Making God's Love Known In Windsor
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All those visiting the church for private prayer or attending a service must:
wear an appropriate face covering which covers their face and mouth (unless medically exempt);
Whilst in church you should not chat/mingle with anyone outside your household group or bubble. Singing by the congregation is not permitted. From 17 May: attendance at weddings is limited to a maximum of 30 people; and funeral services can be attended by the 'COVID-secure' capacity of the church. 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.
Evening prayer Monday to Friday 6 p.m. and Night prayer Sunday 9 p.m. will be live streamed from our Facebook page.
One of the questions that others have asked me during the current most severe restrictions was, 'To what are you most looking forward when there are fewer?'. I think the top answer for me is about that moment of enjoyment when a group of people are gathered together and share laughter, yet if asked can't explain it. The spontaneity and sense of togetherness make it special and life giving.
Another thing that I am looking forward to, is singing together. One of the ways
that I have found helpful is to sing along with congregations or choirs on radio or television. It's not quite the same but gives a foretaste of the full experience if and when the time comes.
Other occasions that I look forward to are family gatherings for celebrating birthdays, weddings and baptisms and the ability to share a hug with family and friends. Thankfully, visits to sick friends, art galleries, live concerts, theatres and cinemas are gradually becoming possible.
I recently had the pleasure of being at a live amateur theatre production. Thinking of the whole experience afterwards made me realise its great value. There was the friendly meeting beforehand, sharing a meal and a glass of wine, the buzz of conversation as the audience began to take their seats. Then the quiet moment of anticipation as the lights went down and the curtain went up. Being able to see actual people on stage rather than on a screen and sharing that with others reminded me that 'no one is an island'.
Discussing the play afterwards and hearing differing views and perceptions was all part of the enjoyment and the memory of it, especially to have in the dark and difficult times.
One of the things I have found hard to do during the pandemic is finding what is life giving. 'I came that they may have life and have it abundantly'(John 10.10). I have, nevertheless, been frequently heartened by the creativity of people in adapting to the situation, demonstrating the power of the human spirit which encourages everyone.
If you are able to have a holiday at this time, travel safely and find rest and recreation. If not, make the most of your 'stay cation' remembering that God rested on the seventh day.
May the divine assistance remain with you always and with absent family and friends.
Love from June
The Reverend June Faulkner
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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.