Who are we
St Sebastian’s is the church serving the Parish of Wokingham Without in semi-rural East Berkshire, and is located in Sonning Deanery, Archdeaconry of Berkshire and Diocese of Oxford. The Parish is unusual in that it has no community centre. The Parish has however recently expanded to incorporate a new housing development at Buckler’s Park, Crowthorne.
We aspire to be a more Christ-like Church (contemplative, compassionate and courageous for the sake of God’s world).
We are a church with a big heart for Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Prayer. We are of a charismatic evangelical tradition. We are a church centred on Jesus and with a laser focus towards being outward facing and mission focused, whilst nurturing the spiritual health of those who regularly attend. We are passionate about engagement with our immediate community near and far and see our ministry in knocking the door of heaven through prayer for the Lord’s direction of travel. Our desire is for the Lord’s purpose to prevail in all ministries and the life of our community, so we seek alignment to His will in everything we do (Proverbs 19:21).
We have a lovely, dedicated, Youth Team Family. Marvin and Amy Vogel have developed a remarkable ministry at ‘The Base’ over the last six years. Marvin is a Youth Pioneer Worker and Amy is the Family & Youth Pastor. Their children, Pearl and Mattie attend St Sebastian’s School and Asher has just started at pre-school. Before St Sebastian’s Church, they had a flourishing ministry in Zimbabwe, where Marvin is originally from. Amy lived there for six years after finishing university. They have worked within the church ministry space for a long time, both in Zimbabwe and in the Diocese of Coventry and Warwickshire.
Our Parish is blessed with some great resources. We have a Parish Centre located near St Sebastian’s School staffed by our lovely Office Administrator, Kirsty Milam. The first floor provides essential accommodation for The Vogels, our Youth Workers. We also have a separate Church Hall building which is used for Parish events, Community Groups and meetings.
Crowthorne is located in the Royal County of Berkshire close to the Hampshire and Surrey Borders.
The village of Crowthorne is split between the Unitary Authorities of Bracknell Forest Borough Council and Wokingham Borough Council and even those who live in the Wokingham Borough will tell you that they actually live in Crowthorne. There are few retail facilities within the Parish a small parade of shops in the east...