An evening of music & words to celebrate the restoration of the Henry Speechly & Sons organ at St. John’s in Crowthorne

Sunday 20th May 2018

Followed by refreshments in the church hall.

Come and hear the newly restored organ in all its glory in a varied programme played by a number of distinguished organists. 

Find out a little more about this wonderful instrument and enjoy singing some well-loved hymns to its glorious accompaniment!

St John the Baptist Parish Church

Waterloo Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 7NT


May Prayer Cycle

_____________________________________________________Number 65                               May 2018

This month our special focus is on the four churches of St Mary’s Twyford, St Nicholas Hurst, St James Ruscombe and Twyford URC

Please pray for:

Ministry Team Leadership Team Licensed Preachers Office Team Youth/Children & Families
Revd Anna Harwood

Revd Geoff Pugh

Revd Helen Charlton

Revd Gordon Connell (URC)

Revd Graham Theobald

Revd David West

Paul Minton LLM

Anna Harwood

Gordon Connell

Linda Jackson

Hans Guttmann

Katie Coe

Lorna Roberts

Nick & Debs Proctor

Alan Gwynn

Mark Cook

Richard Saberton-Coe

Nick Proctor

Hans &

Gabi Guttmann

Debs Proctor

Alan Gwynn

+ volunteer helpers

Becci March

Connor Heath

Ele Buckle

In the Parishes please pray for:

  • Our Royal Wedding/FA cup final event on 19th May community event. 
  • the appointment of Ele Buckley as Children’s and Families worker
  • The whole Benefice moving closer together and how are buildings are used and adapted effectively for the wider community and to the glory of God. 

In the Deanery and beyond, please pray for

  • Celebrations in all our Churches for Ascension Day and Pentecost
  • Summer term ‘Learning for Discipleship and Ministry’ courses and those taking part.
  • The Christians Against Poverty course at St John the Baptist Crowthorne
  • Work on the new housing developments throughout the Deanery and the visits from members of the local churches and deliveries of cakes will be enjoyed be all as a true welcome to our area.

Hazel Berry:

CAP Course

Christians against Poverty

Make more of your money
Join our free money budgeting CAP course
as recommended by Martin Lewis

2 hrs a week at 7.30pm, May 2,9,16St John’s Church Hall, Waterloo Road Crowthorne RG45 7NT

To book your place
Tel: 01344 750196/761521

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.

The Centre for Reflection is associated with and located at Aston Tirrold URC (United Reformed Church)  and is open for use by people of other churches and indeed other denominations, other religions or any individual or group seeking the opportunity for reflection

Saturday 14 April 10 – 4pm Quiet Garden Trust day The leaders will be Keith Green, Jill Draper, Abigail Perrow. A perfect opportunity to take time, pause and be in the moment. Please book through the Centre or directly through Keith. Cost: £15 incl light lunch.

Saturday 12 May 10 – 2.30pm a Drop in Quiet Day and share memories, dreams, books, poems and music. Bring and Share lunch. Cost: Donation.

Saturday 16 June. The summer Quiet Garden Trust day   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

Summer Term
Courses for April – July 2018
Healing Ministry – Saturday 28 April 10am – 4pm Bring a packed lunch, Venue: Church House Oxford Langford Locks Kidlington OX5 1GF, Cost 20
To book go to:

Starting out in Preaching . – Saturday 19 May 10am – 4pm Bring a packed lunch, Venue: Church House Oxford Langford Locks Kidlington OX5 1GF, Cost 20 (Please note, this course is not intended for Ordinands or LLMs in training) To book go to:

Christian Discipleship (Level 4: Introductory) – Dates: April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 (not May 29) June 5, 12, 19, 26 July 3, Venue: St James Church Oxford Road Gerrards Cross Bucks SL9 7DJ,
Time – 7.15-9.30pm. Cost: £40 for ten sessions
To book go to:

Christian Discipleship (Level 4: Introductory) – Dates: April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23 (not May 30), June 6, 20, 27 (not June 13), July 4
Venue: Church House Oxford Langford Locks Kidlington OX5 1GF
Time – 7.15-9.30pm. Cost: £40 for ten sessions
To book go to:

Christian Discipleship (Level 4: Introductory) – Dates: April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24 (not May 31), June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5
Venue: St Nicolas Church Sutcliffe Avenue Earley, Berks RG6 7JN
Time – 7.15-9.30pm. Cost: £40 for ten sessions
To book go to:

Old Testament in Context (Level 5: Intermediate) – Dates April 11, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23 (not May 30) June 13, 20 (not June 27) July 4Venue: Christ Church (Main Hall) Northcourt Road Abingdon OX14 1P
Time: 7.15-9.30pm Cost: £40 for ten sessions
(The course is designed for those who have already attended an Introduction to the Bible course or similar)
To book go to:

Coming soon
Evening Courses – Autumn Term 2018 (September–December)

Introduction to Mission and Evangelism (Level 4) – Oxford, Berks & Bucks (10 weeks)

Christian Doctrine (Intermediate, Level 5) – Oxford (10 weeks)

Evening Courses – Spring Term 2019 (January–March)

Introduction to the Bible (Level 4) – Oxford, Berks & Bucks (10 weeks)

New Testament Studies (Intermediate, Level 5) (10 weeks)

Saturday Courses

Study Skills • Introduction to Lay Ministry

Introducing the Church of England

Further courses yet to be confirmed, drawn from an ongoing programme of occasional day courses designed to equip for effective ministry, including:

(re)Discovering the Bible

Thinking Theologically – an introduction

Starting out in Preaching

Introducing Communion by Extension

Living Liturgy

Leading Intercessions

Planning and Leading All-age Worship

Working with Older People

Funeral ministry

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

Ripon College Cuddesdon


6 June (10am-4pm)

Ripon College, Cuddesdon
Leader – Revd Dr Phil Groves

The Revd Dr Philip Groves is former facilitator on the Continuing Indaba project and Listening Process on Human Sexuality.

This day will exploring how we can be examples to the world about how to live and love even those with whom we disagree.

To book, contact Sheila Townsend.

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 .

May the 20th: the Rev’d Jen Brown The Beatitudes and Science
Jen is the tutor for the Cuddesdon School of Theology and Ministry and is Placements Tutor for the Oxford Ministry Course. She has experience of both parish ministry and university chaplaincy and is currently Science Missioner in the Churn Benefice. Prior to ordination, Jennifer worked as a medical writer. She has degrees in psychology and the psychology of religion. She has a particular interest in the ways in which religious practice shapes beliefs and behaviour and is currently pursuing a PhD in this area. Her other interests include liturgy, Christianity and the arts, social justice, the environment, and Christian theology and animal welfare.

June the 17th: the Rev’d Andrew Lightbown Blessed are the poor in spirit, living with anxiety, depression and fear
Andrew was ordained deacon in 2013 and is now Team Vicar within the Dorchester Team. He trained for ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon alongside a certain Julie Mintern. Before training for ordination he worked in the investment management industry and, latterly, as a university lecturer. In particular he looks forward to sharing his interests in education, economic justice and, spirituality.

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).

The Church of England in the Wokingham Area