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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.

Holiday Bible Club 2016 - Champion's Challenge

Holiday Bible Club will run from 8th until 12th August from 10:00 to 12:30, as usual, and it is free for children, aged 5 to 10. No need to pre-book, just come from 09:30 on your first day to register. The children will enjoy games, art, crafts, cookery, stories, jokes, puppets and music, based on material from Scripture Union covering various stories from the Bible, all set in a sporting context.

Click on the logo for the poster with more details.

Champion's Challenge

Church Charity Project 2016


It was decided that our Church Charity Project for 2016 is the Mityana Charity who are a locally based charity that works through the churches in Mityana, a poorer area of Uganda that other charities have largely been unable to support. The provide educational support, water solutions, community building and training. At our service on 17th April, World Church Sunday, Revd Hugh Wakeling told us more about the important work of the charity and invited members to join him on his autumn trip to Uganda.

The Countdown in Reading tournament on Saturday 26th March raised about £200 from the 16 players; winner was Thomas Cappleman, formerly of Bracknell.

The Spring Fair on Saturday 7th May raised nearly £1400.

Already £2000 has been transfered to the charity and they were able to start work immediately in July on building much-needed latrines for a school.

Royal and Messy Church Celebration

Sunday 12th June was a double celbration as we celbrated both the Queen's 90th birthday and that Messy Church has been running at Christ Church for five years.

After a special royal-themed service, with members of Pastoral Group 12, we had a lunch with music from the 1940s and dancing. Later messy church continued the celebration. Much red, white and blue cake was eaten at both events, plus a Messy Church cake!

Photos on Facebook
Red, White and Blue Cakes

Children's Art Club

In winter 2016, on six Saturdays art sessions for children were run, split into two sessions by age. Leading the group was artist Lisa-Marie Gibbs and our own Will Green. The art produced was shown at a short exhibition in the library and at church on the weekend of our Spring Fair (illustrated). A new Art Club is being run on Saturday afternoons, during school terms from 14th May, for children 5-12 and any church members of any age who are arty. Please check the details of this before attending as it is subject to change.

More pictures of the art on the Art Club page.

Art Display

Our New Stained Glass Symbols

In Spring 2016 the five south-facing windows of the worship centre were replaced with double glazing in memory of Jim Will. The five opening lights were filled with Christian symbols designed by our own Mary Nash. These were paid for by other bequests and donations to the church, including one in memory of Irene Riglen. More

Praying Hands Window

Church Charity Project 2015

Our Christians Against Poverty Display

Our Church Charity Project for 2015 was Christians Against Poverty, who work through churches against poverty, especially through their debt advice centres.

The Countdown in Reading tournament on 11th April raised £255 from the 24 players; winner for a second time in a row was Jack Worsley from Blackpool.

The Spring Fair on 9th May raised over £1100, the summer concert by Woodley Concert Band on 6th June over £580 and there was a concert by Revd David Jenkins, called "Music to Discover" on 5th December.

Christians Against Poverty

Harvest Display

Harvest 2015

Our Harvest Festival for 2015 was held on Sunday 27th September, with a service led by Mr John Phillippo. As usual the church was decorated and the Girls' Brigade made a display for the vestibule. All food products were donated to Woodley Food Bank and flowers and plants were passed to members of the congregation who were unwell or bereaved.

Harvest Cross Vestibule Display

Polar Explorers

Holiday Bible Club 2015 - Polar Explorers

Holiday Bible Club ran from 3rd until 7th August from 10:00 to 12:30, as usual, and was free for over 60 children, aged 5 to 10. The children enjoyed games, art, crafts, cookery, stories, jokes, puppets and music. The club this year was called "Polar Explorers", based on material from Scripture Union covering the stories from the Bible of Peter, Stephen, Philip, Paul and Timothy.

Pictures and jokes, mostly polar-related, were supplied by the children and read out each day by former entrepid explorer Mr Bear Feet. Joke of the week was: "What do penguins order for lunch? Ice-Burgers!"

Holiday Bible Club History

2015 HBC Group Art

Group Art Day 1 Group Art Day 2
Group Art Day 3 Group Art Day 4
Group Art Day 5

One Programme

We are currently hosting a young person, called Will Green, under the One Programme to work with the Rainbow Café and the church for one year from September 2015 to September 2016.

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Page last updated: 28th July 2016.