New and amended items shown *
Each week a printed notice sheet is available at services and afterwards in the rack
in the halls entrance.
This is also available electronically to church members.
Some of the more important and interesting items are reported on this page.
The first Monthly Quiz, held on 25th April, was won by Janet Morris, who proved best at recognising faces of famous people. The next quiz was on Saturday 25th May at 19:30 in the church in the style of Only Connect.
Check the Events Calendar for the next one.
Results of Elections
As a result of elections held at our AGM on 18th April 2013, we welcome Neil Graham to the
Church Leadership Team as Mission and Youth Elder, and confirm Sandra Alderson as a Steward Elder. Derek Benham is taking over as Gift Aid Secretary.
*Holiday Bible Club 2013
It runs from 5th until 9th August from 10:00 to 12:30, as usual.
It is free for children aged 5 to 10 to attend to enjoy games, crafts, cookery, stories, puppets and music.
It is called "Space Academy", based on material from Scripture Union.
There is no need to pre-register, just turn up during the half hour before the start and complete a form
for each child.
Our evening worship on 7th April was "Snedrick: The Graham Kendrick Musical". It was performed by
High Spirits, enhanced by a couple of extra singers and musicians. Playing the lead, and writer of
the script, was Tony Atkins. The story of Jesus's life, from calling the disciples through to
the resurrection, was told through 18 songs of Graham Kendrick and as seen through the eyes of
Snedrick, a first century song writer and disciple. It also raised money for the church project.
Countdown in Reading 2013
The second Reading Countdown competition raised £400 (plus tax refunds) for our Church Charity Project for 2013 (the
Reading Branch of The Samaritans) on Saturday 30th March.
The results show that the best of
the 34 players was Mark Deeks from London, who beat Giles Hutchings in the final, watched by a crowd of
players, spectators and pirates!
Church Charity Project 2013
It has been decided that our Church Charity Project for 2013 is the
Reading Branch of The Samaritans.
The first major event supporting this was Pancake Day from 17:30 to 19:30 on Tuesday 12th February
in the Lower Hall. This raised £215.
The Spring Fair on Saturday 11th May, with the usual variety of stalls and
entertainment, raised over £1000.
Our first Christmas Tree Festival was held on Saturday 15th December from 10:00 to 16:00 and Sunday 16th
from 14:00 to 17:00. Donations were collected in aid of Tools for Self Reliance. As well as the church's own
tree and one for the 2012 Church Project (Tools for Self Reliance), trees were displayed by the following church groups: Junior Church, Bible Study Group, Pastoral Groups 1 and 12, Network and Guild, High Spirits, Girls Brigade, Brownies,
Rainbow Cafe, and also by Lacewood Circle, Woodley Town Council, Southlake Primary School, Woodley Day Services,
Oxfam Bookshop, St. John Bosco Church and Woodley Airfield Church.
Messy Nativity Sheep Trail
During the first two weeks of December this trail led children through the centre of Woodley
looking for the woolly sheep that had hidden themselves in 14 Woodley shops. Prizes were available
for those who could find the 14 hand-knitted sheep and read their names from their labels. Also a colouring
picture and nativity story was part of each entry form for the children to keep. The sheep were:
|Robert Dyas||Robbie ||Cargo||Patrick
|Waitrose ||Spedan Lewis ||Clarks||Shaun |
|Iceland ||Bruno ||Boots||Barney |
|Woodley Pets ||Dobby ||Chapter One Bookshop||Wooly |
|H.F.Newberry||Herbert ||Just in the Park Cafe||Nicky
|Warren's Pet Supplies||Sadie ||LloydsPharmacy||Nick |
|Fabric Warehouse||Baarrbara ||Woodley Library||Bilbo |
Church Charity Project 2012
Our charity project for 2012 was Tools for Self Reliance
and over £4400 (including tax refunds) was raised and a cheque was presented to Bob Brown of the
Reading group at the morning service on 27th January.
Pancakes were being served on the evening of Shrove Tuesday, 21st February, before
the Woodley Lent Group launch service, which started at 20:00 at Christ Church.
£265 was raised which paid for seven kits of tools to be shipped to Malawi.
Countdown came to Reading! On Saturday of Easter weekend, 7th April, there was a Countdown in Reading
competition at Christ Church. It was won by James Robinson from Huddersfield and raised over £350 for the project.
The big event as always was the Spring Fair, on Saturday 12th May, and this raised over £1000 in cash on the day,
through sales, refreshments, games, singing, car wash and so on.
There was a concent with the Thames Valley Barberettes on Saturday 14th July which raised over £310
and on 8th December a concert by Reading Male Voice Choir, with a choir of girls from St Joseph's School,
raised another £750.
From autumn 2012 the West
Reading Churches Football Team have become affiliated to Christ Church. Despite their name they play in
Woodley (at Bulmershe Court) and largely live to the east of Reading, including some former members of our BB.
Special Services 30th September 2012
In recognition of 50 years since the laying of the foundation stone for the buildings,
the morning service on 30th Spetember 2012 was a special songs of praise service organised
by Senior Worship Steward Mrs Ruth Taylor. The order of service
Also on the 30th September, in the evening, was New Beginnings, a new service for the
young at heart. This was led by Nancy Quinnell, Brenda McIntosh and the band, and was
preceded by pizza at 17:00.
New Sanctuary Furniture
Following various kind bequests and donations, we decided to replace our sanctuary furniture
and purchased a matching set of communion table with adjustable height pulpit and lectern.
They were dedicated on Easter Sunday 2012.
Woodley Food Store
Starting from our Harvest Festival on 25th September 2011, we are collecting food and drink for the
new Woodley Food Store based at Woodley Baptist Church. Parcels will be available to
support members of the local community in urgent need. They now have a store in Coronation Hall.
Also drivers are needed to help deliver the occasional package. We again collected our harvest gifts for them in 2012.
Food Store Requirements
The minister during the creation of Christ Church, Revd Bernard Arnold,
lead our 25th Anniversary celebrations on 4th November 2007.
Our history weekend was on 29th September 2007. Our new banner was
dedicated at a service at 15:00 on Sunday 11th May 2008. The 26th Anniversary service featured
Revd Pam Richardson on 16th November 2008, the 27th Anniversary featured Revd Audrey Simpson
on 15th November 2009 and the 28th on 21st November 2010 featured Revd Nina Mead.
Revd Valerie Fisher led our service on 20th November 2011. The 2012 service was led by Revd David Shaw,
Reading Circuit Superintendant.
The 2013 service will be led by Revd Gordon Connell from Twyford URC.
This new leaflet has been produced by Churches Together in Woodley, listing many groups,
such as cafés, social meetings and youth clubs, that are run by the Woodley churches. Look
out for copies, which are available at the church.
Page last updated: 16th June 2013.