Wokingham to Viry-Chatillon cycle challenge completed!

At 4pm on Sat 23rd June the Finch Cruisers Cycling Club (including David Booth, Jan van den Burg and Dave Judge from our congregation) successfully completed their 225 mile cycle ride to Wokingham’s twin town of Viry-Chatillon just south of Paris in aid of two local charities: The Link Visiting Scheme and The Diana Camidge Foundation

The team were sent off by the Wokingham Town mayor and received a fabulous welcome reception hosted by the Viry-Chatillon mayor at their annual town fete.

 

 

Many thanks to all who sponsored us. There is still time to donate to the good causes at: https://localgiving.org/fundraising/cycle-challenge-wokingham-virychatillon

Final figures for Christian Aid Week

Thank you to all who supported Christian Aid Week.

£1847.56 was raised – £1002.71 from House to House Collection, £225.05 Street Collection, £619.80 church collections & events.

We also delivered an additional 1100 envelopes promoting giving directly by text/online.

JAC thanks

Thank you to everyone in the parish who supported JAC on their Gift Sunday last month.

£295.50 plus Gift Aid was raised, and this will go towards supported living for vulnerable adults.

Please see letter on noticeboards.

Baptism Team thanks

Thanks to the dedication and hard work from our baptism visitors, the team raised over £300 in verger donations in 2017.

50% of the donations are retained for church funds, and the other 50% is donated to a local charity of the team’s choice.  We are pleased to announce the Baptism Team has recently been able to make a donation of £150 to Camp Mohawk, a multi-functional day centre for children with special needs and their families in Berkshire.

Please see the Baptism Noticeboard in SJCC if you are interested in a baptism, or if you would like to volunteer as a baptism visitor.

Churchyard Trust Tea thanks

A very big thank you to all for a record tea – those who baked and brought cakes and gave generous donations – for the maintenance of the churchyard.

Details as follows: Bring & Buy £160, raffle £93, and teas & cakes £361.

Welcome to our Newly Elected Churchwardens for 2018/9

At the Annual Meeting on Monday 23rd April, the following were elected:

Marjorie Stalker and Dave Moore for St Mary & St John’s; Lucia Golding and Larry Le Var for St Eligius’ and Jo Myall and Robert Alder for St James’.

Please remember them in your prayers and give them your support.

See the notice in the newsletter for the full list of elections.

Carolyn Fox PCC Secretary

Information Pack for APCM – Mon 23rd April

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place on Monday 23rd April, at 7:30pm at St James’ Church Centre.

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.

The content of the information pack for the meeting including the major reports, minutes from last year and agenda can be found below. Reports from PCC committees and Church groups will be on display at the meeting. The Church Centre will be open from 6.45pm to view these reports and also during the Cheese & Wine after the meeting to read and ask questions. The displays will be available in all three churches for a couple of weeks afterwards.

Limited printed copies are being produced, but in order to save the substantial costs of printing all the papers for the over 400 people on the roll we will have only limited spare copies available. Therefore we ask that you please print as much or as little of the paperwork as you would like in preparation for the meeting.

Appointment of Sam Khan and Kate Meads as Youth & Family Workers

We are delighted to announce that the PCC has just approved the above appointment.

Sam and Kate will be employed on a part-time basis and job-share this post.

Many congratulations to both ladies – we could not have hoped for more worthy successors to James.

100 Square board for Churchyard Maintenance

Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraising by buying squares that raised another £100 for the churchyard.

Congratulations to Bettina Faull who won the Waitrose Voucher & Chocolates!

Praying – Mark 14:27-42

If you were unable to attend our final Lent Lecture for 2018, Points of No Return, Canon John talking on the subject of Praying from Mark 14:27-42, a video recording of the lecture is now available on our YouTube channel.