Making God's Love Known In Windsor
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The safety of our congregation and visitors remains paramount as lockdown restrictions are eased across the country. We ask that you continue to wear a face covering in church and to sanitise your hands as you enter the building. It continues to be necessary to check in for the purposes of NHS Test and Trace. social distancing remains in regard to seating, and we advise against having physical contact with people outside your family or bubble. we are adopting this cautious approach for the benefit of everyone and will continue to monitor the situation, making changes where necessary. Please stay at home if you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Covid-19.
Readers may remember how in 2015 Don Church and Stuart Tunstall began the process which ended in the display of the altarpiece at All Saints Church designed by Thomas Hardy.
Four years later another process began, the search for the church’s foundation stone. On the west wall of the church is a framed picture from the Illustrated London News of 1863 showing the laying of this stone by Princess Victoria, Princess Royal in England and Crown Princess of Prussia. Where is that stone? A thorough search of the outside and inside walls has up to now given no answer.
However, we have since been able to read the contemporary account published in the local newspaper of the day and we are able to say with confidence that the stone has been located.
Last spring I read these newspaper accounts and also a number of history books and I wrote a booklet called ‘The Foundation Stone; Princess Victoria at All Saints Church’. The plan was that the booklet should be printed and put on sale at an Open Day at the church in June. The Covid lockdown put an end to that.
Now the lockdown is lifting and it is possible to return to the earlier plan. The booklet is at the printers and the proposal is that it will be available at an Open Day on Saturday, October 30th, in anticipation of All Saints Day and the church’s patronal festival. We have had successful Open Days of this sort in the past. I will confirm the details in the October Parish News, and will also give some information about the life of Princess Victoria, firstborn child of Queen Victoria and a most admirable woman.
The Revd Dr Jeremy Hurst.
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’). 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.)
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.
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.