Community Outreach Group

We are looking for new members from all 3 worship centres who would like to join a small group of us who are looking at ways of how we can continue to show the love of Jesus in our parish.

It’s an interesting time as we have so many opportunities to do new things and try new ways of outreach in the area which is seeing many changes.

If you would like to know more or find out when our next meeting is please contact Tonia [email protected]

Children’s Society Thanks

Many thanks to all who made donations at the Christingle Services in December.

The Parish total was £1,317 of which £505 was gift aided.

Christian Giving –Your response

Thank you to everyone who has responded to date by increasing or starting to make a monthly gift, to those who have already promised to do so,and to several people who have volunteered their time and talent. So far, together we have raised an extra £400 per month towards a target of £2000 per month which will make our finances for the coming year secure. So, we have made a good start but there is quite a way to go.

Everyone -Please do give your giving to God and his church your careful thought this week. Your response will be very much appreciated and is greatly needed.

If you have any questions please see the leaflet and contact Robert Alder (SJ), Marjorie Stalker (SMSJ) or Lucia Golding (SE). Many thanks again.

Parish Prayer List

Praying Hands

Baptisms – Please pray for: Ayda Lawrence
Parish Intercessions List – Please pray for: Joyce Beckett, Anne, Bridget, Sophie Hall, Paige, Thea, Kate, Ann Pask, Colin Ramsay McClaren, Natalie, Louise, Reuben, Rosalind Drury, Leo Lumby, Simon, Bernadette, Andrew, Dennis Hall, Sarah, Daniel, Jack, the Edminson family, Johann, Mary Whalley, June & Tom Warr, Hazel & Maurice Lee, Pamela Davis, Ann, Bob Brooks
And those who mourn the loss of Georgina Eden, Irene Simmons, Wendy Wright

Residents living in the following roads in the parish (visited by our Ministry Team this week):  Nash Grove Lane (Barkham Ride-WWay), Hollybush Ride, Kelvin Close

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

Dates for your diary

26th Feb – April Newsletter available

26th Feb – Ash Wednesday

March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st and April 7th – Lent Lectures at SJCC –see notice boards and the GLF booklet for more details

22nd March –Mothering Sunday

10th April – Good Friday

12th April – Easter Day

27th April – Annual Parochial Church Meeting at SJCC

Atomic Rapture in Concert – Sat 8th Feb

Our very own ‘Atomic Rapture’ are in concert on Sat 8th Feb at the Finchampstead Memorial Hall. Tickets are £10 and are available after most Sunday services or on the door on the night.

Please contact the parish office 0118 973 0133 for more details.
All proceeds are for St. James’ building appeal.

For further details about Atomic Rapture you can visit

GLF Booklet for 2020

In conjunction with GLF (Growing Living Faith) Sunday the team have produced a booklet and a book-mark for you to think about how you would like to deepen your faith this year.

Spare resources are in the church centre – please help yourself and take some for those who have been unable to get to church in the past couple of weeks

Monday Afternoon Bible Discussion Group

Meets at SJCC from 2 to 3pm and all are welcome.

Each session is self-contained and all materials will be supplied.

Ladies’ Breakfast – Sat 25th Jan

Saturday 25thJanuary Ladies’ Breakfast 9am-10am at SJCC

This is the first Ladies’ Breakfast of the year. I hope you are free to come along and join the group for fruit salad, croissants, toast, tea and coffee, lots of friendly chat and a short ‘thought for the day’.

Please drop me a line so I provide enough breakfast. Thanks, Carolyn Fox 07779724090 [email protected]

Prayer Diary – January 2020