Going Green

Sonning Deanery Synod have set aside £5,000 for match funding for PCC projects within the Deanery which aim to reduce the Carbon Footprint of the Parish or support and work towards the Diocesan commitment to a carbon neutral future. Grants will be made of up to £1,000 per project, per parish, per year.

PCCs wanting to apply for a Grant should send details of their proposal to the Deanery Secretary, along with a supporting PCC motion.

Proposals should be sent to the Area Dean: the Rev’d Canon Richard Lamey 0118 327 9116: rector

Prayer Cycle for May

No. 113 May 2022

This month our focus is on St Mary’s Wargrave with St Peter’s Knowl Hill

Please pray for:

Vicar:                                                 Revd John Cook
Associate Priest:                            RevdSteve Turville
Curate:                                              Revd Richard Eves
Lay Minister:                                    Andy Ferguson
Church Wardens Wargrave:       Ian Matthews and Mark Puddy
Church Warden Knowl Hill:         Sandra Baker
Administration Manager:             Lucy Bowley

In the Parish, please pray for:

  • The new pattern of Sunday services at Wargrave will strengthen us to reach out to families, children, and young people.
  • At Knowl Hill for a deepening of church families discipleship and for wisdom and resources for the renovation of the church building.

In the Deanery, please pray for:

  • Winnersh and Bearwood, St Sebastians and Crowthorne, all in vacancy, and for those taking on new roles and extra responsibilities at the moment, and for all those involved in appointment processes.
  • All those involved in our local schools who are still exhausted from the last 2 years and still under great pressure.
  • All those suffering from the exhaustion of Long Covid.
  • Joel and Frankie Knight, as they move to Wokingham from Oxford, on the 24th of April and for Joel as he is Licensed as Minister of Christ Church, Wokingham.
  • All Saints Church that the ‘spaceforall’, reordering work begins and proceeds well with the chosen contractors.

In the wider world, please continue to pray for:

  • All involved in the conflict in Ukraine
  • The people of Ukraine, those remaining there, those who have left to seek sanctuary, and those seeking to leave.
  • The relief agencies and all working on the borders between Ukraine and their neighbours.
  • That all the countries receiving refugees from Ukraine will treat them with the respect and compassion they would expect if they were forced into the same situation and for the speeding up of provision of visas.

God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Alternative Collect for Easter Day, The Daily Office SSF,

Thoughts and ideas on Ukraine

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Dear friends,

We continue to pray and care and mourn for the situation in Ukraine. I have had several conversations with people who might want to offer a room or some rooms to refugees, and others who would support people moving into the community, and had really good chats about what we could do as a parish. The ministers of Churches Together in Wokingham agreed that we would work together, and liaise with local charities and the Council to make sure that we are as efficient and effective as we can possibly be with our resources and energy and time. I feel as if the right conversations are happening but it is hard to see exactly what things will look like in a month or six months which makes planning hard. I feel strongly that we should, as individuals making up the church here, be informing ourselves, and registering for information, and offering what we can, and doing what we can, so that when the picture settles we are ready to go and confident in what we are doing. So thank you for what you have offered and done- do keep up to date with what is happening- and when things start to happen, let’s make sure we are doing it together- it might be one family who welcome the refugees into their home but we will need to ensure that they feel welcomed into the community of the Church and the town and that they have everything they need. We can do that together. And if anyone feels that we are missing a trick, or that you want to do something, or organise something, then please do let me know.

Richard Lamey: Rector

On a national level, this section on the national Church of England website is really clear and really helpful:

War in Ukraine: responding | The Church of England

People wanting to donate can send money to either of these two funds: the DEC received £1,000 from the parish last week, following on from our collection after services at P and N:

Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

USPG-Diocese in Europe Emergency Appeal

Also, Krish Kandiah, the excellent Christian minister who has done amazing work around adoption and fostering by founding Home for Good, has set up Sanctuary Foundation: Sanctuary Foundation | Supporting New Arrivals from Ukraine

And locally, in Wokingham and Reading, the Cowshed have issued this appeal:

Refugee Appeal

We have already been approached by 3 potential host families to provide support for Ukrainian refugees and we are anticipating many more requests over the coming weeks. Therefore we are launching an appeal in partnership with Care4Calais, Citizens Advice Wokingham, Citizens Advice Reading and The Hygiene Bank Reading to provide support for refugees with clothing, essential items and advice. Our aim is to show love and support to those arriving in Berkshire by working together with local organisations. We are asking for support please with the following:💛 Donations of good quality clothing and shoes for all ages and sizes that we will then wash and iron.💙 Donations of good quality school uniform. 💛 Donations of good quality sheets, duvet covers and towels.💙 Unopened toiletries, sanitary products, nappies.💛 Financial donations💙 Purchase of essential items from our Amazon wishlist: (https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/ZUMH3LRIY1Y0…)

We are so grateful for anything you can donate to support us with this campaign 💛💙Drop off centre:Unit 2, Bennet Court, Bennet Road, RG2 0QXMonday to Thursday and Saturday 10-3

For any families or individuals hosting Ukrainian refugees in need of support please see our link to a specific referral form below: https://www.thecowshed.org/ukrainian-refugee-referral-form/

You are also invided to review this post on the St Paul’s website: #313: a focus on prayer and reading around Ukraine – St Paul’s Parish (spauls.co.uk)

Bishop Steven’s visit to the Deanery

Bishop Steven came to Sonning Deanery on March the 1st 2022 (Shrove Tuesday).

He started with Communion at Wargrave Church with the Clergy Chapter before having a conversation over lunch around how the last few years have been, how the parishes feel and how we are looking ahead. He was accompanied by Paul Cowan (his Chaplain and a former Curate of All Saints, Wokingham), Mike Moynagh (New Communities) and Maddy Hayden (part of the Diocesan Comms Team).  After this, Bishop Steven visited Yeldall Manor Rehabilitation Centre, had dinner with local lay leaders hosted by John and Pippa Sutton (John is the Deanery Lay Chair) before finishing with an evening at The Whitty Theatre, Luckley House School. Bishop Steven talked about his background and interests before offering a line-by-line reflection on the Lord’s Prayer as a way of helping us to start Lent well. There was then time for a good range of questions, on everything from the environment and Artificial Intelligence to how to rebuild our links with families and whether the House of Lords has a future in its current form.

Report from the Diocese: Diocese of Oxford | Bishop Steven in Sonning (anglican.org)