Churches Together in Windsor
Strengthen each other
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.
Holy Week offers us an opportunity to reflect on the Passion of Christ, as he journeys to the cross and beyond. This year I have been struck by how much of the story shows Jesus’ dependency on others to help him complete that journey. A young donkey carried him into the city, and a passing traveller named Simon carried his cross. His disciples made preparations for the journey into Jerusalem and for their Passover meal together… but over the following hours they fell asleep when he had asked them to pray; they hid in the shadows when he faced his darkest hour and, in Peter’s case, even denied knowing him.
Jesus still involves us in his mission today, knowing that in our brokenness there are times when we, too, would rather hide in the shadows. However, the message of Easter is above all a message of forgiveness and redemption; and of the hope of a new start with God. Jesus therefore saw beyond Peter’s denial to the time when he would strengthen the Church (Luke 22:32).
This Easter, as we remember God’s redemptive love for us all, may Christians across Windsor of all denominations strengthen each other so that together we continue Jesus’ mission of showing God’s love for his world and for our town.
Rev Matthew Scott
Chair, Churches Together in Windsor
- Carols on the Hill took place on Friday 9th December at 6pm by Queen Victoria’s statue in front of Windsor Castle. A collection was taken which raised a total of £1,011, shared between Thames Hospice and the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice.
- The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity took place between 18th and 25th January 2017. There were 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 held at the URC on Sunday 22nd January.
- The Women’s World Day of Prayer service “Am I being unfair to you?” was held on Friday 3rd March 2017, and raised over £200 for the WWDP charities.
“For your diary”:
- Good Friday Witness will be held on Friday 14th April at 12 noon by the Post Office on Peascod St – this is a very important opportunity for all Christians to witness to our faith together – please encourage as many people as possible to come along.
- 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.
- “Thy Kingdom Come” initiative: Jesus invites all his followers to pray in His name to the Father confidently and expectantly. In the power of the Holy Spirit we pray together as one family. All Christians share this gift of the Lord’s Prayer. When we pray ‘Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done’ we long for Christ’s transforming love to bring hope and joy to all. Earlier this year many of the churches in England took up the invitation of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to set aside the days leading up to Pentecost Sunday to pray for the renewing and empowering presence of the Holy Spirit to make Christ real in our midst, for the flourishing of all. The purpose is “to encourage our brothers and sisters in churches of all traditions to partner in praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ in the days leading up to Pentecost, from 25 May – 4 June, 2017. There is no prescription about how we should pray; we hope each church will participate in a way that is authentic to them and where possible to engage in this with their partner churches in their area”.
- The aim is simple and threefold:
o To join with the whole family of God the Father
o To pray for the empowering of God the Holy Spirit
o That we may be effective witnesses to God the Son Jesus Christ
Please visit the website: www.thykingdom.co.uk