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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)
Change is part of progress: Fr John Quick writes...
June was an exciting and busy month for our Team Ministry. In a splendid and poignant ceremony on 6th June our new Rector, Reverend Canon Sally Lodge, was welcomed, inducted and installed in the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist. Both the Bishop of Oxford and the Archdeacon of Berkshire took part in the service. Since her arrival Sally has presided at two Team services. The first to mark the 175th anniversary of Holy Trinity Church; the second the Patronal Festival of St. John the Baptist Church. In addition she has taken other services across the Team and presided at the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi at St Stephen's on 20th June. In July we look forward to a quieter time when Sally can get to know the congregations and begin to plan for the future.
Change is part of progress and I am always reminded of one of my favourite quotations from the American philosopher George Santayana when we think and talk about change. ‘Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’The poignancy of this, perhaps one of Santayana’s most quoted observations, was really brought home to me when I discovered that it is inscribed on a plaque in Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Many of his observations were deeply profound. Another of Santayana’s writings sum up the importance of humanity being able to appreciate and value the importance of true emotion. ‘The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.’ Who among us could not have been emotionally moved by the recent commemorations of the D-day landings in France?
Yet we know that the Church cannot sit back on its laurels in this increasingly secular age. Christians must be prepared to look at new ways to share the Gospel. If Christianity is to grow and thrive in our busy world then we must ensure that its story is told, especially to our young people. Those of us in the small team who share ‘Open the Book’ with the children and staff in Queen Anne Royal Free First School have really learned the value and importance of re-telling Bible stories. It is a wonderful way of sharing the Gospel which the children wholly appreciate.
Now, as we move into a new phase of our Team Ministry with a new leader, may be the time to consider our own personal ministries. How can we help to make God’s love known in Windsor?
Our Monday group, Together in Faith, will be re-launching in September, and in the meantime continues to meet at the Bexley Arms, in Vansittart Road, on Monday evenings at 7.30 pm for about an hour. Looking more closely at the Sunday Gospels can help each of us to become more confident to talk about our faith to any around us who may be seeking just such an opportunity. All are welcome!
Let us continue to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and find time for relaxation and recuperation during the quieter summer months.
Wishing you all some happy and relaxing Summer months!
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.
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.