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Deanery Prayer Cycle for October

______________________________________________Number70                                    October 2018

This month our special focus is the Arborfield and Barkham family of Churches

Please pray for:
Christ Church Wokingham
Rev Mark Huddleston
Helen Hotchkiss (warden)
Martin Northend (warden)

St James Barkham
Rev Julian Bidgood
David Horrocks
Steve Grundy (warden)
Mark Stevens (warden)

Church at the Green, Arborfield
Rev Piers Bickersteth (rector)
James Carpenter (warden)

St Bartholomew’s Arborfield
Rev Andy Kearns

In the Parish please pray for:

  • And give thanks for another Holiday Bible Club and the opportunity we had to share the good news of Jesus with many in our community.
  • that as the church family we will be eager to grow in our love for the Lord Jesus and one another.
  • that we will be courageous and loving as we look to proclaim Jesus Christ as the way, the truth and the life to those amongst whom we live and work.

In the Deanery please pray for:

  • Woosehill Ecumenical Partnership Church celebration of 25 years since they received the keys of the Church. Beginning with a Harvest Service on 30th September led by Bishop Andrew of Reading. The second service on 28th October led Elaine Steere and final service on 2nd December, Holy Communion led by the John Hellyer Chair of the Methodist Church South East District.
  • Winnersh Parish (with Bearwood), the newly formed Open the Book Team as they begin a new ministry together and for good relationships with local schools. Also, for the participants in the Pilgrim Course and those preparing for confirmation this Autumn.


  • St Paul’s Wokingham, Sunday 14th October, Confirmation Service with Bishop Andrew of Reading and all those being confirmed.


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Surviving the Breakup




St Sebastian’s Parish Centre,

Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham 

A 4-Session Course on

Monday evenings at 8:00pm

29th October, 5th, 12th, and 19th November

Another of the successful award-winning short courses designed to provide information and support for anyone who is at any stage of separation or divorce. Topics covered include the emotions surrounding separation, the effect on the children, plus legal and financial information.

For further information please ring:

01344 761050

(9:00am – 3:00pm, Monday – Friday)

or email:




Faculty Rules

Faculty Rules Consultation
If you’re responsible for your church building then there’s an exceptionally important and unique opportunity to share your views on Faculty Jurisdiction Rules. We are preparing a diocesan response but it’s important for parishes to comment individually too. Find out more in the recent DAC newsletter sent to all incumbents and church wardens across the diocese.

Aston Tirrold

Centre for Reflection at
Aston Tirrold

The Centre for Reflection at Aston Tirrold offers a place for people of all ages and different social, religious and personal backgrounds to reflect on their spiritual journey through life.

The Centre runs a programme of workshops, quiet days and talks and is available for a group to make a booking for its own purpose. It is used for retreats, quiet days, talks, workshops, celebrations/parties, meditation, music making, training, away days and meetings.

It is here to be a place of hospitality, of caring and creativity, of non-judgemental acceptance, of exchange in learning and teaching, and of silent retreat and listening to God. Its rural location,  and nearby footpaths provide an opportunity to explore the connection between the outer landscape and our inner spiritual journey.

Saturday 13 October 2.30pm ROBERT ALBRIGHT, PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY will join us to give an illustrative talk about his photography. Robert has broad interests across photography and its history, including the links between painting and fine art photography, contemporary and documentary photography. Please do not miss this opportunity. Refreshments available. Cost: Donation

The Centre for Reflection is associated with and located at Aston   01235 850423

Centre for Reflection
at Aston Tirrold United Reformed Church
Spring Lane, Aston Tirrold, Didcot, Oxon OX11 9EJ
how to find us

Equipping for Life

Equipping for life

Learning for Discipleship and Ministry

Study skills, Moodle and getting to grips with online assessment

NEW TO STUDY? OR MAYBE IT’S BEEN A WHILE? This day is to help adult learners ease back into the world of study, with a focus on basic study skills, finding your way around our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle), and getting to grips with academic practices. The morning will include: writing good theological essays, constructing portfolios, academic referencing and making the most of learning styles. The afternoon will focus on

Moodle, introducing on-line assignment submission and our new plagiarism checking software. There will also be an opportunity to follow up on some of the morning’s material.

Recommended for new ordinands and LLMs in training, as well as existing students wanting to improve their Moodle skills. Come for all or half of the day. DATE Saturday 15 September

DATE Saturday 15 September
TIME 10am – 4pm
LUNCH Please bring a packed lunch
COST £20
VENUE St James Church Hall 13 Beauchamp Lane Cowley Oxford OX4 3LF

TUTORS Anne Taylor (LLM Training Team) Revd Dr Phil Cooke (Local Ministry Programme Leader, Oxford Diocese) Graham Cartwright (LMP Academic Administrator)

Introducing the Church of England

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CHANCEL FROM YOUR CHANCELLOR? The Church of England has a long and complex history, the Church we know today being shaped heavily by its past as well as our contemporary world. This popular course will explore the history and make-up of the Church of England. At the end of the course you will better understand the unique DNA of the Church of England and its place in the Anglican Communion.

It is open to anyone interested, but will be particularly helpful for those exploring their vocation and wanting to understand more of the bigger picture.

DATE Saturday 24 November
TIME 10am – 4pm
LUNCH Please bring a packed lunch
COST £20
VENUE Church House Oxford Langford Locks Kidlington OX5 1GF
TUTORS Revd Dr Phillip Tovey (Deputy Warden of Readers, Oxford Diocese)  Revd Dr Adam Carlill (Vicar, St George and St Mary Magdalen, Tilehurst)

Introduction to Lay Ministry

It is for Licensed Lay Ministers in training and other interested learners. For those training for Licensed Lay Ministry, this day is a compulsory element of the ‘Foundations for Reflective Practice’ module.

DATE Saturday 13 October
TIME 10am – 4pm
LUNCH Please bring a packed lunch
COST £20
VENUE Church House Oxford Langford Locks Kidlington OX5 1GF
TUTORS Revd Dr Phillip Tovey (Deputy Warden of Readers, Oxford Diocese) and Pauline Stanton-Saringer (LLM Archdeaconry Adviser)

Mission and evangelism 
(Level 4: Introductory)

MISSION AND EVANGELISM ARE HIGH ON THE CHURCH’S AGENDA. This course explores what these terms actually mean (they’re not the same!) and considers some of the many ways in which we can join in with God’s work in the world, whether through transformation of culture or environment, running Alpha and Messy Church, or simply sharing

our faith with our neighbours. Personal and parish wide strategies will be considered, making this course of interest to anyone wanting to serve God in the world. Those discerning a vocation to ordination may find it helpful preparation for part of the selection process.

VENUE 1: Whitchurch (Aylesbury)
DATE Wednesday evenings September 19, 26 October 3, 10, 17, 31 (not 24) November 7, 14, 21, 28
TIME 7.15–9.30pm
COST £40 for ten sessions
VENUE St John’s Hall      White Horse Lane Whitchurch       Aylesbury HP22 4JZ
TUTORS Revd Andrew Lightbown (Rector, Winslow Benefice)

Venue 2: Kidlington
DATE Wednesday evenings September 19, 26 October 3, 10, 17, 31 (not 24) November 7, 14, 21, 28
TIME 7.15–9.30pm
COST £40 for ten sessions
VENUE Church House Oxford Langford Locks Kidlington OX5 1GF
TUTORS Revd Dr Phil Cooke (Local Ministry Programme Leader, Diocese of Oxford) Revd Rachel Cross (Team Vicar, Thame Team) Revd Mike Saunders (Vicar, Hungerford with Denford)

Venue 3: Reading (Earley)
DATE Wednesday evenings September 19, 26 October 3, 10, 17, 31 (not 24) November 7, 14, 21, 28
TIME 7.15–9.30pm
COST £40 for ten sessions
VENUE Winch Room St Peter’s Church Hall Church Road, Earley Reading RG6 1EY Note: This venue is on the first floor, accessed by stairs.
TUTORS Revd Patrick Mukholi (Interim Minister,  St Paul’s Wokingham) Revds Philip and Hannah Hobday (Vicars,  St Peter’s, Earley)

Topics in Christian doctrine (Level 5: Intermediate)

EVER WONDER HOW WE KNOW THERE IS A GOD AT ALL? Or consider why we say in the creeds that Jesus is ‘God from God’? If so, or if you just want to reflect more deeply about your faith, then this course is for you. We will cover a

number of core doctrines during this course, which will build on what is taught in the Level 4 History and Doctrine courses. All welcome, but please be aware that tutors will assume some level of prior understanding.

DATES Monday evenings October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November 5, 12, 19, 26 December 3
TIME 7.15–9.30pm
COST £40 for ten sessions
VENUE St Andrew’s Church Linton Road Oxford OX2 6UG
TUTORS Revd Andrew Allen (Chaplain and Fellow,  Exeter College, Oxford)  Revd Tim Howles (Curate, St Andrew’s, Headington)

Looking ahead: spring and summer courses

Evening Courses
Spring Term (January–March 2019) Introduction to the Bible (Introductory) – Bucks, Oxford and Reading (10 weeks) New Testament Studies (Intermediate) – Oxford (10 weeks)

Summer Term (April–July 2019) Introduction to Pastoral Care (Introductory) – Bucks, Oxford and Reading (10 weeks) Old Testament in Context (Intermediate) – Oxford (10 weeks)

Saturday courses an ongoing programme of day courses designed to equip for effective ministry, including: Introducing Communion by Extension Starting out in preaching Thinking theologically Introducing the Church of England Living liturgy Leading intercessions All-Age worship Ministry among older people Mission and discipleship Healing ministry Funeral ministry Taking Home Communion

Offers of venues and suggested topics always welcome.

For Further information:
Equipping for Life: Learning for Discipleship and Ministry
 provided by the Diocese of Oxford as part of our Local Ministry Programme.

How do I sign up for a course? Go to

Quiet Days


Old Parsonage, Freeland OX29 8AJ

Saturday, 4th August, 2018
Leader: Rev’d David Owen
Welcomer: Nick Hance

Thursday, 25th October, 2018 Leader:
Rev’d Michael Campling
Welcomer: Hugh Dalton

10 am — 4 pm 12.30 Eucharist with address (in the Convent chapel)

No booking needed Just drop in for all or part of the day

Drinks available Bring your own food

Afternoon tea provided at 3.30pm

No charge: voluntary contributions welcome

Organised by members of the Third Order of the Society of St Francis