Faith in the Community Wokingham Borough

Encouraging Christians in Wokingham Borough to Engage with their Communities

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Open Space Evening September 2016

This autumn Faith in the Community Wokingham Borough is hosting an  go to link Open Space evening on Thursday 22nd September 2016 at Wokingham Town Hall.

This is an informal evening for churches and christian groups across Wokingham Borough to share their successes, find out about other local activities and encourage each other.

Organised and hosted by Faith in the Community Wokingham Borough, there will be music, drinks and nibbles and lots of opportunities to catch up with new and existing friends and colleagues.

Get the date in your diary now, you don’t want to miss this event.

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When: Thursday 22nd September 7.30 – 9.30pm
Where: Wokingham Town Hall Market Place, RG40 1AS
To reserve your place email mbarlow.fitc@gmail.com

Churches in… Earley

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.

Earley is a town within the Borough of Wokingham and is sometimes spelt Erleigh or Erlegh.  The town consists of a number of smaller areas, including Maiden Erlegh and Lower Earley, and lies some 2 miles (3 km) south and east of central Reading, and some 5 miles (8 km) west of Wokingham. It has a population of around 30,000.

There are nine churches in Earley.  

safe place to buy provigil online St Nicolas Church

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Address:
St Nicolas Church
Sutcliffe Avenue
Earley
RG6 7JN

Website: http://www.stnicolas.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/St-Nicolas-Earley-141602959233561

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Earley_StNics

 

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Address:
Church Road
Earley
RG6 1EY

Website: http://www.earley-stpeter.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EarleySaintPeters/

Twitter: Not Yet

 

Our Lady of Peace

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Address:
338, Wokingham Road
Earley
RG6 7DA

Website: http://www.olop.org.uk/

Facebook:  Not Yet

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Earley Christian Fellowship

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Address:
153 Wokingham Road
Reading
RG6 1LW

Website: http://www.ecfreading.org/contact-us/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ecfreadingchurch/?fref=ts

Twitter: Not Yet

 

Brookside Church

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Address:
Brookside Close
Lower Earley
RG6 3BY

Website: http://www.brooksidechurch.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/205831032855604/

Twitter: Not Yet

 

Lower Earley Baptist Church

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Address:
Maiden Place
Lower Earley
RG6 3HE

Website: http://www.lowerearleybaptistchurch.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lowerearleybaptist

Twitter: http://twitter.com/LowerEarleyBC

 

Trinity Church

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Address:
Chalfont Close
Earley
RG6 5HZ

Website: http://www.trinityearley.co.uk/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Trinity-church-Lower-Earley-Reading/193483750672278

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TrinityNewsBlog

 

Salvation Army Lower Earley

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Address:
Chalfont Close (vehicle access via Durand Road)
Lower Earley
RG6 5HZ

Website: http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/reading-lower-earley

Facebook: Not Yet

Twitter: Not Yet

 

Thames Valley Churches of Christ in Earley

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Address:
Meets at Lower Earley Crescent Centre
Warbler Drive
RG6 4HB

Website: http://tvcoc.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TVCOC-308095889554/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/tvcochrist

Churches in… Arborfield

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.

Arborfield is a village in Berkshire about 4.5 miles (7 km) south-east of Reading, about 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Wokingham.  It is about 0.6 miles (1 km) west of the sister village of Arborfield Cross and the two villages have become collectively known as Arborfield.

 

There are three churches in the Arborfield ‘area’; one being the original garrison church (before the garrison moved out) and two being part of the Arborfield and Barkham Churches group.

Garrison Church of St Eligius

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Address:
Tope Road,
Arborfield
RG2 9NB

Website: http://parish.finchampstead.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steligiuschurch/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/stelgiuschurch

 

 

St. Bartholomew’s, Arborfield

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Address:
Church Lane,
Arborfield,
RG2 9HZ

Website: http://www.abch.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/398913683532837/

Twitter: Not Yet

 

St James Barkham

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Address:
Barkham St,
Wokingham
RG40 4PL
Website: http://www.abch.org.uk/index.php?zonename=barkham93042

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/398913683532837/

Twitter: Not Yet

 

 

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

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Address:
Station Road
Twyford
RG10 9NT

Website: http://thru-christ.org.uk/mod/page/view.php?id=62

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Marys-Twyford-Church/118159331589524

Twitter: Not Yet

 

St Nicholas Hurst

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Address:
Church Hill,
Hurst
RG10 0SN

Website: http://thru-christ.org.uk/mod/page/view.php?id=38

Facebook: Not Yet

Twitter: Not Yet

 

 

Twyford United Reformed Church

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Address:
Church St,
Twyford,
RG10 9DR

Website: http://thru-christ.org.uk/mod/page/view.php?id=45

Facebook: Not Yet

Twitter: Not Yet

 

St James Ruscombe

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Address:
Southbury Lane,
Reading
RG10 9UA

Website: http://thru-christ.org.uk/mod/page/view.php?id=44

Facebook: Not Yet

Twitter: Not Yet

 

Saint Thomas More

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Address:
105 London Road
Twyford
RG10 9EL

Website: http://www.catholic-church-twyford.org/

Facebook: Not Yet

Twitter: Not Yet

 

St Andrews Sonning

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Address:
Thames St
Sonning
RG4 6UR

Website: http://sonningparish.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaintAndrewsChurchSonning

Twitter: Not Yet

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

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Address:
Gorse Ride North
Finchampstead
RG40 4ES

Website: http://www.finchampstead.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Finchampstead-Baptist-Church/200080716679786

Twitter: http://twitter.com/FBC_church

 

St James Finchampstead

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Address:
Church Lane
Finchampstead
RG40 4LU

Website: http://parish.finchampstead.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StJamesFinchampstead/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/stjfinch

 

California St Mary St John Church

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Address:
Vicarage Close
Finchampstead
RG40 4JW

Website: http://parish.finchampstead.co.uk/contact-us/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/St-Mary-and-St-John-California-224584177585409/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/smsjcalifornia

 

 

Community Navigator Scheme Launch

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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.

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Encourage Newsletter June 2016 Summer Holidays

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… Summer Holidays.

The summer holidays are approaching and we know that this is a time of both challenge and opportunity.  It is a challenge for parents who have to balance life, work and children; a challenge for grandparents who might be doing more childcare than normal and a challenge for the rest of the community who might see their normal activities stop for many week.

But we are all about opportunities to meet the needs of kids, parents, grandparents and everyone else in our communities; so here is a selection of what is going on through July and August this year……

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How to… Facebook

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What is Facebook?

Facebook is a community where people use their authentic identities.  A personal profile is for non-commercial use and represents an individual person.  The people in a church would have their own Facebook profiles which should reflect their lives closely; it is with these profiles that people interact with other people, pages and groups.  In order to start a Facebook page or group you must have an identity as yourself.

 

Facebook Pages

Pages are for organisations to share their stories and connect with people.  When you start a Facebook page for an organisation you are required to confirm that you are an approved representative of that organisation.   You customize Pages by publishing stories, hosting events and starting conversations. People who like your Page and their friends get updates from your Page in their News Feed.

Pages are predominantly about sharing information although some will include discussions, reviews and chats.  Facebook pages are used much like websites and should be kept current and encourage interaction and sharing of the posts onto individuals’ own timelines.

 

Facebook Groups

Groups are spaces where you can keep in touch with people by sharing updates, photos or documents.  In order to create a group you become the administrator.  Most groups will have at least two administrators and a number of other people who can ensure that the group is used appropriately and rules adhered to.  This is not a difficult thing to achieve until the size or activity of the group grows large.

Groups are places for discussion and sharing, depending on the type of group.  There are public, private, closed and secret groups.  Open groups can be read by anyone but you must be accepted as a group member before you can post or comment; closed groups can not be read by anyone except the members, who have to be approved to join; secret groups are not shown in any lists or searchable systems and members have to be invited to join.  It is important to choose which sort of group you might like; for example a prayer chain group would most likely be closed but a church chat group would be open.

Most churches will have several groups within their church, these might well be expected to be replicated on Facebook.  Identifying the groups and their admins and keeping these supported is an important thing for church leaders to undertake.

 

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What are the benefits of Facebook?

Share Information
Facebook is a cross generational social media platform which appeals from teenagers through to the silver surfers in retirement.  It is often used by families to keep in touch and share news and photographs.  Facebook is used to share information both about personal lives and interests; for example people might share charity events they are involved in or campaigns they are supporting.  Individuals will share articles of interest onto their timeline so that their friends can see them; in this way news can spread rapidly.

Events
Facebook events are an excellent way to tell people about something which is going to happen.  By creating an event for the community fun day and inviting all your contacts in that community you have immediately told them about the event.  You can also share events into community groups or ask people to share events with their friends or invite their friends.  This is free to use and extremely effective with those aged 30-60 who tend to be the most connected on Facebook.

Chat
Facebook discussions, debates and other chat are becoming increasingly popular and allow groups of people to share their interests and opinions as they might do in real life.  Many churches find that discussions about sermons continue through the week and that prayer support can be requested and provided without the need for a central point.  However this requires that administrators are active and watching out for any arguments or additional needs beyond that of Facebook.

Networking
Facebook has fostered networks and friendships across the world, taking on the role of discussion boards before it, enabling strong bonds to form.  It is a fact of our current society that people do not necessarily live near to people they wish to socialise with and Facebook enables these relationships to continue and develop.  Charities and Churches are able to receive and give support to members who are geographically displaced and this is an important aspect of an organisations’ life and mission.

 

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How to get onto Facebook

If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can sign up for one in a few steps:

  1. Go to www.facebook.com.
  2. If you see the signup form, fill out your name, email address or phone number, password, birthday and gender. If you don’t see the form, click Sign Up, then fill out the form.
  3. Click Sign Up.
  4. Once you sign up, you’ll need to confirm your email address or phone number. They will send you either an email or a text message to help you confirm your account.
  5. Spend time connecting with people and pages and groups you know and learn as you go.  Most people are more than happy to help new users find their way if you ask for help.

 

Online Mission

Online Mission: Would you like some training?
We are putting together a one day workshop to increase your confidence and use of social media. We are keeping the cost of as low as possible and expect it to be £25. This day will be entirely practical, allowing participants to learn from the experience of creating a video, uploading it to YouTube, Tweeting about it and sharing it on Facebook. Fill in the form below if you would like to be kept informed or have any questions about what the day.