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[13 Apr 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Sermons from Holy Week – Maundy Thursday

St. Peter has always been one of my favourite disciples. He was blunt to the point, sometimes infuriatingly stubborn and often uncomprehending- rather like you and me and his statement: ‘You shall never wash my feet!’ makes him very modern.
We are embarrassed by an absolutely free gift, we only feel comfortable if what we receive is something we think we are owed, or something we think we can in some way return.  If someone stops you and offers us a box of chocolates,, our first reaction is to think: What’s the catch? This was the case in an honour and shame culture like first century Palestine, and a transactional culture like ours that privileges our autonomy …

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[27 Mar 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Sermon following the terrorist attack in Westminster

In our gospel, there is a moment in time. There was an event which happened. There was a man who was blind. But then a sudden change. No longer blind he is unable to explain what happened. There follows a tirade of urgent questions to get clarity and understanding in an attempt not to celebrate life but to limit it.
On Wednesday outside Westminster, there was a moment. There was an event which happened. There was a man driving a car. There were others going about their own business. But then a sudden change. Lives are lost or permanently scarred.
There follows a tirade of questions. What happened? What did he do? Where is he from? Why did …

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[7 Jan 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Explore the Bear Necessities of Life…  Alpha January 2017

We are currently running an Alpha course at St George’s – if you’ve got questions, why not try Alpha? 
ALPHA is a world-renowned course which gives people the opportunity to explore life’s BIG QUESTIONS and share their point of view.  We’re using the new Alpha Film Series—an updated, relevant and engaging resource designed to take you on an epic journey exploring the basics of the Christian faith.

At St George’s, we introduced Alpha in September 2015 and have run five small group courses since.   We have an Alpha course starting in Jan 2017 using the brand new films and material, featuring intrepid explorer and man of faith Bear Grylls.   You can watch the taster film from …

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[1 Dec 2016 | Leave a Comment | ]
‘Christmas Starts with Christ’ Radio Adverts

If you listen to local radio station Heart Berkshire, you will hear entertaining new ‘Christmas Starts with Christ’ adverts in the run-up to Christmas.  The Berkshire Deanery has paid for these national adverts to be aired during Advent. If you are on twitter or facebook, do please help get the real message of Christmas onto social media by ‘liking’, ‘sharing’ and ‘tweeting’ these adverts if they pop up on your newsfeed.
You can listen to all the adverts by visiting www.christmasstartswithchrist.com

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[24 Oct 2016 | One Comment | ]
Newbury Community Marks A Week of Prayer for World Peace

To mark the Week of Prayer for World Peace  Muslims and Christians in Newbury and Thatcham demonstrated their friendship and solidarity by attending each other’s religious services.
Fr Paul and Howard Grace, a member of Newbury Quakers, attended Friday Prayers in Thatcham last week as guests of the local Muslim community, and Mohammad Tahir, Shahzad Nadeem along with other members of the local Muslim community joined St George’s for the Sunday service.
Fr Paul Cowan said of the event,
‘There are many events happening across th e world that can too easily generate fear, distrust and division between people of different faiths and cultures. After the tragic murder of the Roman Catholic priest, Fr. Jacques Hamel’s in northern France back in …

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[27 Sep 2016 | Leave a Comment | ]
Tiddlers & Toddlers Playgroup – Mondays at St George’s!

Calling all Tiddlers & Toddlers!
Tiddlers and Toddlers Playgroup meets on Monday afternoons, 1.30-3pm in St George’s Hall, Wash Common.
It’s a fun and friendly group for babies and preschoolers with their parents or carers.
Every week there are craft activities, baking, and singing, as well as lots of toys.  And with a designated baby area, home corner, car corner, reading area, there is plenty to keep your little one/s occupied, and company for you too!
Do join us, you will be very welcome! £2 per family includes snacks and drinks for children, and refreshments for adults.
For more information contact St George’s office on 01635 41249, email office@st-george-newbury.org.uk  or comment below.

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[28 Jul 2016 | Leave a Comment | ]
A Security Message

To the congregations of St George and St John Newbury,
We, along with all churches across the country, have received correspondence with security advice from the Metropolitan Police following the recent tragic events in Normandy, France in which a priest has been killed in the name of IS.
It would be easy to overreact in response to this awful violence but it is important to hear the more balanced advice in the Deputy Assistant Commissioner’s letter,
Church leaders and their congregations here in the UK should remain alert not alarmed. There is no current intelligence to suggest any attack planning of this nature in this country.  However I know these are troubling times and it makes sense for all …

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[4 Jul 2016 | Leave a Comment | ]
THIS WEEKEND! The Vicarage Cocktail Party!

Its that time of year again… the sun is out!  And with it comes a crashing thirst.   Luckily, St George’s has just the solution…

You are warmly invited to
The Vicarage Cocktail Party
On Saturday 16 July from 8pm until late
In St George’s Vicarage Garden, 206 Andover Road
RSVP to the church office on 01635 41249
Do take the opportunity to bring friends and neighbours along.  There are leaflets at the back of the church, why not take a couple to pass on and invite someone you know to join us.  If previous cocktail parties are anything to go by, it promises to be a really fun event.

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[29 Jun 2016 | Leave a Comment | ]
Pimms and Proms at the Summer Serenade!

Do  join us for a relaxing afternoon concert complete with Pimms, Strawberries and a ‘Proms’ finale!
At St George’s Church, Andover Road at 3.30pm Sunday 3rd July.
Helen Page (violin)
Claire Haines (cello)
Sophie Glenny (clarinet)
Clive Grant
and Harmony
Tickets are £8 and include refreshments.  Buy tickets on the door or reserve on 01635 45978.

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[14 Jun 2016 | Leave a Comment | ]
Street Party & Barn Dance Photos

If you missed the festivities over the Queen’s birthday weekend, or enjoyed it so much you’d like to see it again, here are a few photos of the street party in the afternoon and the evening barn dance.  To view the St George’s Morris Dancers giving it their best hanky flourish, click the link below (currently going viral on youtube thanks to Mr Brown!)  A huge ‘THANK YOU’ to the organisers and participants for a very memorable day.