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[2 Dec 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
A visit from our very own Rev’d Dr Jacky Barr

We were delighted to see Jacky Barr and her family back at St George’s last Sunday.  Jacky was ordained Deacon at Christ Church Cathedral in July and is currently serving her curacy in the Benefice of Chinnor, Sydenham, Aston Rowant and Crowell, Oxfordshire.
Becky presented Jacky with an ordination gift from St George’s; a cloak, which Jacky kindly modelled for the photo below.

 

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[7 Nov 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Advent Course 2017 – “Called to be Christ-like”

Bishop Steven has invited all congregations in the Diocese to take part in an Advent course focused on the Beatitudes. At St George’s we intend to run 3 weekly sessions, starting on the 27th November.
Groups will run at the following times:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday evenings at 8pm
Wednesday mornings at 10.30, also Thursday mornings at St John’s
Option—Tuesday am or Sunday afternoon. Tbc
For further information or to purchase the booklet prepared by the Diocese(£2), please speak to Kathy Winrow or contact the church office.  Please note that is it not essential to purchase the course booklet!

Bishop Steven says of the course: “I’m hoping churches will use this specially written resource to help them study and understand the Beatitudes. For me the Beatitudes have 8 beautiful qualities, but …

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[30 Oct 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
George Goes Green Project Complete!

Last week St George’s marked the end of an era with a service to celebrate the completion of the Renewable Energy Project, ‘George Goes Green’.
Eight years after its launch, and a new floor, a new ceiling and a new (green) heating system later, the final works to the piazza and north door access are now complete.  Fellow Wash Commoner and Mayor of Newbury, Cllr David Fenn attended the service which celebrated the renewal of the church buildings and ushered in a new chapter in the life of St George’s, as a warm and welcoming, carbon neutral community venue at the heart of Wash Common life.  
 
 
 

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[2 Oct 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Riding Lights Theatre Company – On Tour at St George’s!

St George’s is very excited to be hosting the Riding Lights Theatre Company on Saturday 21st October…
Gospel Street… retelling the news
People are out on the street.
Another generation is looking for answers – a rich young career woman, an angry gang leader, religious fanatics, activists, crooked bankers, a surprising refugee and the bloke who bought some seriously expensive jewellery.
Despite their differences and social divisions, 140 characters want to meet one extraordinary person. Jesus has arrived on their street on the lookout for trouble – looking to do something about it.
Four young evangelists – two women, two men – piece together the startling story of what happened, just now, on that street. It’s a wild ride through issues of …

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[3 Aug 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Stay and Play Services – On throughout the summer holiday

If you are at home with little ones over the summer holiday period, remember that our weekly Stay and Play, service and cafe continues to run during the school holidays.
Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits are served from 9am in the LMR, with a short, child-friendly service from 9.30-10am.  The service is geared towards children with musical instruments, fruit, toys and a ‘hockey-cokey’ style exchange of the peace.  Children are free to play and chat during the service – please don’t worry about trying to keep them quiet!
Anyone of any age is welcome to come and join in the fun.
There is no charge and no need to book, just turn up!  We will be delighted to see …

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[24 Jul 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Sermon for the Feast of St Benedict of Nursia

Introduction
The day set aside for Benedict is on Tuesday but it seems appropriate to bring it forward to today for a couple of reasons. Firstly, we can remind ourselves of Lent 2015 when we studied a little of the Rule of St Benedict, and secondly, the recent visit of Bishop Steven of Oxford and his vision for the Diocese has resonances of St Benedict also.
Jacob
But let us begin with Jacob.
The name Jacob conveys much about the character of this man. He was a deceiver, a grabber, a man of ambition who cared little for any in his path. Tough, single minded, ruthless.
Through deception he had stolen his elder brothers birthright for which Esau threatened to kill …

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[3 Jul 2017 | One Comment | ]
REP NEWS – Raise your glass, the ground source heat pump is working!

Celebrations abound as the ground source heat pump is now working.
Conversion of the open source heat pump system to a closed loop system have just been completed, this was necessary because the volume of water needed for the open loop system was found to be inadequate.  The heat pump is now functioning and, just in time for the heatwave, will respond to the heating demands of the church – we look forward to feeling the effects of it in the autumn.  The gas boiler has now been switched off.
Finishing works to the north car park and piazza area can now be completed.
A huge thank you to Bruce and the REP team for the many months of …

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[22 May 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Our New Vicar, the Revd Becky Bevan

We are delighted to announce that the next Vicar of the Benefice of St George and St John will be the Revd Becky Bevan.  Becky is currently Rector of the Aldermaston and Woolhampton Benefice where she has served for the last 7 years following her curacy at St Mary’s Thatcham. Prior to her ordination in 2007 Becky had a career in book publishing as a Commissioning Editor and later as a Publishing Director.
Becky grew up in Finchley, North London, and met her husband Phillip at University in Reading where he was studying as a postgraduate Architect and Becky was studying Government and Politics. They have two children – Lydia who is in her final year at …

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[29 Apr 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Emergency Life Support Courses at St George’s

St George’s has recently installed a defibrillator at St George’s Centre.
We are trying to publicise its availability as much as possible, and, in accordance with Heartstart Thatcham, the charity which jointly funded the defilbrillator, we will be running courses in Emergency Life Support.
The first course will take place on Monday 3rd July at 7pm in the Large Meeting Room at St George’s and will last approximately one hour.  There are 18 spaces available on the course, and other courses can be arranged in the future if needed.   If you would be interested in attending this training course, or a later one, please contact the church office.

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[25 Apr 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Spring Into Easter – Photos from the Easter craft event

A couple of photos of the Easter craft event from last week, a great time was had by all, making Easter trees, chocolate truffles and cards, followed by refreshments…