St Stephen & St Agnes Church

Making God's Love Known In Windsor

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Coronavirus Update

We are delighted that we are now able to open our church during the day for private prayer with appropriate measures in place. We will aim to keep the church open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.  We hope to be able to hold services in church again soon but in the meantime we continue to offer a variety of online alternatives (please email us for details).

Daily evening prayer 6 p.m. will be live streamed from our Facebook page
Sunday 10 a.m. Diocesan Eucharist (Oxford Diocese livestream)
Sunday 12 noon. Parish Gathering  (email us to request a Zoom invitation)

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Ascension


Usual weekly worship at St Stephen & St Agnes

All public services are suspended until further notice.

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The Great Commission

Rev Sally Lodge

Dear friends,

Jesus has travelled widely with his disciples teaching, preaching and healing the sick. But now he sends them out on their own to do the same thing. He summons them to go out into the highways and byways to proclaim the good news, cast out demons and cure the infirm. We don’t know how they reacted! Were they excited at the prospect or were they terrified? Up until recently, most of them had probably gone no further than the outskirts of their village. Maybe Matthew, the tax collector, had travelled further afield but it is unlikely even he would have gone very far from home. Since taking up the call to follow Jesus, that is what they have done—followed him around the cities and villages. Now they are commissioned to go out alone, without even a bag for the journey. They are venturing out into new pastures, leaving the security they had come to know.

As lockdown is slowly eased we may feel that we too are leaving the security that we have come to know over the last months. We have to face a new normal unfolding around us. Many people have suffered greatly over these last weeks. There has been much sadness and all of us have had to endure restrictions which at the beginning of the year would have seemed unimaginable. Perhaps we can take comfort from the words of St Paul to the Romans that endurance produces character and character produces hope and hope does not disappoint us. There is indeed hope. There is hope all around us as this new future unfolds. There is always hope. God’s love has been poured into our hearts, says St Paul. Let us rejoice in that hope. 

God bless you all,

Rev Sally

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For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus!
—Galatians 3. 26, 28.

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.)

Congregation

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.

St Stephen and St Agnes is part of the New Windsor Team Ministry, which includes Holy TrinityWindsor Parish Church of St John the Baptist, and All Saints.

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.

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