NEWS

Good Friday Witness

Our Good Friday Witness service was held at 12 noon on 25th March by the Post Office. There was a large turn-out and the dramatisation was very effective. This consisted of interviews with characters from the Passion under the title “Were you there?” Our thanks go to the organising group and those taking part. Looking forward to the event next year! If you would like to get involved in helping with this event, please contact your minister in the first instance. Thank you!

St Mark’s and St Edward’s Parish Mission

Catholic Windsor held a Mission from 4th to 19th June, with a week focused on visiting people in their homes and another week focused on services in the churches each day, including a variety of faith sharing, prayer experiences, reconciliation, sacrament of the sick and a youth-led Mass. A number of initiatives will be started as a result of this, with suggestions including:

  • visiting the elderly, the vulnerable and the dying in hospital and being companions with the dying
  • working to help those with dementia
  • working with and knowing more about Foodbank

The hope is that we can work as ecumenically as possible on these ideas – we would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved!

 

Susan Hinds writes:

To lovers of music for worship

The pipe organ at All Saints, Frances Road, requires surgery for ‘wear & tear’ if it is to continue to make a great and glorious noise into the coming decades. It took its place at the west end of the church in 1931 and has far as I know has needed no replacement surgery since. Now the leathers throughout are worn. I can’t describe how they work but I know, from seeing the innards of the St. Stephen’s organ when it was being restored last year, that these delicate strips are vital.  Surgery costs and there’s no NHS for pipe organs. All Saints needs to raise £15,000 to pay for the work to be done; so far £1,750 has been raised so there’s a long way yet to go. I’d like to help – and I’d be so grateful for your help, dear Reader.

Please: will you sponsor me to walk the North Downs Way from Farnham to Canterbury? (Per mile, per day, whatever.) Much of it is one of the original pilgrim routes to Canterbury. It’s said that Henry II walked that way in penance following the murder of Thomas a’ Becket. Much earlier, the North Downs served as a highway from before Neolithic times.

Beginning 22nd September it will take me ten days; no day longer than 14 miles, 112 miles in all.  Hardly a challenge for the more youthful and fit; but a bit of challenge for one approaching crumbliehood. (I’m not quite as old as the All Saints organ but heading that way.) I expect to walk it alone; Tom Hinds will be my support party and we’ll stay at B&Bs en route. But if you’d like to join me for part or all of the walk you’ll be welcome.

If you’re willing to sponsor me, please contact me on 01753 858123 or on sathindsbc@waitrose.com                    Thank you.