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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
office@st-george-newbury.org.uk
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.
Featuring:
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.

 
 
 

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[25 Jan 2016 | Leave a Comment | ]
What’s Happening Outside?

Seen the drilling kit outside the church?
Heard the noise and wondered what’s going on?
We’re on the final phase of our Renewable Energy Project and when this last bit of work is done we’ll be carbon neutral!!
Have a look at our ‘George Goes Green’ blog and follow what’s happening.

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[24 May 2015 | Leave a Comment | ]
Associate Priest to the Benefice

We have some exciting news!

After a number of false dawns over the past year, I am delighted to announce that the Revd Debbie Davison has been offered and has accepted the post of Associate Priest in the Benefice of Newbury St George and St John. She is presently completing her curacy in Wokingham and will be moving into St John’s Vicarage, Newbury at the beginning of September, subject to the usual legal requirements being satisfactorily fulfilled.
The licensing service with Bishop Andrew Proud will take place on Monday 21st September, 7.30pm at St John’s Church. Please put this date into your diary and please do keep Debbie and her family in your prayers over the coming months.
Alleluia!

 
 
 
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[16 Mar 2015 | Leave a Comment | ]
Transept Glazing Designs – UPDATE

19th March 2015
Thank you for the speedy reply and comments on the design options (below), click here to see the decisions that PCC made on Wednesday 18th March…the short version is Option 4!
12th March – North Transept Community Meeting Room – Manifestations
Please read these notes before considering the designs…
• Health and safety requires us to have manifestations (etching) on the glass of the new transept meeting room area.
• PCC has already had an initial discussion and has decided that we need a design that offers a high level of privacy between those who use the room and those who may at the same time come into church to pray, light a candle, clean, arrange flowers etc.
• …

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[17 Nov 2014 | Leave a Comment | ]
Discerning the Next Steps

Thank you to everyone who filled in a questionniare or shared their thoughts on St George’s and our Vision Statement, thank you too to all who were able to join us for our Saturday together on 15th November.
We have some emerging themes coming out from our discernment process and they are shared below or alternatively you can watch a video of my presentation about where we’ve got to HERE.  Do have a read or listen and feel very welcome to respond with your thoughts – at the bottom of this page there is a space for sharing your thoughts with us.
Thank you,
Paul
The Emerging Themes
Belonging yet not belonging
St George’s is good at engaging with the wider community …