Is the Church of England Disappearing?

WINDSOR, UK. — 22 September 2015 Headlines shout that the Church of England is fading; that it is no longer relevant. But throughout the land there are many efforts to revitalise the church with old church buildings being re-opened and communities being re-formed.

Here in Windsor there is just such a new expression of the church. The Windsor Fellowship is a new initiative within the Church of England that gives people an opportunity to explore the Christian faith in an informal setting. Designed for those of all beliefs and none – and for those with intellectual objections and heartfelt concerns about the Christian worldview – Windsor Fellowship aims to bring meaningful discussion and answers to some of the many questions that people are asking.

Curt and Janice Hopkins
Curt and Janice Hopkins

Long-term Windsor residents, Curt and Janice Hopkins, had a vision to create a community within the Church of England that would give people the space to rediscover their faith outside of a traditional church setting.

“This all began after we ran a Parenting Teenagers course in our home,” stated Curt Hopkins. “We found that lots of people were struggling with the same things as we were: busy-ness, instilling our values in the next generation, building character in our children, and trying to balance everything!”

Janice Hopkins said, “We are grateful that we have had so much support from friends and local clergy and that what began as a simple dream has now grown to up to 50 people coming to our Sunday afternoon meeting.”

The fellowship is officially launching at its new venue, the Windsor Youth and Community Centre (Alma Road, SL4 3HD) on Sunday, 4 October at 4 pm. All are invited to come to the service and stay for a special tea and cake reception afterwards.

About Windsor Fellowship

The Windsor Fellowship, as part of the Church of England, is committed to studying the Bible and deepening our understanding of how biblical truth impacts modern life – work, play and relationships.

We encourage people to ask questions and our doors are open to all. We are all on a faith journey and we invite you to join us as we seek authentic and relevant wisdom for our lives.

Windsor Fellowship is a part of the Church of England as a missional community of Latimer Minster in partnership with St Mary’s Maidenhead.

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Curt Hopkins

PDF Version: Windsor Fellowship Press Release, 22 Sep 2015

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