‘The lght shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.’ John1:5
We would like to invite you to celebrate the light and hope of Christmas with us as we journey through Advent together.
Each day we plan to set aside some time (between 5.30 and 6pm) for reflection, to light a candle, listen to or sing a carol and feel that we are all still part of our church family, even though we are not able to meet in person at this time.
Also, Churches together Wokingham have suggested an idea to brighten up our town by decorating our windows in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Each week there is a different theme:
30th November – Mary is visited by the Angel Gabriel
7th December -Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem
14th December -Shepherds and Angels
21st December -Baby Jesus is born in a stable
28th December -The visit of the Wise Men
Do You Want to Sing Carols
Please note that in response to the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening (19th December), we have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the Carol Singing in the car park scheduled for 20th December.
Up and coming Events at St Pauls
Woosehill Church Covid 19 Update – 17/03/2020
You will be aware that the government
introduced additional measures on Monday aimed at preventing the further spread
of corona virus. The Health Secretary made clear in Parliament that the guidance applies to all faith
The Archbishops of Canterbury & York have issued a statement in response to the guidance which puts our usual pattern of Sunday services and other midweek meetings on hold.
There will, therefore, be no public church services or church-run groups until further notice. We are very much still here though – if you need prayer please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or if you need any practical help call us on 0118 979 2122.
These are very early days in this new phase and you will appreciate that things are changing rapidly. We will endeavour to keep you updated as things happen, but, in the meantime, the Archbishops have joined with other church leaders in calling for a day of prayer and action this Sunday (Mothering Sunday) particularly remembering those who are sick or anxious and all involved in health and emergency services.
We will announce any future events when we can.
and a look at some of our past events when life was more normal!:
The Woosehill Church Quiz Night on Zoom, in aid of Action for Children and The Children’s Society was held on Saturday 28th November. A very successful quiz evening was enjoyed by 14 teams. We raised just over £400 to be split between the two charities. Thank you very much to all who attended and congratulations to “The Tigers”
Our HARVEST FESTIVAL WEEKEND , Sept. 2019
The Flower and Harvest Festival weekend was a wonderful opportunity to showcase all that goes on at Woosehill Church. A steady stream of visitors over the weekend enjoyed a great selection of delicious cakes along with their tea and coffee, with soup and rustic bread also being provided on the Sunday after the church service.
Thanks are due to the organisers and to all the helpers who volunteered so willingly to make the weekend a great success.
The foyer display was created by the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers. The Christening and Wedding displays were created with the help of St Paul’s and St Nick’s who we should thank for supporting our event.
Thoughts on Brexit and beyond
A sermon preached by our Rector Richard Lamey at Woosehill Church on September 15th 2019 as part of the sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer, focussing on“Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil.”
Summed up by Richard as: “The way we disagree now will decide the future we inherit” Click on the link below to open a copy of the Sermon as a pdf file:-
Harvesting Ringo’s at Messy Church!
Mothering Sunday was celebrated with our popular café style service which included a fabulous celebration cake and cup cakes, alongside the usual coffee and pastries!
Of course there was Worship too, with songs, prayers and stories of women who made a mark on our lives and those of others.
Embrace the Middle East
We were very privileged to have Neil Graham from our current church charity Embrace the Middle East at our Sunday service on 10th February. An excellent ambassador for this charity which we are proud to support.
Carols at The Olde Leathern Bottel, Tuesday 11th December
Sunday, 11th. November 2018
Our striking new banner for Remembrance Sunday
BEATING the BOUNDS:
The Bounds of the Parish of St Paul’s were soundly beaten on a glorious Autumn morning finishing with a shared picnic lunch back at Woosehill.
It was a special day too for Ron who celebrated his 86th birthday with us – as we tried to keep up with him!
Harvest Festival 2018
Sunday 30th September was a special day at Woosehill Church when we started celebrating 25 years of our church building with a Harvest Festival service led by Bishop Andrew of Reading together with our minister Rev’d Patrick Mukholi. Many of the original members of the church were present, the fellowship continuing with a lunchtime BBQ – and it didn’t rain!
All Hands on Dec (oration!)
Our new “hand printed” altar cloth has been made by our own fair hands to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Church building. Reminding us that it is “God’s work – Our hands” , Patrick adds that we should be “Remembering and rejoicing in God’s faithfulness and trusting Him for the next 25 + years of journeying with Him”
It is now almost 25 Years since we started worshipping in our beautiful church building. To celebrate we are holding 3 special services. The first was our Harvest Festival Service on 30th September at 10am. That was led by Bishop Andrew, Bishop of Reading. Followed by a Church BBQ, when it didn’t rain(!), the proceeds went to Yeldall Manor and The Wokingham Foodbank. The date represented when we received the keys to the building.
The second service was on 28th October at 10am and led by our close friend Elaine Steere and was a celebration that included an anniversary cake with our tea and coffee.
The Final day of celebration was on 2nd December the closest date to the first service in our church 25 years ago. The day will start with a communion service at 10am led by John Hellyer, Chair of the Methodist Church South East District, this was followed by tea and coffee before lunch was served from 12:30pm and the day finished with an Advent Carol Service at 2:30pm.
28th October a celebration led by Elaine Steer
Messy Church Come and join us for our next Messy Church on 24th March, from 4-6pm. Games, stories, craft and a sit down tea for all. Not just for children, all ages welcome! An evening service follows at 6:15 pm. Patrick & Doreen.
Superheroes Holiday Bible Club, July 2018
Every summer we run a holiday bible club for children in Years 1 – 6 at the start of the summer holiday. For more information about this year’s Superheroes follow the link
Hawthorns School Summer Fair, 2018
Woosehill Church enjoyed the Hawthorns School Summer Fair on the last Saturday in June. We made crosses with lolly sticks and wool, white paper doves, and did some colouring sheets. In spite of the heat, and the melting ice creams, it was great to be part of our local community at such a beautifully organised fun event.
Sing Something Simple: 6th. June 2018
We took Sing Something Simple to Kennet Court this afternoon. A musical meander down Memory Lane – with songs from the late fifties to the early seventies. We had a lovely time with the residents.
A wonderful celebration of Pentecost at Woosehill. A new banner created for the occasion by our Banner Group, a stunning flower display from one of our ‘flower ladies’ and a delicious themed cake from one of our Tadpoles mums. Great teamwork to make the church look beautiful on this special day.
Tadpoles’ Christmas Service! (December 2017)
Today was our end of term at Tadpoles and we celebrated Christmas with a special service for our little ones, finishing with lots of festive treats. Thank you to Patrick for amazingly keeping all the children engaged and involved.
Happy Christmas Tadpoles – we open again on January 3rd and big brothers and sisters are welcome too!
New Church Banner
We have a new banner at Woosehill, made by some of the ladies of the church, with donations of many buttons from church members! It was hung in church in time for Remembrance Sunday and adds to our collection of banners for the different seasons of the church year.