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.

6pm Call to daily prayer during lockdown

At present there is nothing more important that we can do but to pray!
On Wednesday 4 November, as England entered its new lockdown, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Bishop of London called the Church of England to pray for the nation on a range of different topics at 6pm each day throughout the month of November. Maybe you could put a reminder on your phone to help you to do this?

A prayer card is available at https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-11/15348%20PftN%20Booklet_6th%20PROOF.pdf and further resources at https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches/call-prayer-nation.

As a parish we are also going to join together to pray at 6pm on a Monday evening for 1/2 hour on zoom for the rest of November. If you would like to join us, please do follow this link.
I look forward to seeing you there.

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:

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.

Bishop Steven’s letter – the next six months

In October 2020 the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, wrote to all the clergy, every chaplaincy and school, and all the people in the Diocese of Oxford about the immensely challenging winter ahead.

What are we called to be and to do as Christians during this pandemic?
You can see a short film and read Bishop Steven’s letter about this at https://www.oxford.anglican.org/six/

Youth and Families weekly video for families – 28th July

This week’s story is about tiny seeds of faith within us growing strong and flourishing! Tom, Betty and the children, Tiggy and Tilly, are busy on the farm sowing seed. This week Sam shows you how to make a mustard tree!


This is our last video as we are taking a summer holiday break. We will be back in September, hopefully with some outdoor activities! Keep you posted.

Do have a good summer.

Kate and Sam

Youth and Families weekly video for families – 13th July

Here is this weeks video which is about The Parable of the Lamp

Don’t hide the light away – share it and make the world a brighter place!


Please support our local Foodbank

Either send a cheque to Crowthorne Foodbank 25 Wellington Business Park Duke’s Ride Crowthorne RG45 6LS or donate online https://crowthorne.foodbank.org.uk/give help/donate money/