St Stephen & St Agnes Church

Making God's Love Known In Windsor

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newsletter (Keeping Us In Touch), also
activities for Children (Young Church).

Please get in touch if you would like any further information or if you wish to receive a Zoom invitation. Those of you who already subscribe to our mailing list will receive full details as for our regular Sunday services.

Coronavirus Update

As of 5 Jan 2021, Windsor is now under Tier 5 COVID restrictions (lockdown), however, communal services are still permitted in places of worship. Sunday services will still be conducted at 10 a.m. every Sunday, but we understand that you may not be able to join us in person and warmly invite you to join us virtually.  To attend by Zoom, please contact us for a link, or watch the live stream on Facebook.

All those visiting the church for private prayer or attending a service must

During the current lockdown (from 6 January 2021): weddings can only be held under exceptional circumstances and attendance is limited to a maximum of six people; and funeral services can be attended by up to 30 people.  Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 should stay at home as much as possible and observe social distancing guidance, and it is advisable not to attend church in person during this time.  Please see this document for further information.  

Our Epiphany service on 3 Jan 2021 was recorded and you can watch it on YouTube.

Evening prayer Monday to Friday 6 p.m. and Night prayer Sunday 9 p.m. will be live streamed from our Facebook page.

Church of England



St Brigid

Rev June FaulknerDear friends

If I haven't already done so I wish you a peaceful and healthy 2021 and a happy St. Brigid's Day (her commemoration is on February 1st). My current diary is one I chose in October, mainly because of the picture on the cover of a beautiful sunset over a peaceful lake. It was when I looked at the front more closely I read a quotation from Martin Luther King Jr 'Only in the darkness can we see the stars'. It was an encouraging reminder as the days grew darker both literally and metaphorically. That brought me back to the beginning of the gospel according to John where we read 'The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it'. A message that came to me again when I tuned in to a recent Sunday morning worship on Radio 4 where the theme was about being the light in the darkness.

It is all too easy to feel a range of negative emotions during these uncertain and unsettling times. However, thinking of and being thankful for the lights that shine for us (even the small ones) can restore a sense of balance. The gift of a plant that brightens a dull day, an unexpected card or contact from a friend, a smile and a wave from a dog walker, a kind neighbour who included me in her online shopping order and a helping of some home made soup on my doorstep...I could go on. And I trust each of us will have similar experiences.

At this season in our church calendar we celebrate The Presentation of Christ in the Temple also known as Candlemas. In many churches the candles that will be used in the coming year are blessed. Here, we mark the point when we look back to the Christmas season and forward to Lent and later the light of Easter. In the hymn 'Brother, sister, let me serve you' the third verse begins with the words 'I will hold the Christlight for you...' reminding us that we can hold that light and be that light for each other, often in small yet significant ways. In the days to come, may the light continue to shine for us.

God bless,

June

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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’). Due to COVID19, services do not currently finish with coffee or sherry, but we hope to restart these when possible. 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 (outside of COVID-19), 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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