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Help a New Town school go solar

New Town primary school is aiming to raise £15,000 so that it can install solar panels, helping provide a cleaner environment for the future and a great way to teach pupils about energy and climate change . 

New Town Primary School is relying on parents and the local community to help raise the money needed to turn the school into its own clean, green power machine. There are three things they say that you can do to help:

  • They are looking for volunteers to help sell books of vouchers to friends and families across town. If you would like to sell a few, get in touch!
  • Persuade your own workplace to buy a panel on our roof
  • Donate some time! From organising a cake sale to running a sponsored marathon, New Town school would love your help. Please get in touch as they are  planning lots of fundraising ideas to meet their target!

If you would like to find out more or would like to donate to this project, please visit http://www.solarschools.org.uk/newtown/

Young people lead prayers for Reading homeless

What would you do to help those who are homeless in Reading?
The young people in St John’s church spent the evening of Saturday February 4th building shelters and learning about the experiences of those who have to live out on the streets of Reading at night.
The next morning, waking bleary-eyed from their shelters, they helped lead the morning all-age service with Alison Peyton.

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NEW PATHS FOR CHRISTIANS: Four innovative voices (in ten papers)

NEW PATHS FOR CHRISTIANS 

Introduction

 During all the years when Reading Jubilee Debt Campaign was operating, I have had at the back of my mind a vision of Jesus – inspirational, charismatic, a leader with a clear message, central to which was a care for the poor. A message signalled by St Luke at the start of his gospel account:

 He has put down the mighty from their seat and exalted those of low degree; he has filled the hungry with good things and the rich he has sent empty away.

 I assumed that folks in our churches would be similarly inspired, But, although we have been so fortunate in the untiring commitment of a few people and a few churches, the picture that emerges ten years after we started is one of tiredness and a general  lack of enthusiasm.  Why should this be?  It might be due to normal human frailty amongst our Christian fellows but my reading indicates something more specific. (more…)

THEN THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY – NOW FACE TO FACE. Hamish Preston

PAPER 1

 THEN THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY – NOW FACE TO FACE

(Apologies to St Paul. 1 Cor; 13.12)

 Based on

 THE NEW TESTAMENT AND THE PEOPLE OF GOD  (SPCK 1992)

and JESUS AND THE VICTORY OF GOD  (SPCK 1996)

by N T Wright

               This is the story of  how Jesus and his Ministry have come to the centre stage in the world of the scholars. The story is told in  the opening chapters of both  the texts referred to above, beginning with JESUS AND THE VICTORY OF GOD.

 Chapter 1

Jesus Then and Now

 Most scholars in the twentieth century have shied away from attempting a full-face portrait of Jesus; they have felt the need to distance themselves from a whole body of earlier commentaries which had portrayed Jesus in loving, but spurious detail, based on the imagination of the writers rather than on historical data. Instead, scholars have preferred to attend to the rise of the early church a generation or more after the time of the ministry of Jesus. This is because the gospel texts have been held to reflect the concerns of the evangelists themselves as they wrote for the later generations of Christians. The texts were not to be relied on, the scholars judged, as historical data concerning Jesus himself.       (more…)

Lent Film Series 2010

Doubt [DVD] [2008]Fish Tank [DVD] [2009] 518KmZcOugL__SL500_AA240_Into the Wild [DVD] [2007]

After the success of last years Lent series of Films examing various directors approaches to the life of Christ  (Jesus of Nazareth, Last temptation of Christ, Passion of Christ, Jesus of Montreal) it has been decided that we will run another series this year. The movies chosen for this year will not  directly tackle any biblical story or theme but have been carefully selected instead for their powerful individual vision and challenge as contempory cinema. Sometimes provocative, sometimes disturbing and maybe even, at times, spiritually uplifting, these films will allow us to enter another world which in turn will inform and challenge our own.  

All are welcome, refreshments provided. Time: Thursday @ 7.45pm Feb 25th, Mar 4th, Mar 11th, Mar 18th, Mar 25th.