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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
This year Easter is late in the Spring (Easter Sunday is 21st April). Ash Wednesday is on the 6th March, marking the beginning of Lent. The use of purple in our churches indicates a penitential season as Christians prepare for Holy Week and Good Friday.
Lent is a good time for Christians to explore and deepen their faith. In our Team Ministry we offer additional opportunities to assist in this process. There are Lent courses being offered on Tuesday afternoons at All Saints Church, on Monday evenings (7:30 p.m.) at the Bexley Arms and after the 10 a.m. Holy Communion service at Holy Trinity Church (10:45 a.m.). The regular service of Peace and Healing continues at the Parish Church in Windsor High Street at 1 p.m. on Mondays and the church is open for prayer and reflection every day. There is also the service of Stations of the Cross on Monday evenings at 7 pm at St. Stephens and St. Agnes in Vansittart Road. This short, said service, follows Jesus’ journey from his arrest through to him being placed in the tomb, with short reflections along the way.
During Lent some people take on extra charitable activities, while others prefer to give up something, perhaps a little luxury, and donate the money saved to charity.
Once again, we are offering the Count Your Blessings daily reflections pamphlets from Christian Aid. There are also special simplified sheets for children. This year the focus is climate change and how it is affecting small remote islands in the Philippines. Please feel free to take these for your personal use, there is no obligation to donate, unless you feel motivated to do so.
Another idea popular with some Christians is a Prayer Walk. Springtime and during Lent, seem a good time to try one. You simply pick a theme, for example, the Windsor Team Ministry future; plan a route taking in all our churches offering up a short prayer at each church. The walk can be done alone or in a group. You may prefer a rural walk, perhaps along by the river or in Windsor Great Park. Again, you can choose your own theme or there are plenty of ideas on the internet.
If you feel that quiet reflective experience may be helpful, you could visit Burnham Abbey, in Lake End Road, not far from Sainsbury’s. The Sisters there are a small Anglican Community and there is a Eucharist every day at 9:30 a.m. in their lovely, simple chapel. Parking on site is available. You could combine your visit with a walk along the Jubilee River, which is nearby. If you would like more information about the Abbey, please speak to Rev. June Faulkner or myself or visit their website.
Please continue to pray for our Team Ministry, for all who are ‘holding the fort’, both lay and ordained, and especially for our new Team Rector designate; Rev. Canon Sally Lodge, as she prepares for her move to Windsor. Pray too for the parish of Witham in Essex, Sally’s current parish.
It is essential for us all, who seek to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, to find some quiet time to reflect on the message that Our Lord was sent to bring to the world. I end with a quote on which to ponder. You may recall that I have used it before. It was St. Francis de Sales (born 1567, died 1622) who said that every Christian needs half an hour of prayer each day, unless they are busy, then they need an hour! Do have a prayerful and reflective Lent.
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.