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:
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@example.com to tell us your preference by 5th September
Dear church family,
Those of you who were at church last Sunday will have heard the news that George Bosomworth, age 16, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. George started chemotherapy on Thursday. The treatment is expected to last 4-6 months with the first two months being the most gruelling.
Please do pray for George and his parents, Kathryn and David, as they battle this cancer. It has been an emotionally draining past couple of weeks. They are relieved to finally know why George hasn’t been well for several months, and they are thankful for the excellent care he has been receiving at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, but obviously it isn’t easy.
I’m sure George would appreciate notes of encouragement in the days and weeks ahead. The family’s address is: 32 Illingworth, St Leonard’s Hill, Windsor, SL4 4UP.
On behalf of the Bosomworths,
Dates for the diary:
Saturday, 10 September—BBQ and Meet the New Rector. Everyone is welcome to come along and meet Pete, Nicki, Helena and Henry Matthew at the Felce’s home, North Royd, Crimp Hill, Englefield Green, TW20 0YB. We will begin at 4 pm with tea, cakes and games followed by a Q&A with the Matthews and a BBQ supper. Bring along either a salad or a pudding to share. Please come!
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. Details to follow.
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.
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)
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
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.”
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!
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.