Psalm 23 Garden

Psalm 23 Garden

As you may have noticed from the GLF booklet, last July a film crew from the Bible Society spent the day with us recording how we use our outside space to reach out to the community. This was part of a nationwide project to support their entry of a garden based on Psalm 23, for the Chelsea Flower Show this May.

If you’d like to see the build up to our full story (which will go on-line in the Spring) please go to ‘Psalm 23 Garden Facebook’ to see contributions from the Rector, Ed Sampson, Joy Scovell and Dave Cox, and a lot of faces that you’ll recognise.

We will be hosting a ‘Prayer and Praise’ day on June 6th at St James to celebrate Psalm 23 in our amazing grounds. More details to follow.

Lent Lectures 2020 – “Inspired by Poetry”

If you were unable to attend our first Lent Lecture of 2020, “Inspired by Poetry” delivered by Canon Mark Oakley, Dean of St John’s College, Cambridge, a video recording of the lecture is now available on our YouTube channel…

Green Team use ‘extra Leap Day’ to support Lent Promise Initiative

On Saturday 29 February, the Green Team took the opportunity to ‘practice what they preach’ by recycling to help the environment. 

The Green Team are encouraging everyone during Lent to make a promise which helps the environment.  So, when a fir tree in the Lost Liddell Gardens was brought down by the recent high winds they decided that rather than burn the branches and release carbon dioxide into the air, they would use them to construct a wildlife hedge instead. Less that two hours later a new wildlife habitat had been created in the gardens which we hope will provide ‘homes’ for creatures such as hedgehogs, wrens and robins. 

For ideas on how you can make a Lent Promise and make a difference to the environment please see the ‘tree shaped structures’ on display at each of our churches  

Atomic Rapture concert thanks

Thanks to all those who helped with or attended the Atomic Rapture concert held in the Memorial Hall on Sat 8th Feb to raise funds for the St James Building Appeal. A great time was had by all and over £650 was raised towards the repairs needed in the church.

An article about the concert appeared in the Wokingham Paper on Thu Feb 13th. You can read the article at

Growing Living Faith Booklet 2020

Growing Living Faith Booklet 2020

Newsletter and Calendar of Events for Feb-Apr 2020

The latest Newsletter and Calendar of Events (Feb-Apr 2020) are now available for viewing/download (in PDF format) here:

Feb-Apr 2020 Newsletter

Feb-Apr 2020 Calendar

The newsletter contains a great deal about Lent, the Lent challenge to everyone to make changes to care for our environment and updated recycling information, plus a special offer from the editor.

Card on the Tree & One Card thanks

Thank you for supporting Card on the Tree at SJ & One Card at SMSJ in aid of Christian Aid’s Christmas Appeal.

Your generous donations will help to fund programmes for women to use their God-given gifts to escape poverty and to provide more basic necessities for their families. £375 was raised at SJ (of which £248 was gift-aided) and £107-50 was raised at SMSJ (of which £10 was gift-aided).

A splendid Parish total of £482-50. Thank you very much.

Children’s Society Thanks

Many thanks to all who made donations at the Christingle Services in December.

The Parish total was £1,317 of which £505 was gift aided.

Traidcraft thanks

Many thanks to all those who supported Traidcraft. Sales of Christmas cards and other items were £192.95.

Buying from Traidcraft helps to support fair trade with producers and suppliers so they are better able to provide for their families.

Poppy Appeal thanks

Thank you very much for helping with the appeal.

Without your help they wouldn’t be able to continue their vital welfare and benevolent work.

We raised £404.50