Announcements for Sunday 2nd December 2018

Carol service, 16 December 2018

Our annual carol service is on 16 December at 3 PM. Everybody is welcome.

Venue: Lower Earley Crescent Centre – details on the attached invitation.

We are going to have a great time singing our favourite carols, hearing a specially composed Carol, hearing the children reading, and seeing them dance. All followed with some festive snacks. Sounds like a good time, Eh?

Please invite your friends and spread the news far and wide.

Chhaimale Center of Hope inaugurated in Nepal on Nov 18, 2018

John Partington reported last Sunday on the completion of the work he and the Thames Valley churches of Christ have been involved with. This video gives a flavour of the official opening ceremony.

One Can Food Bank Christmas Donations

Dear Thames Valley
Christmas is approaching fast and I just wanted to let you know what the One Can Trust Food Bank is doing to help those in need over the Christmas period.
They have been very appreciative of our Harvest donations for the last two years and to help boost donations during the festive season they are promoting a reverse advent calendar. So as your children, or you, open your advent door each morning and receive your treat please consider putting a treat or item of food in a box for the food bank.
As they would like the items to be distributed in the Christmas food parcels it would only be possible for us to collect until Sunday Dec 16th. Then the items could be brought to our Carol service that afternoon and I will take them on Monday 17th to High Wycombe to the One Can Trust.
If anyone would like to help out by donating items of food it will be gratefully received.
Your Sister,
Angela May

Helping the needy – questionnaire

The questionnaire Michelle has distributed is here.

Michelle Cheema to lead our research into helping the local needy

Albert May announced the appointment of Michelle Cheema to fulfil the role of researching how we, as a church community, can best fulfil our desire to help the needy around where we live and minister. Here are some thoughts from both Albert and Michelle.

Albert says:

“As we move into 2019 we’re all very excited about the prospect of being able to serve more in our local communities. For the first time in our history we will use our annual special gift for the poor to provide assistance to programmes in our very own regions. Because our church covers a wide area the range of needs is large so a lot of thought needs to be given to what will be the best solutions in different regions.  With funds that we have collected that are in surplus to what we wanted to send Nepal in 2018 we will finance about 4-5 person months of part-time work to research, present, design and above all agree with all stakeholders local programmes to serve the needy that we can all be really excited about. We’re delighted that Michelle will undertake this work.  Michelle will be aided by Albert whom has led our assistance to the needy for almost 20 years.”

Michelle comments:

“I am super excited to be given this opportunity to be the first Thames Valley Church of Christ community outreach coordinator. I am looking forward to seeing how God works in multiplying our efforts through sustainable Christ-centred projects throughout our different church locations. We have an amazing church where each and every member have something special to offer the poor and vulnerable in their local community. To God be the glory!”

Please be praying for Michelle to be given insight and wisdom in this role. Feel free to ask her or Albert for more details, and please offer any suggestions you have.

God bless, Malcolm

Announcements Friday 28 September 2018

*Parents of preteens are meeting tonight, Friday 28th, after church in the meeting room
*This Sunday 30th September we are in our locations and family groups for church
*Pray for the next Salisbury service this Sunday coming on 30th September
*7th October we are all at the Meadow suite in Reading University, 2.30pm. It’s our Harvest service.
*Pray for the High Wycombe ministry who are developing a friendship with another congregation in High Wycombe.
*Please send Malcolm any questions you have about the Kingdom this weekend. This will help his preparation for the new class series beginning next Friday.
*Teen night is at the Cockburn’s, 6pm in two weeks’ time

Donations to the “One Can Trust” foodbank: harvest festival service, 7th October

We will be taking in donations to the “One Can Trust” foodbank at our harvest festival service on 7th October.
Certain items in particular are in short supply. Namely:
long life milk
pasta sauces
tinned potatoes
tinned fruit
tinned tuna
tinned meat meals
tinned meat pies
tinned ham/corned beef
tinned hot dogs and meat balls
tinned veg
shower gel
tooth brushes
tooth paste
toilet rolls
If not these items, then any non-perishable and in date items would be welcome.
The organisation is in High Wycombe –
Arrangements have been made to collect the produce from the next Reading service on October 7th.
The High Wycombe family group will help to unload all the produce at the foodbank warehouse later in October.
Many thanks
Albert & Angela

ICMC Europe 2019

As some of you may know, we are not having our February student retreat this year. This is to allow as many students as possible come to the upcoming ICMC Europe. Registration is not online yet, but we are hoping to get the word out early to allow students to book flights. Accommodation will be included in the registration. So far the UK/Nordics, central Europe, and western Europe are all attending with the potential for 350 students to be there. The dates will be April 19-22, 2019 I will make sure to keep everyone up to date with the details. 


Zach Anton