Church Groups

Altar Guild

Altar Guild consists of several teams of five people who take it in turns to both set-up on the Saturday and form the serving team (crucifer, acolytes, gospeller and servers) on the Sunday. If you'd like to join an Altar Guild, we are always looking for new members, so please get in touch with the Parish Office!


Bellringers

We are a group of bellringers of all ages, who meet regularly to ring the bells at Easthampstead Church.photo of church bells seen from above

We ring before the main service on Sunday morning, between 8.55 -9.30am, and practice every Thursday evening 7.30 - 9pm.

We welcome new members, both those who can already ring church bells, and anyone who is interested in learning to ring.  We're happy to teach people who have never rung a chuch bell before. 

We are a friendly, sociable group of people, aged from those in their teens, to their 80's who all enjoy church bellringing. As well as ringing the bells here at Easthampstead, there are opportunities to ring at other local towers, and we also go on ringing outings to churches further afield.  

Contact - Steve Wells (Tower Captain) 01344 452202 or come and join us when we meet.

Choir

Music at St Michael and St Mary Magdalene

Music plays a very large role in the worship at our church. We have both adult and junior choirs who lead the musical worship throughout the church year.

The music department is run by our Organist and Director of Music, Liam Condon and our Music Administrator Jill Tidy.

Contact the music department at Music 

Adult Choir

Traditional robed voluntary choir who sing at our weekly 9:30am Sunday Eucharist and on other special occasions such as evensong, holy week and our carol service at Christmas.

Choir practice is on a Friday evening from 8pm-9:15pm.

Junior Choir

Junior choir encourages children to learn how to sing and develop their musical ability.

Practice consists of short activities with preparing music for occasional services. We encourage children to get involved in all types of music.

Choir practice runs from 7pm-7:45pm on a Friday evening.


Church Work Party

We are a friendly group of volunteers who enjoy the fellowship of working together and (with the help of our volunteer church cleaners and flower arrangers) we try very hard to keep our buildings and churchyard looking at their best.

Fred mowing the grass path between headstonesWe carry out simple maintenance and gardening tasks in and around the church, the churchyard and the Parish Centre.  Typical tasks include:

  • mowing grass +trimming hedges
  • pruning shrubs +edging paths
  • flattening molehills +picking up rubbish
  • weeding flower beds +changing light bulbs
  • other non-specialist maintenance tasks.

We work closely with Living Churchyard group.

Each Lent we spring-clean the church ready for Easter.  One Friday evening two or three weeks before Easter we brush down cobwebs and accumulated dust from those places which routine cleaning can’t reach and let it settle 2 people working in the churchovernight.  The following morning we come back and hoover up all the dust and then polish everything to get the church really clean for Easter, the most important festival in the Christian calendar. 

Some basic tools are provided by the Parish but members of the Work Party often bring their own hand tools. 

A list of tasks is circulated a few days before we meet so that everyone knows what tools are needed on the day.

COME AND JOIN US

Do you enjoy fresh air and exercise in convivial company? Are you interested in exploring the practicalities of church upkeep (or just meeting members of the congregation) in an informal situation?  Can you spare two or three hours on a Saturday morning to help?  If so, we could be just the group for you.

We meet monthly (normally on the third Saturday of each month) in the Church Car Park.  We normally start at 9.30 and aim to finish around 12.30.  About halfway through the morning we take a break for FREE coffee and biscuits and some convivial chat in the Annexe. 

There is always plenty of work for willing hands but we never seem to get to the bottom of our list of jobs to do!  So we are always pleased to welcome new members to our group.  

Most of our tasks require willing hands rather than particular skills but more demanding tasks do crop up from time to time.  However, if you have specialist practical skills we could have just the task for you.

The Work Party co-ordinator is Fred Reece who can be contacted on 01344 429150 or via the Parish Office

We start at 9.30 and aim to finish at around 12.30.

Flower Arrangers

There are always flowers in church, except for Lent and Advent.

Flower arranger at workThese are arranged by a group of enthusiastic volunteers and we have a weekly rota for this.

We work as a group to decorate the Church for the festivals of Christmas, Easter, Harvest and Advent.

The flowers are frequently sponsored by those wishing to recognise a special birthday, anniversary, in memory of a loved one or simply because they like to see nice flowers in Church.

We are busy in the summer providing flowers for the many weddings held here.

There is a price list and order forms for this in the Parish Office and we alsoArrangement of white flowers attend the marriage preparation sessions for wedding couples, so that they can discuss what they would like. We have a portfolio of designs available.

We warmly welcome anyone who would like to join our number, experienced or novice, and it isn't just ladies of a certain age, we even have a male arranger!!

Contact Barbara Wells via the Parish Office for further details.


Mother's Union

Mothers Union logo, Christian care for families

The Mothers Union is an International worldwide charity, with over 3,6 million members worldwide. Our work is based around our Aims, Objects and Mission Statement. 

Our Easthampstead branch in recent years have raised funds for:- 

  • Bikes to be used by Overseas Workers
  • Away From It All holiday breaks, 
  • Carpet in the Church annexe
  • Table used at weddings
  • Adult literacy project in Africa
  • Knitted baby blankets for Reading hospitals
  • Collected Easter Eggs for Banardos
  • Collected toiletries for Womans refuge
  • Making quiet toy-bags for children attending church

We are also called upon to arrange funeral refreshments and have a stall of home produce at the fete.  Life with the Mothers Union is special.  We help people locally and further afield and enjoy doing our bit. 

All Welcome!

We are always delighted to welcome new members to the Mothers’ Union, all our meetings are open. You don't even have to be a woman to come along feel rewarded and make a difference.

Our meetings vary from month to month with guest speakers, activities, updates on Mothers Union, also tea and coffee and chat and of course prayer. 

As our meetings are open and our group age ranges from 30-90 it gives you a chance to get to know many different people within our church.  

Please email Rachel Moss the Branch Leader or phone 01344 459978 for more information.  You can also visit our National website.

We are an active organisation and our branch in Easthampstead meets at 7.40pm on the third Wednesday of every month in the  Church Annexe.

Mothers' Union Prayer

Loving Lord, 
We thank you for your love so freely given to us all. We pray for families around the world.     
Bless the work of the Mother’s Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life. 
Empowered by your spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world.  
In Jesus’ name
Amen.