Autumn newsletter 2016

Churches Together in Windsor

Newsletter

Autumn 2016

Strength in numbers; strength in depth

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 coming months.

It is sometimes said that there is strength in numbers, and that principle was evident at last year’s ‘Carols on the Hill’ event when one of our churches chose to attend as a group, singing so enthusiastically that they encouraged the crowds around them to sing up too. Wouldn’t it be great if this year’s event, which you will note has been brought forward to December 9th, was boosted by several large clusters of people from our churches, each adding volume to encourage the crowds around them to sing confidently the good news of the message of Christmas?

We also talk about strength in depth. The New Testament frequently speaks of the importance of our Christian faith being strengthened in depth at a personal level; in writing to his good friend Philemon the apostle Paul expresses this prayer: – ‘I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.’ (Philemon 1:6)

As churches in Windsor working together in partnership for the Gospel, may we too grow stronger as we deepen our understanding of every good thing that we share for the sake of Christ.

Rev Matthew Scott

Chair, Churches Together in Windsor

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.

 “For your diary”:

The Churches Together Annual Assembly will take place on November 24th, 7.30 p.m. for 7.45 p.m. start, at Windsor Methodist Church, and will include a talk.

 

Carols on the Hill will take place on Friday 9th December at 6pm by Queen Victoria’s statue in front of Windsor Castle.

 

A Blue Christmas service will take place on Saturday 17th December 6 p.m. – please contact Margaret Dudley on 01753-867 117 or margaret.dudley@methodist.org.uk

 

A Peace Light service will be held in St Edward’s church, Alma Road, at 3pm on Sunday 18th December. Each year, a child from Upper Austria kindles a flame from the “Eternal Flame” from the Nativity Grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is then flown to Austria from where it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations who take it back, with a message of Peace, to their own countries for use at ecumenical services. Please bring a lantern to this service and take a “peace light” home; share the light among your friends!

 

Alone on Christmas Day? Join us for lunch at All Saints Church Hall, Frances Road, from 12.30 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. We have been running this for the last seven years with a combination of helpers from the St Vincent de Paul Society, several of the local Churches and volunteers from the community, so if you know of someone who will be one their own please contact Barry and Jane on 01753 856140 or 075 5499 0781. Transport can be provided.

 

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will take place between 18th and 25th January 2017. There will be services in various churches and different times during the week, to allow people with fixed commitments to attend at least some of the services, including a joint service to be held at the URC on Sunday 22nd January at 3 p.m.

 

The Women’s World Day of Prayer service “Am I being unfair to you?” will be held on Friday 3rd March 2017 at 7 p.m. – to find out further information, please visit the website www.wwdp.org.uk – all welcome!

 

Real Advent Calendars are a beautiful way to journey through advent with a booklet with daily activities and thoughts, and of course, fair trade chocolate! Place your orders by emailing maidenhead@quenchshops.com

 

The Cards for Good Causes charity Christmas card shop will be open in the URC church between 29 October – 13 December; opening times will be Monday – Saturday, 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

 

The Silent Prayer Group meets each Monday morning at the Methodist Church, Alma Road, Windsor, at 7.00 a.m. – and we pray, silently, for half an hour, concluding at 7.30 a.m.  It is a small group, who find this half hour deeply worthwhile and enriching, and who would welcome more members.  It is a wonderful way to start the week. Do come along and try it – even if you are unable to come every week, you will be welcome indeed.  For more information, contact Ann Hinton, W. 860548.

 

Windsor Carers Support Group meets at Dedworth Green Baptist Church, Smiths Lane, Windsor at 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon on the second Monday of every month. Please call 0800 988 5462 if you would like to attend the group, or just turn up! All welcome for a break from your caring role, and to meet other carers.

 

Tuesday Evening Ecumenical Prayer Group: This Small Prayer Group, open to members of all the churches across Windsor, meets each Tuesday evening, 7.00 – 8.00 p.m., in the Cornerstone Chapel at Windsor Methodist Church, Alma Road, Windsor.  We pray for Windsor, its people and community, the only advice being, pray as you can, not as you can’t! Silently, or spoken, simply pray as you feel moved to.  It is only a small group, but we have seen many prayers answered over the years.  If you feel this may be for you, come along and give it a try – you will be welcomed with open arms. For more information contact Ann Hinton, W. 860548.

 

Look out for a series of Inter-faith “dialogues” organised by the Windsor and Maidenhead Community Forum on five Tuesdays starting on 17th January:

  • How much control do we have over our lives? at SGI-UK Taplow Court,
  • What qualities do we most admire in others and why? at the Maidenhead Gurdwarta,
  • What advice would we give to our younger selves? at St Mark’s Catholic Church, Dedworth Road, Windsor,
  • How can we become happy? at the Maidenhead Synagogue.

Admission is free – everyone is welcome. The evening runs from 7.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. and we split into small groups to hear what other people think – no lectures – but we get to know each other and exchange views.