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August Prayer Cycle

______________________________________________Number 68                                      August 2018

This month our special focus is Summer Holiday activities in the Deanery

Please pray for all those involved in these activities, safety, enjoyment and relaxation for all:

  • Arborfield and Barkham Family of Churches, young people 11-18yrs attending Summer Camps.
  • Churches together in Crowthorne Summer activities on the Morgan Recreation Ground Fri 27th July, Fri 3rd Aug, Fri 10th Aug, Fri 17th Aug. 2.30-5.00. Fun activities run by the people of Crowthorne – for the people of Crowthorne, Craft, Bouncy Castle, Climbing Wall etc.
  • Ruscombe & Twyford with Hurst Chattabox Holiday Club four-day holiday club being hosted at St Mary’s Church Twyford from 28th – 31st August each morning. For safety and fun for all involved, for the young leaders. And for the service on Sunday 2nd September to be well attended and that all the children we meet will get a glimpse of God’s love and what it means to follow Jesus.
  • St Eligius August 2nd Classical Lunch Time Concert with 2 pianists 12.30pm  and August 18th Teddy Bears Picnic on the New Watermans View Garden Village 12- 2pm
  • St Mary’s Wargrave, Holiday Club on 29th, 30th and 31st August 2018, 9.30am-12.30pm.  A NEW venture for 2018: three packed days of fun, games, crafts, activities and Bible teaching for 5-1-year olds.
  • St Sebastians Church Safari Holiday Bible Club for children aged 4 – 11 Monday 30th July to Thursday 2nd August.  9:30am to 12 noon St Sebastian’s School Hall Families invited from 12 noon to 1pm to eat a packed lunch together and to enjoy further activities. ALL FOR FREE!
    Woosehill Church, Superheroes Holiday Club, Wednesday 26th & Thursday 26th July 9.30am-3pm
  • Any other Camps and Holiday Clubs taking place in our area.
  • Finchampstead with California – Summer Sermon Series, the ‘I am…’ Sayings of Jesus. July 29th, I am the Light of the World, August 5th, I am the Bread of Life, August 12th, I am the Gate of the Sheepfold, August 19th, I am the Resurrection and the Life, August 26th, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
  • St John the Baptist Crowthorne Café more informal Eucharist in the Church Hall, Sunday 19th August, Theme ‘Bread of Life’.
  • Any other informal worship during the holiday period.

In the Deanery please pray for:

  • Those able to take holidays away from home, for safe travel and that activities will be safe and enjoyable, that all will return rested and refreshed for the autumn.
  • Those unable to take holidays because of finance or work commitments or other circumstances, that they will still find periods of rest and relaxation.
  • For any able to enjoy a holiday through the Mother’s Union ‘Away from it all’ (AFIA) holiday scheme.

Hazel Berry:


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 21 July 10 – 3/4pm THE ENNEAGRAM – Trainer: Hugh Stradling. This is an introductory session to the Enneagram. It is a tool used to understand our personality type and helps towards personal growth and compassion leading to a greater understanding of ourselves and those around us. We will explore each of the nine enneagram types and take time through group discussion to see how this enables us to gain greater self-awareness.  Please bring a packed lunch. Cost: Donation

Saturday 4 August 7.30pm DUO DEKACORD IN CONCERT – An innovative and pioneering cello and guitar duo, Florence Petit and Elias Sibley will perform in the Church bringing exciting and eclectic music; their compelling performances include a varied repertoire of original works as well as imaginative arrangements. Tickets: £10 through the coordinator and also available on the door. Refreshments available.

Saturday 8 September 7.30pm POETRY AND SONG EVENING. Please join us for an evening of light entertainment. If you feel you would like to contribute a poem or song, play the piano or recite some prose, please bring it along with you. Bring and Share Refreshments. Cost: Donation

Saturday 15 September 10 – 4pm as part of the QUIET GARDEN TRUST Rev Josie Midwinter and Joan Impey, together with Rev Keith Green will lead us into Autumn with reflections and quiet time. Cost: £15 including light lunch.

Saturday 22 September 10 – 1pm GATHERING, LANGUAGE AND MYSTERY. There has been a Christian presence in the Astons for well over a thousand years, so there is a rich tradition expressed in three unique churches. We will visit all three and explore different aspects of worship. As Christians we gather together, we develop the language of worship and engage with the mystery of God’s presence in our midst. Meet at the Centre at 10am. Cost: Donation

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

Sermon Series


Living out the Beatitudes

The 2018 Sermon Series as part of Choral Evensong

6.15 pm on the 3rd Sunday of the month Parish Office: (0118) 979 2122 .

July the 15th: the Rev’d Kate Toogood The Beatitudes: source of flourishing
Kate is Associate Vicar of St Andrew’s, Sonning and part time Associate Chaplain of Reading Blue Coat where she also teaches Mathematics. Kate has a keen interest in liturgy and worship and this has been a significant focus of her MA which she is due to complete next year. She is married to Lawrence and they have 3 sons, a dog and a cat.

September the 16th: Nick Harborne (@Woosehill) The Beatitudes as community foundation
Nick is the Director of Reading Refugee Support Group. Nick worked with the homeless in London for 4 years and spent 6 years overseas with Children’s Aid Direct in various countries running humanitarian emergency aid development programmes. He spent a further 6 years as CEO at Reading Single Homeless Project (now Launchpad).

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