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

Growing Living Faith Booklet 2020

Growing Living Faith Booklet 2020

Newsletter and Calendar of Events for Feb-Apr 2020

The latest Newsletter and Calendar of Events (Feb-Apr 2020) are now available for viewing/download (in PDF format) here:

Feb-Apr 2020 Newsletter

Feb-Apr 2020 Calendar

The newsletter contains a great deal about Lent, the Lent challenge to everyone to make changes to care for our environment and updated recycling information, plus a special offer from the editor.

Card on the Tree & One Card thanks

Thank you for supporting Card on the Tree at SJ & One Card at SMSJ in aid of Christian Aid’s Christmas Appeal.

Your generous donations will help to fund programmes for women to use their God-given gifts to escape poverty and to provide more basic necessities for their families. £375 was raised at SJ (of which £248 was gift-aided) and £107-50 was raised at SMSJ (of which £10 was gift-aided).

A splendid Parish total of £482-50. Thank you very much.

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.

Traidcraft thanks

Many thanks to all those who supported Traidcraft. Sales of Christmas cards and other items were £192.95.

Buying from Traidcraft helps to support fair trade with producers and suppliers so they are better able to provide for their families.

Poppy Appeal thanks

Thank you very much for helping with the appeal.

Without your help they wouldn’t be able to continue their vital welfare and benevolent work.

We raised £404.50

Thank you from CIRDIC

Thank you for your Church’s recent donations to CIRDIC (Churches in Reading Drop-In Centre) together with the Gift Aid forms.

The cash amounted to £259.50. Besides the cash, a total of £284 was received by cheques and £30 CAF Charity Voucher for which we are very grateful.

An inexperienced man on an inappropriate boat…

Canon John was so impressed by Geoff Anderson’s marathon rowing feat that he asked Geoff to tell everyone about it…

I left Lechlade on Sunday 8th of September and completed the 127 mile row to Teddington in eleven and a half days, sleeping each night on the completely inappropriate boat, with the aquadynamics of a skip!

On the way I raised over £5000 for HorsebackUK, a charity set up to empower service personnel and veterans suffering from life-changing injuries and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and to aid them on their road to recovery. Using horsemanship and exposure to the natural environment participants gain self confidence and self esteem amongst people who have experienced similar trauma. Take a look at .
I visited them in the Highlands last year and I found it to be a truly inspirational charity carrying out amazing work.

Patronal Festival Thanks

A BIG thank you to everyone who supported our Patronal Festival Weekend. The quiz on Saturday night was very well attended and we had lots of lovely compliments about the evening.

Sunday was warm and sunny when the tower was open and lots of cream teas were consumed.

Very many thanks again to everyone who helped make this weekend so enjoyable and successful and we are delighted to say that the profit over the weekend was £1,867.40 a wonderful amount for Parish Funds.