New Senior Minister for the Windsor Fellowship

We are very pleased to announce that we have found a minister! Pete Matthew will be joining us full time on 1st October as our Senior Minister.63704-1

For the last four years Pete has been the Associate Minister of St John’s, Woking, which is a medium sized evangelical parish church. Prior to that he was the Assistant Minister (curate) of Christ Church, Balham, a church plant that started in 2002. He trained at Oak Hill Theological College and was ordained deacon in Kenya and presbyter (priest) in Guildford.

Pete is married to Nicki and they have 6-year-old twins, Henry and Helena. Nicki was born in Fiji, but only lived there for 6 weeks and grew up mainly in Hampshire. Prior to having the twins, she was a primary school teacher. Pete claims to be Cornish, but was actually born in Hertfordshire. Prior to full time church work, he was involved in sales and sales training.

All of us on the pastoral search committee found the process to be quite daunting but we were encouraged throughout as the role (and our small church) generated so much interest. We have truly sensed God guiding us and felt the bond of peace through the process. The committee, with the assistance of Archdeacon Olivia Graham, unanimously recommended Pete forward to the trustees and Bishop Andrew Proud. We are pleased that the trustees agreed to appoint Pete and that the Bishop is enthusiastic in his support. We hope that you will be in prayer for the Matthews as they transition out of their ministry in Woking and prepare to join us.

Below is a greeting from the Matthews.

Let’s keep praying!

With best wishes,

Pastoral Search Committee (Jenny Perry, Andy Felce, William Moore, Curt Hopkins)

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Dear Windsor Fellowship,

We’re very excited to be coming to join your church family at the Windsor Fellowship. We think it’s great how you have come together to form this new church community for the sake of the people of Windsor. We’re looking forward to see what God will do next as we come to help grow and develop the work.

We met at a church plant in Wimbledon and most of our adult lives we’ve been involved in various church startups, so we understand the joys and the flexibility of being a new church whilst also being aware of the insecurity and tiredness that can come from having to set out ‘church’ each week and not having your own building!

We’re praying for all of you and would love it if you could be praying for us as we prepare to join you, find new schools and all that goes with moving.  We’re very much looking forward to meeting you all at the BBQ on the 10th September.

With very best wishes,

Pete, Nicki, Henry & Helena Matthew

What?

Some parts of the Bible are difficult for us to get our heads around. Last Sunday we had a look at Exodus 22, which has a whole list of “do nots.” Some of these commands make sense, but others may seem irrelevant. So, what did our preacher, Sam Allberry, have to say about this passage?

First, everything in life is about God’s grace. Although God’s rules might be hard for us to understand, we must trust that His rules are ultimately for our good because He loves us and He wants to bless us. 

Second, all of life is to be lived for God. The Bible is practical. Knowing God will change our daily behaviour. Every area of our lives should be done “Christian-ly.”

Lastly, the grace that saves us will change us. As members of God’s family, we will, over time, becme more like God. God’s warmth and welcome toward us will make us warm and welcoming. God’s compassion will cause us to be more compassionate. God’s generosity will flow through us to others.

What a privilege it is to be part of such a wonderful family, with God as our Father. Come along this afternoon to hear from Exodus 24-25. The sermon title is “How to be friends with God.”

Salvation response

We had a new preacher last Sunday. Jon Drake has joined the team at St Mary’s Maidenhead, and it was lovely for us to meet him.

We learned about Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, who was a pagan priest in Midian. Through Moses’ witness, Jethro gained an understanding of the true God and turned his heart to Him. Jon likened this event to having the local imam come to our service and deciding to follow Jesus! It was an extraordinary heart change.

Following his salvation, Jethro had some good advice for Moses. He was concerned that Moses would wear himself out, so he recommended that he build a team around him. Jethro was deeply aware that this team needed to be holy and obedient. Jon pointed out that this would have required thousands of officials! The people of Israel numbered over a million, and this scheme recommended “chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.” One application for us here is that God-honouring churches need lots of godly people helping to build up the congregation.

Tomorrow we will continue our series looking at Exodus 19. We hope to see you there!

Providing again and again

“After the victory, the Lord instructed Moses, ‘Write this down on a scroll as a permanent reminder, and read it aloud to Joshua…’” Exodus 17:14

God is at work in our lives and He continually answers our prayers. In fact, haven’t we often come to the realisation that God has answered a prayer that we never even consciously prayed? In our weakness and doubt, God still reaches out to us and provides for us again and again.

In Exodus 17 we see God’s people, the Israelites, aggressively attacked by warriors from a group called the Amalekites. Moses commanded Joshua to gather some soldiers for battle. All the next day, the armies fought each other in the valley while Moses, Aaron and Hur stood above them on a hilltop, watching and praying. With the staff of God held high, the Israelites gained victory over the Amalekites. It was an extraordinary outcome.

 Then Moses was told to “write this down.” Keep note of your history—don’t forget. Remember the prayers that God has answered. Remember the good things that God has done for you! Take courage from what has happened in the past and move forward with greater confidence in God.

It’s a lesson from long ago that is just as true today.

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On Wednesday, 18 May we will have a Prayer Evening at Beech House, Hermitage Lane, SL4 4AZ. Come for a cuppa at 7:30 pm and we will pray from 8-9:15. Steve Penny from SASRA (The Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association) will be coming to tell us more about his work with local service men and women. We will also be uniting in prayer as we seek God to guide us in our search for a full-time rector. 

Please join us for the next Windsor Fellowship social on Saturday, 21 May. We will gather to enjoy a meal together at The George Inn on Eton High Street at 7:30 pm. Please RSVP to Alex Moore so that you can order your food in advance. Everyone is welcome!

Copies of The Servant Queen and the King She Serves will be available after the service on Sunday. Please do take copies to give to friends and neighbours. The book is a great conversation starter for those of us looking to engage with people on matters of faith.

On the move

Faith is not a static thing. Jesus is not static—he is alive and he is on the move! He is not where we left him and he invites all of us to run after him.

Frog Orr-Ewing’s talk on “Being a God Chaser” last weekend has given us much to ponder this week. Are we pressing forward? Are we asking God where he is going so that we can keep in step with him? Are we including God in our plans? Frog encouraged us to run to the world around us and tell them the gospel. “The wounded world needs the wounds of Jesus.”

This Sunday we will go back to studying Exodus, specifically looking at chapter 17 and the first seven verses. Here we will see the people of Israel grumbling against God yet again and learn how God provided for them—yet again.

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Tomorrow a Men’s Breakfast will be held at The George Inn on Eton High Street from 8:15 – 9:30 am. Norm Beers will be leading the discussion on ambition and faith. If you are around, please come!

Our next prayer evening will take place on Wednesday, 18 May at Beech House, Hermitage Lane, SL4 4AZ. All are welcome!

Please be in prayer for the Pastoral Search Committee who have begun the important work of identifying a full-time rector for our fellowship.

Full-time Minister Search

As a new missional church in Windsor and Eton, we are committed to being rooted in scripture, growing deep in faith and reaching Windsor and Eton for Christ. We started two years ago as a lay-led initiative meeting in a home and have grown to 50+ regular attendees meeting at a local community centre. We have reached the point where we want to appoint a full-time lead minister.

If you would like to receive a more detailed brief on the position, please email Curt Hopkins at [email protected].

We are passionate about the spread of the gospel in Windsor and Eton and growing our community and look forward to finding an excellent Bible teacher and evangelical leader to guide us in our mission.

Job applications should be submitted by 30 April.

 

Christ is Risen

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Tomorrow the Christian church around the world will celebrate the central point of our faith—the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Victorious over sin and triumphant over death, Jesus not only fulfilled thousands of years of Old Testament prophecy but he also fulfilled his own predictions.

Mark 10:32-34

Again, he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.”

May the glorious, risen King be evermore real to you this Easter.

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For Easter Sunday, Will Stileman will be preaching on 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 – the earliest creed that Paul received and passed on.  We will also be celebrating communion. Please join us for this joyous occasion!

Apologetics for Teens – All of the youth are invited to come along on Thursday, 31 March at 8 pm to the Felce’s home for an engaging apologetics session with Oliver Strange. A second session (covering different material) will take place at the Hopkins’ home over lunch on Sunday, 10 April at 12 noon. Please RSVP here if you or your teen would like to come. 

Our next Prayer Evening will take place on Wednesday, 20 April at 7:30 pm.

Why do so many people suffer so much?

Our Big Questions series has generated a lot of discussion and this Sunday’s question is perhaps the most difficult of all: “Why do so many people suffer so much?” Do take this opportunity to come along and learn how Christians can answer this tough question.

This Sunday we will have our first baptism at the Windsor Fellowship. Please be in prayer for both the logistics of the event as well as the many guests that have been invited.

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On Good Friday, 25 March, Churches Together in Windsor will be having a Good Friday Witness service at 12 noon on Peascod Street across from the Post Office. All are welcome. 

For Easter Sunday we will be celebrating communion. Please join us for this joyous occasion!

Apologetics for Teens – Oliver Strange will be leading two sessions on apologetics for the youth. The first session will be on Thursday, 31 March at 8 pm at the Felce’s home. The second session will be over lunch at the Hopkins’ on Sunday, 10 April at 1 pm. Please RSVP here if you or your teen would like to come. 

If God really exists, why doesn’t he prove it?

In the same way that many people take exercise to strengthen their physical muscles, we all have spiritual muscles that need flexing too. Our current series of Big Questions helps us do that. Last week, Sam Allberry looked at the question, “Is death the end?” The answer, taken from the life of Jesus, is a resounding “no!” If you missed the talk, you can listen online here.

This Sunday, Oliver Strange will lead us in exploring another question: “If God really exists, why doesn’t he prove it?” Please join us for this talk and holy communion.

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Wednesday, 16 March will be our next Prayer Focus evening. All are welcome to come together for an encouraging hour of prayer. We will meet at 7:30 for 8 pm at Beech House, Hermitage Lane, SL4 4AZ.

On Palm Sunday, 20 March, Jack Hopkins will be baptised. Please be in prayer for guests who have been invited and for the logistics of the service.

On Good Friday, 25 March, Churches Together in Windsor will be having a Good Friday Witness service at 12 noon on Peascod Street across from the Post Office. All are welcome.

Blessings,
The Windsor Fellowship

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