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The Revd John Quick

The Revd John Quick writes...

Dear Friends,

It was wonderful to travel through Holy Week from Palm Sunday and celebrate Easter with services in our churches this year after, what seems to have been an eternity during ‘lockdown’ and other ‘Covid’ restrictions.

Music performed by John Halsey and the string quartet seemed a beautiful and altogether an appropriate prelude to remembering of the events of Good Friday. I have always found the reading of the Passion Gospel on this day, an extremely emotional experience. The starkness of the liturgy, this year in particular, seemed even more poignant because of the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Then on Easter Day the celebration of Christ’s resurrection symbolised by the lighting of the new fire and the flame of the risen Jesus Christ carried into a darkened building as a new Paschal Candle is brought into church. The proclamation ‘The Light of Christ’ once again heralding that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

May is a month of Easter celebration for forty days until Ascension Day (this year May 26th). During the Easter season we hear each Sunday readings from the Acts of the Apostles reminding us of the growth of the Christian Church after Jesus’ Resurrection and Ascension.

As Christians around the world celebrate Christ’s Resurrection, so we in the northern hemisphere also witness Spring changing to Summer, new life and new growth. The three days prior to Ascension Day are set aside as Rogation Days. The word comes from the Latin ‘rogare’, which means to ask. In farming areas, they were traditionally set side to bless the fields and ask for God’s blessing on all of creation.

Blessing of the fields and walking the bounds of the parish are still part of rural life in some places today.

Christian Aid Week has become an important date in the church calendar. This year the week runs from the 15th to 21st May. It is easy to forget, as we focus on helping those in Ukraine, that there are many other places in our World where teaching people how to help themselves with our support is really vital and can help with environmental issues.

Windsor churches have always given great support to Christian Aid and with so much war and conflict in the world, there is a real need for an organisation that teaches others new life skills as well as alleviating suffering.

May too, is a month rich in the celebrations of those who have exemplified the Christian life. Beginning with the Saints Philip and James (1st.) and ending with the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth (31st). Other notable people remembered during the month include Julian of Norwich (8th), Matthias the Apostle (14th), John and Charles Wesley (24th) and Augustine first Archbishop of Canterbury (26th). The Venerable Bede is celebrated this year the day before Ascension Day (25th); his written legacy to English Christianity should always be honoured and remembered. His simple tomb in the Galilee chapel at the west end of Durham Cathedral contrasts with Cuthbert’s shrine behind the High altar.

In these days of heartbreak and concern for all the people of the Ukraine and other places of conflict, we need to remember that the overwhelming message of Easter is one of hope.

So, I end with a quote from Mother Julian of Norwich, a medieval anchoress and mystic. ‘Sin is inevitable, but all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.’

Father John.

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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’). 

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.  Study and discussion groups are available throughout the year with special courses run during Advent and Lent.

St Stephen and St Agnes Church is part of a benefice (group) of four churches in central Windsor in the Diocese of Oxford, which includes Holy Trinity Parish & Garrison ChurchWindsor Parish Church of St John the Baptist, and All Saints' Church.

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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