Making God's Love Known In Windsor
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Restrictions ease in Windsor starting 12 April, and communal services are 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.
As the month of April begins this year we are in Holy Week, and unlike last year we are able to worship in church this time. I find it hard to remember Easter 2020, mainly I think because the drama and events of this pivotal time for me, as for many Christians, is enhanced and deepened by our church liturgies and last year our churches were closed. Personally, as many of you will recall, it was, for me, also a time of mourning, Dee having died in the middle of February.
On reflection it seems strange to give thanks for a funeral; but as a friend reminded me on the anniversary this year, we were lucky to be able to say our goodbyes at a wonderful service in church. During the past year so many have been denied that privilege, many not even to say their last farewells face to face. I must record here too, my thanks for the care given by Thames Hospice, and my joy that Dee helped to facilitate their move to a new bigger site in Braywick.
As I write this letter, we in this country, are moving steadily out of lockdown, although the threat of a third wave in Europe looms!
Of course, we are all looking forward to the time when we can meet our friends face to face, travel freely and go on holiday but I would urge all Christians to journey with Jesus through his arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection this year; perhaps because above all years for most of us in our memory, it has been both the strangest and most challenging. We need to remind ourselves that there is always light at the end of the tunnel!
Journey, if you will, around the Stations of the Cross that are going to be, one outside each of our town’s churches; if not in person online. It is a sad and harrowing journey for Jesus, and will help us all to remember and pray for all those in this country and throughout the world that have been on, and are still going on, similar journeys that have punctuated the past year. Recall all those whose lives have been devastated by the Covid pandemic; remember too, the people in places of oppression in our world, Myanmar, Yemen and the Uighur people in China, to mention just a few.
The journey to the Cross, as told by the ‘Stations’ that mark out events along the way, ends at Jesus’s tomb in the Garden of Gethsemane. Christians now wait for the wonderful news declared by Mary Magdalene on that first Easter Day that Jesus has arisen; privileged with the first appearance of the risen Lord. He sent her to take the good news of the resurrection to the other disciples. This commission earned her the title ‘Apostle to the Apostles’ in the early church.
The Easter message is the ultimate one of hope. As Rowan Williams reminds us in his recent book ‘Candles in the Dark’, Christ is not fixed in time. In our Easter liturgy at the marking of the new Paschal Candle, the following words are said. ‘Christ yesterday and today, the beginning and the end, Alpha and Omega, all time belongs to him, and all ages: to him be glory and power, through every age and for ever. Amen.’
As we take careful steps to return to a more normal society let us rejoice in the message of hope that Easter brings. Even if we cannot yet sing with our lips let us proclaim in our hearts that ‘Christ is risen, He is risen indeed!’
Let us celebrate together the good news of Easter.
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.