Posts by Matthew Doe

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Mission of the Month: School Pastors

by Matthew Doe

School Pastors is an initiative from the Ascension Trust, which is a Christian-based Charitable Trust, operating a successful national initiative known as Street Pastors since 2003. School Pastors was set up with the desire to assist schools with pupils who were experiencing difficulties with their school life. Established initially through a pilot scheme in South […]

From the Vicarage: January

by Matthew Doe

At the start of a new year it is natural to look ahead and wonder what the new year will bring. We may have some plans that we are looking forward to seeing come to fruition. There may be some things that we’re less certain of, but are hoping for. Equally, there may be some […]

Can you help?

by Matthew Doe

For Open the Book Team, as we are down to 4 people now. We rehearse on two Tuesdays then act the Bible story at Purbrook Infants  School on Wednesday morning, once a month. Please contact either Pat or June. Could you consider taking on the job of looking after the 13 War Graves in the main […]

From the Vicarage: November

by Matthew Doe

Each November at Christ Church we remember. We remember loved ones lost and we remember lives given. On Sunday 4th November at 3pm we hold a quiet service which we simply call ‘In Loving Memory’. This provides us all with the opportunity to remember family members and friends who have died. Some who come to […]

Mission of the Month: Simeon’s Trustees

by Matthew Doe

The trustees take their name from Charles Simeon who was born in Reading in 1759.  He became a zealous evangelical Christian whilst studying at Kings College, Cambridge University.  Cambridge was very different from today.  It was a county town, poorly appointed, with no street lights and carriages could only move with some difficulty even on […]

Advent Fayre Help Needed

by Matthew Doe

With Advent Fayre coming soon, we are looking for help. Can you supply any ingredients for sweet making? We are particularly needing donations of icing sugar, desiccated coconut, condensed milk, cooking chocolate, 70% cocoa solids chocolate and stork cooking spread. If you can donate anything, please leave at the back of church or give them […]

From the Vicarage: October

by Matthew Doe

Last year the General Synod of the Church of England received a report entitled Setting God’s People Free. The report looks at the involvement of the whole people of God in the mission of the church. It notes that there has too often been a failure to share leadership beyond the clergy. The report suggests […]

Mission of the Month: Bible Reading Fellowship

by Matthew Doe

BRF (The Bible Reading Fellowship) is a Christian charity that started in January 1922 in an Anglican church in Brixton, where the vicar wanted to help his congregation, in his words, ‘to get a move on spiritually’. He began to offer a monthly leaflet of daily Bible readings, coupled with a midweek discussion group and […]

Alpha Course

by Matthew Doe

The next Alpha Course is being hosted by CoGS over six Tuesday evenings from 2nd October. Speak to Andy or contact the CoGS office on 02392 256814 for further details. To find out more about what Alpha is, click here.