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[8 Apr 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Patronal Festival 22nd April – Evensong at 6pm for St George’s Day

Celebrate our wonderfully mysterious, dragon-slaying patron saint, St George, at our Patronal Evensong on Sunday 22nd April.

The history of St George is shrouded in legend, but the story goes that the fiesty young knight was riding through Libya when he encountered a fearsome beast living in a swamp on the outskirts of a city.  The beast, having eaten all the livestock in the vicinity, was requiring regular meals in the form of one city-dweller per day.  In order to keep the hungry beast from rampaging and helping itself, the citizens would draw lots to determine who should be sacrificed.
St George rode into the city on the day that the King’s daughter was about to be fed …

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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 | ]
Ecumenical Service of Compline – Sunday 21st January at St Francis

Everyone is welcome to a service of Compline, at St Francis Church, Wash Common.  The service starts at 6pm and refreshments will be served after.
 

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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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[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 😉  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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[11 Dec 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Nine Lessons & Carols, 17 December at 6pm

Come and join us for our annual service of 9 Lessons and Carols next Sunday, 7 December at 6pm.   Mince pies will be served after in the hall.

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

19/11/2017   Matthew 25.14 – 30
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 “Christ character” is a rescuer, a saviour.
But the later parables are much darker, where the “Christ character” is one who provides a banquet, or a master who goes away.  Robert Farrer Capon an American theologian, calls these “parables of judgement” – that is “judgement” 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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[26 Apr 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Sermon from St George’s Day – Very Revd Robert Grimley

I am delighted to be with you for this Patronal Festival, and I bring you greetings from Christ Church, your cathedral, the cathedral of this diocese.
For my text, some words of the risen Christ from the Gospel reading that we have just heard:
‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you. (John 20.21)
Today is the day traditionally known as Low Sunday, and it might seem rather hard luck to be celebrating your Patronal Festival on such a day. But in fact the name Low Sunday is a bit misleading. It might be low in the sense that it represents a bit of a come-down from the razzmatazz of Easter Day, with …

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[14 Feb 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Choose Life – Sermon, 12th February

 
Deut.30.15-20
I would like to focus this morning on the passage from Deuteronomy. The passage is part of the final address by Moses to the people before they enter the Promised Land. It is part of a manifesto for a nation and not just individuals. It asks of the people a deep and significant question – ‘What kind of society do you want to live in? What is your vision, your purpose, your core values, for without these you are lost; there will be nothing wholesome and good that will hold you together and contribute to the flourishing of a nation.’
I accept you may see differently, but I maintain I see no intention by God to enforce …

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[6 Feb 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Simeon’s Affirmation – Sermon for Candlemass

Malachi
Hebrews
Luke 2. 22-40
 
Introduction
I can think of events that very few people would have predicted. Even going back 30 years to the great storm of 1987 when Michael Fish famously put at rest the thoughts of a lady who suggested a hurricane was heading towards the UK. She was essentially right all along. Few predicted the victory of the Conservatives in the last election, or the Brexit vote, and especially the election of Donald Trump. Sometimes, the generally accepted view is way off beam.
I can personally remember when in 1966 I suggested that England had a good chance of winning the World Cup. I was laughed at, and an arrogant fellow schoolboy bet me £5 it wouldn’t …