Author: Peter Wells

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.

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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,

Prayer Cycle for April

No.112 April 2022

This month our focus is on St Andrew’s Sonning, Charvil and Sonning Eye

Please pray for:
Vicar:                                     Revd Jamie Taylor

Associate Vicar:                 Revd Kate Toogood

Youth Minister:                   Chris West

LLM:                                       Bob Peters

Wardens:                              Liz Nelson and Stuart Bowman

Parish administrator:        Hilary Rennie

Director of Music:               Hannah Towndrow

Parish Magazine Editor:  Bob Peters

In the Parish, please pray for:

  • The three services we hold, 8am BCP, 10.30am family worship and our monthly Evensong service.
  • The older members of the congregation and the Rendezvous Club.
  • Messy Church for local families
  • The Sunday Club for 5-11’s.
  • STAY on Friday youth club for teens.
  • STAY on Sunday Youth Group for teens.
  • STAY schools work, including mentoring & assemblies.
  • The new Alpha Course starting after Easter.
  • Confirmation classes starting in September. 
  • The detached youth work project in Charvil, under the leadership of Chris West.
  • The newly established choral foundation, recruiting 4 choral scholars and an assistant      organist in the coming months.
  • Continued protection of the team’s health.

In the Deanery we pray for:

  • All Saints Wokingham on the verge of the re-ordering works starting at the end of March, for the church community worshiping in The Cornerstone centre for 7 months; and for all those involved in the works on the church building.
  • Crowthorne, St Sebastian’s and Winnersh and Bearwood, all continuing in vacancy.
  • Joel Knight as he moves to Wokingham to become Minister at Christ Church, Wokingham.
  • Those Deanery clergy living with Long Covid.
  • That the rest of Lent, will be a challenging and affirming time for all of us.
  • All our Holy Week Services.
  • A joyful Eastertide.

In the wider world we pray for:

  • The people of Ukraine, those remaining there in terror and those seeking to leave.
  • All relief agencies; those working on the borders between Ukraine and their neighbours and relief agencies in the receiving countries.
  • That 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.

Heavenly Father,
whose children suffered at the hands of Herod,
though they had done no wrong;
by the suffering of your Son
and by the innocence of our lives
frustrate all evil designs
and establish your reign of justice and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

[Collect for The Holy Innocents’ Day, The Daily Office SSF]