Parish Prayer List

Praying Hands

Parish Intercessions List – Please pray for: Joyce Beckett, Bridget, Sophie Hall, Thea, Kate, Ann Pask, Colin Ramsay McClaren, Natalie, Louise, Reuben, Rosalind Drury, Simon, Bernadette, Andrew, Sarah, Daniel, Jack, June Warr, Hazel & Maurice Levy, Ann, Doreen and family, Linda Whiteside, Claire, Steve Prosser, the Thomas family, Amber and Paige, James, David Powell, Bob Helliwell, Pamela Redford, Meg Hostler, Barbara Hill and family, Maurice Driver
And those who mourn the loss of their loved ones: Lillian Dingle, Carlene Beattie, Rosemary Goodchild, John Fruin, Marjorie Judge, George Pollard

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

Weekly Family Service – coffee galore!

We are now running our family service every Sunday at 9.30am at St James’ Church Centre.

There will be breakfast items and some delicious coffee for you when you arrive.

You do not need to book for this service.

Canon Julie’s retirement tea party followed by Evensong

Canon Julie’s retirement tea party has been rescheduled due to the extension of COVID restrictions for another four weeks.

The new date will be after the COVID restrictions have been lifted.

Please check the weekly news-sheet for further updates. 

Quench Bookshop – award nomination

Quench bookshop are thrilled to have been nominated for a Muddy Stiletto Award for Best Bookshop in Berkshire for the 3rd year running!

In order to make it to the final, they need LOTS of people to nominate them!! Please use this link to do so…

How great would it be for a Christian Bookshop to win this award? This has been a tough year for them, and things have not been easy since they reopened, so it would mean a great deal.

If you have not visited them recently, please do!! They have some great offers in store! Opening times are Mon-Sat 11am-4pm.

With love from the Team at Quench Bookshop, Holme Grange Craft Village.
Thank you!!
Ali Ceaser (on behalf of the team!) 

Farewell gift for Rev Gemma

We were very pleased to be able to present Rev Gemma with a card and cheque as a farewell gift at her final services last Sunday.

The amount collected was £1380. Thank you very much to everyone to contributed.

Best wishes from your churchwardens.

Prayer Diary – Jul 2021

A farewell note from Rev Gemma and Michael – Thank you & goodbye

Dear All,

We are afraid a brief note will not be able to explain just how grateful and sad we are to be leaving Finchampstead and California Parish.

Our time here has been an extremely happy one and we are very grateful to have known and worked with you all. Thank you all for your love, support and prayers.

With our ongoing prayers and love – Rev Gemma, Michael and Austin

Private Prayer in St James’ Church now open

We are pleased to be able to open St James’ church for private individual prayer between 10am and 12 Noon on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week.

Pandemic safety precautions continue to apply. Please follow the instructions in church.

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. 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.

Prayer Diary – June 2021