What’s your focus for 2018?

We had a great time on Sunday with our New Year’s Eve ramble.  We spent a few minutes thinking about what we should focus on in 2018.  We looked at Hebrews 12:1-3 and saw our focus should be on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.  Whatever happens in 2018, good or ill, if we follow, model, focus on, and live for Jesus, it will have been an effective and productive year.

This Sunday we’re back to normal at the Windsor Youth & Community Centre at 4pm.  We’ll be continuing our sermon series from the book of Hebrews.  Will Stileman will be preaching from chapter 10 and we’ll be thinking how stratospherically superior Jesus’ sacrifice is to any other options.

House groups will continue to follow the sermon series.  If you’re not in a house group and would like to know more about them, do get in touch with me.  Our mid-week groups are a wonderful forum to deepen our love for each other and for God as we study his word.  We’re planning to launch a third evening group soon.

Dates for your diary:

4th January (this evening) – Hope in depression course starts

13th January – Men’s breakfast –  Thinking about the nature & character of God.  8.15-9.30am, The George, Eton High Street, SL4 6AF

18th January – Women’s evening with Rosie Dunn, coordinator of the London Women’s Convention, speaking about friendship – more details to follow

22nd January – Monthly prayer meeting

10th February – Church Social

11th March – Church lunch

15th March – Women’s evening with Hilary Nicholls

21st April – Windsor Fellowship Vision Dinner

Regards,

Pete Matthew
Senior Minister, Windsor Fellowship Church

Are you baby?

No one likes to be called a baby. In the passage we’re looking at in church today the writer of Hebrews accuses the 1st century Roman Christians of being just like that, “You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant.” They thought, because they’d got the basics right about the Christian faith, they didn’t need to try and understand anything deeper. They thought they could just tread water.

No one thinks like that in general life, we want to learn and develop, we want to progress in our careers. But, are we in danger of being infantile in our Christian faith? Are we treading water? The writer encourages them to “move beyond the elementary teaching about Christ and be taken forward to maturity.” This is a great encouragement for us to keep growing in our knowledge and love of Christ. If you’re not sure how to do that please ask someone you trust Don’t stay a baby Christian, grow up!

Upcoming events:

A Monk’s Tale
Saturday 11th November
7.30pm-9.30pm
Windsor Youth & Community Centre, Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD

Tickets £10 – More info or to book: [email protected]

Friday 1st December – Christmas Wreath Making – Ladies’ guest event – A fun, relaxed evening making Christmas wreaths. This is a ticketed event. More details to come soon.

Saturday 9th December 6pm – Carols…in a pub! – Great fun, great carols, great atmosphere – Duchess of Cambridge pub – If you were there last year, you won’t need convincing to come along. If you weren’t there, ask someone who was and they’ll tell you it was brilliant!

Sunday 10th December 4pm – All Age Nativity – Everyone who wants a part is guaranteed a role – last year we had babies to granddads dressed up! A great event for all the family.

Saturday 16th December 7.30pm – Church Christmas Social – Details coming soon.

Sunday 17th December 4pm – Carols by (some) candlelight – Traditional service of lessons and carols – the youth centre can actually look Christmassy!

Sunday 24th December 4pm – Low key carols – Relaxed Christmas Eve service.

Monday 25th December 10am – Christmas Day Celebration – Hopkins’ house – Beech House, Hermitage Lane, SL4 4AZ. If in Windsor, please join the church family in celebrating the birth of our Saviour.

New Start

Even if you’ve not been away during the summer I do hope you’ve had a chance to ease back on the usual hectic pace of life. We all need time for relaxation. However, the summer is coming to an end and now it’s back to work (or school or university). My brain is conditioned to think of September as the start of a new year. So, it’s a good time to reflect on some big questions: What will this year be like? What will God teach me? How can I serve Him more effectively?

Those are good questions to ask at any point, but perhaps with September upon us you could spend some time thinking about them today.

Also, with so many of us being away for parts of the last few weeks, September is a great time to reconnect with our church family. Why not come along this Sunday, or even this Saturday join us for our Church BBQ!

Upcoming events:

Saturday 16th September 4pm – Church BBQ – a wonderful chance to spend time with each other – [email protected]

Thursday 21st September 7.30pm – Women’s evening with Sarah Sayer as guest speaker

Sunday 1st October 2pm – Thank God for Harvest – All Age family fun activity afternoon in celebration of Harvest

Looking ahead:

November 11th – A Monk’s Tale – A professionally performed comedy play about the reformation – Windsor Youth & Community Centre – Tickets and more details coming soon

Regards,

Pete Matthew
Senior Minister, Windsor Fellowship Church

How to have a happy 2017

Happy New Year!

We had a great time on Sunday with our first New Year’s Day ramble, which probably should have been called New Year’s Day swim, such was the ferocity of the rain.  Once we’d dried and thawed out we spent a few minutes thinking about what would make 2017 a happy year.  Psalm 1 starts by saying “Blessed is the one…”  The word used for “blessed” can be translated “truly happy”.  So, if you want to know how to be truly happy in 2017 look at Psalm 1 and do what it says.

This Sunday we’re back to normal at the Windsor Youth & Community Centre at 4pm.  We will be starting a new sermon series looking at the Old Testament book of Malachi.  It was written about 2,500 years ago to warn God’s people not to go soft on their relationship with God.  God’s people were giving him little or no attention; they were going off doing their own thing and only occasionally gave God any consideration.  That seems to ring a lot of bells with our contemporary society and church. 

The plan is for the house groups to follow the sermon series.  If you’re not in a house group and would like to know more about them, do get in touch with me.  Our mid-week groups are a wonderful forum to deepen our love for each other and for God as we study his word. 

Regards,

Pete Matthew, Senior Minister

I am

On Thursday night I spoke at the Royal Holloway Christian union on Jesus’ words in John 8:58, “Before Abraham was born, I am!”  This is Jesus claiming, in a clear and unambiguous way, to be the Almighty, Sovereign, Creator God.  In our culture, and especially in student culture, a claim like this is offensive and arrogant.  Jesus’ claim to be all life, all truth, the only way to God is not a popular message.  But, even though it isn’t popular, it is true.

Later, I was thinking how this links with Ephesians in our current sermon series.  We saw on Sunday in the second half of chapter 1 that Paul prays they will know God better.  And the question is—how do we know God better?  The answer from Paul is that they will know the hope to which they’ve been called, the riches of his glorious inheritance, and his incomparably great power.  All of those things that Paul prays they will know are entirely wrapped up in the person and work of Jesus.  Knowing Jesus, Almighty God, the great “I am!” is the simple answer to how we will know God better.  The whole of the Bible points us to the Lord Jesus Christ who is God come to earth as a man to be our Lord and our Saviour.

Today, Michael Callaghan from St John’s, Egham will be continuing our series in Ephesians chapter 2.  It’s a description of how God has used his incomparably great power in us, moving us from death to life, from outside of his family to in it, from not having faith to having faith.  All of those are the gift of God.  He does all the work to save us through his power—we do nothing.  It’s a wonderful comfort to know God does it all.  If it were down to me, even in the smallest way, I’d only mess it up.  Wonderful it isn’t down to me—it’s all God’s word through the work of his Son.

Upcoming events:

30th October – SASRA prayer meeting – 6.30pm – Windsor Methodist Church

16th November – Monthly prayer meeting

2nd December – Windsor Fellowship Church Christmas Social

25th December – 10am – Short Christmas Day service at the Rector’s house

1st January – New Year’s Day ramble followed by tea & cakes

 

Regards,

Pete Matthew

Rector, Windsor Fellowship Church

First weekly blog from our new rector

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Hi all

Thank you so much for all those who came to the Big Launch last Sunday and made us feel so welcome.  It was a wonderfully encouraging event. 

I felt it was important to remind all of us (me included) about the key reasons the Windsor Fellowship Church exists, which is why we looked at Romans 1:16-17.  The gospel, the good news about the Lord Jesus Christ, is at the centre of all we do and needs to always be the foundation of our church family.  This gospel message, that is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes, is the only thing that will ultimately bring hope, life and joy to Windsor.  It’s also this message that will equip us, inspire us, and empower us, to live by faith.

Having gone right back to the foundational truth of the Christian faith last week, this week we’re going to start a new series looking at the Bible book of Ephesians.  This series will take us up to Christmas.  The passage this week is Ephesians 1:1-14.  In the original Greek verses 3-14 is one sentence in which Paul splurges out all the overwhelming benefits that are ours if we’re Christians.  If you have an opportunity please try and read the passage before Sunday.

My plan is to send out a weekly email which will have a quick recap of the previous Sunday, a heads up of what is happening that week and to share news and events.  We don’t want to overfill your inboxes so will try and limit circular emails like this to just the one a week.  The exception may come if there is something specific we want to let you know about.

Other upcoming events:

  • October 19th – monthly prayer meeting – 7.30 pm for 8:00 pm start, finishes at 9.15 pm. Beech House Hermitage Lane SL4 4AZ
  • October 22nd – men’s breakfast – 8:15 am to 9:30 am at the George Inn, Eton High Street.

And also advance notice for planned Christmas events:

  • Friday 2nd December – Christmas social
  • Sunday 18th December – All Age Christingle Service – 4pm
  • Sunday 18th December – Carol Service – 7pm

We’re very excited to be part of your family as we go forward together for the sake of God’s kingdom and wait to see what He will do next amongst us!

Regards,

Pete Matthew

Rector

The Big Launch

This Sunday is the beginning of a new chapter for the Windsor Fellowship as the Rev Peter Matthew is commissioned as our new Rector! We are very excited that Pete, Nicki and their six-year-old twins Henry and Helena have moved to Windsor and are already becoming part of the community.d0fc29d1-025b-4126-875e-234c4095ab36

Please join us along with the Archdeacon of Berkshire and other supporters at 4 pm on Sunday, 2 October at the Windsor Youth Centre (map) for a special service of celebration as we welcome the Matthew family followed by tea and cakes.

BBQ in 2 Weeks ☀ Plus a new series with Sam Allberry tomorrow!

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We hope that you can join us on Saturday, 10 September at 4 pm for a BBQ at the home of Andy and Alicia Felce. Our new rector, Pete Matthew, his wife Nicki and their twin six-year-olds Henry and Helena will be our special guests. Anyone who would like to come along to meet them would be most welcome! Pete’s official start date is 1 October.

Where: North Royd, Crimp Hill, Englefield Green, TW20 0YB
When: 4 pm for tea and cakes, tennis, swimming and games (frisbee golf, anyone?)
5:30 pm Q&A session with Pete—a time to get to know the family
6:30 pm BBQ—please bring either a salad or a pudding to share

Don’t miss our new sermon series starting tomorrow with Sam Allberry: Found in Christ, Saved in Christ and Remaining in Christ. If you want to read the first passage in advance of the sermon, it is Galatians 3:26-4:7.

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Other dates for the diary:

Saturday, 17 September—Men’s Breakfast from 8:15 to 9:30 am at The George Inn, Eton High Street.

Saturday, 24 September—Ladies’ Breakfast with Fiona Perry, practice nurse and vicar’s wife. This will be a wonderful time of encouragement for all WF women. Please find details here.

Saturday, 24 September—Youth Reboot event in London. A time for 12-18 year olds to come and ask their big questions. More information here. We are organising transport to the event so let us know if you are signed up to come.

Saturday, 1 October—Spartan Run. Join a team of WF friends for this amazing event in Windsor Great Park! Please register here for the morning race and we will run as a team.

Sunday, 2 October—Commissioning Service for Pete Matthew at 4pm.

Don’t miss out on home groups starting in September

Many of us have been greatly blessed by the fellowship and encouragement of our home groups over the past year or so.  This small group setting is such a great place to get to know each other, to pray for each other, and to cheer, admonish and support one another.  All of our Windsor Fellowship home groups have been successful in creating this sort of dynamic—helping to strengthen our sense of community.

As we look forward to the arrival of our new minister in the autumn, we also look forward to forming new groups.  By mixing things up, we have a great opportunity to get to know others in the congregation and deepen friendships with a new circle of people. 

If you would like to be involved in this wonderful part of church life, please sign up below! The options available are:

  1. Women’s Weekly Home Group. 10am on Wednesdays
  2. Mixed Fortnightly Home Group. 7:30pm on Mondays 
  3. Mixed Fortnightly Home Group. 7:30pm on Wednesdays

Evening groups will be commencing the week of 12 September and the women’s morning group will start Wednesday 21st September. Please use email [email protected] to tell us your preference by 5th September

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