Fundraising for St James’ Churchyard Maintenance

Thank you to all those who supported the sale at St James’ on 3rd Dec.   It raised £184.50.

The 100 square board started that day will be drawn after the 11am service on Sunday 17th Dec.

Gift Sunday thanks

Thank You to everyone who donated items on Gift Sunday, and also to Tesco in Wokingham who were very generous and donated many goods to be taken to the women’s refuge.

Poppy Appeal thanks

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Poppy Appeal.  £279.63 was raised.

Thank you…

To all who supported the recent Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal. 41 boxes were sent to Families and the Elderly in Eastern Europe.

To all who supported Traidcraft in November. Sales of Christmas Cards and other items were £199.84.

To all who shopped and spent money at the Bring & Buy Sale at St James’; we raised £330 for church funds.

Youth Update

This half term has been the biggest we’ve seen in the last 3 years!

Contrast numbers are at record levels; 32 youngsters enjoyed a trip to the newly opened Coral Reef Centre in Bracknell; and last week over 110 people from across the community took part in the first Finchampstead Lantern Parade.

So, to everyone who has helped make all this happen thank you, whether it’s through attending, preparing, lighting bonfires, mulling wine, leading, teaching or simply praying, we couldn’t have done it without you.

If you’d like to get involved in future activities please contact James Lawbuary, our Youth Worker.

DEC Emergency Appeal for People Fleeing Myanmar

TearFund envelopes will be available in our churches for this appeal during the next few weeks.

The appeal has matched Government funding up to £3 million.

Thank you from Rev Julian and Monika

Monika and I would like to say a huge thank you for the wedding gift presented to us at Monika’s welcome reception last Sunday.  We will be using the money to furnish California Vicarage.

We are also very grateful to the congregation for the invaluable help we received leading up to our wedding day.

Lastly, Monika would personally like to thank everyone for the warm welcome she has received since moving from London in September.

Julian & Monika

St James’ Churchyard Extension wins Church Times Green Church Award

Ed and Sue Sampson receive the award from the Bishop of Salisbury, Rt Rev’d Nick Holtam. Picture courtesy of KT Bruce

Great news!  At the Church Times Green Church Awards ceremony held at Lambeth Palace on Monday 16th October, St James’ church was announced the winner of the very prestigious Biodiversity Award for the work done on the new churchyard extension.

Thank you to Revd Hannah, Ed Sampson, & their team for all their hard work in achieving this award, which has been recognised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

Please have a look at our certificate on display in SJ church centre to the right of the entrance door.

Further details about the awards ceremony can be found here.

 

Quiz and Supper Evening thanks

Many thanks to the folks who came and supported this event on Saturday 14th Oct.

Numbers were much lower than we would have liked, however the evening was most enjoyable and the hot supper was much appreciated.

The profit from the evening, which is for general church funds, was just over £670.

Mothers’ Union Cake Sale thanks

Mothers’ Union Cake Sale & Produce Stall on Sunday 15th raised £60 for our Overseas Fund.

Many thanks for your generosity.