St Stephen & St Agnes Church

Making God's Love Known In Windsor

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27 May. 10 a.m. Holy Trinity. Team service at Holy Trinity Garrison church. No service at Ss Stephen & Agnes.

31 May. 7.30 p.m. Corpus Christi. Join us for Father Ainsley’s last service in Windsor.

Regular Sunday worship

10 a.m. Sung Eucharist. Common Worship (1 hour).

10 a.m. All Age Eucharist. First Sunday of the month (1 hour).

Church of England




Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. –John 12. 24.

Moving on

Dear Friends,

It feels very strange to be writing this Clergy letter for the last time! The 8th May, the Feast of Julian of Norwich, is the 20th anniversary of my officially arriving in Windsor. I was Licensed on that day as the Team Vicar responsible for St Stephen and St Agnes. My last Sunday will be Trinity Sunday and all are welcome to a Team Service at Holy Trinity at 10.00am and Evensong at 6.30pm. My last day will be the 31st May which happens to be the Feast of Corpus Christi at St Stephen at 8.00pm. Corpus Christi, also known as Thanksgiving for Holy Communion, is the 23rd anniversary of the first time I celebrated Communion after Ordination to the Priesthood. It seems fitting to take a final service in the church where I began ministry in Windsor and on such a wonderful Feast Day and anniversary. All three of these services will have an element of 'farewell' about them so do please come along to one or all of them if you can.

It has been a remarkable journey over 20 years and I have shared a huge amount with so many people that it would be impossible to start naming them! All those who have shared Weddings, Baptisms or Funerals over the years and all the faithful friends with whom so much has been shared is a great treasure to me and will remain with me always. Please do come along to the Collation and Induction at Bray on Thursday 12th July at 7.30pm. This is the service that 'makes me' the Vicar of Bray and all are very welcome!

Of course, I am, unusually, not actually moving very far away and I will remain Area Dean of Maidenhead and Windsor. As you probably know there is a firm expectation that clergy who move on do not interfere in any way with their old Parish, especially once a new appointment is made. So I will be very careful to abide by that. I am sure there will be one or two occasions at Bray that visitors from Windsor would be very welcome! For example ‘Jazz on the Vicarage Lawn’ on Sunday 29th July at 3.00pm with cakes and drinks and a live Jazz Band at Bray Vicarage (just behind the Church) admission £10!

Seriously, a heartfelt "thank you" to all the friends in Windsor who have supported me and the family for these 20 years! The Good Shepherd will continue to lead us in green pastures and beside still waters and will restore weary souls.

Fr Ainsley.


Rector Ainsley Swift

Come join us!

For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus!
—Galatians 3. 26, 28.

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.)

Congregation

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.

St Stephen and St Agnes is part of the New Windsor Team Ministry, which includes Holy TrinityWindsor Parish Church of St John the Baptist, and All Saints.