Making God's Love Known In Windsor
There will be one service of Holy Communion in one church in New Windsor each Sunday at 10 a.m. If you wish to attend remotely, please email us for a Zoom invitation.
4th October, All Saints, Frances Road
11th October, Holy Trinity Church
18th October, Windsor Parish Church
25th October, Ss Stephen & Agnes Church
18th October Bereavement Service "In Loving Memory"
Evening prayer Monday to Friday 6 p.m. and Night prayer Sunday 9 p.m. will be live streamed from our Facebook page
In the last few months I have had much time for reflection. Sometimes this is a burden, however, thankfully, more often a benefit. One of the positives is the opportunity to appreciate the many things that it is easy to take for granted, such as fresh and plentiful food and water, reading, contact with others via modern technology, kind neighbours who have shopped for me.
I have particularly valued my friends. Two quotations from Ralph Waldo Emerson on friendship appeal to me ...‘The only reward of virtue is virtue, the only way to have a friend is to be one’ and ‘ A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud.’ Another one whose origin I don’t know is ‘Good friends lift you when you forget to fly.’
I also like the way friends laugh with you and, when appropriate help you to laugh at yourself.
In the Gospel according to John (15. 15), Jesus says to his disciples, ‘I have called you friends.’ A famous icon at Taizé sometimes called ‘The friendship icon’ shows two figures side by side, one with his arm lightly over the shoulder of the other accompanying the other.
I recently came across the following from C.S Lewis
‘In friendship ....we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another....the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting—any of these chances might have kept us apart.’
But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking, no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to his disciples, ‘Ye have not chosen me but I have chosen you,’ can truly say to every group of Christian friends, ‘Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.’ The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.
I feel sure this doesn’t apply only to Christians.
I look forward to our continuing friendship.
Keep safe and well
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, 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.