Message from the Bishop of Dorchester: With Bishop Steven’s arrival getting closer the pace of life has certainly not slackened and it is good to see a real sense of excitement growing in many quarters of the diocese. He will become the Bishop of Oxford on 6 July and will therefore be at General Synod as our Bishop but his official inauguration will not be until 30 September. In the meantime he will have said farewell to Sheffield and will have moved to Kidlington during August. In the fortnight after his inauguration there will be Eucharists in each of the four archdeaconries (dates to follow soon) which I hope people will make a priority. Then in the months that follow he is also planning to get round all the deaneries. Please continue to pray for him and for Ann at this busy time in their lives. + Colin
COURSES / TRAINING
CPAS training course: PCC Tonight, 25 January 2017, Reading
How’s your PCC doing? Focused, fun and fruitful? Or a little different to that? This event is to help clarify the purpose and place of PCCs, to explore twelve common dysfunctions, and to introduce material you can use to help your PCC function well. Intended for all PCC members. Flyer.
Moth Watch Evening, Friday 3 June at 9.15pm
This event, part of Cherishing Churchyards Week
, is at St Paul’s Churchyard, Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH. For further information please contact Andy Clark on 0783 147 8497 or call the Parish Office on 0118 979 9112.
Cherishing Your Churchyard Open Day, Saturday 4 June 10am to 4pm
The Voice of the Prophet, 8 June 2016 St Mary & All Saints Church Beaconsfield
This event, part of Cherishing Churchyards Week, is at St Paul’s Churchyard, Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH. For further information please contact Andy Clark on 0783 147 8497 or call the Parish Office on 0118 979 9112.
The Revd Ian Adams, poet and priest, will be speaking in this summer lecture series, including reading poems from his latest collection, Unfurling.
An Evening of Choral Music, Tuesday 14 June 7pm,
St Mary's Church, Hamstead Marshall
Elstree School Choir are performing. Donations will be in aid of St Mary's Church. Drinks will be served after the performance. Space is limited so please contact email@example.com or 0780 223 5169 to reserve your place.
Festival of Prayer, 9 July, Ripon College, Cuddesdon
Our programme for the Festival of Prayer this year continues to provide a rich and varied choice of speakers and workshops. The Festival is designed to provide space to deepen and enrich prayer with practical suggestions and exercises. Set in the beautiful and peaceful grounds of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, it is a day to reflect on spiritual disciplines that enhance our life of prayer. Whether you are coming alone or as a church group, you will find a warm welcome and an inspiring day of teaching and experience. Read more...
Holy Land Advent Retreat
There are still one or two places left for this retreat with Bishop John.
For more information, follow this link.
Free Youth Group Resource
The Children's Society have produced a new church youth group resource. The sessions are built upon their first-hand knowledge of supporting young people, no matter what issues they may face. It contains six youth group sessions from a faith perspective to help youth workers unpack key topics such as identity, sexting, mental health, healthy relationships and life online, empowering your young people to support themselves and their peers.
Each session is aimed at 11-16 year olds and is around an hour and a half long but can be adapted. See www.childrenssociety.org.uk/youth
Parish buying - Five Ways To Go Green
for ways to reduce your church's carbon footprint.