Every year the Churches in Crowthorne and Finchampstead support Christian Aid to raise money to support people living in poverty worldwide.
You are warmly invited to St James, Finchampstead for a service of worship for this year’s Christian Aid Week at 6pm on Sunday May 12th. We are delighted to be welcoming Sarah Clay from the South East Regional office of Christian Aid to be our speaker.
Our joint Good Friday service will be taking place
on Friday 19 April, at 10.00 a.m., at the Methodist Church,
The Walk of witness which takes place in silence, will take place directly after the service and will be ending at the Baptist Church with teas, coffees and hot cross buns.
We would like to request help from anyone willing and able to share the carrying of the cross through the village. Please let Carla Mclachlan know, or let Andrew Mitchell, Sam Hanna, David Greenwood or Ken Perrett know on the morning of the service if you are able to help.
Taizé service for the beginning of LENT 6 pm Sunday 10th March 2019, @ St John the Baptist Church, Waterloo Rd, Crowthorne.
The ecumenical community of brothers based at Taizé in France, has become well known for its contemplative style of sung prayer. It is a fitting style of worship as we gather together as ecumenical brothers and sisters.
Singing – There is a lot of this! It is “a singing which goes on and on and continues afterwards in the silence of our hearts.” It reminds us that the worship of heaven has no beginning or end and in which we join. If the printed music doesn’t help you, just pick up the tunes and harmonies by ear and use the words to help you.
Languages – There are often a lot of these too! The worship of Taizé arises out of a truly international community and reminds us that we belong to a world-wide family. For this reason, Latin is also sometimes used as an ancient universal language which is the common heritage of the church in many parts of the world.
Silence – There’s a fair bit of this as well. The simplicity of the worship is intended to lead us to a place of stillness in the presence of God. For this reason, a period of silence is at the heart of all Taizé prayer. During the silence, you may wish to focus on the candles or images before you, on the words of scripture, or to close your eyes. Enjoy the space and the chance to be open to God.
Over the past eight days the churches of Indonesia have helped us consider difficult situations facing the world. Many of these have raised questions of justice. The Church has been complicit in many instances of injustice and, through that complicity, we have damaged our unity and diminished the effectiveness of our witness to the world. Christians gather for common prayer, professing common faith and to listen for God’s voice. Although the many injustices wound us, we do not lose hope, but are called to action. The Lord is our light and salvation, the stronghold of our lives. We do not fear.
God, the bringer of good news, forgive our lust for power and free us from the temptation to oppress others. Instil in us the determination to see your good news made real in us and those around us, as we share in the mission of your Son Jesus to fulfil your promise of freedom from poverty and oppression. We pray in his name. Amen