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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.

*BB 40th Anniversary

In 2014 the 1st Woodley Boys' Brigade (BB) are celebrating their 40th anniversary. At their annual display and awards presentation on Wednesday 21st May this was celebrated with a special cake. This event was noted on the local newspapers with pictures of the parading boys and the cake. There was also a photo display shown that night and subsequently in the church.

Charity Motorcycle Ride

One of our members, Allan Crisp, was part of mototcycle ride to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society. They visited visit ten European countries in 10 days. This follows on from their previous successful Land's End to John O'Groats trip. It started on 18th May. Please donate via Just Giving.

*Church Charity Project 2014

It was decided that our Church Charity Project for 2014 is Mercy Ships.   Church Project Flyer (PDF).
At the morning service on 23rd February the congregation were shown Mercy Ships "Love Is" video.
The first fund raising event was the Pancake Evening on 4th March which raised £226.

The next events were "To Jerusalem" which raised £1305, Countdown in Reading which raised £225 and the Spring Fair on 10th May also raised over £1300.

Photos of "To Jerusalem" dress rehearsal on Martyn's Facebook

£3500 was presented to Ken and June Brazier, representatives from Mercy Ships, at our World Church Day service on 18th May. The service was followed by a lunch talk on the subject.

*New Methodist Circuit

It has been announced that the Reading and Silchester Circuit is merging with the Basingstoke Circuit from September 2014. The new name, decided by popular vote, is the Basingstoke and Reading Circuit. The lauch celebration "Make a Day of It" is at Sherfield School, Sherfield-on-Loddon, on 31st August.

*Christain Aid Collection

In May we raised £1383.02 towards the Woodley total for Christain Aid Week.

Church Charity Project 2013

It was decided that our Church Charity Project for 2013 should be 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 2013 in the Lower Hall. This raised £215. The Spring Fair on Saturday 11th May 2013, with the usual variety of stalls and entertainment, raised over £1000. The total raised was nearly £4200 and was presented to a a representative from the Samaritans at the morning service on 23rd February 2014.

Woodley Sheep Trail 2013

The Woodley Sheep Trail was back for a second season and children had to find the woolly sheep lost in ten Woodley shops. Amongst those to be found were Angus in Boots, Theo in Robert Dyas, Bert in Cargo, Michael in Chapter One, Rambo in Fabric Warehouse and Alan Shearer in Oxfam Books.

Christmas Concert 2013

On Saturday 7th December Christ Church hosted a concert by the Reading Spring Grdens Band, a brass band who rehearse in our halls on a Thursday evening. The played a variety of tunes, with a loose Christmas connection. Also singing with them were the choir for St. Joseph's College and pupils of the College also perfomed excerpts from their 2014 drama production. The event raised £472.40 for the church charity project (Reading Samaritans).

Rob Wilson

Woodley Poverty Forum

The first session of the Forum, "Truth and Lies about Poverty", was on Thursday 5th September. The debate continued at the second session, "Experiencing Poverty", on Thursday 3rd October. The final session on Thursday 7th November was "What can we do about poverty?", a "Question Time" panel session. On the panel were Rob Wilson MP for Reading East and the representatives of various charities. They successfully fielded questions from a keen audience of some 60 local people.

Space Academy

Holiday Bible Club 2013 - Space Academy

It ran from 5th until 9th August from 10:00 to 12:30, as usual, and was free for about 70 children, aged 5 to 10, who enjoyed games, art, crafts, cookery, stories, jokes, puppets and music. It was called "Space Academy", based on material from Scripture Union on the story of Daniel.

Charity

From 22nd July 2013 Christ Church Woodley (Methodist & United Reformed Church) is its own separate charity, number 1152991. This has been done in line with current legislation regarding large churches. Formerly we operated under the registration of The Methodist Church (1132208).

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

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Page last updated: 30th June 2014.

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