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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.

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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.