Cakes Sale result

A really big thank you to all our supporters for last Sunday’s Home-made Cakes Sale and Raffle.  Karen’s Cake Creation, 1st prize, was won by John Sefton, whilst the champagne goes to Kate, one of our Family Service congregation members. The combined takings raised an amazing £242 for church funds. Our special thanks go to Nicholas, Jessica and Milly who gave up their Sunday morning to help.  Sally, Handbells team.

Mothers’ Union fundraising result

Mothers’ Union: Many thanks for everyone who helped us to raise£57 (so far!) at our cake sale for the ‘wheels Appeal’ transport fund. Great support on a very snowy, icy morning.

Fabulous 50’s Evening fundraising result

Fabulous 50’s Evening: Thank you to everyone who ventured out in the cold and snowy conditions and supported our concert on Saturday 4th Feb. And especially a huge thank you to all the wonderful performers. We are delighted to say we raised around £800 for Help for Heroes.

Appointment of our Associate Priest

It is with pleasure that we can announce that last Friday the Revd Mark-Aaron Tisdale formally accepted the post of Associate Priest of Finchampstead and California. For the past year Mark-Aaron has been Chaplain of St Edmund’s School, Canterbury, and before that was Rector of Clifton and Southill in the St Alban’s Diocese. He is married to Cigil (pronounced ‘Chill’) and they have an eleven year old son Winston-James. Following the usual checks, we are hoping that the Tisdales will move into the Vicarage at California mid-Feb. and that Mark-Aaron will take up his post sometime in March. Needless to say, the Ministry Team are very much looking forward to his arrival!!

Bangkok Mercy Centre

Bangkok Mercy Centre: the party on Nov. 5th raised £1580.

Children in Need Cake Sale

Polly Logan, Jessica Meads and Milly Remmington raised £330 through their cake sale for this worthy cause. Thank you to everyone who bought cakes.

Quiz Night Thanks

Quiz Night: Thank you to everyone who supported the quiz night either by taking part or by generous donations. It raised an amazing £827.00 for which we are very grateful. Joanne and Gill Myall.

Our new parish logo

Welcome to our new logo, designed by Rev Canon John Edwards.

Its symbolism is as follows:
* the outer ring (or halo) includes the names of the two churches which are united by the date of union and the lightning flash of St James and St John, the sons of thunder.
* the inner circle incorporates the familiar cross of Saint Mary and St John’s, with the scallop shell of St James.

Many thanks to all those who took the time and trouble to put forward proposals – congratulations to John for having such hidden talent.

Harvest Supper proceeds

Our Harvest Supper made £819.70 for Water Aid. Many thanks to all those who contributed to an enjoyable and sucessful evening.

Message from Revd John

Thank you to all those who contributed to the collection at the Celebration Service: it raised over £600 for Bible Society work in Ethiopia.