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10 February 2019 We are delighted to be able to announce that our new Team Rector will be the Revd Canon Sally Lodge. Sally joins us from the Diocese of Chelmsford, where she is a team rector and area dean. Sally is married to John and they have three grown up children.
Sally will be inducted by Bishop Steven and installed by Archdeacon Olivia on 6th June at 7:30 p.m. They will be moving to Windsor in mid-May. Please hold Sally and her family in your prayers as they prepare for this transition.
Sunday 10 a.m. Sung Eucharist. Common Worship (1 hour).
Sunday 10 a.m. All Age Eucharist. First Sunday of the month (1 hour).
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Eucharist. (No Tuesday service in August)
A long way from Windsor
Oxford is a long way from Windsor, and the Bishop of Oxford can appear a remote figure. We know Andrew, Bishop of Reading, who has conducted a deanery confirmation service, who was at the Parish Church on Christmas morning, and who presided over the day of interviews for our new Team Rector on January 2nd. He is due to retire at at Easter and we will miss his benign manner and smiling face.
Stephen, Bishop of Oxford, during his first year of office paid a formal visit to each of the many deaneries in this large diocese. In his address to the deanery synod he put forward his vision of a church that is contemplative, compassionate and courageous. He also drew our attention to the Beatitudes (Matthew chapter 5) as a passage for study, and I have read later in the diocesan magazine, The Door that many churches have used this text profitably in house meetings, study groups, etc.
This year Bishop Stephen encourages us to look at St Paul’s Letter to the Colossians. I have not seen a reason for choosing this, and I am not aware of any recommended study programme. But my own response is to offer a Lent study course on Tuesday afternoons from 3.00—4.00pm in the vestry of All Saints Church..
I think that there is a value in responding to initiatives from the diocese. Every parish is a separate entity. But no parish is self-sufficient. We all depend on one another, giving to and receiving from one another.
As well as the diocese we belong in this town to Churches Together in Windsor, and here also we give to and receive from one another. Local councils of churches have times when they ‘blossom and flourish’, and the strength of one church contributes to the well-being of another. There are also times when we ‘wither and perish’, and nothing seems to be going on. In past years the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was always a time for interdenominational cooperation. But recently this week beginning on January 18th, the Conversion of St Paul, both here and across the country has been a bit of a non-event. Mid-January is an awkward time. A much better moment in early summer is the period between Ascension Day and Pentecost, and many churches have begun to mark this period with all sorts of celebrations, generally covered by the sentence from the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy Kingdom Come”. In this parish we have not so far taken part in this initiative, but I hope that we look forward and make some plans this year (the dates are Thursday 30th May till Sunday 9th June).
Rev. Jeremy Hurst
Come join us!
You are welcome to join us at St Stephen and St Agnes, regardless of race or gender or sexuality. We are part of the Church of England and our worship style is modern catholic: this means the service uses contemporary English, but still has ritual and incense (‘smells and bells’). Services finish with Fairtrade tea and coffee, or a glass of sherry if that is what you prefer. There is a Fairtrade stall selling a variety of goods from Traidcraft (chocolate, biscuits, tea, coffee, rice, Christmas cards later in the year, etc.)
There is a Sunday School at the 10 a.m. service. There are areas in the church that make it easy for parents with prams or people in wheelchairs to join the worship. Our congregation age ranges from babies to 98-year-olds. On the first Sunday of the month, we have a family service with home-baked cakes. Study and discussion groups are available throughout the year with special courses run during Advent and Lent.