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1 September 2019, 10 a.m. Bishop Steven will be travelling around the deanery on foot and by boat. He will arrive at St Stephen & St Agnes to chalk the doors: an ancient way of blessing a church.
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)
The end of Summer
As we come to the end of what for many is a summer break from school, work or college and the beginning of a new term, new groups, new hobbies or leisure pursuits, I find myself looking back over the summer. One memory stands out.
Thanks to the kind invitation of parishioner I had the delight of being in the congregation at a church in Boveney dedicated to Mary Magdalene to celebrate her feast day (July 22nd).
Picture a hot July day, the river close by and an occasional boat drifting past, windows and doors of the church wide open and the ancient building cool and welcoming.
The music was led by a most gifted small group, the Gospel, according to John (20.1-2, 11-18), the account of Mary’s meeting with Jesus in the garden, was proclaimed most movingly and whole was led simply and thoughtfully.
The preacher focused on the words ‘touch me not’ which Jesus said to Mary. Jesus was on the threshold and was reminding Mary that things couldn’t go back to where they had been before and that she had to go forward and spread the good news of Jesus’s resurrection.
It is similar for us, while it was very warming and uplifting for me to be part of that worshiping community the experience can’t be an end, I/we need to use the experience(s) as a spur or stimulus to send us out to share God’s love with others.
So as we begin a new term may you be sustained and encourage by some equally positive memories.
Reverend June Faulkner
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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 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.
We are committed to safeguarding children, young people, and vulnerable adults. The parochial church council has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website. Our Parish Safeguarding Representative is Laura Betteridge and she may be contacted at church or by email.