Electoral Roll annual review

The annual revision of the Church Electoral Roll will take place between 28th September and 2nd October.

If your name is already on the list you do not need to do anything this year.

To check your entry please email the church office or nicky@alder.ndo.co.uk

Thanksgiving for Harvest 2020

This year we wish to support our local food-banks. They “don’t think anyone in our local community should have to face going hungry” and need our help. Our usual arrangements however for making Harvest gifts at services will not be possible. Instead please make any gifts of food or essential non-food items directly via their collection points in our local supermarkets.

Or generally as a more preferable option, please consider making financial donations through their websites, https://crowthorne.foodbank.org.uk or https://wokingham.foodbank.org.uk. Alternatively a cheque could be sent to Crowthorne Foodbank, Unit 25, Wellington Business Park, Dukes Ride, Crowthorne, RG45 6LS or to Wokingham Foodbank, 1 Broad Street Walk, Town Centre, Wokingham, RG40 1BW. Please DO NOT send cash or cheques to the Parish Office.

The websites give details of the items most needed currently. These include tinned potatoes, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, tinned sponge puddings, tinned custard, sugar, preserves, shaving foam, razors, hand-wash, soap. washing up liquid, deodorants, shampoo and conditioner, bleach.

Monthly Monday Evening Prayer Meeting – Mon 5th Oct

Monthly Monday Evening Prayer Meeting – Monday 5th October at 8pm

Come and join us as we gather for our monthly evening prayer meeting on the first Monday of each month via Zoom.

For more information contact Reverend Julian on julian@finchampstead.co.uk or 0118 973 5876

St James church heating and repairs

We hope to be able to make changes to the heating in St. James church over the coming weeks. As the church will be closed for a while services will take place in SJCC.

The work on wood repairs will follow on.

We will keep you informed about timing and other details. If you have any questions, please ask us. Robert and Jo. SJ Churchwardens.

Worship in St. James

We hope you are keeping well during these unusual times. Our mixture of both on-line services and services in church continue. The dates for services in church over the next few weeks are as follows:

September 27th
8am Common Worship Holy Communion in St. James
11am Holy Communion in St. Eligius

October 4th
11am Parish Communion (Harvest) in St. James

October 11th
8am Book of Common Prayer Communion in St. James
9.30am Family Service (OUTSIDE) at St. James
11am Holy Communion (Harvest) in St. Eligius

October 18th
11am Parish Communion in St. James

October 25th (Bible Sunday)
8am Common Worship Holy Communion in St. James
11am Holy Communion Service in St. Eligius

Please email office@stjamesfinchampstead.co.uk or phone the office to register your desire to attend no later than the preceding Friday by 10am. St. James’ remains open for private prayer on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 12pm.

As our in person services continue can Please could we stress how important it is for you to email office@stjamesfinchampstead.co.uk or call the office to let us know that you are coming, by 10am Friday every week that you wish to attend. As you know we are restricted on space and have limited numbers for attendance. Similarly, if you have already booked a space and are no longer able to attend, please let either the office, or if after Friday, Jo know via email (joannemyall@hotmail.co.uk), even if it is half an hour before the service. 

This is extremely important due to the limited numbers in the building and making sure everyone has opportunity to attend if they wish to.

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’

We have also just launched our on-line giving platform! This is an easy way to give to the Church via an online site, the link is: 

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 Hands

Parish Intercessions List – Please pray for: Joyce Beckett, Anne, 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 , Susanna Powell, Maren, Doreen and family, Linda Whiteside, Claire, Ivy Kelly, Steve Prosser, Pamela Redford, Margaret Hostler, the Thomas family

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

Prayer Diary for September 2020

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