Extraordinary Church Meeting – Sunday, 2nd September, 2.30pm

At the Annual Church Meeting a resolution was made to hold an Extraordinary Church Meeting to discuss the Windsor Leadership Team report in more detail, give members more opportunity to express their views, and to allow more detailed feedback. This is essential to planning for both the immediate running of the Church, in the next year, and its future beyond that.

The Extraordinary Church Meeting will take place on Sunday, 2nd September at 2.30pm. All contributions are welcome and the meeting will be minuted. At the meeting, members of the Leadership Team will speak to each of the specific challenges facing the Church at this time. The floor will then be opened for discussion, on a point-by-point basis.

The Extraordinary Church Meeting represents your opportunity, as a member of the Church, to contribute your point of view and to help steer the future direction of Windsor Methodist Church. After the meeting, the Leadership Team will put together a report and recommendations to take forward to the October Church Council meeting.

Please do your very best to attend.

Successful Concert!

A big thank you to the members of the United Methodist Choir who travelled from Alabama USA to perform for us on Thursday evening (as part of their tour).  A wonderful evening of music and fellowship whilst also raising much needed funds for the Ugandan Community Hall Project.  £600+ raised on the night with more to come.  Thank you to all who supported this event! 

Watch this space for the final total.

Saturday 9 June from 1200 noon – Our Church Family Picnic

This Saturday!  

We do hope it is firmly in your diary.  We are meeting at Runnymede Pleasure ground from 12 noon, please bring your own food and drink, chair and rug and join in a happy time of fun and fellowship.  Rachel and Becky have kindly offered to co-ordinate and organise games, or you can just sit and chat, and enjoy the company. If you require transport please let someone know sooner rather than later! Let's pray for good weather.

Otherwise we will meet in the Falder Hall.

Safeguarding

The next Creating Safer Space Refresher course will be held 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday 9th June, at Eton Wick Methodist Church.  This training is for those who attended the Foundation course five years ago and are now due for a refresher course. Participants will be informed about the findings and themes from the Past Cases Review. Please contact our Safeguarding Officer if you have any queries.

Pentecost - Ecumenical Tea & Taize service, Sunday 20 May from 5pm

Come and join us for tea & Taize-style service reflecting on Pentecost at Windsor Methodist Church, Alma Road SL4 3HH. This is a joint event organised by members of the Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist and United Reform church communities in Windsor. We hope that it will be an opportunity for all Christians to celebrate Pentecost together. The service will offer a quiet hour of readings, reflection, chants and prayer, and is the final service of the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ initiative hosted by Churches Together in Windsor which asks us to pray for more people to turn to Christ (see https://www.thykingdomcome.global/about). Tea & cakes will be served from 5pm. For further information please contact Rosemary Willis r@rosemarywillis.me  or Pat Smith windsorstjohn@msn.com  

Congratulations to our star!

Helen, one of our most conscientious Sunday School attendees is, for those of you who may not know, also an extremely competent and dedicated gymnast.  In February this year she came runner up in the Berkshire Grades Female Artistic Gymnastics, Grade 2 competition qualifying for entry into South of England Region Female Artistic Gymnastics finals.  Helen had a brilliant day and won overall becoming South of England Region Gymnastics Club Grade 2 Champion winning five gold medals (Floor, Bars, Beam and Range and Conditioning), and one silver (Vault)! The event was held at Dynamo Gymnastics Club near Southampton on the 24th March. 

Many congratulations Helen on your fantastic achievement from all your Church family! 

Prayers for Kemerovo

The President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Loraine N Mellor, and the Vice-President, Jill Baker, have called for all Methodists to pray for those affected by the fire that engulfed a shopping and entertainment complex in the Siberian coal-mining city of Kemerovo, killing at least 64 people, the majority of whom were children.

The President said “Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go to the families and friends of those who were killed and injured, and to all affected in whatever way by this horrific and preventable fire.” 

The President shared the following prayers: 
Sisters and brothers in Christ, at this time of death and parting, we are confident that God knows us and is with us. As we seek the strength and comfort of God, let us bring our confusion and sorrow, our anger and pain, and lay them before God.  

God of infinite compassion, look in love on those who mourn. Be their support and strength that they may trust in you. And be delivered out of their distress; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Circuit Service of recognition of Mr Jon Garde

At the circuit meeting on 13 March 2018, members voted unanimously that Mr Jon Garde should be authorised as a fully accredited local preacher. 

A Circuit Service of recognition will be held at Windsor Methodist Church on Sunday 1 April at 6.30pm, an afternoon tea will be served before the service in the Falder Hall from 5.30pm. The service will include the sacrament of Holy Communion.  All are welcome.

Tea Dance this Saturday afternoon 3 - 5pm

Yes it's back by popular demand! 

Do come and join us for a fun dancing class with Ruth plus a refreshing cuppa with scones and cream.  £5 each which includes refreshments.  All proceeds to the Ugandan Community Hall project.

Latest update - The borehole being constructed in the village at Gulu Uganda is NOW up and RUNNING! Thanks to everyone who has supported the fundraising events so far.

A request from our District for prayers please

On Friday 19 January the Candidates Committee will be meeting, and testing the call of four members of the District, including Jon from our circuit, who have offered themselves for presbyteral ministry.   Please pray for them. Please also pray for the members of the committee who are testing that call.  This will be a long and very demanding day, so please remember all involved.

A Happy New Year!

A Happy New Year to you all!

Church Stewarding

A sincere, “Thank you” from us all to those who have signed up to help with all the Christmas services, stewarding, IT, music etc.  Christmas Day was very well attended and none of this would have been possible without your help.