Month: February 2020

Resources from the Diocese

Count your blessings with Christian Aid this Lent

In a world that has you counting money, calories, kilos and steps, be a rebel and count your blessings! Order or download free resources

Mothering Sunday resources from the Children’s Society

Mothering Sunday is on 22 March. The Children’s Society provides suggestions for readings, talks, activities and prayers.

Lent blog: Women of the Old Testament

Revd Clare Hayns, College Chaplain, Christ Church will be posting a short blog about a different woman from the Old Testament each day of Lent. There will be stories of courage, intrigue and adventure. There will be tales of passion, jealousy and love. Reflections on the stories draw parallels with the experiences of women and men today.

Yellow Braces

Calling all 1118 year-olds

Are you ready for some gniyllub, malarkey and shenanigans? If so, then why not sign up to Yellow Braces, our annual youth camp? Download this flyer, print it, stick it up in church and give it to members of your youth group. With the DIY Olympics, worship, reflection time and water-balloon volleyball, Yellow Braces is always a weekend to remember. Find out more by reading this photo story from last year’s camp. Now you’re ready to book!

Prayer Cycle for February

No. 86 February 2020

This month our special focus is on Parish of Finchampstead and California

Please pray for:

Rector:                                           The Revd Canon Julie Ramsbottom
Associate Priest:                       The Revd Canon John Edwards
Associate Priest:                       The Revd Julian McAllen
Associate Priest:                       The Revd Tonia Elliott
Curate:                                           The Revd Gemma Wilkinson
Family and Youth Workers: Kate Meads and Sam Khan
Church Wardens Finchampstead: Jo Myall, Robert Alder
Church Wardens California:         Marjorie Stalker, Ashlyn Webster
Wardens St Eligius:                      Lucia Golding, Paul Marsden
Treasurer:                                          Colum Devine
Parish Administrator:                Pamela Zabbia
PCC Sec:                                          Carolyn Fox

Please pray for:    

  • The further embedding of our parish vision, that it might embrace those beyond the PCC, and that our five values might connect with the 400+ adults on our Electoral Roll
    • To nurture and develop faith
    • To be outward-looking and focussed on mission
    • To proclaim Jesus in all we say and do
    • To give the best possible welcome to all-comers
    • To enable the diversity of our congregations whilst all looking and pulling in the same direction
  • Revd Tonia’s ministry of outreach into the new community at Arborfield Green, and especially for
    • United@5 and United Kidz@Play
    • Alpha, Pilgrim and home groups
    • The embedding of youth work and further collaboration with Bohunt School
  • For our outreach at North Finchampstead.- especially the redevelopment of the Gorse Ride South estate –  and for collaboration with FBC and other agencies seeking to serve our parishioners
  • For Kate and Sam, for the growth of our ministry with young people and families, and our expanding ministry in local schools.
  • For our 2020 Lent Lectures Inspired  by… St James Church Centre  7.45pm for 8.00pm
    •  Tuesday 3rd March    Canon Mark Oakley – Inspired by Poetry;
    •  Tuesday 10th March  Mrs Beverley Stevens – Inspired by Literature
    • Tuesday 17th March  The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell  – Inspired by Art
    • Tuesday 24th March  Revd John Castle Inspired by Scripture
    • Tuesday 31st March  Canon Julie Ramsbottom – Inspired by Music
    • Tuesday 7th April      Canon John Edwards- Inspired by Stained Glass  

In the Deanery Please Pray for: 

  • The Marriage Preparation day, for St Pauls, All Saints, Winnersh and Bearwood, on the 29th of Feb, for all those getting married in our Churches this year.

In the Deanery Please Give Thanks for:

  • the large number of children at CTG and the many who serve in children’s ministries. Praying that the children will come to faith in Jesus and grow into mature disciples and for two CTG families who have moved into the development with the desire to be in walking distance of church and to be witnesses to Jesus.

In the Archdeaconry Please Pray for:

  • The licensing of The Reverend Stephen Pullin as the new Archdeacon of Berkshire on   29th February.