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,
Leonard

Results of our Giving Appeal taking account of the Covid pandemic

On behalf of the PCC may I very sincerely thank everyone who has made a one- off donation and/or increased their regular committed giving to church.

There was an excellent response in one off donations. We expect the total amount given will cover our losses in 2020 of £43,000 and contribute significantly to our estimate of ongoing losses during 2021.

There has also been a good response by increased regular giving, assisting our planning for this year and the future.

If you still wish to contribute, please do so by our Patronal weekend when our appeal will close.

Best wishes Robert Alder. Planned Giving Coordinator. robert@alder.ndo.co.uk

Giving to God and his church

A gentle reminder, thanks, and an offer to assist.

Firstly, thank you so much to all who have already made gifts in response to our special request at the beginning of March about the very great financial impact of the pandemic on our church and its future plans.

To those who have not yet replied and you have been thinking about this and intending to respond, by increasing you existing regular gift, starting to give, and/or making a specific donation but have not yet done so, please do find the time to reply over the next few days.
There will be a stock take of progress and an update for everyone next week. It would be a very great help to those working to secure our finances to hear from you. Please do help if you can, in whatever way is possible at this really difficult time for the whole parish.

If you would like the paperwork done on your behalf please do contact me by email or phone. Every good wish. Robert Alder. Giving and gift aid advisor and administrator. robert@alder.ndo.co.uk 01189 734904.

Bank instruction forms are available on request. For convenience, our bank details are:
CAF Bank Sort Code 40-52-40,
Account number 00013727
PCC of Finchampstead and California.

Ascension Talk

If you were unable to attend the talk on the Ascension given by Canon John Edwards, a video recording of the lecture is now available on our YouTube channel…

Information pack for APCM – Mon 24th May

The Annual Vestry Meeting and Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place virtually on Monday 24th May, at 7:30pm via Zoom

All members of the electoral roll are entitled to attend and participate in this meeting, where we vote for the election of churchwardens and PCC members. This is your opportunity to ask questions and participate in the running of your church community in the Parish of Finchampstead and California. In addition, anyone on the civil Electoral Roll of the parish is entitled to participate in the Vestry Meeting to elect churchwardens.

To join the Zoom meeting please click on the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82715771403?pwd=TVFVaVRpMXY5VHR0WWpzY0VSSFNiQT09
Meeting ID: 827 1577 1403
Passcode: 093029

The content of the information pack for the meeting including the major reports, minutes from last year and agenda can be found below.

Anybody wishing to stand for election to the post of Churchwarden, Deanery Synod rep or Parochial Church Council (PCC) member is requested to get the appropriate nomination form below completed by a proposer, seconder and themselves and return it (either hard copy or scanned and emailed) to the PCC Secretary (Carolyn Fox, carolynfox@aol.com) in advance of the meeting.
Note: Deanery Synod reps are automatically elected to the PCC.

Resurrection talk #4

If you were unable to attend the final online talk of the ‘Resurrection’ series given by Canon John Edwards, a video recording of the lecture is now available on our YouTube channel…

Resurrection talk #3

If you were unable to attend the third online talk of the ‘Resurrection’ series given by Canon John Edwards, a video recording of the lecture is now available on our YouTube channel…

Resurrection talk #2

If you were unable to attend the second online talk of the ‘Resurrection’ series given by Canon John Edwards, a video recording of the lecture is now available on our YouTube channel…

Resurrection talk #1

If you were unable to attend the first online talk of the ‘Resurrection’ series given by Canon John Edwards, a video recording of the lecture is now available on our YouTube channel…