“Men are just now scarce” at home

The shortage of men at home was being felt in churches as well as in the secular world.

We wish to appeal to the men of the congregation to ask them if some could not volunteer to help in the Boys’ Sunday School. Besides the original men teachers who remain, we have now the assistance of several ladies, but the numbers have lately grown, and there is room for more helpers. In the old days of this parish there was a large company of men Sunday School teachers. Of course, men are just now scarce, but even so, those who remain at home might try and take their share in the work of the Church equally with the women.

Assistant Curates just now are very scarce. Efforts are being made to obtain one, and we shall probably have to be content with only one during the War.

The attendance at the Friday Women’s Service has slightly increased, and we hope will increase still further. More and more is there need of our prayers about the War, for all who are engaged in it, and for all who suffer through it, and it is by prayer that we can maintain our own faith in these days of strain and trouble.

Newbury St Nicholas parish magazine, December 1917 (D/P89/28A/13)

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Soldiers of Jesus join up in Tilehurst

Tilehurst Congregational Church was small, but proud to report in the magazine published by its sister church in Reading that they had sent five young men to the army:

TILEHURST
Our church and Sunday School has, we are proud to say, contributed its quota of young men to the Army at the call of King and Country, and the five whose names we give below will, by the grace of God, we feel sure prove to be good soldiers of Jesus Christ as well as brave and true soldiers of the British Army.

Chas Wm Ball
Norman Cane
Albert J. D. Pounds
Herbert Thompson
Leonard Williams

Reading Broad Street Congregational Church magazine, October 1914 (D/N11/12/1/14)