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Remembering a loved one at a time of Remembrance

Two Caversham churches are inviting people to come and remember a loved one in a peaceful service of prayer and reflection. On Sunday, 30 October, 4.00pm, St John’s Church on Gosbrook Road and, one Sunday, 6 November 6.30pm, St Peter’s on The Warren will remember loved ones who have died. All are welcome on a day called All Souls in church calendars.

A week later, on Sunday  13 November, St Peter’s and St John’s will mark Remembrance Sunday with services beginning at 9.30am and ending in time for worshippers to join the ceremony at Caversham’s war memorial. Sister church St Margaret’s, in Mapledurham, will mark Remembrance with a service starting at 11.00am.

“The three churches of Caversham Thameside and Mapledurham Parish are here for everyone whether remembering a loved, welcoming a new child, celebrating a wedding or simply as a quiet place for reflection or for worship,” says the Rector, the Revd Mike Smith.

 

Easter: Three days that changed the world

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Rector Mike Smith views the banner outside St Peter’s.

Rector Mike Smith views the banner outside St Peter’s.

The events of Holy Week and Easter are three Days that changed the world. Churches are reminding their communities of this story at the heart of the Christian faith this Lent.

A poster and banner campaign in Caversham and Mapledurham highlights the realities of the Easter story: the violence of Jesus’ beatings and crucifixion; the blood that stained the wooden cross; the shining transformation of the Resurrection.

“Easter is the most central focus of our Church year and we wanted everyone in our community to have the chance to learn more and share in our services and celebration of Easter,” says Revd Mike Smith, Rector of Caversham Thameside and Mapledurham Parish. “It’s a story of love, betrayal, sacrifice and the promise of new hope: so no apologies for the striking image of our campaign. We’re hoping people are struck by the starkness of images, and encouraged to find out more at one or other of our churches.”

The story of those 3 Days is retold at www.ctmparish.org.uk/3days or follow the QR code on posters.

Banners can be seen on Church House in Caversham and on St Peter’s Hill outside St Peter’s Church. Posters will be displayed at St Margaret’s, Mapledurham, and St John the Baptist on Gosbrook Road, Caversham, as well St Peter’s.

There are opportunities to join churches marking those 3 Days on Maundy Thursday, April 2, remembering Jesus’ Last Supper; Good Friday, April 3, living through the events of the Crucifixion; Holy Saturday, April 4, with a musical retelling of the story; and Easter Day, April 5, joining in the joy and promise of the Resurrection.

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Notes for Editors

 

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Rector Mike Smith views the banner outside St Peter’s.

 

Easter Services at Caversham Thameside & Mapledurham Parish

(for full details see www.ctmparish.org.uk/events/2015/easter-2015/#Next)

 

St Peter’s Church, The Warren

 

Palm Sunday 29 March, 9.45am – Palm cross procession with Holy Communion, starting in Caversham Court

Monday 30 March-Wednesday 1 April, 8.00pm – Compline

Maundy Thursday 2 April, 8.00pm – Sung Eucharist with foot washing and Watch until midnight

Good Friday 3 April, Midday – Three-hour devotional service ‘at the foot of the Cross’

Easter Day 5 April, 6.00am – The Easter Liturgy:  celebrating the resurrection at dawn, starting in Caversham Court

Easter Day 5 April, 9.45am – Holy Communion for all the family

 

St Margaret’s Church, Mapledurham

 

Palm Sunday 29 March, 11.00am – Palm Sunday Holy Communion

Maundy Thursday 2 April, 7.30pm – Agape supper and Eucharist in Trench Green Hall

Good Friday 3 April, 10.30am – Stations of the cross: walk with Jesus the way of the cross

Easter Day 5 April, 11.00am – Holy Communion for all the family

 

St John the Baptist Church, Gosbrook Road

 

Palm Sunday 29 March, 11.00am – Palm Sunday procession with Holy Communion

Good Friday 3 April, 10.30am – Good Friday All Age service

Holy Saturday 4 April, 4.00pm – Once Upon a Tree: a musical telling of the story of the crucifixion

Easter Day 5 April, 10.00am – Holy Communion for all the family

 

 

For more information:

 

Steve Jenkins    tel 07768 764783 or email stevejenkins100@gmail.com .

Flog It! expert Thomas Plant values treasures in Caversham

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Antiques expert Thomas Plant will be helping to make a wonderful noise in St Peter’s Church, Caversham on Saturday, 11 October. The BBC Flog It! star will be valuing antiques, collectables, jewellery and other treasures in the final fundraising push for the Church Organ Appeal.

Thomas and valuers from Special Auction Services will give consultations for a nominal £3 per valuation or £10 for four towards the new organ. If anyone wants to sell an item, Thomas and his colleagues will arrange for it to be entered into a forthcoming auction.

Valuations will be available from 10.00am to 2.00pm on Saturday, October 11, in St Peter’s, with refreshments available. Consultations will be available on the day or, to book a slot for that unused silver teapot or the old master in the attic, phone 0118 9479366 or 07557 049092.

 

Thames Path Pilgrimage – the journey continues

By Steve Jenkins

Express trains passing through are an unusual response during morning prayer but it worked for Bishop John and two dozen fellow walkers on stage 7 of the Thames pilgrimage; journeying was the obvious subject of prayers. Thursday 25 September saw the pilgrims start out after worship on the overbridge at Tilehurst station and head for the busyness of Reading, followed by the still small voices of calm at Sonning and Shiplake. Trains were left behind as the Thames and its path veered a little north between the fields and open country again. Here, the pilgrims enjoyed the sight of herons feeding, their nests in the trees, the occasional black shag flying by and even the flash of a kingfisher.

The pilgrimage entered Reading in the late summer sunshine beside the Rivermead site of the Reading Festival, now silent, and with the riverfront houses of Caversham across the water. The tower of St Peter’s, Caversham, appeared through the trees of Caversham Court; long ago, the rector’s garden. To the south, in the middle of town, lay the ruins of Reading Abbey, founded by Henry I, who was buried by the high altar but the pilgrim path beckoned onwards.

Passing under Caversham Bridge, the path passed between the residential riverfront of Reading and the town’s very own Christchurch Meadows on the other bank. Beyond Reading Bridge was a short break at Caversham Lock before crossing the River Kennet on the Horseshoe Bridge and heading on, between the wide open spaces of the Pinsent Redgrave rowing lake and the silicon valley blocks of Thames Valley Business Park, towards Sonning – and lunch. After a well-earned picnic, Bishop John and the pilgrims crossed Sonning Bridge to walk the other side of the river, in open countryside once more, to Shiplake, dominated by St Peter and St Paul’s Church, where Alfred Lord Tennyson was married.

The walkers enjoyed an opportunity of an exhibition of Janet Duncan’s watercolours in the church, as well as tea and discussion in the Ark and the church. After a short service, Bishop John closed the day with a blessing.

For more on the Thames Pilgrim Way see the dedicated website.

A heron takes off as the pilgrims pass through King's Meadow, Reading.

A heron takes off as the pilgrims pass through King’s Meadow, Reading.

The pilgrims take a break at Caversham Lock.

The pilgrims take a break at Caversham Lock.

 

Coffee venue in Lower Caversham

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by Steve Jenkins

Mayor of Reading Councillor Marian Livingston was among the first to sample the delights of Lower Caversham’s new café – The 3Cs. Caversham Community Café, whic opened for business on Tuesday, 6 May, in St John the Baptist Church, Gosbrook Road.Caversham

Richard Purkis, of Lower Caversham Community Partnership, said: “This is a venture run for the community by the community. I hope that the café will be well used, well regarded and grow.”

The not-for-profit 3Cs café will serve a range of freshly-ground coffees from espressos to cappuccinos, teas, infusions, cakes, biscuits and crisps every Tuesday, from 9.30am to 2.30pm. As custom builds, more days will be added.

3Cs grew out of conversations between Caversham Hall, New Bridge Nursery and St John the Baptist Church, part of the parish of Caversham, Thameside and Mapledurham. Together they formed the Lower Caversham Community Partnership and surveys among the people and businesses of Lower Caversham showed the demand for a café in the community.

Thanks to grants from Reading Springboard, the Big Lottery Fund and Church House Caversham, St John’s has been suitably adapted, a café counter built and a volunteer manager and staff trained. Equipment and fairtrade coffee and tea were sourced from Reading’s own Kingdom Coffee.

The Revd Jeremy Tear, community priest at St John’s, said: “St John’s is delighted to be hosting the café and working in partnership with the nursery and the hall. Do come and visit us – you would very welcome!”

 

Mayor to open Caversham’s latest coffee venue at St John the Baptist

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Mayor of Reading Councillor Marian Livingston will be among the first to sample the delights of Lower Caversham’s new café – The 3Cs. Caversham Community Café opens for business on Tuesday, May 6, in St John the Baptist Church, Gosbrook Road.

Richard Purkis, of Lower Caversham Community Partnership, said: “This is a venture run for the community by the community. I hope that the cafe will be well used, well regarded and grow.” The not-for-profit 3Cs café will serve a range of freshly-ground coffees from espressos to cappuccinos, teas, infusions, cakes, biscuits and crisps every Tuesday, from 9.30am to 2.30pm. As custom builds, more days will be added.

3Cs grew out of conversations between Caversham Hall, New Bridge Nursery and St John the Baptist Church, part of the parish of Caversham Thameside and Mapledurham. Together they formed the Lower Caversham Community Partnership and surveys among the people and businesses of Lower Caversham showed the demand for a café in the community. Thanks to grants from Reading Springboard, the Big Lottery Fund and Church House Caversham, St John’s has been suitably adapted, a café counter built and a volunteer manager and staff trained. Equipment and fairtrade coffee and tea were sourced from Reading’s own Kingdom Coffee.

The Revd Jeremy Tear, community priest at St John’s, said: “St John’s is delighted to be hosting the cafe and working in partnership with the nursery and the hall. Do come and visit us – you would very welcome!”