Lent Lectures 2021 – ‘Excited by Stained Glass’

If you were unable to attend our sixth (and final) Lent Lecture of 2021, “Excited by Stained Glass” delivered by Canon John Edwards, a video recording of the lecture is now available on our YouTube channel…

Lent Lectures 2021 – ‘Excited by Creation’

If you were unable to attend our fifth Lent Lecture of 2021, “Excited by Creation” delivered by Revd. Dr. Sarah Brush, Ripon College, Cuddesdon, a video recording of the lecture is now available on our YouTube channel…

Lent Lectures 2021 – ‘Excited by the Spoken Word’

If you were unable to attend our fourth Lent Lecture of 2021, “Excited by the Spoken Word” delivered by Revd. Ruth Wells, Chaplain for Bournemouth University and The Arts University Bournemouth, a video recording of the lecture is now available on our YouTube channel…

Lent Lectures 2021 – ‘Excited by Silence’

If you were unable to attend our third Lent Lecture of 2021, “Excited by Silence” delivered by Rev Gemma Donnell, a video recording of the lecture is now available on our YouTube channel…

Lent Lectures 2021 – ‘Excited by Food’

If you were unable to attend our second Lent Lecture of 2021, “Excited by Food” delivered by Liz Jackson, Associate Archdeacon of Berkshire a video recording of the lecture is now available on our YouTube channel…

Lent Lectures 2021 – ‘Excited by Scripture’

If you were unable to attend our first Lent Lecture of 2021, “Excited by Scripture” delivered by Revd. John Castle, Rector of Sandhurst a video recording of the lecture is now available on our YouTube channel…

A tribute to gardener Darren Wise following his sudden and tragic death

It was over three years ago when we first contracted ‘our Darren’ to look after both the churchyard at St James’ and the surrounding Manor House grounds.

He tucked into the job and worked his magic almost instantly as if he had been there for years. He built up a friendly rapport with everyone he bumped into and made the campus his own.

The churchyard and MH grounds were never an easy ‘garden’, quite extensive with all sorts of nooks and crannies with various ups and downs. Not to mention all the lawnmower hazards created by the large number of stone memorials to negotiate!!

Darren always had a friendly word and a chat with whosoever was passing through, either dog-walker or bereaving visitor. He was also always helpful when we had a burial or committal giving that grave area just a little bit of a tidy up to make it look quiet and peaceful for the occasion.

His passing is enormously sad and we will miss his calm and quiet Friday presence getting on with the cutting and strimming, and the multitude of other gardening jobs that he willingly undertook.

He was such a nice chap and always happy to help out on anything, even offering his assistance on the church fete. We shall miss him but remember him when we pass by ‘his’ triangle which was created so that he did not have to slow down on his lawnmower when passing the corner!!! (We intend to make more of that area of the churchyard in his memory and mark it with a plaque.)

Dear Darren, much remembered with love and thanks.
Helen Taylor Churchyard Trust. Jan’ 2021.

St Eligius Church

After many years of very difficult technical issues having to be resolved, the PCC agreed on Monday evening to go ahead with the purchase of St Eligius Church in Arborfield Green.

Like any sale nothing is guaranteed until the final contract is signed but we feel we are very close now to owning a building which can be used for the current congregation and the mission into the community.

Please do be praying for all the necessary pieces to come together smoothly and give thanks to God for the way he has been faithful in bringing the parish to this significant place in its history.

Information pack for APCM – Thu 29th Oct

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place virtually on Thursday 29th October, 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.

To join the Zoom meeting please click on the following link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88311300944?pwd=OWU1SEhyWEdwaWRkdjhERzhnbEcvdz09

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

Harvest 2020 thanks

Thank you to everyone who donated to Wokingham or Crowthorne Foodbanks in thanksgiving for Harvest this year.