The Parish of Burchetts Green

  • St John the Evangelist, Littlewick Green
We warmly welcome you to join us at any of our services - One Parish Three Churches
ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST, LITTLEWICK GREEN

Despite being church land since its earliest mention in 940AD — the area south of the A4 belonging to the Abbey of Chertsey and that north owned by Hurley Priory — Littlewick had no public place of worship of its own for many centuries. Littlewick people, who cared for the abbots’ pigs in what was a heavily-wooded area, would have attended the churches at White Waltham and, later, Shottesbrook, using the footpath known as the burial path.

Ffiennes Manor (on the site of the present Ffiennes Farm) had a private chapel which was used as a chapel of ease, but this seems to have ceased before Elizabeth 1’s reign.

Harvest Catch Up at St John's.

Dear All,

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

God Bless

Richard.

Posted on Friday, September 17, 2021

St John's Catch-up and All Age and Harvest special!

Dear All,
                                                                                                                                                    
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.

MAURICE HART.

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.

Thanks

Richard.     

Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2021

St John's Sunday School/Club  and Catch Up

Dear All,
                                                           
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!!!!   

Take Care.

Richard.  

Posted on Monday, August 30, 2021

St John's Catch Up

Dear All,

Well, what joy to hear singing again in St John’s. It was great to have a Choir again, thanks Jenny. With Nigel on his hols, we were lucky to have Jonathan to play for us. At the end of the service we noticed that we had been joined by one of our  feathered friends.......NO not a song bird!! Actually, I had not seen the bird until I opened up on Monday and it came flying past. The red breast gave the game away.  I left windows open and when I came  in to lock up, it was gone.

So, looking forward to this coming Sunday, Nigel will be back...as will the choir, I hope. Please do come along and join in the singing. It would be lovely to have a few of our younger members with us, to help raise the roof.

SUNDAY CLUB ( Sunday School)

Sally and Helen tell me that plans for the Sunday Club are well advanced. They have already had the first   families contact them to put the little ones down. As I have indicated before, we are planning the first Sunday Club for Sunday 5th September and then hold it on the first Sunday in each month. If you would like to reserve places or find out more,  Please email  Sally at
davidcamerongray@hotmail.com  or give her a ring on: 07842 161140.  They are planning for ages  between 3 and 10. Children will start in church and then be taken out to the cabin during the first hymn, returning for a blessing just before the end. It will be the first time in at least 20 years, that a Sunday club/school has been run at St John’s and we are getting quite excited! Helen and Sally have said that they will make sure it’s fun............... We are so grateful to Sally and Helen and hope they will have everyone’s support. Do please get involved.

Just as an aside, although the club has not started, we have already used the cabin for several Parish meetings... If you have a small church group that would like to meet, please let us know? It’s going to prove to be a real asset to St John’s.

INTERREGNUM.

We are just about to  place new adverts for  our Vicar in September and hope to be in a position to interview in the late Summer, early Autumn. It does seem ages since Keith left us but I am sure the wait will be worth it.

PCC SECRETARY.

You may have seen Fr John’s latest news letter in which he has indicated that we are looking for a new PCC Secretary. This involves attending around 6 meeting a year and taking notes in order to prepare minutes. One or two other duties occur once a year for the APCM . If you think you could help the Parish in this way, please get in touch with Fr John or myself and we will give you a few more details. 

RECYCLING FOR GOOD CAUSES.

I have written several times, about Sandra’s mail order TRAIDCRAFT service and this is going from strength to strength. So if you would like a catalogue please give her a ring 822282.  Just as an aside, when Sandra first started the Parish traidcraft service, we were invited to an open day and presentation in London.

I will always remember the story of the mother in India who scratched a living on a bare patch of ground and with just a few tea plants. Traidcraft Exchange, the linked charity, provided her with some training and more tea plants. Within a short time she had transformed her life and created a thriving business, selling tea to Traidcraft, successful enough to enable her to send her children to school!! Now that is what you support, whenever you buy goods, or offer items for Sandra’s recycling scheme. Just to remind you, Sandra collects the following items and sends them off for recycling. The money she raises goes to Traidcraft:

OLD CAMERAS AND EQUIPMENT, MOBILE PHONES, JEWELLERY AND WATCHES, GAME CONSOLES AND TABLETS. UK AND FOREIGN STAMPS AND OLD UK AND FOREIGN CURRENCY.

If you do have items to recycle please drop them into the church porch and I will collect them or if you prefer, drop them off at our house: Oakleigh, Green Lane Littlewick Green SL63 RH.

Of course, should you wish to make a donation , Sandra can make sure it gets to Traidcraft Exchange, the charity.

SERVICES FOR AUGUST.

Sunday 15th August 9.15.....a singing family Eucharist with Fr John  and Nigel back from his Hols.

Sunday 22nd August.............No service but we are open for Private Prayer.

Sunday 29th August 9.15      A family Eucharist .

That’s all for now.

God Bless

Richard.

Posted on Thursday, August 12, 2021

St John's Catch Up

Dear All,

Well, the sun has really shone these last few days and I hope you are loving the weather. Last Monday we heard the announcements concerning the lifting of the covid restrictions. This also lifted spirits with the prospects of life getting back to some form of normal.

With the government relaxing many of the restrictions, we have started to look at the way we will be able to worship in our church as we go through the next few months. At St John’s and indeed in our parish as a whole, we want to proceed with some caution. I am only too aware that many of you will still have concerns, so this gradual approach to the  lifting of restrictions, will I hope, be welcome. So let me outline the way we propose to go forward.

From our next service on the 1st August, we will be able to sing again..Hooray....I hear. To sing hymns again will be wonderful.
Although face coverings will no longer be mandatory, we want those of you who do want to keep using masks to do so.  Although, if you want to sing you can remove them,.....again if you feel comfortable.
If you are going up to receive communion or to be blessed, we will ask you to keep  wearing a mask.
Although the Church of England has said that wine can be administered again, we in Burchetts Green are not yet ready to do so and will therefore offer the bread only for the time being.
As you know we have isolated every other pew and these will remain closed, again for the foreseeable future.  For a typical service, the existing restrictions will not impact on numbers allowed in church. By the time we get to some of our Festival services, we should not have to restrict numbers. .  
Our notice will remain in the porch and our Sanitizer points will also remain.
 St John’s will remain open for private prayer each day and  the back  three pews will be available as they are now,.  These will continue to be sanitized each night.
Again, for the time being, The Peace will continue to be offered from the pew.    

We will keep these arrangements under review and when we judge it to be safe to do so, may amend them. I hope you understand our approach to the lifting of the restrictions and in particular, welcome singing again.  I would appreciate having some feedback please as this helps us determine your wishes and concerns.

MUSIC.

I have mentioned that we can sing at our next service. However, Nigel will be on holiday so at the moment I am looking for someone to play the Piano...Eleanor who always steps in, is also on holiday. If you are able to help us please do let me know.  

SERVICES FOR AUGUST.

1st August 9.15 Family Eucharist.

8th August......open for private prayer. The All Age service is on holiday returning on 12th September. We do have a  Baptism in the afternoon..

15th August. 9.15 Family Eucharist. Nigel should be with us so much singing I hope!

22nd August .  Open for private prayer.

29th August. 9.15. Family Eucharist.

ANNUAL  PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING.

This Sunday 25th July at 12.00pm we will be holding our annual meeting in the Soltau Centre. The new PCC will be elected as will the Church Wardens for the coming year. Sue Harrington Hill and Paul Heelas have produced a wonderful  book that contains reports from various groups in the parish. This will be placed on our web page after the meeting and will be a great read if you cannot make the meeting. Just go to https://www.burchettsgreenparish.org

SUNDAY CLUB.

Just a reminder that Helen and Sally intend to start the Sunday Club in September and would welcome hearing from parents who have not as yet indicated their interest. Please email Sally d
avidcamerongray@hotmail.com

REQUEST FOR HELP

As we come out of lock down we are looking at starting up our rota’s again and would like to encourage a few more volunteers . Viv runs the Coffee rota..we are able to have refreshments again, Sylvia runs the cleaning rota ...now this is close to my heart as Sandra and I have done this for the past 18 months!! John Johnson looks after the sides, intercessions and reader lists.

It must be said that we at St John’s are so lucky to have so much support but as always, we need to add to our rota lists,  So if you think you could help us, why don’t you just ring me 822282 or email me and we can have a chat, before you have to make a decision..   You can of course, just contact Viv, Sylvia or John and have chat with them. If you spare Just a few hours a year, it will really help us?   

Well, as I finish the sun is still shining and I am tempted to sit under the umbrella with a cool drink!

God Bless.

Richard.

Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2021

St John's Catch Up

Dear All,

The illustration above reminds us that church life has always involved singing. Something we have not been able to do for the last 15 months! During our PCC meeting this week, we speculated on the changes to church life, that may occur after the 19th July. If the restrictions are lifted, we could be singing again..oh ..and coming to church without face masks. How good would that be? Not wanting to get ahead of myself, we are all too aware that we will still need to be cautious , we eagerly await further guidance from the Diocese after any announcement from the Government. Do I detect  an air of optimism, or was that the football result on Tuesday!!!

VACANCY UPDATE.

I reported last time that the 25th was to be the interview date for candidates. We had a very interesting day but Sadly we were not able to find a suitable candidate to lead us forward. This is not unusual and we will now prepare to advertise again after the Summer. Pray with us that we will soon be able to attract a new Vicar who will lead our Parish.

In the mean time, we are very  grateful to Fr John, who has contributed so much to our church and Parish over this last year and has been an enormous help in  making sure we could offer services during the Pandemic. 

I would also like to mention that during this lengthy interregnum, we are still able to  offer Baptisms, Weddings and of course Funerals. Our web page
www.burchettsgreenparish.org  has the details for anyone wanting to enquire about any aspect of our church life.

JULY SERVICES.

4th July.  9.15. Family Eucharist. Led by Fr John and with Nigel on the organ.

11th July 4.00pm All Age service. We are opening the cabin again from 3.15, with refreshments .Although Sally and Helen are not able to be with us, you will have the chance to inspect the cabin and chat about the Sunday Club. If the weather is kind, we may also be able to hold another outdoor service! The Sunday Club will start in September so, if you would like to indicate your interest please email Sally on 
davidcamerongray@hotmail.com This will really help Sally and Helen as they plan for this start. I Hope we will see many of you on the 11th.

18th July  9.15. Family Eucharist with Fr John and Nigel playing.

25th July.  No service and our church will be open for Private Prayer during the day 11 am to 4 pm.

ANNUAL PAROCIAL COUNCIL MEETING

Our APCM will be held on Sunday 25th July at the Soltau Centre, Stubbings, starting at 12.00.  At the meeting we will  elect the Church wardens  and PCC members for the following year. If you would be interested in being elected for either of these positions, I  have left nomination forms at the back of church. Please ring me if you want any further information on the role of either a church warden or a PCC member.

FOODBANK.

Just to remind you that we are still collecting for the Maidenhead food bank and any donations can be left in the church porch.

TRAIDCRAFT.

Sandra has the new catalogues now and if you would like a copy please ring Sandra  on 01628 822282 and we will make sure you get a copy. Although we have not had a stall for some 15 months, Sandra has maintained a mail and telephone service, so sales have continued..... very  important for the traders in the Third World!

QUINQUENNIAL REPAIRS.

I am pleased to report that I have placed an order, subject to receiving a Faculty, to cover for the stonework repairs highlighted as urgent in the Quinquennial Report. The cost of this work is £7,800. The work includes replacing 3 Coping stones and 2 Springing stones, all in Bath stone,  to the South Gable, plus some re pointing. It is planned to have these repairs carried out between the Autumn and Spring.

That’s it for now,

God Bless.

Richard.

Posted on Friday, July 02, 2021

The All Age Service
With temperatures in the 80’s, we moved the All Age Service to the open . Well done to Fr John who seamlessly created  a service with a minutes notice. Sally and Helen opened the Sunday School cabin and served refreshments
April 2021 and we are again able to have Easter services again.
Easter Garden. The tomb is empty and Jesus has risen
Easter Flowers
COVID restricted Easter Sunday Service
Garden of Gethsemane, ready  to receive the Host
on Maundy Thursday
“ Our church will feature in a forthcoming episode of Midsomer Murders. The film crew spent 4 days at St. John’s, filming inside. This followed some weeks filming at various locations in the village. No idea what took place inside, so we will have to wait until next year to find out!”
The Lychgate with Snow
The churchyard  has a wonderful carpet of Crocuses and Snowdrops as Spring approaches
A wonderful floral display for Christmas
Advent Wreath
Our Crib with Nativity Scene
test
We have challenged the village children to decorate the lychgate and to make animals and figures for the empty Stable.
600 led lights have also been installed for Christmas
HARVEST AT LITTLEWICK
All age worship being led by a valued member of our church family 
The recent socially distanced opening and blessing of our Sunday School Cabin
‘Mary and Joseph’ arriving at our Crib Service last December and arriving with  two ‘angels’ looking on in 2018
Sandra, Richard, Sally and Joleen...with John on the camera, holding a planning meeting in the rain complete with sanitizer at the ready
Feast of All Saints with a Eucharist at Littlewick Green on 1st November 2020. The service ends with an opportunity to remember our own loved ones
Remembrance Day November 8th 2020
We were pleased to carry out our own special and COVID restricted, act of Remembrance on 8th November. Wreaths were laid ( left to right) by Sandra Moore’s , St John’s Church, Pat McDonald, chair of White Waltham Parish Council, Steve Harrington, Councillor Hurley Parish Council, Paul Spencer Secretary Littlewick Green Society and Pete Matthews, Cub Leader Littlewick Cubs who represented all of the children from the Village. St John’s remained open all day, for those wishing to carry out their own act of Remembrance
ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST - HISTORY
Although a non-conforming congregation was listed in White Waltham in 1710, there is no saying it was in Littlewick. Indeed, although part of John Wesley’s Ruscombe house is now in Littlewick Lodge, there is no record of Methodist activity either.


The 18th century seemed a ‘sadly slack time as regards religion’ (as local historian Henry Bannard wrote) and only improved early in the 19th. At that time a handful with strong convictions became worried about Littlewick’s spiritual state and they either built, or had built for them, a wooden meeting house or chapel at the bottom of the Green.

The later, more solidly-built, chapel opened for worship around 1837. It became Congregational around 1860 and, after 1890, was finally settled as a Methodist church.

Despite its changing denominations Littlewick’s chapel was attended by people of all persuasions from its earliest days, due to the fact that there was no other place of worship very nearby. The first regular Church of England services only became available in 1875 when the new village school was consecrated for public worship.
Finally, in 1893, Miss Frances Elizabeth Ellis of Waltham Place provided £15,000 to build and endow a church at Littlewick adjoining the Green.

Maidenhead architect EJ Shrewsbury followed the Gothic style to create a church to seat 125 worshippers. It was built, by old-established builders Messrs R Silver & Sons of Tittle Row, in blue Pennant stone.
Double click to edit
Littlewick’s church was consecrated and opened on Wednesday December 27 1893 — St John the Evangelist’s Day — by the Lord Bishop of Oxford. The first vicar, Thomas Henry Wrenford, started his duties immediately, only giving them up 40 years later due to ill-health.

Since then there have been 11 vicars. The 12th, Keith Nicholls took up his duties in 2009 and retired in 2020.

Cruciform in shape, Littlewick Church has a west turret above the porch which carries two bells. The north transept was dedicated as a children’s corner by Mrs Miller of Littlewick Place to the memory of her husband and son of six months. At the moment, it is used as a place for quiet prayer. In the larger south transept is the organ and vestry.
Villagers subscribed to a collection to install the present altar rails in memory of their first vicar after he died in 1935.

Littlewick Green Church The Great East Window, divided into four main ‘lights’, tells the story of the Nativity in mystical form and uses strong colour symbolism. It was designed and executed by James S Sparrow of King’s Cross, London. You can see his signature in the shape of a sparrow. The window was placed in the church by Mrs Gilchrist Thomas in memory of her son, Sidney.

The centenary was celebrated with a flower festival which coincided with 10th anniversary of birth of Ivor Novello. This composer, actor, filmstar and playwright lived in Littlewick from 1927 to his death in 1953. There is a bust of him in the church.

Courtesy of Lynn Penfold
St John’s Sunday School Cabin
After 2 years of planning, the new Sunday School Cabin was finished in March. This new facility at Littlewick Green, will satisfy the need of our younger families, for the start of a Sunday School. Initially, it will be available for families coming to worship, who need a quiet ....or not so quiet place during the service. A buzzer  system will call them back for the Blessing. The new cabin, built in Canadian Cedar, has a small kitchen area as well as its own toilet.  It will also serve as a general meeting room for St John’s.
We are a Parish in the Deanery of Windsor and Maidenhead within the Diocese of Oxford


Telephone: Tel:01628 820077
Email: office@burchettsgreenparish.org

Parish Administrator, Burchetts Green Parish Office,  Soltau Centre, Stubbings,
Henley Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6QW
Normal office hours are 9.30 -11.30 Mon, Tues & Thurs.
        
© The Parish of Burchetts Green
For general enquiries, Soltau Centre bookings and baptism, wedding and funeral enquiries please contact our Parish Administrator at the Parish Office
Registered Charity No.1137069

Privacy Notice            
Electoral Roll Privacy Notice        

Safeguarding Policy Statement