Applications to the Church School in view of church closure

For those applying for places at Finchampstead Church of England (aided) Primary School for Sept 2021 on grounds of ‘regular worship’
Please be advised that the governors are taking advantage of a nationally agreed scheme to make a variation to the Admission Policy for 2021-22 to clarify how the ‘regular worship’ criteria will be assessed when the period involved includes times of church closure.
The varied policy with amended words at Note 7 and on the Supplementary Information Form can be viewed on the school website
Carolyn Fox    Admissions Governor

Youth and Families weekly video for families – 28th July

This week’s story is about tiny seeds of faith within us growing strong and flourishing! Tom, Betty and the children, Tiggy and Tilly, are busy on the farm sowing seed. This week Sam shows you how to make a mustard tree!

This is our last video as we are taking a summer holiday break. We will be back in September, hopefully with some outdoor activities! Keep you posted.

Do have a good summer.

Kate and Sam
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Worship In Church

We continue to make progress in re-opening St James for services. We hope to be able to make a full announcement midweek, so please keep a watchful eye for an email update.
Your churchwardens.

Prayer Diary for August 2020

Giving to God and his Church

Thank you very much to everyone who gives regularly. We are closely monitoring parish finances and reducing our expenditure. We have not received some substantial amounts of income since March and really need your support.
If you usually give when you attend church, and may not have given since March, may I respectfully ask you to make a donation now to help us maintain all the work we are doing during the pandemic. Please either send a cheque to the church office, or authorise a direct bank transfer to our parish identifying yourself as the donor. Details are: ‘Parish of Finchampstead and California, account 0002 2949, CAF Bank sort code 40-52-40’
Thank you. Robert Alder.

Could you help? Treasury team

Colum Devine our parish treasurer has retired from his role. We thank him for all that he has done for us.

If you have financial experience and might be interested in using your talent to help us by joining our treasury team, as treasurer or in some other way, please contact me for more information Robert Alder. 0118 973 4904.

Parish Prayer List

Praying HandsParish Intercessions List – Please 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, Ann, Bob Brooks, Ann Symmonds , Susannah Powell, Maren, Doreen and family, Linda Whiteside, Claire, Ivy Kelly, Steve Prosser

And those who mourn the loss of their loved ones: Brian Edminson

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

Youth and Families weekly video for families – 13th July

Here is this weeks video which is about The Parable of the Lamp

Don’t hide the light away – share it and make the world a brighter place!

Monday afternoon Discussion Group

Monday afternoon Discussion Group 2-3pm

Join Reverend Julian via Zoom as we apply our Christian faith to our everyday lives.

For more information contact Rev Julian via e-mail or phone. [email protected] or 0118 973 5876

Please support our local Foodbank

Either send a cheque to Crowthorne Foodbank 25 Wellington Business Park Duke’s Ride Crowthorne RG45 6LS or donate online help/donate money/