The Hermitage Team of Churches have some exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, they are open to anyone, please do have a look and add to your diaries!

Team Pilgrims

This new group will be discussing 'The Great Spiritual Migration', the follow up book by Brian McLaren's 'We make the road by walking'.  It is described as a re-imaging of Christianity that is all about action rather than a list of beliefs.  All are welcome, for more details please contact Pamela Betts on 01635 202263 or email  All participants will need to purchase a copy of the book, currently £9.99 on Amazon.

Lent Group 2019

This year, in conjunction with the Bible Society and the BBC we are running a lent course that looks at Loneliness in the Bible.   It is a 6 week journey that is supported with printed resources, podcasts and special Sunday Services on BBC Radio 4.  If you would be interested in joining a lent group please email and she will add you to the list.  Please let her know what parish you are from so you can ben added to the right group.  Dates, times and locations will be available soon.

Our Generous God

Join Bishop Andrew Proud at St. John's Church in Newbury on Tuesday 19th March 2019 for a quiet evening of guided reflection and prayer.  7:30pm to 9pm, all are welcome.

Reverend Wayne's Licencing Ceremony

It is with great pleasure and relief that we can announce that following a very successful but busy two days, Bishop Andrew offered the post of Team Rector to Revd Wayne Lautenbach and he has accepted.  

The position of Team Vicar was discussed at length following the full day interview process last Thursday. The position has been offered and now we await the outcome of that process. Further notifications will be made as and when we have them. be advised of this as soon as all the relevant legal work has been done. 

Further to that, Wayne's service of licensing will take place on Thursday 21 March at 7.30 pm at St Mark Cold Ash and all are welcome.

Understand Stand Together: Dementia Conference

The West Berkshire Dementia Action Alliance invites you to Understand Stand Together A conference exploring life with dementia.  It is on Thursday 28th March 2019 9.30am – 4.30pm at Sheepdrove Organic Farm & Eco Conference Centre, Lambourn.  The Conference will bring together people from health and social care systems, local businesses, the voluntary sector and local government to explore how West Berkshire can become a better place to live for those affected by dementia Speakers to include: Professor Alistair Burns - Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, Univ. Manchester & National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health, NHS England/NHS Ian Kenneth Grant Sherriff - Academic Partnership Lead For Dementia, Primary Care Group, Clinical Trials and Population Studies, University of Plymouth faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Personal experience stories - 3 Nations Dementia Working Group and local residents living with dementia and their carers

Breakout workshops - Working together for a cohesive response to the challenges and opportunities in West Berkshire

Confirm your attendance through The Corn Exchange Box Office: 0845 5218 218 or

Admission by ticket only (this event is free) – Welcome Pack to follow after registration.

Ffald-y-Brenin Local House of Prayer Meeting

There will be a local house of prayer training day on Saturday 30th March 2019 from 10am to 3:30pm at Mill Farm, Stanford in the Vale, Oxon, SN7 8NP where the dream is to cover our region with prayer.  If you are interested in attending please contact Jules de Jongh at

Save Hampstead Norreys Bells Appeal

To help raise money to fix the bells in Hampstead Norreys church the first fundraising event will be held on Sunday 28th April, 2pm to 5pm.  This will be as 2-3 mile walk through the beautieful Bluebell woods in Hampstead Norreys followed by Afternoon Tea at the Church, tower tours and a performance from the hand bell ringers.  If you would like to purchase a ticket for this event you can go to our secure payment site here: or pop into the Community Shop, tickets are £10 and will be on sale from Friday 1st March.