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Sonning Deanery Synod – September 2019



Revd Piers Bickersteth email  
Revd Julian Bidgood email  
Revd Mark Huddleston email  
Revd Andrew Kearns email  


Mrs Poppy Brown email  
Mrs Amy Dawson email  
Mrs Gillian Kaiser email  


Mr Michael Byrne email Quinquennial Inspection Secretary
Mr David Horrocks email  
Ms Charlotte Wilde email  


Mr Simon Fawkes email  
Mrs Ellen Crewe email  


Revd Lisa Cornwell email  
Revd David Ramsbottom email  
Mrs Carol Frost email  
Mrs Gillian Gyenes email  
Mrs Jenny McKeever email  
Mr Leigh Welham email  


Revd Canon Julie Ramsbottom email  
Revd Canon John Edwards email  
Revd Julian McAllen email  
Revd Tonia Elliott email Standing Committee
Revd Gemma Wilkinson email  
Mrs Nicola Alder email  
Mrs Carolyn Fox email  
Mr Martin Hughes email Diocesan Synod
Mr James Lawbuary email  
Mr Richard Owen email  
Mrs Sharon White email  


Revd Catherine Vaughan email Standing Committee
Mrs Penny Crane email  
Mrs Bridget Crossley email Secretary
Mr Brian Francis email  


Revd Colin James email  
Revd Jane Kraft email Associate Area Dean



Revd Anna Harwood email  
Mrs Pauline Humphreys email Standing Committee
Ms Rachel Leitch-Devlin email  
Mrs Audrey Nettle No email  



Mrs Sue Payne email  
Mrs Jenny Beasley email  



Revd John Castle email  
Mr Rupert Cremer-Evans email  
Mrs Jan Herd email  
Mr John Martin email  
Mrs Sue Campbell email  


Revd Jamie Taylor email  
Revd Katie Toogood email  
Mrs Hilary Rennie email  
Mr Rory Symes email  
Mrs Molly Woodley email  





Revd John Cook email  
Revd Hugh Barne email Diocesan Synod
Revd Stephen Turville email  
Mrs Sue Griffiths email  
Mr Richard Lloyd email  
Mrs Sheila Williams email  



Revd James Warren email  
Mrs Joanna Brown email  
Mrs Alison Vacher email  



Revd Canon David Hodgson email  
Revd Hannah Higginson email  
Mr Peter Barrett email Diocesan Synod
Mrs Anne King email  
Mrs Judith Scott email Standing Committee and Diocesan Synod
Mr John Smith email Lay Chair and Diocesan Synod
Mr Stephen Smith email  



Revd Richard Lamey email Area Dean and Diocesan Synod
Revd Patrick Mukholi email  
Revd Judi Hattaway email  
Miss Geraldine Lea email  
Mr David Ruddock email  
Mr John Sutton email  
Mr Peter Wells email  



Revd Canon Andrew Marsden email  
Mr David Hare email  
Mr Richard Tudor email  
Mr John Congram email  
Ms Janet Rogers email  
Mr Nigel Birch email  





Mr John   Hoskins   email  
Mr Geoff   Peck   email  
Mr Tony   Sayer   email  


Morally Courageous Leadership,

The Winder Lecture, Warfield,
Sunday 3 November, 7pm

With Major General Tim Cross, CBE, former Director General of the UK Defence Supply Chain. He served in the first Gulf War, in Iraq, the Balkans and Northern Ireland.  Flyer

St Frideswide Day

St Frideswide Day
Saturday 19 October 
The Priory, on which our Cathedral was built, was an important destination for medieval pilgrims.

On 19 October there will be a range of guided walks of varying lengths, bringing pilgrims into the city of Oxford from all points of the compass and all corners of the Diocese to a 4pm
St Frideswide Pilgrimage Service.


Café Théologique

Café Théologique

Zero Degrees Bar, Bridge St. Reading
All welcome, no charge, no booking

“Faith and Wisdom in Science: The Science-Religion ‘Conflict’ Lie”
Monday 7 October, 7.30pm, 
Tom McLeish FRS, Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of York, will be exploring why science and faith aren’t in conflict.

“’We go to another world and God gives us his respect’:
Spirituality and People with Learning Disabilities”
Monday 4 November, 7.30pm,
Rachel Forrester-Jones, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bath whose research focuses on advancing the social inclusion of vulnerable adults through social networks and social support

Prayer Cycle for September


No. 81                                                         September 2019

This month our special focus is on St Paul’s Wokingham, St Nicholas Embrook and Woosehill

 Please pray for:

Rector & Area Dean:  Rev’d Richard Lamey
Team Vicar:                      Rev’d Patrick Mukholi,
Assistant Priest:            Rev’d Judi Hattaway
Associate Priest:           Rev’d Jane Kraft
Church Wardens:         David Ruddock and Peter Wells
PCC Secretary:              Lesley Ruddock
Treasurer:                         Lyn Austen
Office Administrator:Louise Cole
Director of Music:       Louise Turner

The Community Church St Nicholas Emmbrook

Pro Wardens:               Liz Gallagher and Fiona Albinson
Secretary:                       Anne Armitage
Treasurer:                      Tony Roberts
Parish Pioneer:            Paul Armitage

Woosehill Community Church

Methodist Minister: Rev’d Catherine Bowstead
Methodist Preacher: Doreen Murgatroyd

In the Parishes please pray for:

  • That the insights we learnt through the PMC process about each other and about our mission to the community will become the essence of our identity, enabling us to see God at work all around us
  • Our new pastoral care groups at St Paul’s (called Tithings) will become a valued way of offering each other support and encouragement on the road as disciples
  • For new leaders and volunteers to respond to God’s call on their lives
  • For each Church to continue to look as if we believe what we sing, enjoy what we do and can’t imagine being anywhere else on a Sunday morning and during the week. That we are in the place God calls us to be and the places He sends us into in his name and in his Spirit.

In the Deanery please pray for:

  • St Eligius Church, Alpha Course starting on September 24th
  • St John the Baptist Crowthorne, Christian Spirituality Course: Mondays Sept: 9,16, 23,30 Oct: 7,14,21.
  • All young people starting new school, colleges, employment
  • All our Churches as activities start up again after the break and that we all return refreshed and re-invigorated..

Hazel Berry:

Synod Sermon

on Luke 5.1-11
June 25th 2019

A good moment to think about what is a Deanery? And what is it for?

1)    The Deanery is a necessary legal and administrative function, a means of communication and connection between the parish and the Diocese, between the clergy and the Bishop.

2)    The Deanery is a reminder of the breadth of the Church of England in all of its range and adventure, that we are connected and united across different ethical positions and different ways of reading Scripture and listening to the voice and guidance of God. We do not get to choose who we worship next to Sunday by Sunday and we do not get to choose who else is an Anglican. The challenge in that is to make sure that we actually actively engage with each other and don’t leave those differences unspoken but dominant in the corner.

3)    The Deanery is a community of prayer and worship who support and encourage each other, and journey together-

e.g. Synod

  • when someone local introduces an idea
  • the prayer cycle
  • the new support groups we are setting up of Wardens and Treasurers… all allow us to know that we don’t travel alone but are part of something bigger and broader and wider and more effective than just us. In some ways the Deanery is a local antidote to too much parochialism. It opens us up to new ideas and new possibilities and in that openness and potential God can work wonderfully.

4)    And in all of this, as the Church, we are called to let down our nets in deep water. At Diocesan Synod this month Bishop Steven gave an address on the reading we have just heard from Luke Chapter 5. He establishes two principles-

  • that the call to let down our nets is from Christ himself and Christ alone,
  • that letting down our nets will look different in every Deanery and parish. It will not be the same because every place is unique and particular and so is every Church community. Such difference is, to quote, “something to delight in for its own sake.”

Continue reading Synod Sermon


Who’s Who in the Sonning Deanery

Area Dean: Revd Richard Lamey H: 0118 327 9116
W: 0118 979 2122.  click to email

Lay Chair: John Smith 01189 290 996 click to email

Secretary: Bridget Crossley 01344 751456 click to email

Treasurer: Vacant

Quinquennial Inspection Secretary: Michael Byrne

Ecumenical Representative: David Hare

Members of the Standing Committee:  Revd Canon Julie Ramsbottom, John Smith, Revd Richard Lamey, Bridget Crossley, Gillian Gyenes,  Pauline Humphreys, Judith Scott, Rev’d Catherine Vaughan, Sharon White.

Representatives on Diocesan Synod: Revd Piers Bickersteth, Gillian Gyenes, Revd Hannah Higginson, Martin Hughes, Geraldine Lea, Revd Canon Andrew Marsden, Judith Scott, John Smith.

Intercessions from High Leigh Conference

Intercessions: opening worship of the High Leigh Conference 2019

God of compassion, we remember today
Those for whom earthquakes, wind or fire
Has brought chaos and destruction.
For those who have lost everyone and everything they love.
We hold in our hearts and before you, those for whom the future is uncertain because of ill health, precarious relationships, or economic challenge; and those for whom the end of life in near.
And we share in in joy, with those experiencing new birth, new life and fresh starts – full of hope and expectation.
We bring before you our sacred and beautiful planet, teaming with life, renewal and healing forces.
May we do all we can to halt and mitigate the slow death of biodiversity
The continuous assault on what you have made.

God of mystery,
Where are you
When the world flings demands
Like a rain squall at the window,
When the pressure to perform steals us from ourselves,
When grasping for our future leaves us empty handed?
Where are you
When confusion is in heady ascendance,
When digging for surety lacerates and fragments?
Where are you in the fray,
In the tangled threads of feeling with no beginning or end?

God of our depths, be with us.
Do not rescue, but hold us;
Befriend, and reacquaint us
With our roots,
Our core,Our true desires.

Help us to know
How slowly moves the deep;
our connection to earth
and stars,
and the life that is you.

Help us to know
What we carry inside;
a space that does not always, or often,
know its shape
or size,
or what its purpose is.

Help us to know
That beyond our striving and our need
All you are is love,
And all we have is you.


 Alison Webster May 2019


The Diocese of Oxford is divided into four smaller ‘episcopal Areas’, three of them overseen by their own Area Bishop. One such area is Reading. Each area is then further split into deaneries. The deaneries of the Reading Episcopal Area are: Bracknell, Bradfield, Maidenhead and Windsor, Newbury, Reading and Sonning. Sonning Deanery stretches from Wargrave in the north to Sandhurst in the south. It contains 12 benefices with 23 places of worship in a mixed rural, semirural and urban setting. Our current Area Dean is the Revd Richard Lamey, Rector of the three Churches of the Parish of St Paul, Wokingham. 

What does the deanery give to the parish/benefice?
The deanery represents a manageable level of organisation between a parish/benefice and the Diocese/Archdeaconry. Its aim is to assist churches to do things together that they could not do on their own; to support and encourage clergy in a role which can often be isolated and pressured; to perform an administrative function (eg allocating the Parish Share/organising building inspections); to act for the Archdeacon on inspections; to offer ideas, challenge and inspiration through meetings; to offer prayer and encouragement for each other; to work together towards input to the diocese; and to support mission and ministry in the parish/benefice.

What is a deanery synod?
The deanery synod has a membership of all clergy who are licensed to a parish/benefice within the deanery, plus elected lay members from every parish. The larger your Electoral Roll, the more members you are entitled to elect. Members meet approximately four times a year at varying venues throughout the deanery. All meetings include a financial report, including reports on Parish Share, followed by a talk. Over the past year, lay discipleship, fundraising, and human sexuality have been discussed. All members share in a Eucharist service at one of the meetings. Currently, the Deanery Plan is being finalised. The emphasis of this plan will be on those areas of mission that can be done better as a deanery than as individual parishes: for example, outreach into new communities, empowerment of lay leaders, shared training courses, to name but a few.

What is Deanery Chapter?
Clergy within the deanery meet monthly over lunch at Deanery Chapter. These meetings form an important basis for support, challenge and collegiality for clergy to learn from each other and from those who address the meeting.

Regular Prayer Letters are sent out from the Deanery- do please use those intentions as a way of weaving us all together in prayer.

Pauline Humphreys (Deanery Synod Standing Committee Member)





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