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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).
Bishop Steven is encouraging all of us in Oxford Diocese to explore The Beatitudes. Leading us to focus on and consider how we might make the Church, more Contemplative, Compassionate and Courageous for the sake of God’s world.
In the booklet produced for small groups Bishop Steven considers each of the three ‘Cs’ in turn. For each he asks four questions; and for us to feed back any ideas that may help to us become a more Christ-like church.
Some thoughts and ideas have emerged from our Monday evening group and these may be discussed by our PCCs and congregations in the coming months. The course is thought provoking and booklets are available from the clergy, if you would like to work through it in a group or with a friend.
The year 2018 is going to see many changes in the New Windsor Team Ministry clergy team. We will be welcoming a new clergy member this month as we begin to prepare for both Margaret and Kate moving to new challenges later in the year.
Please pray for all involved in this transition, for all those joining, leaving and remaining.
Remember that the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, in the High Street, is open every day for prayer and reflection. Just a few quiet minutes spent in the church may help you to be more contemplative, away from the busy shopping streets.
January takes the church calendar into Epiphany. The feast itself will be celebrated in our churches on January 7th. Epiphany means a showing forth, a revelation and we follow Jesus through his baptism, his first miracle at Cana, the calling of his disciples and the beginning of his ministry during this church season.
On January 21st, the Team will be celebrating the patronal festival of St. Stephen and St. Agnes in a Team service. Both were early Christian martyrs, undoubtedly courageous; witnessing both by their faith and willingness to die for the message Christ came into the world to bring humanity.
The 18th of January marks the beginning of The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. For eight days Christians, world-wide are asked to pray that the Christian churches might work more closely together taking the message that all have the same basic calling – to worship God, to share the good news about Jesus Christ and to work for the good of all people.
As we enter another new year this seems an excellent theme for us all as we begin 2018.
A happy and peaceful New Year to you all.
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.