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[7 Jun 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Summer Serenade! Sunday 24th June at 3.30pm

Strings, strawberries and song at St George’s church. 
Back by popular demand, this will be the eighth of these popular  summer afternoon concerts, with Pimms and strawberries served  during the interval.  The Harmony  choir, violinist Helen Page, together with guest artistes present a programme of well-loved music, both light and classical, with a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ finale. 
Where else could you find Pimms, strawberries and entertainment for only £8?
The perfect Sunday afternoon!
Further information and advance booking call 01635 45978 or pay at door.

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[21 May 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Thy Kingdom Come – Photos from a wonderful week at St George’s

Last week was a busy week in the life of St George’s.  The church was filled with interactive prayer stations to celebrate the international week of prayer ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.  We had (amongst other things) a labyrinth, a sheepfold, a vine and a bread buffet complete with giant pretzel! 
The church was full of people too, it was open all day, every day, with visitors from other churches in the area coming to see what was going on, plus groups from Falkland School and parents and grandparents stopping by after school and preschool.  Lots of people came to visit who would not normally cross the threshold.
Each day at 2.30 the north transept was transformed into a …

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[15 May 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Christian Aid Week – 13th-19th May

Please be on the lookout for the familiar red envelope through your door.  
Every year volunteers diligently go door to door collecting donations for Christian Aid.  If you would like to join this merry band of collectors, please speak to Louise Funnell.
And if you receive an envelope, please do give generously.  Christian Aid has been working tirelessly for over 70 years to help people of any faith or none in some of the world’s poorest communities.  If you happen to be out when your collector returns, donations can be left at the church office.
“We tackle the root causes of poverty so that women, men and children the world over are strengthened against future knocks. And if disasters …

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[25 Apr 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
The Easter Garden

We’re very lucky at St George’s that each year we have a beautiful Easter Garden in church from Good Friday until Ascension.  And each year on Good Friday, as we hear the story of Jesus journey to the cross the children are invited to plant the garden with flowers, mini shrubs and herbs.  Each plant has its own special significance, for instance the pink and purple ‘Mary and Joseph’ remind us about Jesus’ birth, and the succulent ‘Eternal Life’ for the resurrection. The Garden will be in church for a while yet, so do pop in and have a look if you have not already done so.
Also, this year the church Christmas tree was ‘recycled’ into …

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[8 Apr 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
The Annual Church Meeting 2018 – Tuesday 17th April

The Annual Church Meeting (APCM) is for EVERYONE on the electoral roll.  Do please come along, its a great opportunity for us to reflect together on the past year, and to rededicate ourselves to God’s service in the year ahead.
Timings for the evening:
19.15   Eucharist in the church (please note the earlier time)
19.45   Wine and nibbles served in the Hall
20.15   Meeting begins
Paper copies of the reports from the various groups and teams will be available in advance of the meeting, but if you would like to receive the reports by email, please email the church office at office@st-george-newbury.org.uk to request a copy.
 
 

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[14 Mar 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Sermon for Lent – De-cluttering our lives

Introduction Rainbow
I’ve often thought there are many Bible passages which act like a rainbow. A single story, a single source of light that can be refracted through the spectrum of understanding to reveal a myriad of different ways of looking at it. They all lead back to the same source yet approached through different perspectives.
The story of the Cleansing of the Temple is one such story. It can lead us down a number of paths, each valid in their own interest of enquiry. We could follow what appears to be the unusual behaviour of Jesus, the apparent rejection of all things commercial in a church – a very dangerous and erroneous pursuit in my view – …

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[21 Feb 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Photographic Exhibition – New Era Theatre

St George’s congregation is invited to a special viewing of an exhibition at New Era Theatre ‘Service Providers’ by David Hatfull, after the 9.30 service on Sunday 25th February.   The photographs are of key people who provide services to our community in Wash Common.  It contains many familiar faces, so do come and view the photos and fund out the stories behind them.
 

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[25 Jan 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Act of Remembrance for the 1943 Newbury Bombing – 11 February at St John’s

All are welcome to attend a service to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Newbury on Sunday 11th February, 3pm at St John’s.
The service will be followed by a short act of remembrance at St John’s memorial gardens, opposite the church.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.
Photograph by Allan Mercado.
 

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[19 Jan 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Sermon for Ephiphany

John 1.43-52
Introduction: Season of Epiphany
Here we are at the beginning of a new year. The whole year lays before us, indeed the whole of the rest of our lives lay before us. There is a saying isn’t there, when contemplating change, about treating each day as the first day of the rest of my life. What do we want that to look like?
Sometimes, the decision is a difficult one. For some, life may have changed for the worse and there is a mourning for what has been lost. I acknowledge that. But for most of us there are aspects of our life we would like to change; things we would like to do, or know more …

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[2 Jan 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Didn’t they do well?! – Crib Photo

It was a packed house on Christmas Eve for our annual and ever-popular Crib Service.   Celebrating the true spirit of Christmas, the children from St George’s Sunday Club played all the traditional nativity roles including Mary, Joseph, the star and …the elf.    It was a wonderful service – congratulations to everyone who took part.