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[6 Nov 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Follow the Star!   Christmas services for your diary

It seems a long way off, but do put the dates of the Christmas Services at St George’s in your diary and feel very welcome to attend – a warm welcome awaits. 
Christingle Service 2nd December at 16.00
Nine Lessons and Carols 16th December at 18.00
Christmas Service Mothers’ Union and Retirement Fellowship 18th December at 14.30
Crib Service 24th December at 16.00
Midnight Communion 24th December at 23.15
Christmas Day Holy Communion 25th December at 08.00
Christmas Day All-Age Communion 25th December at 10.00

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[9 Oct 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Stay & Play Every Wednesday Morning

Did you know that every Wednesday morning we have a service at St George’s particularly aimed at parents with their babies and small children? 
All through the year we serve fresh coffee, tea, squash and biscuits (sometimes cake!) from 9am in the meeting room.  There are toys for children and its a chance for parents to have a chat and a catch up over a coffee.
At 9.30 we hold a very informal service in the kids corner of the church, where there are more toys as well as baby mats and colouring things for the children, musical instruments to play during the songs, and fruit for children during communion.  Its very low key, and very friendly.  Just …

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[10 Sep 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Harvest Festival – 7th October at 9.30am

Harvest Festival is on Sunday 7th October. 
Do come along to the family service at 9.30 where we give thanks for God’s good gifts and nature’s bounty.
If you would like to bring a harvest gift, we are requesting tinned, packet-ed or dried goods, rather than fresh produce, as all harvest donations are going to the Food Bank this year.
 

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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 …