Lent Lunches – 2021

Please join us for these simple gatherings on Zoom.

A brief moment of reflection and connection.

(A most unusual) Christmas in the Benefice

It was a very different journey through Advent to Christmas in 2020, as our two churches adapted to the changing rules around social distancing, whilst still taking us on the journey of watching and waiting throughout Advent, and on to the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

Many traditions were upheld, some faced necessary change and some new, exciting activities were added. Here is a snapshot of the season in South Newbury and Wash Common.

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Epiphany – The Journey of the Magi

For those joining us on Wednesday Worship.. apologies that you missed a crucial part of the service…
Here below, is the video of my friend Revd Denis Adide reading TS Eliot’s ‘Journey of the Magi’


To hear this poem, from the voice of a person who was once a refugee, brings an entirely new perspective on the poem, and on the experience of the Magi.

Advent Encounters

2020 Advent Encounters – three reflections for small groups and individuals

Introduction

Advent, like Lent, is a time of waiting – but not waiting like we might wait for a bus, but more like waiting at a table, waiting on God, attentive and responsive, expecting something. I sometimes think that when we talk about the wait of Advent, we should spell the word as weight, because Advent is a season of depth and seriousness to encourage us to lift our gaze from the immediate and obvious to contemplate a bigger picture, a weightier story…

In this, of all years, when we have been forced to reappraise our priorities, and have been stripped of many of our  normal distractions and routines, Advent comes whispering a promise of another way, of light in darkness, of hope over despair, and of a quality of joy that is not based on how well things are going, but on who God is, and who we are.

In these Advent reflections we have chosen to home-in on the annunciation and birth of Jesus. We hope that the familiarity of the nativity story will give groups and individuals confidence to think widely and imaginatively about other layers of meaning, to go deeper, and by doing so to encounter Christmas afresh.

We have intentionally selected non-traditional art and poetry for each reflection. This is to help us, in the words of St Paul, to ‘open the eyes of our hearts’.

Revd Becky Bevan November 2020

Due to copyright restrictions we can only include excerpts from poems, but most can be found on the internet and read in full (because others have infringed copyright law!).

If you like poetry I strongly recommend ‘Haphazard by Starlight – A Poem a day from Advent to Epiphany’ written and compiled by Janet Morley and published by SPCK. This book includes some of the best 20th century poetry by a range of writers with excellent commentary and reflection by the compiler.

Morley’s anthology begins with a poem by Rowan Williams entitled ‘Advent Calendar’, which finishes –

He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting red
December sun draws up the sheet
and penny-masks its eye to yield
the star-snowed fields of sky.

He will come, will come,
will come like crying in the night,
like blood, like breaking,
as the earth writhes to toss him free.
He will come like child.

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Week one – resources here.

Week two – resources here.

Week three – resources here.

Recent services at St George’s Church

During October and November, St George’s has marked remembering with two services, A Memorial Service on All Saints’ Day where people gathered to remember those we love but no longer see. Following the new lockdown regulations, a outdoor Act of Remembrance was held on Remembrance Sunday. We give grateful thanks to Arthur for playing the Last Post so beautifully.

APCM – St John’s Church

Our Annual Meeting is to be held on 19th November 2020 at 7.00pm.
With new lockdown measures this will be held on Zoom.
Details will be given before the meeting.

Documents for the APCM

Below you will find links to documents that have been prepared for the Annual Meetings on Thursday 19th November 2020.

These documents are also on view in church but due to covid-19 restrictions, entering the building to see them may not be possible.

Agenda for APCM 2020

Annual Report 2019

– additional report (also now in main report) School Link Report

Examined & Approved Accounts for 2019 for St John the Evangelist Church

Revised Electoral Roll 2020

Minutes of the 2019 APCM and APM

POSTED ON THE WEBSITE ON St John’s Website WEDNESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2020
(15 days before the Annual Meeting)

POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE ON FRIDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 2020
(13 days before the Annual Meeting)

Memorial Service at St John’s 4pm

If you are joining the 4pm service at St John’s Church, then the Service Sheet can be downloaded here.

Listening on the Way – Day of Pilgrimage and Prayer

The day has now passed – but the happy memories linger!
All the resources from our day can be accessed from here.

St George’s Church APCM

7.30pm on Tuesday, 20 October in St George’s Church and on Zoom.

Please click on the links to access documentation relating to St George’s APCM:

The Canticle of the Sun. St Francis

The Canticle of the Sun, also known as Laudes Creaturarum (Praise of the Creatures) and Canticle of the Creatures, is a religious song composed by Saint Francis of Assisi.

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