

We hope to return to in-person worship in December and will let you know when we reach a decision.

Finchampstead C of E School virtual Christmas Fair

The enterprising fundraising team is currently running an online Fair culminating on 28 November to raise money for new Phonics resources for the whole school which will cost over £5000!

Check out the fair on

There will also be an online auction, running this week up to 28 November.
A link will go on the parish website in due course.

Thank you.Carolyn Fox on behalf of the Friends of Finchampstead School Association (FOFSA