Christian Resources for Living Well
in the Light of Mortality
Inspirational resources to help ministers and pastoral leaders support conversations on death and dying. Visit this new website for a course, workshop, prayer walk, sermon starters, reflection cards, Bible studies and meditations.


Giving Conference


Saturday 9 February, 9.00am – 12.45pm,

Greyfriars’ Church, Reading

The conference will enable you to learn about different ways to encourage giving within your church. Topics include the new Parish Giving Scheme digital platform, legacy giving, contactless giving and grant-making trusts funding. Book  Flyer

Deanery Planning Day

A Brief Report on the Deanery Planning Day: 1.12.18
by Revd Richard Lamey, Area Dean of Sonning

The Deanery Plan has been in construction over the past 18 months or so. After two major conversations at Synod the overall plan was discussed by every PCC and received very positive comments: and then on Saturday the 1st of December 2018 50 people from Deanery Synod and from the PCCs of the Deanery came together in Finchampstead Parish Rooms to turn a plan into a plan of action.
The day was led by John Smith (Deanery Lay Chair), Richard Lamey (Area Dean) and Rhodri Bowen (Parish Development Advisor for the Archdeaconry). Continue reading Deanery Planning Day

Chapter Programme


11 Sept 2018 ‘Flourishing in Ministry’ (1)


Catherine Vaughan Hugh Barne/John Cook
9 October 2018


            Deanery Plan

In preparation for Deanery Day on Dec 1st

Richard Lamey Richard Lamey and Julie Mintern
13 November 2018 Lectionary year ‘C’ John Castle Hannah Higginson
11 December 2018 Vocations Tina Molyneux David Hodgson
8 January 2019 Reflections on Deanery Day & Plan Rhodri Bowen Richard Lamey
12th February 2019  

Woodland/Forest Church

Tonia Elliott and Gemma Wilkinson Colin James
12th March 2019 Flourishing in Ministry (2)


Archdeacon Olivia Jane Kraft
9th April 2019

NB No meeting

Easter break Easter break Easter break
9th May 2019




James Lawrence (from CPAS)

on Courage in Christian leadership

Richard Lamey
11th June 2019 Bible Study – Ecclesiastes Julian Bidgood Lisa Cornwell
9 July 2019  Planning Meeting for next year


Richard Lamey Julian McAllen

Travelling Light

‘Travelling Light’ in the run up to Christmas

with Discovering Prayer

Many of us would like to get to Christmas feeling full of energy and a great sense of fulfilment, but instead we arrive absolutely frazzled.

See 25 tips to help you have a calmer, more meaningful, and less stressful Christmas

Vocation Day

Young Women’s Vocation day

Reading Minster,

26 January, 10am-4pm
A day for women 16-32 years young who may be discerning a call to ministry. A chance to meet other young women exploring vocation for the first time and women in ministry training, curacies and senior positions in the Church.

Have you ever felt that God might be calling you towards ministry in the Church? Whether you’re discerning a strong call to ministry or have simply heard the quietest whisper, we’d love to meet you.

Come along to our Young Women in Ministry taster day in January. You’ll meet other women just like you who are all exploring vocation for the first time. You’ll also get to meet women in ministry training, curacies and senior positions in the Church. It’s your chance to ask anything and everything about being a woman in ministry.

We promise you a practical, creative and prayerful day spent amongst friends. To find out more and register for your free place go to

The Young Women’s Vocation day takes place 10am-4pm, 26th January 2019 at Reading Minster, RG1 2HX. The event is open to women in the diocese who are 16 – 32 years young.  

Message from BishopAndrew


Leave Brexit aside for a while (oh, how we wish we could) and lean into Advent, with its hope and light, even in the gloom. And as we do – hair brushed, best togs on, ready to receive Him, don’t forget the Prince of Peace is just as likely to come knocking on the kitchen door, where last night’s dirty dishes are still out, and be thankful – he’d rather see us as we really are, anyway.   + Andrew, Bishop of Reading

Living well

Christian Resources for Living Well in the Light of Mortality 
New! Inspirational resources to help ministers and pastoral leaders support conversations on death and dying. Visit this brand new website for a course, workshop, prayer walk, sermon starters, reflection cards, Bible studies and meditations. 

Prayer Cycle for December

______________________________________________Number 72                              December 2018

This month our special focus is on St Sebastian’s Church

 Please pray for:
Vicar:                                                          Rev Canon Andrew Marsden
Hon. Assistant Curate:                    Rev Erik Fudge
Licensed Lay Ministers:                  Russell Shipton
David Hare
Family and Youth Pastor:              Amy Vogel
Children and Family Worker:      Rachel Jeremiah
Pioneer Youth Worker:                  Marvin Vogel
Church Warden:                                 Rory O’Connor
Church Warden:                                 Mike Page
PCC Secretary:                                   Rod Sturdy
Treasurer:                                             Janet Rogers
Church Administrator:                  Judith Boulton
Church Finance Admin:                Christina Gorham

In the Parish please pray for:

  • Newly licensed Lay Minister, David Hare, as he continues to serve in the Parish.
  • God’s peace in the immediate locality following the murder on Nine Mile Ride. Pray for the bereaved, for all who live near the scene of the crime, and for the police officers investigating it.
  • The delivery of our Christmas leaflet to and prayer for all homes in the parish, including the new housing developments.
  • Messy Church on 7th December – that families would have fun as they join in crafts and activities to celebrate Christmas, and for health and strength for all those involved in planning and setting up Messy Church.
  • All the services over the Christmas period, that visitors would come and share the celebrations.
  • The Alpha Course, starting in January, for church members to be willing to invite people and for wisdom to know who to invite.
  • Our new service pattern, starting in January. Pray for the detailed planning involved and for people to be supportive of the changes.

In the Deanery and beyond please pray for:

    • All our Christmas Services and celebrations; that people in the different communities will come together to celebrate the birth of our Saviour.
    • The Sonning Deanery Day on Saturday 1st December focusing on the draft Deanery Plan, and for positive outcomes.
    • St Mary the Virgin Winnersh Mini Christmas Tree Festival from Saturday 8th to Tuesday 9th December. That this new venture will be fruitful in telling the story of the birth of Jesus and a means of strengthening connections with the wider community.
    • St. Eligius Community Church very first outdoor nativity on the green on 20th December 3.30pm.  A joint event with the local secondary school who are doing the drama and the carols. That the community come along and enjoy the event.
    • The Bracknell Night Shelter as it opens again. For those who use the facilities, that it will give them hope and practical support and for the Churches and volunteers who finance it.

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