Parish Prayer List

Praying HandsPlease pray for: Joyce Beckett, Anne, Bridget, Sophie Hall, Thea, Kate, Ann Pask, Colin Ramsay McClaren, Natalie, Louise, Reuben, Rosalind Drury, Leo Lumby, Simon, Bernadette, Andrew, Dennis Hall, Sarah, Daniel, Jack, Mary Whalley, June & Tom Warr, Hazel & Maurice Lee, Pamela Davis, Ann, Bob Brooks, Ann Symmonds, Ken Humphreys, Susannah Powell, Amber, Sam and Emma

And those who mourn the loss of Mick Jeffery, Janis Lander, Ivy Phillips, Joan Andrews, Joan Porter, Daniel French,   Margaret Stainer

Residents living in the following roads in the parish (visited by our Ministry Team this week):  Fleet Lane, Mornington Avenue, Burnt Oak and Rayner Drive.

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

Lent Lectures 2020 – ‘Inspired by Literature’

If you were unable to attend our second Lent Lecture of 2020, “Inspired by Literature” delivered by Mrs Beverley Stephens, Head Teacher of Ranelagh School, a video recording of the lecture is now available on our YouTube channel…

Green Team Lent initiative – Care for God’s Creation

See in the Feb – April newsletter how everyone can commit to make small (or big) changes through Lent (the period from Ash Wednesday on 26 Feb to Easter) to make a positive impact on our precious world, God’s amazing creation. Also see the Plastic Free Lent challenge sheet and, in the newsletter, the Special Offer from the editor of reduced price Lent Booklets.

Plastic Free Lent

What to give up for Lent… Cake? Alcohol? Chocolate?

How about Plastic???

“Reducing the causes of climate change is essential to the life of faith. It is a way to love our neighbour and to steward the gift of creation.”
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Many of us use Lent as an opportunity to give something up to remember that Christ went without during his time in the wilderness. This year, to support the Church of England’s Lent Campaign for 2020, the Green Team are inviting everyone to give something up to help the environment. If we all make small changes, we can make a big difference.

Did you know?
– By 2050 we could have more plastic than fish (by weight) in the sea.
– Over 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced since the 1950s. That’s enough plastic to cover every inch of the UK ankle-deep more than ten times over. Just 9% was recycled

The Green Team will be creating ‘tree shaped structures’ in each of the three churches and encouraging you to share your Lent commitments by displaying them on the ‘trees’.
Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
– Give up disposable coffee cups—treat yourself to your own reusable cup and take it with you to your favourite coffee shop
– Give up buying drinks in plastic bottles— use a reusable bottle and fill it up be-fore you leave home
– Give up using clingfilm and look for better ways to protect/store your food
– Try walking instead of driving when making short journeys
– Give up any toiletries containing ‘“polyethylene” (tiny plastic beads)
– Use bar soap instead of liquid hand soap
– Save electricity by turning off unnecessary lights
– Plant a tree in your garden

For other ideas see the leaflet Plastic Free Lent Challenge.

Start to build habits that will last beyond Lent in order to protect and honour God’s earth.

More information, inspiration and ideas for actions you can take can be found via www.churchofengland.org/livelent

Christian Giving – Your response

Thank you to everyone who has responded to the giving sermon series and leaflet by increasing their monthly gift or starting to give regularly.

If you have been intending to respond but haven’t yet done so please do now follow up your intentions. The leaflet shows details of our finances and our very real need to increase our income from giving.

Your support is very much appreciated. If there are any questions or for help contact Rob, Marjorie or Lucia (Churchwardens)

Psalm 23 Garden

Psalm 23 Garden www.biblesociety.org.uk/psalm-23

As you may have noticed from the GLF booklet, last July a film crew from the Bible Society spent the day with us recording how we use our outside space to reach out to the community. This was part of a nationwide project to support their entry of a garden based on Psalm 23, for the Chelsea Flower Show this May.

If you’d like to see the build up to our full story (which will go on-line in the Spring) please go to ‘Psalm 23 Garden Facebook’ to see contributions from the Rector, Ed Sampson, Joy Scovell and Dave Cox, and a lot of faces that you’ll recognise.

We will be hosting a ‘Prayer and Praise’ day on June 6th at St James to celebrate Psalm 23 in our amazing grounds. More details to follow.

Lent Lectures 2020 – “Inspired by Poetry”

If you were unable to attend our first Lent Lecture of 2020, “Inspired by Poetry” delivered by Canon Mark Oakley, Dean of St John’s College, Cambridge, a video recording of the lecture is now available on our YouTube channel…

Green Team use ‘extra Leap Day’ to support Lent Promise Initiative

On Saturday 29 February, the Green Team took the opportunity to ‘practice what they preach’ by recycling to help the environment. 

The Green Team are encouraging everyone during Lent to make a promise which helps the environment.  So, when a fir tree in the Lost Liddell Gardens was brought down by the recent high winds they decided that rather than burn the branches and release carbon dioxide into the air, they would use them to construct a wildlife hedge instead. Less that two hours later a new wildlife habitat had been created in the gardens which we hope will provide ‘homes’ for creatures such as hedgehogs, wrens and robins. 

For ideas on how you can make a Lent Promise and make a difference to the environment please see the ‘tree shaped structures’ on display at each of our churches  

Prayer Diary for March 2020

Atomic Rapture concert thanks

Thanks to all those who helped with or attended the Atomic Rapture concert held in the Memorial Hall on Sat 8th Feb to raise funds for the St James Building Appeal. A great time was had by all and over £650 was raised towards the repairs needed in the church.

An article about the concert appeared in the Wokingham Paper on Thu Feb 13th. You can read the article at www.wokinghampaper.co.uk/one-way-or-another-blondie-tribute-is-a-great-fundraiser-for-finchampstead-church/