Faith in the Community Wokingham Borough

Encouraging Christians in Wokingham Borough to Engage with their Communities

Month: July 2016

Churches in… Twyford and Sonning

At Faith in the Community Wokingham Borough we want to encourage churches and christian charities to share the good news of what they are doing in their communities.  In order to assist this process we are publishing a series of posts over the summer weeks providing the names, contact details and social media accounts of the churches in the various regions of the borough.

Twyford is a large village and civil parish in Berkshire with a population of about 7,000 people.   It is in the Thames Valley on the A4 between Reading and Maidenhead, close to Henley-on-Thames and in the Borough of Wokingham.  Sonning includes Charvil and Sonning Eye.  The north-western boundary is formed by the River Thames, the southern border follows the railway line. The north-eastern boundary travels over Charvil Hill, the northern corner of the parish consists of very low-lying land adjoining the River.

There are six churches in Twyford and Sonning; a Catholic Church and a further four who work together as “thru-Christ” which takes it’s name from St Mary’s Twyford, St Nicholas Hurst, St James Ruscombe and Twyford United Reformed Church.  They “work in relationship with each other in order that we can be part of God’s life on our communities more effectively“.

St Mary’s Twyford


Station Road
RG10 9NT



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St Nicholas Hurst

st nics hurst

Church Hill,
RG10 0SN


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Twyford United Reformed Church

twyford urc

Church St,
RG10 9DR


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St James Ruscombe

st james ruscombe

Southbury Lane,
RG10 9UA


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Saint Thomas More


105 London Road
RG10 9EL


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St Andrews Sonning


Thames St



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Churches in… Finchampstead

At Faith in the Community Wokingham Borough we want to encourage churches and christian charities to share the good news of what they are doing in their communities.  In order to assist this process we are publishing a series of posts over the summer weeks providing the names, contact details and social media accounts of the churches in the various regions of the borough.

Finchampstead is a village 2 miles south of Wokingham, 5 miles west of Bracknell and 8 miles south-east of Reading.  There are 3 churches in the village of Finchampstead.

Finchampstead Baptist Church


Gorse Ride North
RG40 4ES





St James Finchampstead


Church Lane
RG40 4LU





California St Mary St John Church


Vicarage Close
RG40 4JW






How to… be missional at your #PokeGym

Emma has written about #PokemonGo and the fact that many churches, including their own St Nicolas Earley, are now a #PokeGym or a #PokeStop.  This is a missional opportunity we all need to embrace.

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It is extremely likely that your church is a #PokeGym or #PokeStop and this is great news for churches, because all of a sudden there will be all sorts of people coming to battle online.  There will be kids, tweens, teenagers, young adults, older adults and families all coming to your church to play #PokemonGo.  There will be lots of people at your church hanging around out of choice and most of them probably won’t be members of your church or even people who have ever stepped through the doors.  This is a mission opportunity……



Encourage Newsletter July 2016 Foodbanks

Welcome to your monthly Encourage newsletter from Faith in the Community Wokingham Borough.  This is your resource; to tell the community what you are doing and to find out what might be useful for people you are supporting. Share this on your website, within your own communications and across the social media networks AND keep sending us your good news.

Each month Encourage will have focus on one area of need being tackled in our community. This month… Foodbanks.

Every day people across Wokingham Borough go hungry; people on a low income or made redundant or ill; the young and the older, families and people on their own; people just like you. The economic crisis and government cuts have seen a big increase in the number of people needing help. Foodbanks provide …..


Yeldall Manor

This is the second of a series of articles about christian charities across Wokingham Borough.  Why not help Yeldall Manor rehabilitate more people by sharing this across Facebook, on Twitter, on your website and with your networks by email.

Yeldall Manor is a rehabilitation centre, which for nearly 40 years has been helping men overcome their drug and alcohol addictions and return to society to live new lives; drug, alcohol and crime free.


The Yeldall Manor First-Stage Programme is a rehabilitation programme, lasting 12-24 weeks, which combines counselling, group sessions and work in the house/grounds. At Yeldall Manor, residents find a place where the staff and other residents welcome and accept them. We try to be like a family and, like good parents, offer both love and discipline. Because the life of an addict is very chaotic, days in rehab are quite structured to help them bring order back into their lives.

Yeldall Manor is a Christian organisation, as we believe that the best means of achieving rehabilitation is through discipleship to Jesus Christ. However, residents do not have to be Christian to join the programme, and we never insist, or force such a commitment upon anyone.  Work is an important part of the programme – helping in the grounds, maintenance of the house or the kitchen. Some of our residents haven’t held down a job before, so they have to learn to take orders (sometimes from staff younger than themselves), to do jobs that they may not enjoy and to work as a team, as well as learning new skills (like horticulture, chain-sawing or cooking).

Counselling and group sessions provide the ‘therapy’ in the programme and help our residents face up to problems in their lives, which have often been ‘hidden’ by the drinking or drug-taking; many suffered childhood abuse or other traumas which need to be gently addressed.

Following successful completion of this programme, all residents have the opportunity to join the 18-24 week Yeldall Lodge Second-Stage Programme. This helps residents prepare for life outside Yeldall, with voluntary work, training courses and separate supported accommodation.  Residents live in one of two self-contained flats in the 10-bed Lodge, which is a separate building on the Yeldall Manor site. Throughout this programme residents learn to live more independently and are responsible for their own cooking, cleaning and washing.  Residents receive help with finding voluntary work placements, which they attend two days a week in order to gain further work experience and help prepare them for permanent work once they complete the programme. We also provide groups in areas such as relapse prevention, life skills, budgeting, relationship building, healthy eating and nutrition.

On completing the Second-Stage, residents have the opportunity to benefit from the Yeldall Third-Stage Programme, which can offer supported housing and/or voluntary work/training with our Grounds Maintenance Services as the men start to resettle back into the community. At this stage and beyond, our ex-residents receive on-going support from our Aftercare team.


Rehabilitation is not easy, but it is effective. During our latest monitoring period, of those that completed both programmes between six and eighteen months ago, currently over 90% continue to live drug/alcohol-free and most are working in either a paid or a voluntary capacity.


How you can help Yeldall Manor

There are three main ways you can help Yedall Manor with their work; you can volunteer your time and talents, donate money and pray.  You can find all about these at their website.

Community Navigator Scheme Launch

Community Navigator Launch Events poster Jul16 (002)

Supporting and Empowering People to Engage in Self-care, Independence and Well-being across the Borough of Wokingham

On Tuesday 12th July at Bradbury Centre in Wokingham and on Tuesday 19th July at St Nicolas Church in Earley Involve Wokingham will be launching the Community Navigator Scheme.

Community Navigators are local volunteers who help people find their way to activities, services or organisations which they would enjoy, find useful or benefit from within the local community. This is an information giving and signposting project.

The Community Navigator scheme is for anyone of any age from the Wokingham Borough. You may be a young parent looking for peer support and different activities in your area, you may be a working age individual wanting to find out about local sports or music clubs and groups or you could be an elderly person looking to find support with managing a health condition or looking for new social networks to join. See the example scenario below.  Navigators are recruited, trained and supported by a volunteer co-ordinator at involve and are based at GP surgeries and community venues across the Borough of Wokingham.

People can access the service through a referral. This may be from a GP, social worker, family member or a self-referral. A time slot is booked with a Navigator who will explore a range of options in the community for the individual to engage with and will encourage them to attend groups, activities and services that can help them meet their needs.  Navigators are not counsellors or experts at dealing with particular issues and they are not going to solve a person’s problems for them – but they will help and guide the individual to discover “what’s on in their community”.

These launch events are for everyone who might be interested in volunteering as community navigators as well as support workers and organisations who will be happy to accept referrals through the scheme.

Please come along to one of the launch events and spread the news through your community, let’s make sure this scheme can help as many people as possible across Wokingham Borough.


Just Around the Corner (JAC)

This is the first of a series of articles about christian charities across Wokingham Borough.  Why not help JAC become better known by sharing this across Facebook, on Twitter, on your website and with your networks by email.

Just Around the Corner (JAC) was founded in 1998 and the organisation works with disadvantaged young people to encourage them to make positive choices. Last year JAC, as a whole, delivered 2039 sessions to 11,954 young people.  Their incredible team of volunteers gave 8792 volunteer hours.  The JAC PAD in Wokingham town centre has worked with young people and adults suffering with anxiety, addiction and other problems, offering a drop in service and a market stall to help them socialise; this is being changed as Wokingham is developed.   They also have a community shop for those that are work ready to gain retail experience in a supported environment.  The final aspect of their work is on the streets to build relationships with young people as well as running emotional literacy groups in Schools.  Below are details JAC have provided about the different services.

Rehoboth Activity centre and stables
At our multi activity centre and stables we do intense therapeutic work with young people through Equine Assisted Learning , horticulture, pottery, arts & crafts & land management. Young people are referred as they are struggling in mainstream education or not accessing education at all. The reasons that they are referred for are varied and could be trauma, sexual and / or domestic abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, low self-esteem, post adoption issues, attachment disorders, emotional, social or behavioural issues etc. Some of our young people are unable to cope with mainstream Education and are with us full time, as it is the only place where they will engage and feel safe. Once they have finished the EAL programme – many young people continue to volunteer with us on supported placements and some complete accredited training courses with us (NVQ’s, Berkshire award, etc.)


Detached work
JAC have been involved in several community events and will be involved in re-developing some community land for young people under the A329 M – the suggestions have been to turn the area in to a parkour (free running area) skate park or BMX – or all three!

Schools work
JAC are still working hard in Maiden Erlegh, mentoring and running Schools groups

We are losing the JACPAD and the JAC SHOP in Wokingham Town Centre because of the redevelopment but for now we are still mentoring, training and developing young people through the Market Stall and the shop. Several young people have now gained employment and we are looking forward to seeing more lives changed before December.


This year we have been setting up Education for those young people that are with us almost full time. We have a fully qualified teacher who is working on functional skills in English and Maths with them and 3 of them sat an exam last week!  Some of them are also doing an NVQ in Horse care. For young people who have disengaged from Education or for whom main stream and other special school placements haven’t worked – it is incredible to see them achieving so much at JAC that will set them up for their future. 2 of our young people both got distinctions in their last NVQ unit on horse care.  JAC have now also raised enough funds to buy a horse box which will take the equine work to a new level.


JAC therapeutic programme
This has expanded and we are now offering: pottery, arts and crafts, welding, horticulture, small animals, goats, donkeys, horses, bees and much more.


How you can help JAC
There are three main ways you can help JAC with their work; you can volunteer your time and talents, donate money and pray.


1If you would like to receive this monthly prayer diary or get involved in any way then please email

And please support their Family Fun DAY on the 9th July – Saturday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
With pony rides, meet the goats and donkeys, horse games, quiz, stalls, decorating horse shoes, raffle, refreshments and BBQ.