Welcome to Wokingham Methodist Church
Maundy Thursday 28 March
- 7.30pm A service of Holy Communion to remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples
Good Friday 29 March
- 9.00am Join us at Breakfast Church for prayer, reflection, creativity and fellowship
Walk with the Cross - Churches Together in Wokingham
- 11:30am Gather at Corpus Christi Church (Sturges Road) for the Procession of the Cross to Peach Place
- 12 noon 'An Hour at the Cross', a dramatic presentation in Peach Place
- The cross will then be taken in procession to All Saints Church
Sunday Morning Worship in the church resumed on Easter Day, 4th April 2021. Current guidelines.
Sunday 25 February - Lent 2
10.30am Morning Worship - Revd Sharon Gardner
Note: The Wokingham ½ Marathon takes place this morning with town centre roads, including Rose Street, closed 9.00-10.45am.
Weekly Pastoral Letter - 16 February 2024
from Chris Rooke-Matthews
I’ve been looking at the Methodist Way of Life pocket guide recently, and felt particularly drawn to this section, headed ‘Open’.
God gives a warm welcome.
We meet God in relationship with people.
It asks these two questions:
- How have you shown hospitality and generosity recently?
- How have you received them?
We always try to give a warm welcome to all who come to our services, and in the café during the week, greeting both those who are new, or uncertain about what they are walking into, but also the familiar faces of those we see regularly and know well. This is done by Welcome Stewards on a Sunday morning but, just as importantly, also by others sitting near to an unfamiliar person. It could be a smile, or friendly greeting, chatting with someone sitting near to you, or inviting them to stay for refreshments after the service. I don’t always get this right – I’m reasonably confident when it comes to recognising faces and recalling snippets of information from previous occasions, but very bad at remembering names! I guess I need to practice more.
Helping occasionally in the café during the week, I also have the opportunity to spend time with a great, caring team. It’s a privilege to feel part of the team. We learn so much about our customers, both those who visit regularly, and others, like a lady who came in this week, who only discovered us because she had found out that her local bank had an advice service in the building. The customer was amazed at the transformation, and told us that the last time she had been near the church was before Peach Place had been in existence!
Being able to stay to have a drink and chat over a drink on Sundays, catching up with friends, and meeting new people is valued by many of us. It’s an ideal opportunity to get to know each other better, and spend time together. We are currently able to provide this on two Sundays each month, and are often asked if it could happen every week! Unfortunately, with few volunteers, this is proving difficult. I wonder: Is this a dilemma or an exciting opportunity?
Weekly Pastoral Letter - 9 February 2024
from Revd Catherine Bowstead
This coming week marks the beginning of the season of Lent, the 40 days of preparation for the events of Holy Week & Easter. Easter was traditionally the time when baptisms were celebrated, and when those who had become separated from the communion of the Church because of their serious sins were restored to the Church’s fellowship. This has resulted in Lent having a solemn character. It is the season of the year where the disciplines of penitence, self-examination, self-denial, study and almsgiving are practised.
Originally these Lenten disciplines were adopted by candidates for baptism and penitents preparing themselves to be readmitted to communion, but it became the custom for the whole Christian community to join in the process of study, preparation and repentance. These Lenten disciplines happen over forty days to remind Christians of the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, being tested by Satan.
As a Lenten discipline this year, we are encouraged to sign up to the daily reflections “Unbounded Love” on the Methodist Church Website or read our Lenten book, “Loving my neighbour”. Each Thursday, beginning on 15th February, a group will gather in the Café to discuss what we’ve learnt and how we have been challenged in the week’s readings and reflections. You might like to choose another Lent discipline too, giving something up or giving to a charity for example.
This coming Saturday morning our Breakfast Church will be sharing pancakes together and exploring how we can prepare for Lent. And our service this Sunday on the Last Sunday before Lent begins looks at Jesus’ transfiguration. The readings are 2 Kings 2:1-12 where we hear the account of the prophet Elijah being taken up to heaven and Mark’s account of the Transfiguration in Mark 9:2-9.
On Ash Wednesday we mark the beginning of Lent with a Circuit Service at our Woosehill Church beginning at 7pm. The service will be livestreamed, and you will be able to access it via the Woosehill Church website: woosehillchurch.org
I hope that you have a good week
With every blessing