Fundraising updates

Thank you very much to all those who supported Christmas Appeals for The Berkshire Women’s Refuge, Christian Aid (Card on the Tree) and The Children’s Society (Christingle Service). Any further details will be posted on the CMG Notice Board in SJCC when available.

Christmas hamper draw – Congratulations to Carolyn Fox, winning number 79. £90 was raised for the church flower fund. Many thanks to everyone for their support.

Many thanks to all who supported The Children’s Society via the Christingle Service. Donations totaled £547-87. Thank you to all who made the Christingles and organised the service held on Christmas Eve as well as those who made donations.

Confirmation with Bishop Olivia

Would anyone wishing to explore being confirmed (or their parent/guardian) please contact the Parish Office by the end of January so that preparation classes can be arranged.

The confirmation service will take place on 15th May.

‘Come and See’

Five Tuesdays during Lent (March 8 – April 5), beginning with a Cheese and Wine evening at 7pm on the 8th of March at St James’ Church Centre.

Opportunity to study and reflect on the Lord’s Prayer. Suitable for all levels of faith. Pray and think about who to bring along both to the evenings and to Sunday worship during the period.

There will be a number of venue options across the parish with both daytime and evening for the remaining sessions, beginning at 7.30pm.

Evening communion services

Would anyone be interested in having a weekday Holy Communion service in the evening? Maybe you work weekends and cannot get to the Sunday services or have other family commitments.

If you are interested, please contact Ashlyn Webster on

Creative Café on the Gorse Ride Estate

Creative Café is a form of Messy Church that is run for the children of the Gorse Ride Estate and the surrounding area every Monday during term time between 3.15pm and 4.45pm in St Mary and St John’s Parish Centre.

Included in the session is a small meal (usually a Bolognese or a cottage pie). We are able to provide the rice, bread and drinks but if you would like to make a pie or a Bolognese once a term, we would be very grateful.

Please contact Reverend Julian for more information. (Tel. 0118 973 5876)


If you or anyone in your household has any symptoms that could be Covid please do not attend church services.

We encourage you to consider carrying out a lateral flow test before attending church. 

Please continue to wear a face covering at all times during church services which includes when you are singing.

There will be hand gel available in church and we ask you to use this on arrival

Please respect those around you, maintaining adequate space wherever possible 


Parish Prayer List

Praying Hands

Baptisms: Theodore Hayward
Parish Intercessions List – Please pray for: Joyce Beckett, Sophie Hall, Ann Pask, Colin Ramsay McClaren, Rosalind Drury, Linda Whiteside, Rita Campbell, Steve Prosser, David Powell, Bob Helliwell, Pamela Redford, Mo Nottage
And those who mourn the loss of their loved ones: David Street, John Brown

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

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Prayer Diary – January

Patronal Festival – Thank You!

It was a huge pleasure to be part of the events marking this year’s St James’ Day over the weekend, and our first here as a family. It was a resounding success, especially so considering the challenging circumstances and the changeable weather. From the musical performances and the sing-along on Friday, to the fete on Saturday, there was plenty to savour.

Big congratulations to the team who made it all happen, both individually and collectively. Particular mention ought to be made of the social team, the choir and musicians, and the flower team. We also mustn’t forget the stall contributors and holders, as well as all the various logistical helpers. We can’t underestimate the work you’ve all put in over the months of planning and organising, and through the weekend. A huge thank you and congratulations to you all.

I must say that I was particularly impressed by the management of the weather; keeping the rain at bay, bringing out the sun at the right moments, and for just the right length of time. Very impressive indeed noting that the Rector was not as success-ful as you with the plans for an outdoor service on Sunday!

I would also like to thank everyone who participated and gave generously across the weekend. You know that without you the event would not be what it was and has been over the years. The teams were able to raise a good amount of money over the weekend. Thank you all very much.

With every blessing,