Project Update – end of March

March has been a month of consolidation after the impressive growth spurts earlier in the year.  We have learnt to be patient while boilers and pipework and other bits of plumbing are installed and all those electrical wires hanging out of the walls and ceilings get stuff attached to them.

We are more or less back on programme but the installation of the new gas meter is causing a few flutters, because without gas we cannot test the new equipment and get it all set up right. The kitchen layout has been finalised and the order placed with Wincombe Kitchens whose Paul Prankard has been helping us from the start to arrive at what we need.

On the funding front, we have received awards from Tilehurst Parish Council (£600) and Berkshire Churches Trust (£4,000) and are still waiting to hear from nine funders including Greenham Common Trust and the Englefield Trust.  Allchurches Trust has invited us to discuss our application in more detail and we are one of ASDA’s three chosen charities in March so we are encouraged to think the Lord is ensuring we’ll be able to pay back our loans sooner rather than later.

We continue to work well with our builder – Ian Legg has returned to take back the helm from Dave Lavender.  He has been busy avoiding clashes between the different elements of construction BEFORE they happen.  Many people think building is simple because they can understand the component bits like electrics, plumbing, bricklaying etc – the clever part, however, is fitting them all together and we are blessed to have Ian around to do this.

We are nearly there now, with only a few decisions left about carpets and lighting. However, please don’t stop praying for the safety of all our builders and their managers and remember particularly the fundraising efforts which will not stop.

Richard Canning
Project Treasurer

A Welcoming Message

From our Vicar – Rev. Denis Smith

680WiNPaThis is a time of great change and challenge for the Church of England.  It is no longer just sufficient to be there and wait for people to come in. Together we are searching for and finding new ways of being church.

Here are some pointers to our thinking:

  • It is important that the church is for all ages and abilities
  • We don’t have to do everything together nor everything apart.
  • We want to encounter a God who is alive and active in the world, a healing God who seeks to transform us through his Holy Spirit.
  • We want to embrace, develop and encourage all the talents that are around us.
  • We believe in a God who does make a difference, a God who still brings us, through Jesus, a full and whole way of living.
  • We want to encourage emerging ways of being church.
  • We want to be as much “out there” as we are “in church”.
  • We want to pray for, listen to and respond to the community.

Maybe we could join you on your journey and we could support and encourage each other.


October 2016 edit : While Denis has now moved on from our parish, and is no longer our Vicar, we thought it worth keeping his welcoming message here as it is still valid for the whole parish.