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[7 Jun 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Thought for the month, ‘Prayer, the transforming friendship’

The story is told of eleven-year-old Robert who hadn’t done his homework and wasn’t at all prepared for his written test in geography. He struggled through the exam, doing a lot more guessing than he should have. That evening he began to worry. What if too many of the answers had been wrong? What if he failed the test? That night, as he said his prayers, he suddenly blurted out a nervous postscript: ‘And please God, make Paris the capital of Sweden.’
Sometimes our prayers can be rather like this – we want results from God; we want God to sort things out for us and for others, and so although we know it is ridiculous to …

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[21 May 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Thy Kingdom Come – Photos from a wonderful week at St George’s

Last week was a busy week in the life of St George’s.  The church was filled with interactive prayer stations to celebrate the international week of prayer ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.  We had (amongst other things) a labyrinth, a sheepfold, a vine and a bread buffet complete with giant pretzel! 
The church was full of people too, it was open all day, every day, with visitors from other churches in the area coming to see what was going on, plus groups from Falkland School and parents and grandparents stopping by after school and preschool.  Lots of people came to visit who would not normally cross the threshold.
Each day at 2.30 the north transept was transformed into a …

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[3 May 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Thought for the month – ‘Homecoming’      by Revd Rita Ball

A Reflection on Coming Home…
When I first came to live in Wash Common in June 1975, with Christopher and two small daughters, shopping meant a trip to Newbury or a visit to the Post Office store on Essex Street, the mostly pre-fabricated church hall was inclined to leak when the weather was wet, and St George’s church building was glorious in high summer, having been designed by an enthusiast for Italian architecture, but chilly for most of the year unless you sat tight up against one of the wall heaters, and even then your feet might freeze.

So Wash Common neighbourhood and church community became “home” for almost thirty years; the place where our family increased to …

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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 | ]
“Let Your Light Shine!” – Lent Groups

Our Lent Groups this year are using the national Church of England lent course ‘Let Your Light Shine’.
#LiveLent – Let Your Light Shine, takes you on a six week discipleship journey through the Gospel of John, exploring what it means to be a witness.
If you would like to join a lent group, its not too late, please contact Kathy Winrow via nurture@st-george-newbury.org.uk
Daily prayer guides are available from Kathy Winrow for £2 each.  These can be used alongside a lent group or independent of them.
 
 

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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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[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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[3 Aug 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Festival of Prayer 2017 – Saturday 9th September

You would be very welcome to join in the Festival of Prayer for 2017.  A day to explore different aspects of spirituality and prayer, held at Ripon College Cuddesdon, nr Wheatley, Oxford OX44 9EX on Saturday September 9th.
Please pick up a booking form from the back of church if you would like to attend.
 

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[30 Apr 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
On NOW at St George’s!  Thy Kingdom Come 2017

From 25th May to 4th June this year communities and churches around the world will be gathering together to pray for their friends, families and neighbours.  Do come and see for yourself what is going on at St George’s between Ascension Day and Pentecost.
Prayer events of all shapes and sizes are taking place across the world, including 24-7 prayer rooms, prayer days, prayer walks and half nights of prayer. Cathedrals, churches and other venues will host Beacon Events, gathering people across towns and cities to worship and to pray for the empowering of the Holy Spirit for effective witness.
St George’s is open for this event, with coffee and tea available at 9.30 and 3pm.  This years …