The Parish of Burchetts Green
St John's Catch Up
This coming Sunday we will be celebrating All Saints Day and All Souls Day, at our Family Eucharist at 9.15. We will be able to remember those loved ones who are no longer with us. At St John’s you have the chance to place a red rose in the church in memory of a loved one. Their name/s will then be read out at the end of the service. If you would like to buy a rose, they cost £3.50, please let Yvonne (822862) or Jenny (822886) know. It would help if this can be in the next day or so, as Yvonne will be buying them shortly. Even if you do not want to buy a rose, just come to our service and have time to reflect on those no longer with us.
Looking back to the 17th October, it was a joy to have Dilys with us again after nearly 2 years. Thanks Dilys and we look forward to your next visit.
SUNDAY 7th NOVEMBER 9.15
Our Sunday Club meets for the second time during our Family Eucharist service. I know Sally and Helen have been doing much planning. The children loved the first Sunday Club meeting and I am sure they will do so again. If your child/children have not yet attended and would like to, please just come along. I am sure they will enjoy themselves.Fr John will lead us now that he is back from some holiday.
SUNDAY 14th NOVEMBER. REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 10.45.
Our Remembrance service will be led by Tina. Unlike last year, we are hoping for a full church. Wreaths will be laid on behalf of St John’s, The Littlewick Green Society, White Waltham Parish Council , Hurley Parish Council and the local Scout group. Jenny tells me that she will be providing refreshments for after the service.
SUNDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 9.15.
Our Family Eucharist will be led by Fr John with Nigel playing the organ
SUNDAY 28th NOVEMBER. No service but our church will be open for private prayer 11am to 4pm.........
..... and before you know it, we will be planning for our Christmas services!!!!
TRAIDCRAFT COFFEE MORNINGS.
Just as a reminder, Sandra will be holding her Traidcraft coffee mornings on Friday 121th and Saturday 13th November, at our house...OAKLEIGH, GREEN LANE, LITTLEWICK GREEN. 10.30am to 1.30pm Please do come and support Sandra, and of course, the suppliers from the Third World.
Finally, during these last 18 months, our various rotas came to a halt. In particular, our cleaning rota and coffee rota. It would be very good if we could try and get these stated again. So, if you were involved or would like to help out, can you let me know .I will pass your details on. Neither takes up much time, and in the case of the cleaning one, it will relieve me of one of my many jobs!!
That’s it for now,
St John's Catch up ..........and Minecraft Church on Sunday 10th October
There are many times in one’s life, when you look forward to an event but suffer the anxiety as the date gets closer, that it may not work out as you expect. After 4 years of planning, constructing and preparing, I had just that feeling as we approached last Sunday and our first Sunday Club meeting and not least, as we waited in church for the arrivals! The cabin heating was on, blinds up and Helen and Sally with Sophie eagerly waiting.
We needn’t have worried. By the start of the service, we had 13 children in church, 11 who joined the Sunday Club and left with Sally and Helen during the first hymn, the two remaining were just a little too young for the time being. Staying in church was also Bonnie the dog and almost Seb and Tamar’s cat!!..the cat follows Seb around the village and was quite eager to join in the fun......Dog and Cat, well No, I could see the possible implications!! The children returned during the last hymn and then talked to Fr John about the activities they had done.
What a great start, the first Sunday school at St John’s for possibly 30 years. Sally tells me that she will be contacting the families before the next meeting on November 7th, to let them know what the children will be doing. I can tell you that all the children loved the club and are excited to come again. Jenny’s daughter, Vicky has also offered to lend a hand, which will help to cater for the numbers and the age range. Tina did take a few photo’s, and with the parent’s permission, these have now been placed on our parish web page .www.burchettsgreenparish.org If you would like to let Sally know if your child/ children would also like to attend, please email her at: email@example.com or email Helen at : firstname.lastname@example.org
This Sunday 10th October, at 4pm, we have Rev Kevin Colyer with us who is going to give us an insight into Minecraft Church. Yes, that’s the computer game MINECRAFT!! The big screen will be up and Kevin will illustrate how this all works. Children as well as adults can come along with their laptops or ipads and help Kevin build on the big screen. Many of us...me included will just come to listen!!!This will also be a first. Should it prove successful, we may well see if we can start a Minecraft Church here at St John’s next year, probably not on a Sunday, to cater for the older children and early teens. Please do come along and support Kevin. Old or Young welcome.
AND FURTHER FORWARD.......... On Sunday 17th October 9.15. we will welcome Rev Dilys back to Littlewick so do please join us .
AND FURTHER AGAIN..................
On the 31st October at 9.15, we hold our All Saints/Souls service. This is the time when we remember those loved ones who have left us. Jenny Robinson and Yvonne Tomlins are now taking orders for red roses. You can buy one for anyone you want to remember, they cost £5 and these roses will be placed around the church, with the names of those to be commemorated. These names will also be read out at the end of the service. To book your Rose, please telephone Jenny on 01628 822886 or Yvonne on01628 822862. I am told that it would really help to have the orders early for planning reasons.
It does seem a long time since Keith left us. In that time much work has been done to prepare for and advertise for our new Vicar. I am pleased to confirm that we have received a number of applications in response to our recent advertising, and we will be interviewing candidates on Friday 16th October .
The Parish is indebted to Fr John, who willingly came to us last Year, to support and encourage us whilst we looked for a new Vicar. He has served the three churches unstintingly and with dedication, making sure that all three churches were and are able to offer services, weddings, baptisms and of course funerals, during the most challenging of times!
Finally.......Sandra tells me that she is now ordering a supply of TRAIDCRAFT Advent Calendars’ .......I know it’s early but apparently they go quickly and we need to get an order in soon. They cost £4.99 for milk or plain chocolate or if you prefer, without chocolate at £3.99 Please ring Sandra on 822282 or email her at email@example.com Her mail order service is going so well....all helping the Third World!
ST John's Catch Up..........................AND SUNDAY CLUB
6 DAYS AND COUNTING............................................................
After some 4 years of planning we are just 6 days away from our first Sunday Club ( Sunday School) session. This is being held on Sunday 3rd October at 9.15. Helen and Sally have been planning the fun for some months and we are so excited that at last we will be able to offer the children of Littlewick Green a Sunday Club on the 1st Sunday of each Month.
I do hope you will join us next Sunday at our Family Service. The children will be led out of church during the first hymn and brought back during the last hymn. The plan is for them to be led back into the side aisle ready for a blessing and to present any work they have done, or to tell us what they have done, just before the end of the service.
I even have a buzzer so that I can warn them when to return from the back of the church.....although knowing me I will pop my head out just to make sure.
At 11am on Sunday, after the service, Thomas and George are being Baptised. Thomas was our little Jesus in the Nativity play 3 years ago . Lizzie and Daniel have signed Thomas up for Sunday Club so I hope he keeps clean!!!!!!
Helen tells me that quite a few have said they are coming and if you have not and would like your children to join in the fun, then just come to church on Sunday and your children can join the others...all are welcome. Of course, you can also get in touch with Helen or Sally, their details are on the notice I have attached
Thanks to all of you who came to our Harvest service last Sunday and who left gifts in the porch. The Montessori School came during that week and left a very large assortment of tinned food, so we had a very good selection of food and some clothing. Keith Robinson and myself, filled a large box for Food Bank and the rest was taken to Yeldall Manor on the Wednesday. I also had two donations of money that also was given to Yeldall Manor. The church looked splendid with the many flower displays prepared by Yvonne, Lynn and Gail.
Yes, this really is Minecraft! On Sunday 10Th October, the Rev Kevin Colyer will be introducing us to his Minecraft Church, at the All Age 4pm Service........I know, I can almost hear you say “ what’s that all about”
Well, to most 8 to 14 year olds, it’s a computer game...my own Grand Son Sam, is so in to Minecraft that he walks around the house in a Minecraft dressing gown and he’s 11.
Kevin developed Minecraft Church during lockdown. He is Curate at St Michael’s in Bray. He will demonstrate it using our big screen and anyone coming into church with a laptop or IPad will be able to help him build something which will illustrate a bible story!! How mad is that. If it works we may well be able to form a Minecraft Church Club for the older children/teen next years?
I am told that this is very much open to all so, why not come to the service and see for your selves.
To add to our month, I am so pleased to tell you that Dilys will be preaching and leading us again, on the 17th October...the first time in over 18 months. Please put that in your diary.
Finally, On Sunday 31st October we will celebrate All Saints Day and remember those known to us who have died. Jenny is once again going to arrange for the red roses so, look out for more information and purchase them in memory of loved ones.
Gosh, what a month we have...I look forward to seeing you all and hope you can join us at one of our services in October.
Harvest Catch Up at St John's.
I have just popped into St John’s, with a bag of apples, to find Yvonne, Gail and Lyn busy decorating our village church ready for our Harvest Service this Sunday. It looks spectacular. We are so lucky to have Yvonne and her team on hand to make sure St John’s is always looking so splendid. So, it would be great if you are able to join us on Sunday at 9.15, and for you to bring your Harvest gifts to be left on the Chancel steps. As I mentioned last time, your gifts will be taken to Yeldall Manor and I know that as well as tinned and fresh food they really welcome toiletries, socks and other useful items for the young men who rehabilitate there. I will be dropping the gifts off on Monday.
To have some young ones with us, bringing their gifts, is always special.....It is our chance to thank God for the many gifts we have been given....especially at a time when so many have so little!
If you are not able to come to the service, could you drop off some gifts in the church porch? They really are appreciated.
Looking back to last Sunday, Tina prepared a really lovely All Age service. I know the amount of time Tina spent on preparing for this service. Unfortunately, little did we know that it clashed with the Littlewick Green Cricket Annual awards event on the Green. Never the less, thanks to Tina, and all those that did make it, especially little Oscar, celebrating his 3rd Birthday....gosh how time flies!
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLUB
Sally has done a poster which is attached. The Sunday Club starts on Sunday 3rd October.............
............. 16 Days and counting!
Hope to see you Sunday
St John's Catch-up and All Age and Harvest special!
With Fr John on his Hols, I am pleased to tell you that Tina will be doing the All Age Service on Sunday starting at 4pm. If the weather is good, I think Tina will do an outside service near the cabin. I know Tina will put a lot of her energy into the preparation for the service so I hope many of you will come along and join us.
Fr John will also be away in October and will miss the All Age on the 10th October. I have invited Rev Kevin Colyer to join us . Many of you will remember that Kevin has been with us for a couple of times at the 9.15. He has developed what he calls Minecraft Church. This is an exciting initiative to reach out to all all ages. He has offered to come along to the 4pm All Age service, so that we can see what it’s all about.. He has said that the very young will have lego to hand whilst the slightly older ones will be obsorbed in the Minecraft service!!!!!!
So, a date for your calender, I will of course, be reminding you all again, nearer the time. I am also going to chat to Kevin before October, so should be able to tell you a little more, nearer the time. For now, could you make a note of the date as we would like to give Kevin a good welcome to our 4pm service.
Sam, one of our Grandsons, is absolutly mad about Minecraft, he even sleeps in minecraft pajamas, and walks around the house in his minecraft dressing gown!!!!...oh and he’s 12!
Our Harvest thanksgiving will again be included in our 9.15 Family Eucharist on Sunday 19th September. I am sure Fr John will use some of your favourite Harvest Hymns? As you will remember, due to the Pandemic, we missed the normal Harvest Supper last year. We will again miss the supper, just to be on the safe side. However, Jenny and I will make sure that we revert to the normal plan and have a service in the afternoon followed by the supper, next year.
So, please bring along your gifts either during next week, leaving them in the church porch or, of course, bring them to the service. They will be collected up and I will take them to Yeldall Manor, the Christian rehabilitation centre as gifts from St John’s. Some items will also be donated to The Maidenhead Food Bank.
The funeral of Maurice Hart took place last Saturday. It was a wonderful celebration of the life of Maurice and fitting, that his horse drawn hearse departed from his house, and was taken around the village green with the family and friends walking behind. By the time it reached the lych gate, quite a crowd had gathered. The coffin was carried by 6 friends from the village,through the churchyard to the church. It was a full church with over 130 people in attendance.. This was truly a village coming together, to both mourn and to celebrate Maurice. A lovely man who will be greatly missed.
That’s it for now, so hope to see you on Sunday for the All Age service at 4pm.
St John's Sunday School/Club and Catch Up
Well, we are nearly there! We started planning for a Sunday School nearly 4 years ago and we are so excited to confirm that the first session of The Sunday Club will be held on Sunday 3rd October. That’s just weeks away !! ( my last catch up did say 5th September so please note the change)
As I have reported many times, Helen and Sally are going to run the Sunday Club and it will be held during our 9.15am morning service on the first Sunday of each month.
Helen and Sally have written you a letter and this is attached. They have also attached a simple form that would help them to have a little information. Please do send this back to Helen, her email details are at the bottom of the letter. They do want to emphasis however, that this should not been seen as a commitment, but it will help them plan the first session. Also, all children attending on the first Sunday each month, will be welcomed to go to the cabin for the Sunday Club activities, whether a form has or has not been completed. By letting them have your details however, they can keep you informed of upcoming Sunday Club activities. They are aiming to cater for the ages of 3 – 10, although they do want to be inclusive for all children.
There has been much fun planning for the sessions and, the important word is FUN. They want the children to have fun so that they want to come again.
The plan, as Helen says, is for the children to leave their parents during the first hymn, returning to church for a blessing at the end of the service. If they have done any painting or drawing, Fr John will invite them to come up and show us all.
This is a major highlight in the life of our village church and I do hope you will give Helen and Sally all the support you can and encourage them as we grow our younger congregation. So, PLEASE PUT THE DATE IN YOUR DIARY. I will of course, remind everyone nearer the time.
We were recently visited by The Archdeacon and I enjoyed showing him around. He was very impressed, not least at our ideas for the new Sunday Club.
4pm ALL AGE SERVICE. Sunday 12th September,
Keeping to the theme of young people, I am pleased to tell you that Tina will be doing our all age service in September, as Fr John will be on holiday. If the weather is fine we may well have the service outside, if not then it will be in church with the Screen up. In either event, we are grateful to Tina for offering to do this service and I hope many of you will come and join in. This time, we will be able to sing again, the first time for the All Age in more than 18 Months!! Our September services are as follows:
Sunday 5th September 9.15am Family Eucharist with Fr John and Nigel playing for us.
Sunday 12th September 4pm. All Age with Tina .
Sunday 19th September 9.15am Family Eucharist with Fr John and Nigel.
Sunday 26th September NO SERVICE. WE ARE OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER 11AM – 4PM.
Rowena Upcott mentioned to me yesterday, how nice it was to see the many changes in the way our services are run, now that some of the restrictions have been lifted, and I agree, not least having a small choir and all of us being able to sing again!
Sandra and I are away w/c 13th September, returning late on the Saturday, so during that week, Keith will be opening and closing and Jenny has promised to set up for the Sunday, so that we don’t have to be in too early !
UPDATE ON THE VACANCY.
Our advertisement will go out in the next week or so and we hope to consider a short list for interview on Tuesday 5th October. The interviews are planned to take place on Friday 15th October. I have been asked by the Archdeacon, to join the interview panel to represent the interests of St John’s. So, there will now be a representative from the three churches.
TRAIDCRAFT COFFEE MORNING.......A date for your diary.
Each year Sandra has a coffee morning to sell goods and gifts ready for Christmas and to raise much needed funds for Traidcraft. This year the dates will be Friday 12th November and Saturday 13th November, so please pop into your diary.
That’s it for now ..................................JUST 30 DAYS TO GO UNTIL OUR FIRST SUNDAY CLUB and counting!!!!