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[11 Dec 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Love and Light at Christingle

For any who missed Christingle this year, or any who want to spot themselves in the photos, here are a few snaps from our Christingle service held last Sunday, 10th December.
Christingle is a wonderful way to prepare for Christmas and at St George’s over 100 people gathered to light Christingle candles, to sing carols and to pray for the world… and to eat the sweets off the sticks ūüėȬ† Each year Christingle services are held around all around the UK, and together they raise much needed funds for the work of the Children’s Society, a charity that works to make sure that no child is alone at Christmas.¬† Thank you for your support.
 

 

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[21 Nov 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Sermon from 19 November – Rev’d Rita Ball

19/11/2017   Matthew 25.14 Р30
What is your favourite parable? Perhaps the lost sheep or the good Samaritan or the farmer sowing the seed? Many parables are vivid stories with helpful teaching and happy endings where the ‚ÄúChrist character‚ÄĚ is a rescuer, a saviour.
But the later parables are much darker, where the ‚ÄúChrist character‚ÄĚ is one who provides a banquet, or a master who goes away.¬† Robert Farrer Capon an American theologian, calls these ‚Äúparables of judgement‚ÄĚ ‚Äď that is ‚Äújudgement‚ÄĚ not only or even chiefly in a legal context, but judgement which is about bringing justice and about discernment and leadership; a reminder that the first rulers of the nation of Israel were Judges.
Whenever the Lord …

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[20 Nov 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Prayer Intentions – December 2017

1
 Charles de Foucauld, Hermit in the Sahara
 Wau (Bahr El Ghazal, Sudan) The Rt Revd Moses Deng Bol
 The homeless

2

 Wellington (Aotearoa NZ & Polynesia) The Rt Revd Justin Duckworth
 Our Advent preparations for Christmas

3
 The First Sunday of Advent
 West Buganda (Uganda) The Revd Henry Katumba-Tamale
 The Grange, Grange Gardens

4
 John of Damascus, Monk, Teacher, c. 749
 The Most Revd Ng Moon Hing, Archbishop of SE Asia & Bishop of West Malaysia   Assistant Bishop of West Malaysia (SE Asia) The Rt Revd Charles Samuel & The Rt Revd Jayson Selvaraj
 Our Vicar, Becky Bevan and family

5

¬†Leeds (York) The Rt Revd Nicholas Baines & The Rt Revd Toby Howarth¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Area Bishop of Huddersfield, The Rt Revd Jonathan Gibbs Area Bishop of Richmond, The Rt Revd …

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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‚ÄĒTuesday¬†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:¬†‚ÄúI‚Äôm 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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[22 Oct 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]

1
¬†All Saints’ Day
 Tokyo (Japan) The Rt Revd Andrew Yoshimichi Ohata
The Salvation Army and West Berkshire Homeless

2
¬†All Souls’ Day Commemoration of the Faithful Departed
 Toliara (Indian Ocean) The Rt Revd Todd McGregor
 Those we have loved and lost awhile

3
 Richard Hooker, Priest, Anglican Apologist, Teacher, 1600
 Torit (Loryko, Sudan) The Rt Revd Bernard Oringa Balmoi                                     Torit, Kapoeta Area, The Rt Revd Isaac Deu Chon          Torit, Magwi Area, The Rt Revd Martin Abuni
 The Anglican Communion

4

 Toronto (Ontario, Canada) The Most Revd Colin Robert Johnson                                   Suffragan Bishop elect of Toronto, Trent Durham, The Rt Revd Vacant                    Toronto, Credit Valley, The Rt Revd Maurice Philip Poole                                     Toronto, York, Scarborough, The Rt Revd Patrick Tin-Sik Yu            Toronto, York, Simcoe, The Rt Revd Peter Fenty
¬†Those recently …

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[24 Sep 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]

1
 The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 21)
 Southern Philippines, The Rt Revd Danilo Labacanacruz Bustamante
 Lewis Walk, Phoenix Walk

2

 Southern Virginia (III Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Herman Hollerith
 Those suffering the effects of hurricane and earthquake

3
 George Bell, Bishop of Chichester, Ecumenist, Peacemaker, 1958
 Southwark (Canterbury) The Rt Revd Christopher Chessum                              Southwark, Croydon, The Rt Revd Johnathan Clark        Southwark, Kingston, The Rt Revd Richard Cheetham   Southwark, Woolwich, Vacant
 Our ecumenical relationships

4
 Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226
 Southwell & Nottingham (York) The Rt Revd Paul Gavin Williams              Southwell & Nottingham, Sherwood, The Rt Revd Anthony Porter
 Bishop Andrew Proud, The Revd Becky Bevan and our Benefice

5

 Southwest Florida (IV Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Dabney Smith
 Our Vision Groups

6
¬†William Tyndale, Translator …

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[19 Sep 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Harvest Festival – Sunday 1st October

Do join us for Harvest Festival!  
Services are at:
8am   Holy Communion
9.30am   All Age Harvest Service
Harvest gifts can be brought to the 9.30 service Рgifts will be donated to  the West Berks Food Bank.
You Are Very Welcome!

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[21 Aug 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]

1
 Giles of Provence, Hermit, c. 710
 Salisbury (Canterbury) The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam  Salisbury, Ramsbury, The Rt Revd Edward Condry      Salisbury, Sherborne, The Rt Revd Karen Gorham
 Christians under threat

2
 The Martyrs of Papua New Guinea, 1901 and 1942
 Sambalpur (North India) The Rt Revd Pinuel Dip
 Those recently baptised

3
 The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 17)
 San Diego (VIII Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd James Mathes   San Joaquin (VIII Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Chester Talton  San Joaquin (VIII Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd David Rice
 Kennedy Close

4
 Birinus, Bishop of Dorchester (Oxon), Apostle of Wessex, 650
 Santiago (Philippines) The Rt Revd Alexander A Wandag
 Our Associate Priest, Terry Winrow and Kathy

5

 San Paulo (Brazil) The Rt Revd Flavio Augusto Borges Iraia
 The new academic year

6
¬†Allen Gardiner, …

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[23 Jul 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Prayer Intentions – August

1

 Port Elizabeth (Southern Africa) The Rt Revd Nceba Nopece
 Our Bishop of Reading, Andrew Proud

2

 Popondota (Papua New Guinea) The Rt Revd Lindsley Ihove                       Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) The Rt Revd Denny Bray Guka
 Our summer holiday provision for adults

3

 Port Sudan (Northern, Sudan) The Rt Revd Abdu Elnur Kodi
 Those living with a neurological condition

4
¬†John-Baptiste Vianney, Cure d’Ars, Spiritual Guide, 1859
 Portsmouth (Canterbury) The Rt Revd Christopher Foster
 The Yemen

5
 Oswald, King of Northumbria, Martyr, 642
 Pretoria (Southern Africa) The Rt Revd Johannes Seoka
 Our sacristans

6
 The Transfiguration of our Lord
 Puerto Rico (XI Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Wilfrido Ramos Orench
 Spencer Road

7
 John Mason Neale, Priest,  Hymn Writer, 1866
 Pune (North India) The Rt Revd Andrew Rathod
 Our Associate Priest, Terry Winrow and Kathy

8
¬†Dominic, Priest, Founder of …

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[21 Jun 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Prayer Intentions – July

1

 Ogoni (Niger Delta, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Solomon Gberegbara
 Those to be ordained

2
 The Third Sunday after Trinity (Proper 8)
 Ogori-Magongo (Lokoja, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Festus Davies                    Ohaji/Egbema (Owerri, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Chidi Collins Oparaojiaku
 Normay Rise

3
 Thomas the Apostle
 Ohio (V Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Mark Hollingsworth
 Our Associate Priest, Terry Winrow and Kathy

4

 Oji River (Enugu, Nigeria) The Most Revd Amos Amankechinelo Madu        Okene (Lokoja, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Emmanuel Bayo Ajulo
 Those who have died suddenly and those who grieve their loss

5

 Oke-Ogun (Ibadan, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Solomon Amusan
 Our Deanery Synod

6
 Thomas More, Scholar, and John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, Reformation Martyrs, 1535
 Oke-Osun (Ibadan, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Abraham Akinlalu
 Those who are homeless and insecure

7

¬†Okigwe (Owerri, Nigeria) The Rt …