Confirmation classes

A Confirmation Service – Sunday 24th February 2019 at 6pm – is booked with Bishop Andrew for adults and children (year 6 and above).

Classes will start after October half term, on a Sunday afternoon at 4:30pm at SJCC, before Contrast Youth Group.

To sign up, or for more details please contact Canon Julie or the Parish Office.

Green Team Working Party on the lost Liddell Gardens – Sat 22nd Sep

Green Team Working Party on the lost Liddell Gardens behind SJCC on Saturday 22nd September 10am-12noon.  Bacon butties to follow.

Please sign up for more digging/clearing (notice board by SJ coffee bar) or phone the Church Office to add your name.

Please park on grass in front of Centre to leave the car parks free for the wedding at 1pm. Bring strong gloves and mark your tools to avoid mix-up. For more information, contact Carolyn 07779724090 or [email protected]

Ladies Breakfast – Sat 15th Sep

Ladies Breakfast Saturday 15th September 9.00-10.00am at St James Church centre

All ladies warmly invited to join a sociable and multi-church group at breakfast.

Delicious breakfast, lots of chat and a short ‘thought for the day’. Bring a friend. Drop me a line so I provide enough breakfast. Carolyn. 07779724090 or [email protected]

Parish Prayer List

Praying Hands

Parish Intercessions List – Please pray for: Joyce Beckett, Anne, Bridget, Sophie Hall, Hugh, David & June, Paula, James, Emma, Sharon, Amber & Paige, Diana, Ann Pask, Thea, Colin Ramsay McClaren, Natalie, Louise, Reuben, Rosalind Drury, Leo Lumby, Simon, Wendy Wright, Sharon, Andrew Tomlinson, Colin, Sarah, Hannah & Josh, Bernadette, Brian & Sally Hamblin.

And Those Who Mourn: David Forsyth, Christine Francis, Celia Reuter, Ron Woodman.

Residents living in the following roads in the parish (visited by our Ministry Team this week):   Arnett Avenue & Church Lane

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


Your suggestions for new charities & missions

The Charities and Mission Group (CMG) wishes to review the Christian charities and missions supported by our parish.

Please send suggestions to CMG by Oct 14th via Julia Arscott, Sarah Booth or Susan Meikle at St James, Sally Marsden at St. Eligius or Chris Ilsley, Martin Hughes, Sharon White or Pam Smith at SMSJ.

All existing charities and missions we support will be considered. The 2019 list will then be proposed to the PCC.

‘The Greatest Showman’ – Sun 23rd Sep

Film Night showing ‘The Greatest Showman’ at Sandhurst & Yateley Methodist Church on Sunday 23rd September 6:15pm

Film starts at 6.45 pm (after refreshments and ordering pizza!) All welcome!

Prayer Diary for September

Location Location Location

We’ve made a few changes to our Facebook pages over the past couple of weeks to address a couple of issues people have been having with how our notices and updates get distributed. As our parish has come together from three separate church communities with their own identity we have always kept separate social media pages for each, but as a lot of our notices are useful to all three churches we’ve distributed our updates to all three.

For the increasing numbers of church members who have ‘liked’ more than one of the parish pages that has resulted in a lot of duplication of notices.

What we have done now is to set up a separate Parish of Finchampstead and California page and convert each of the individual church pages to location pages. Facebook limitations mean that we have had to rename the existing pages, so they are now Parish of Finchampstead and California (St James), Parish of Finchampstead and California (St Mary and St John), and Parish of Finchampstead and California (St Eligius).

I future all the notices will be posted to the parish page, and will also appear on each location page as parish notices – what this should mean is that whatever combination of pages you have liked, you should only see the notices once in your news feed rather than having duplicates from the different churches.

You don’t need to do anything, but if you can ‘like’ our new Parish Page that would be much appreciated. We also have reviews enabled on the location pages, so if you’ve had a great experience at one of our churches, please do give us a good review.

Patronal Festival thanks


Our Flower and Patronal Festival last weekend was magnificent, thank you to everyone who helped in so many different ways. I think we all agree that Denise and her flower team excelled themselves, the displays depicting “Caring for our Beautiful World” were just amazing and so imaginative. A big thank you to our very talented choir and William our organist, who entertained us with a wonderful concert on Saturday evening. Thanks to Hugh and the tower team for their sterling work looking after everyone in the tower on Sunday afternoon.

We really do appreciate and thank you all for your help, to the lovely people who baked cakes, donated items, helped with refreshments, looked after the stalls and games, put up the gazebos, to everyone who came along and supported the weekend, it was a great team effort.

We look forward to seeing you at some of our other events, the next one being our Supper and Quiz evening on 13th October, put a note in your diaries.

Last but certainly not least, we are delighted to say that all the efforts of the weekend raised over £3,000 – what an amazing amount!

We hope you all have a happy and restful summer, from SJ Social and Fundraising Committee

Newsletter and Calendar of Events for Aug-Nov 2018 now available

The latest Newsletter and Calendar of Events (Aug 2018 – Nov 2018) are now available for viewing/download (in PDF format) here:

Aug 2018 – Nov 2018 Newsletter

Aug 2018 – Nov 2018 Calendar