Welcome to new residents of Birch Place!

On Thursday 14th November, members from Crowthorne Baptist, Crowthorne Methodist, Holy Ghost RC, St John’s and St Sebastian’s churches joined new homeowners at Birch Place to welcome them into their new home.

The lounge was soon buzzing with happy chatter and yes, we demolished the cakes and biscuits that the team brought too!

Our hope and prayer is that all the new residents will be really happy, thrive and be blessed as they make their new home at Birch Place.

Christian Aid Service – Sunday May 12th 6pm

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.

Good Friday Service

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.

Lent 2019 Programme

Crowthorne CTC is pleased to provide you with details of our Lent 2019 Programme.

We start with a Taize service together (10th March) and culminates in an ‘Agape’ supper on 15th April. In between there are a wide variety of options:

  • Four ecumenical House Groups using “The Mystery of God”, a Lent course prepared by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
  • St James Church centre will again be hosting their excellent series of Lent Lectures on Tuesday evenings (programme and flyer attached).
  • Weekly ‘Stations of the Cross’
  • Weekly Christian Mediation Group (invitation to regular group)

Further details from Ken Perrett, ken@theperrets.net

Taizé service

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.