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.
PCCs wanting to apply for a Grantshould send details of their proposal to the Deanery Secretary, along with a supporting PCC motion.
Proposals should be sent to the Area Dean: the Rev’d Canon Richard Lamey 0118 327 9116: rector
We continue to pray and care and mourn for the situation in Ukraine. I have had several conversations with people who might want to offer a room or some rooms to refugees, and others who would support people moving into the community, and had really good chats about what we could do as a parish. The ministers of Churches Together in Wokingham agreed that we would work together, and liaise with local charities and the Council to make sure that we are as efficient and effective as we can possibly be with our resources and energy and time. I feel as if the right conversations are happening but it is hard to see exactly what things will look like in a month or six months which makes planning hard. I feel strongly that we should, as individuals making up the church here, be informing ourselves, and registering for information, and offering what we can, and doing what we can, so that when the picture settles we are ready to go and confident in what we are doing. So thank you for what you have offered and done- do keep up to date with what is happening- and when things start to happen, let’s make sure we are doing it together- it might be one family who welcome the refugees into their home but we will need to ensure that they feel welcomed into the community of the Church and the town and that they have everything they need. We can do that together. And if anyone feels that we are missing a trick, or that you want to do something, or organise something, then please do let me know.
Richard Lamey: Rector
On a national level, this section on the national Church of England website is really clear and really helpful:
And locally, in Wokingham and Reading, the Cowshed have issued this appeal:
We have already been approached by 3 potential host families to provide support for Ukrainian refugees and we are anticipating many more requests over the coming weeks. Therefore we are launching an appeal in partnership with Care4Calais, Citizens Advice Wokingham, Citizens Advice Reading and The Hygiene Bank Reading to provide support for refugees with clothing, essential items and advice. Our aim is to show love and support to those arriving in Berkshire by working together with local organisations. We are asking for support please with the following: Donations of good quality clothing and shoes for all ages and sizes that we will then wash and iron. Donations of good quality school uniform. Donations of good quality sheets, duvet covers and towels. Unopened toiletries, sanitary products, nappies. Financial donations Purchase of essential items from our Amazon wishlist: (https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/ZUMH3LRIY1Y0…)
We are so grateful for anything you can donate to support us with this campaign Drop off centre:Unit 2, Bennet Court, Bennet Road, RG2 0QXMonday to Thursday and Saturday 10-3
Bishop Steven came to Sonning Deanery on March the 1st 2022 (Shrove Tuesday).
He started with Communion at Wargrave Church with the Clergy Chapter before having a conversation over lunch around how the last few years have been, how the parishes feel and how we are looking ahead. He was accompanied by Paul Cowan (his Chaplain and a former Curate of All Saints, Wokingham), Mike Moynagh (New Communities) and Maddy Hayden (part of the Diocesan Comms Team). After this, Bishop Steven visited Yeldall Manor Rehabilitation Centre, had dinner with local lay leaders hosted by John and Pippa Sutton (John is the Deanery Lay Chair) before finishing with an evening at The Whitty Theatre, Luckley House School. Bishop Steven talked about his background and interests before offering a line-by-line reflection on the Lord’s Prayer as a way of helping us to start Lent well. There was then time for a good range of questions, on everything from the environment and Artificial Intelligence to how to rebuild our links with families and whether the House of Lords has a future in its current form.