Autumn newsletter 2015

 

Churches Together in Windsor

Newsletter

Autumn 2015

Common ground

Welcome to the latest CTW newsletter. We hope you find it informative and helpful in letting you know about the various joint initiatives that Christians and churches across Windsor are working on together in the period up to Christmas.

Since our last newsletter, we have welcomed the recently-formed Windsor Fellowship as part of the ‘Churches Together in Windsor’ family. You will find a brief introduction to their ministry in this newsletter, and we pray that their presence in the town will become a significant part of the witness offered by the Christian Church as a whole in Windsor.

In secular life, we often speak of groups finding the lowest common denominator in order to work together. However, that approach need not be the case for the Church. Instead of being joined by the lowest common denominator, our life together is joined by the greatest common denominator – Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul put it like this, when writing to the church in Corinth: – ‘…for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.’ (1 Corinthians 8:6, NRSV)

In celebrating (and sometimes wrestling with) the rich diversity that we find both between and within our congregations, let us never forget that we are united by the strongest possible bond that exists through the love of God shown for us in Jesus Christ.

Rev Matthew Scott

Chair, Churches Together in Windsor

 

News

Rediscover Faith

The Windsor Fellowship is a new initiative by a group of lay people that aims to draw evangelical Anglicans together in central Windsor. Gathering on Sundays at 4 pm, the group has been meeting in a home for the past year and a half. However, as of this month we will be moving to the Windsor Youth and Community Centre off Alma Road. Our aim is simply to draw more people to Jesus Christ and to make disciples, as Jesus taught. Please join us for our launch event on 4 October at 4pm.

To find out more, please see www.windsorfellowship.com where our vision is to help others rediscover faith through teaching the timeless truths of God, growing in the grace of Jesus Christ and proclaiming Him in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thank you for your warm welcome to CTW! May God use all of us, in our various ways, to bring the hope of Jesus to Windsor.

Curt and Janice Hopkins (on behalf of the Windsor Fellowship)

 

Parish Church Organ Restoration

As Windsor Parish Church in the High Street starts looking ahead to the 200th anniversary of the current building in 2022, one of its key restoration projects concerns the church’s three-manual and pedal organ by A Hunter & Son which passed its own centenary in 2006. The organ makes an important contribution to thousands of people every year, in many school services, civic services and concerts, as well as to the Sunday faithful. However, the condition of the instrument has declined markedly in recent years and a thorough restoration is needed imminently. A £300,000 appeal has been launched with local media publicity and a number of fundraising events. To date, £42,000 has been donated or pledged, including donations from The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation, The Elton John Charitable Trust, The Louis Baylis Charitable Trust, The William Church Music Trust, The Shanly Foundation and the Laurie Holloway Music Trust. Many further funding applications are in progress. Please contact the Churchwarden, Michael Harding, or Organist & Choirmaster, John Halsey, for further information or with any ideas on potential sources of additional funding!

 

“For your diary”:

Peace Symposium

Everyone is invited to the annual Slough & Burnham Peace Symposium organised at the Burnham Park Academy, Burnham on Saturday September 12th 2015. The Peace Symposium is a distinctive opportunity for faith and community representatives to share their views on various subjects focussed on promoting peaceful co-existence. Its aim is to promote better understanding between faiths and communities in order to develop a more harmonious society. With so many matters regarding conscience and religion coming in to the public domain, this year’s theme is United Against Extremism and follows on from last year’s theme of Love for All, Hatred for None. Previously known as the Peace Conference, it is now very much an annual event in the diary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Slough. Now in its 11th consecutive year it attracts a variety of guests ranging from representatives from various Voluntary Communities, MP’s, Councillors, Religious Organisations, Head Teachers and Academics; as well as individuals who are all committed to peace and universal harmony. For more information, visit the official Slough Peace Symposium website www.peace-symposium.co.uk or contact Email: info@peace-symposium.co.uk or Peace Symposium Chairman: Atiq Ahmad Bhatti, 07812 070 810.

 

A Festival of Flowers in celebration of “The Word”: Windsor Methodist Church, Alma Road, SL4 3HH www.windsormethodist.church Friday 25th September 09.30 to 20.00; Saturday 26th September 09.30 to 18.00; Sunday 27th September 12.30 to 17.30. Free admission; donations to Thames Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support. Delicious home cooked food and refreshments available each day. Fun activities for children.

The Churches Together Ecumenical Prayer Group is held in the Cornerstone Chapel of Windsor Methodist Church, each Tuesday, 7.00 – 8.00 pm.  Everyone is welcome to come and join in prayers for Windsor and its people.

 

Carols on the Hill will take place on Friday 18th December at 6pm outside Henry VIII gate of Windsor Castle.

 

A Blue Christmas service will take place on Saturday 19th December 6pm – please contact Margaret Dudley on 01753-867 117 or margaret.dudley@methodist.org.uk

 

 

Help needed please!

Please can the SVP have some help with the Christmas Day Lunch for those who would otherwise be on their own? We need someone who can run the day and if possible someone who can take on the overall organisation, although we may be able to sort that out. There is a well-established framework and a team of people who can help.   Any applicants very welcome! Please contact Hazel Cooper on 01753 867752 or hazel@riversidecoopers.uk

 

 

Windsor Christian Action Windsor Sleep Out 2016….in aid of the Homeless Project

There are still homeless people in Windsor who need our help. It costs about £21,000pa to run the Homeless Project, which is entirely dependent on voluntary donations. Come and take part in the Windsor Sleep Out, which will take place on Friday 19th February 2016, from 8pm, at the Alma Road Youth and Community Centre in Windsor. Anyone over 14 may join in. Young people between 14-18 must be accompanied by an adult – either a parent, guardian or youth worker.

If you sign up for this you will be in for a great night. There will be food, hot drinks and a DJ, and live music during the evening. Use your creativity by decorating your Sleep Out box, and maybe win the prize for the best decorated box! The Sleep Out Takes place outside on the volleyball court. In the morning, bacon sarnies and hot drinks will be served. Last year, 39 people took part, and an amazing £11,100 was raised! This year, we have capacity for up to 60 sleepers, and we hope you will join us, and make a difference in the lives of Windsor’s homeless.

For further information, application and sponsorship forms, contact Stephanie Minici on 01753 856406, email: stephanie.minici@btinternet.com.