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20 June 2019, 8 p.m. Sung Eucharist for the Feast of the Institution of Holy Communion.
St John the Baptist
23 June 2019, 10 a.m. Patronal Festival at Windsor Parish Church of St John the Baptist. No service at St Stephen & St Agnes.
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 change is as good as a rest
It’s often said that a change is as good as a rest which means, I suppose, that change is something which can be invigorating, refreshing and revitalising. Some people thrive on change, adapting easily and with enjoyment to new challenges; others find change extremely difficult and may feel alarmed by the very thought of it. Most of us are probably somewhere in the middle of the spectrum - sometimes of course it depends what the change is!
You may have been wondering over these last months how things will change when the new Rector arrives. One obvious change is that I am me; someone new and someone different. We are of course all wonderfully unique and our very uniqueness means that there will be newness and change wherever and whenever each of us moves into a new relationship with others. This is one of the joys of human existence. However, when it comes to “making changes” in a more active and intentional way, I know that there will be some amongst you who have all sorts of ideas about things which I should or could change; there will be some amongst you who feel that there is nothing I should or could change and there will be some amongst you have no strong views either way and will simply wait to see how things go. In fact, before I even consider the need for change, I have to understand more fully something of the history of our four churches, their role in the town, and the how and the why of everyday life in and around the parish. This may take several months. I need to get to know better my clergy and lay colleagues, members of the four congregations, people in our schools and in the wider community. In meetings both formal and informal and in discussions about both the good things and the not so good things of church life, we will begin to build up a framework on which prayerfully to seek God’s vision for the future.
As the date for my institution and installation as your new Rector draws ever closer, I look forward with an increasing sense of excitement to beginning my ministry here amongst you. I should like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. I owe a particular debt of gratitude to those who have helped to take away some of the stresses of moving, in particular those who have helped in organising the refurbishment and redecoration of the Rectory, and tidying the garden, and all those involved in the preparations for the service on 6th June
I am looking forward very much to meeting you all and getting to know you over the forthcoming weeks and months as we work together to make God’s love known in Windsor.
May God’s blessing be with each one of us as together we look forward to what the future holds.
The Reverend Canon Sally Lodge
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.