Prayer Cycle for March

SONNING   DEANERY   PRAYER   CYCLE
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Number 75                                                March 2019

This month our special focus is on St Andrew’s Church Sonning with Charvil

Please pray for:
Ministry Tea
Vicar                                                                       Revd Jamie Taylor
Associate Vicar                                                 Revd Kate Toogood
Youth Minister                                                  Chris West
Licenced Lay Minister                                   Bob Peters

Churchwardens                                               Perry Mills, Stuart Bowman
Deputy Churchwardens                              Molly Woodley, Mark Jordan
Sue Peters
Children’s’ Ministry Coordinator         Alison Smyly
Parish Administrator                                    Hilary Rennie

 In the Parish please pray for:

  • The launch of our new open access youth club on April 26th in the Ark
  • The continued development of the Rendezvous senior citizens’ lunch club
  • Our local MP and member of the St. Andrew’s congregation, Theresa May, at this time of uncertainty and transition as the UK leaves the European Union.
  • For the ongoing development of Messy Church 

In the Deanery please pray for:

  • St Michael’s Sandhurst: The community heritage project taking part on 4th and 5th March with New Scotland Hill School. A whole school (primary) project which helps the teachers and children achieve learning objectives from the national curriculum linked to both Christianity and Heritage.  Those leading it as well as the children and adults who come.
  • All Saints Wokingham: The new cafe style family service starting in March.
  • All Lent Groups running in the Deanery, those leading, hosting and attending that it will be a time of sharing and learning
  • St James Finchampstead Lent Lectures 2019 – Easter Eye witnesses, dates: 12, 19,26 March, 2 & 9 April
  • All special services during the period of Lent.

Hazel Berry: sonningdeaneryprojects@googlemail.com

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Café Theologique

Café Theologique

Monday 4 February,

7.30pm, Reading
The Hand of God? Christian Theology and Playing Football 
The Revd Canon Dr Peter Groves, Vicar of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford, and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford explores the theology of game-playing, doctrine and rules. Zero Degrees Bar, Bridge Street, RG1 2LR.

No charge, no booking.

 

Monday 25 March,

7.30pm, Reading
Jesus: The Lamb. Re-examining the imagery 
Revd Conrad Hicks, Assistant Chair of the Methodist Church (South Eastern District) and former overseas minister in Jamaica, Ireland and Mexico, explores the Easter theme of Jesus as Lamb of God. Zero Degrees Bar, Bridge Street, RG1 2LR.

No charge, no booking.

Giving Conference

Giving Conference,
Saturday 9 February,
9.00am – 12.45pm,

The conference will enable you to learn about different ways to encourage giving within your church. Topics include the new Parish Giving Scheme digital platform, legacy giving, contactless giving and grant-making trusts funding. Speakers include Jonathan de Bernhardt Wood (National Advisor on Giving & Income Generation for the C of E), Eleanor Stead (National Funding & Legacy Officer for the C of E) and Helen Richardson (Chief Executive, Parish Giving Scheme). The conference will be opened by the Venerable Olivia Graham, Archdeacon of Berkshire.

Book  Flyer

Resources

DEATH AND LIFE WEBSITE

Christian Resources for Living Well
in the Light of Mortality
 
Inspirational resources to help ministers and pastoral leaders support conversations on death and dying. Visit this new website for a course, workshop, prayer walk, sermon starters, reflection cards, Bible studies and meditations.

Giving Conference

GIVING CONFERENCE

Saturday 9 February, 9.00am – 12.45pm,

Greyfriars’ Church, Reading


The conference will enable you to learn about different ways to encourage giving within your church. Topics include the new Parish Giving Scheme digital platform, legacy giving, contactless giving and grant-making trusts funding. Book  Flyer

Deanery Planning Day

A Brief Report on the Deanery Planning Day: 1.12.18
by Revd Richard Lamey, Area Dean of Sonning

The Deanery Plan has been in construction over the past 18 months or so. After two major conversations at Synod the overall plan was discussed by every PCC and received very positive comments: and then on Saturday the 1st of December 2018 50 people from Deanery Synod and from the PCCs of the Deanery came together in Finchampstead Parish Rooms to turn a plan into a plan of action.
The day was led by John Smith (Deanery Lay Chair), Richard Lamey (Area Dean) and Rhodri Bowen (Parish Development Advisor for the Archdeaconry). Continue reading Deanery Planning Day

Chapter Programme

CHAPTER PROGRAMME 2018 – 2019

DATE TOPIC LEADER FACILITATOR
11 Sept 2018 ‘Flourishing in Ministry’ (1)

 

Catherine Vaughan Hugh Barne/John Cook
9 October 2018

 

            Deanery Plan

In preparation for Deanery Day on Dec 1st

Richard Lamey Richard Lamey and Julie Mintern
13 November 2018 Lectionary year ‘C’ John Castle Hannah Higginson
11 December 2018 Vocations Tina Molyneux David Hodgson
8 January 2019 Reflections on Deanery Day & Plan Rhodri Bowen Richard Lamey
12th February 2019  

Woodland/Forest Church

Tonia Elliott and Gemma Wilkinson Colin James
12th March 2019 Flourishing in Ministry (2)

 

Archdeacon Olivia Jane Kraft
9th April 2019

NB No meeting

Easter break Easter break Easter break
9th May 2019

 

Greater Chapter – EVENING MEETING TBC

 

James Lawrence (from CPAS)

on Courage in Christian leadership

Richard Lamey
11th June 2019 Bible Study – Ecclesiastes Julian Bidgood Lisa Cornwell
9 July 2019  Planning Meeting for next year

 

Richard Lamey Julian McAllen

Vocation Day

Young Women’s Vocation day

Reading Minster,

26 January, 10am-4pm
A day for women 16-32 years young who may be discerning a call to ministry. A chance to meet other young women exploring vocation for the first time and women in ministry training, curacies and senior positions in the Church.

Have you ever felt that God might be calling you towards ministry in the Church? Whether you’re discerning a strong call to ministry or have simply heard the quietest whisper, we’d love to meet you.

Come along to our Young Women in Ministry taster day in January. You’ll meet other women just like you who are all exploring vocation for the first time. You’ll also get to meet women in ministry training, curacies and senior positions in the Church. It’s your chance to ask anything and everything about being a woman in ministry.

We promise you a practical, creative and prayerful day spent amongst friends. To find out more and register for your free place go to oxford.anglican.org/women-in-ministry

The Young Women’s Vocation day takes place 10am-4pm, 26th January 2019 at Reading Minster, RG1 2HX. The event is open to women in the diocese who are 16 – 32 years young.  

The Church of England in the Wokingham Area