Angels Over Windsor

Since February 2012, volunteer Street Angels have been patrolling Windsor town centre between 10.30pm and 3am on Friday nights, offering care and a calming, non-threatening presence, helping to keep vulnerable people safe late at night.

The scheme was been set up under the umbrella of Churches Together in Windsor with support from a number of organisations including Thames Valley Police, the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Radian, the Edith Murphy Foundation, the Prince Philip Charitable Trust, and the Shanly Charitable Foundation, as well as from individual donors. Now, responsibility for Street Angels has been passed to a new organisation (seeking charitable registration) called Windsor Christian Action.

Wearing their distinctive blue reflective jackets, Street Angels patrol the streets in teams of three, carrying a backpack containing, among other things, water, lollypops, flip-flops, and a first aid kit. Sometimes they bring people back to the Baptist Church base to help them sober up and get them home safely. An important contribution to community safety is the removal and propoer disposal of dangerous items such broken glass bottles. More than 1,600 people have been helped by the Angels. David Bullock, Police Community Support Officer who has been the driving force of this initiative says: “It has been a brilliant year – I’m so proud of the Angels.”

But we need more volunteers! We’d like to extend this service to Windsor by sending out Street Angels twice a week. We also need Support Angels to ‘staff’ the base at Windsor Baptist Church during the shift.

If you feel called to become a Street Angel, or Support Angel, please contact PCSO David Bullock, either by telephone on 07816 848231, or by email: david.bullock@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Street Angels would like prayer support. Would you be willing to be a praying angel either as an individual or in a prayer group?   Susan Hinds (01753 858123) would like to hear of new or existing prayer groups willing to commit themselves to praying each week for Street Angels.

The Windsor Maidenhead Christian Trust…

… is a Christian charity working in the Royal Borough.   By supporting organisations who assist local people suffering ill health, poverty, mental or physical distress, or who are under-privileged in some way the Trust seeks to promote higher standards of moral life.   It distributes between £1,500 to £20,000 a year.

Recent beneficiaries have included projects for a Police Community Youth Pastor, support for children of army families,  an Open-The-Book (the Bible) after-school club,  and young adults on the autistic spectrum.

CTW has become a Representative Member, and sends one representative to join with the Trustees in their twice yearly grant allocation meetings, to help in publicising the Trust to potential applicants for grants, and in other efforts to promote moral education. Two of the Trustees come from Windsor. They are the Revd.June Faulkner (W622808), Trevor Parsons (W831744).

Ascot/Sunninghill has no Churches Together association. The Trust would welcome a trustee or representative from that area. If you know of anyone there who might be interested in becoming a trustee or representative, please let one of our Trustees know (phone numbers above).

Orthodox Mission in Windsor

East meets West at St.Andrew’s Church of England, in Mill Lane, Clewer, when the St.Andrew’s Orthodox mission celebrates its first liturgy in Windsor on Saturday 16th March at 9.30am.

Thanks to the generous hospitality of the Revd.Louise Brown, the St.Andrew’s Orthodox mission has been able to hold an evening prayer service once a onth. Father Peter Farrington says: “It is exciting to be able to celebrate the liturgy for the first time in the beautiful and histoic church of St.Andrew. Our small community of Orthodox Christians from East and West warmly invite the people of Windsor to experience our Orthodox worship on this joyful occasion.”

The St.Andrew’s Orthodox mission is part of the British Orthodox Church in the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate.

Father Peter Farrington, and English priest, says: “We hope we can share the treasures of our ancient Orthodox worship with people here in britain in their own language. The service will begin at 9.30a, and will conclude with refreshments at 11.30am.”

At present the Mission is meeting on the 2nd Monday evening of each month, and the latest schedule is available on their website: www.orthodoxwindsor.co.uk 

 

 

Volunteers Needed for Homeless Project

CTW has, with effect from June 2013, passed responsibility for the Homeless Project to Windsor Christian Action, a new charity currently seeking registration with the Charity Commission.

The Homeless Project is still in need volunteers!

Lunch sessions take place on Monday and Wednesday at Windsor Baptist Church in Victoria Street, and on Saturdays at St.Stephen’s Church in Vansittart Road. This provision of food and companionship is much appreciated by our guests. During the past year, several have been helped into accommodation and continue to receive our support.

Please – your help is needed.  We’d like a few more volunteers to staff each session, both men and women.  Volunteers prepare and serve food (soup, sandwiches, tea, coffee, juice, and a cooked meal on Saturdays), and sit and socialise with the guests.  If we have enough volunteers, it may be necessary for each to undertake a duty only once a month.

If you think you can help, please get in touch with Susan Hinds at sathindsbc@waitrose.com 

Your support will be much appreciated.