January Prayer Cycle

______________________________________________Number 73                                    January 2019

This month our special focus is on St George’s Church, Owlsmoor

 Please pray for:
Vicar:                                               Rev Catherine Vaughan
LLM:                                                 Penny Crane
PTO:                                                 Rev Jane Kraft
PTO:                                                 Rev Dennis Crossley
Authorised Preacher:            Pat Rae
Authorised Preacher:            John Hann
Church Warden:                       Brian Francis
Church Warden:                       Gill Faulkner
PCC Secretary:                          Bridget Crossley
Treasurer:                                     Colum Devine
Youth & Children Leaders: David & Linda Hewlett
Director of Music:                   Margaret Walker

In the Parish please pray for:

  • Our journey with PMC; that more of the congregation will become involved and that the process will help us as a church move forward in our ministry and mission. May we all learn to notice more of God at work in us and in our community.
  • Our links with local children and young people; that the contacts we already have through schools, youth group and toddlers, will grow and develop into fruitful relationships.
  • All those who came to services throughout Advent and Christmas and that their faith will deepen as a result.
  • Our financial situation. We ask for God’s guidance on how best to increase our commitment to giving and our enthusiasm for working out new ways of increasing our income, so that we can meet all our financial commitments including the funding of new windows, extending our outreach and fulfilling our commitment to the ministry and mission of the Deanery and Diocese.

In the Deanery please pray for:

    • The Clergy Chapter Meeting on 8th January and for the conversations which will take place there.
    • For all our Churches: for those who attend regularly and for those who come occasionally that we will all grow in faith.
    • All Saints Wokingham: Give thanks for the children who were admitted to Holy Communion at Christmas and pray for their growth in faith.
    • St John the Baptist Crowthorne: Messy Christingle 12th January and Epiphany Christingle Service 13th January
    • Continue to pray for The Bracknell Night Shelter. For those who use the facilities, that it will give them hope and practical support and for the Churches and volunteers who finance it.



In our Country please pray for:

  • Parliament and Brexit: all who have responsibility for the negotiations and whatever the outcome that peace and harmony will prevail.

Hazel Berry




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


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


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




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.  

Message from BishopAndrew


Leave Brexit aside for a while (oh, how we wish we could) and lean into Advent, with its hope and light, even in the gloom. And as we do – hair brushed, best togs on, ready to receive Him, don’t forget the Prince of Peace is just as likely to come knocking on the kitchen door, where last night’s dirty dishes are still out, and be thankful – he’d rather see us as we really are, anyway.   + Andrew, Bishop of Reading

Living well

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

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.

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