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.

Windsor Food-share

This began operation in October 2013 and is based at Dedworth Green Baptist Church, Smith Lane. This project is being run in partnership with all the Windsor churches to provide support for people urgently in need of food. Those in need will be referred by agencies such as the local authority, community wardens, church leaders, and others.

Thanks to everyone who has donated foodstuffs to this project – please continue your generous giving. And please pray for this scheme.

Visit the website: www.windsorfoodshare.org.uk or contact the Coordinator, Sarah Howard at sarah@windsorfoodshare.org.uk

 

Carols-on-the-Hill

Carols on the Hill takes place this year on Friday 9th December 2016 at 6pm ourside the gates of Windsor Castle. Come and sing well loved Christmas carols accompanied by the band of the Household Cavalry.

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.