Pews News – 05 September 2021

† St Andrews
Proclaiming Christ in Clewer
05 September 2021
Back to School Sunday Family Eucharist


The Morning and Evening Services will be held in person
at St Andrews Church at 10.30am and 5.00pm.


Welcome

Are you getting ‘back to’ those things you haven’t be able to do for a
while now?

The summer, long awaited, now seems to have suddenly come to an end and
school starts again. Perhaps you have done something new this summer,
been somewhere different or stayed at home again?

But we are still being cautious, numbers are still rising and people are
still dying from Covid, and somehow we are learning to live with it.
hold a Church Fest. Churches Together in Windsor put on a festival last
Sunday at the pirate park and a good time was had by all.

There was live music featuring our very own James Brown and other
musical contributions from the Methodist church and our new Vicar at All
Saints, Revd Paul Walker. It was a fabulous way to get to know our new
church neighbour and for us all to come together in a different way. We
came together to share our faith with our community and each other. We
heard some really encouraging faith stories, we put faces to names,
collaborated on activites and games and even managed an aerobics session
to LZ7!

Then at 5pm we came together in an act of worship before packing up the
tents.

Everyone felt it was a worthwhile day and people are still stopping me
in the street to say thank you.

Who knows we may have started another new tradition, look out Church
Fest 2022!

Coming together is still a little daunting for many, so please, continue
to look in on your neighbour, invite them to a coffee and chat or why
not bring them along to church with you?

Our families have planned a programme of activities and worship for
children and families up to Christmas, please check out our church
website and Facebook page , and don’t forget you are never too old or
young to join in.

Please also continue to pray for the pilgrims from CPO26 as they
continue their journey to Glasgow, especially as we now enter into
Creationtide.

We may never be able to get ‘back to’ some things but we can come back
to church and worship together. Being together means building the body
of Christ, the church, you and me, to be disciples out in the world
sharing our faith and God’s love to our friends and neighbours.

Blessings for the week ahead.
Revd Rosie

Collect – The Prayer of the day

God of constant mercy,
who sent your Son to save us:
remind us of your goodness,
increase your grace within us,
that our thankfulness may grow,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen

Readings

Feeling Scared – Judges 6: 11-16

Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the oak at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press, to hide it from the Midianites. The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, ‘The Lord is with you, you mighty warrior.’ Gideon answered him, ‘But sir, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our ancestors recounted to us, saying, “Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?” But now the Lord has cast us off, and given us into the hand of Midian.’ Then the Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go in this might of yours and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian; I hereby commission you.’ He responded, ‘But sir, how can I deliver Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.’ The Lord said to him, ‘But I will be with you, and you shall strike down the Midianites, every one of them.’

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Feeling Brave- Judges 7: 9-23

That same night the Lord said to him, ‘Get up, attack the camp; for I have given it into your hand. But if you fear to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah; and you shall hear what they say, and afterwards your hands shall be strengthened to attack the camp.’ Then he went down with his servant Purah to the outposts of the armed men that were in the camp. The Midianites and the Amalekites and all the people of the east lay along the valley as thick as locusts; and their camels were without number, countless as the sand on the seashore. When Gideon arrived, there was a man telling a dream to his comrade; and he said, ‘I had a dream, and in it a cake of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian, and came to the tent, and struck it so that it fell; it turned upside down, and the tent collapsed.’ And his comrade answered, ‘This is no other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash, a man of Israel; into his hand God has given Midian and all the army.’

When Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshipped; and he returned to the camp of Israel, and said, ‘Get up; for the Lord has given the army of Midian into your hand.’ After he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and put trumpets into the hands of all of them, and empty jars, with torches inside the jars, he said to them, ‘Look at me, and do the same; when I come to the outskirts of the camp, do as I do. When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you also blow the trumpets around the whole camp, and shout, “For the Lord and for Gideon!” ’

So Gideon and the hundred who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when they had just set the watch; and they blew the trumpets and smashed the jars that were in their hands. So the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the jars, holding in their left hands the torches, and in their right hands the trumpets to blow; and they cried, ‘A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!’ Every man stood in his place all around the camp, and all the men in camp ran; they cried out and fled. When they blew the three hundred trumpets, the Lord set every man’s sword against his fellow and against all the army; and the army fled as far as Beth-shittah towards Zererah, as far as the border of Abel-meholah, by Tabbath. And the men of Israel were called out from Naphtali and from Asher and from all Manasseh, and they pursued after the Midianites.
     
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading Feeling Good – Matthew 28. 16-end

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you O Lord.

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you O Christ.

Prayers – Being Brave

For those who are living in dangerous situations, of war, injustice or poverty
We pray to the Lord
God is with us
 
For those struggling with fear and anxiety;
We pray to the Lord
God is with us
 
For our playgroups and schools, for our teachers and helpers and all who are with us each day:
We pray to the Lord
God is with us
 
For our friends and families, near or far away, and especially those we know who are ill and unwell.
We pray to the Lord
God is with us
 
For our church here in Clewer, for those who come for baptism……. 
For your church across the world.
We pray to the Lord
God is with us
 
For those who have died in faith, may they rest in peace and rise in glory.
We pray to the Lord
God is with us
 
Almighty God, you have the power to change our lives if we allow you. May we try to become more and more like Christ your Son, whose love changed our world forever.  
Amen

Prayer after communion

We thank you, Lord,
that you have fed us in this sacrament,
united us with Christ,
and given us a foretaste of the heavenly banquet prepared for all peoples.
Amen.

NOTICES



MASS FOR PEACE 05 SEPTEMBER AT 5PM
 

On the first Sunday of every month, instead of BCP evening prayer on Zoom, we will be holding a Eucharist service in Church at 5pm. This starts this Sunday 05 September, with a Mass for Peace .

Readings
Revelation 21.1-5
John 20.19-23

Sunday EP will be on Zoom on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays.
5th Sundays TBC.

SERVICES IN SEPTEMBER

Tuesdays & Thursdays in Sep – 5.00pm Evening Prayer Zoom

Fridays – 9.30-11.00am Prayers & Bears at St Agnes

Sun 05 Sep 10.30am Family Eucharist in Church,
                                         Back to School Sunday,
                                         with Blessing of Backpacks
                      5.00pm Mass for Peace in Church

Tue 07 Sep 12.30 Funeral 

Wed 08 Sep 10.00 Funeral 

Sun 12 Sep 10.30am Parish Eucharist in Church
                      5.00pm Evening Prayer Zoom

Sun 19 Sep 10.30am Parish Eucharist in Church
                      5.00pm Evening Prayer Zoom

Sun 26 Sep 10.30am ParishEucharist in Church
                      5.00pm Evening Prayer Zoom

SOME PICTURES FROM CHURCH FEST LAST SUNDAY

LIFTING OF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

The government’s Coronavirus legislation on social distancing, face coverings, capacity, etc has now ended.

However, the latest guidance from the Church of England encourages us to make local decisions that are right for our church and community. To this end, we are advising:We should continue to use hand sanitiser as beforeWear face covering when you feel you should (if it is crowded, or you feel the need to, or during singing)The Eucharist will continue under One Kind (wafer only) for nowWhen distributing the Eucharist, Revd Rosie and Canon Brian will continue to wear a face coveringThere is no restriction on the number in each pew, but please ask before sharingThe alternate pews will remain signed as ‘Available Pew’, you are advised to use themSinging is allowedWe will continue to record attendance for NHS Test and Trace purposes, or the Test and Trace QR code posters may be used instead

COFFEE AFTER SERVICES

We will be having coffee together after the service, outside the Church, weather permitting.

PRIVATE PRAYER

This Wednesday, 8th September, there is a funeral in Church in the morning at 10.00, so the Church will not be open for private prayer until 11.00. St Andrews is normally open for private prayer on Wednesday mornings from 10.00-12.00. 

PLEASE PRAY FOR

The suffering: Blake, Sam, Reuben, Don, Karl, Hugh, Sarah, Joanna, Pam, Holly, Hugo, Frank and Barbara, Bill, Suzanne, Christopher, Jackie, and Alan. Refugees, Prisoners, the Homeless and those who mourn.

The departed: those recently departed this life, Brian Bradbury, David Lansley, Sylvia Povey, and those whose anniversaries fall at this time.

Community prayers: Clewer Green School, the head teacher Martin Tinsley and all the pupils, staff and governors. For all our Care Homes, for the safety of residents and staff. 

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for all who live in Cleves Court, Carter Close, St Johns Road, Gordon Road, Dawson Close, Convent Road, and Bailey Close.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: please pray for the Episcopal Church of Sudan. Please also pray for the Churches in the Diocese of Embu (Kenya), and the Nigerian Dioceses of Enugu, Enugu North, Esan, Etche, and Etsako.

Please continue to pray for and support your neighbours and families in any way you can whilst keeping yourself safe.



WHP’s Annual Sleep Out is Back!

Join us on 15th October, as we sleep out under the stars, in our sleeping bags and cardboard boxes, at Windsor College.

The Sleep Out is Windsor Homeless Project’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The funds we raise every year mean we’re able to be here, when we’re needed, enabling homeless and vulnerable people in our local community to rebuild their lives.

What is the WHP Sleep Out?

The WHP Sleep Out is an annual fundraising challenge, where people in our community come together to raise funds and awareness for Windsor’s homelessness charity.

We won’t fully experience what it is like to sleep rough, but it does open our eyes to the experience that so many people in our community and around the UK find themselves in every day.

As always, it will be an evening of education, entertainment, food, and testimonials, all before we bed down for a night in the elements.

We would love for you, your friends, and your family to join us. Will you help to make 2021’s Sleep Out our biggest and best yet?

ONLINE GIVING

In light of recent events, you may want to consider giving to charity online.

For Afghanistan – Save the Children
https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/asia/afghanistan

For Haiti – Christian Aid
https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/emergencies/haiti-earthquake-appeal

VACANCIES

We are looking for a Parish Administrator to take over from Sharon. A job description will be finalised shortly.

The PCC is short of several members. If you think PCC  membership is for you, or would like to know what is involved,  please see Revd Rosie.

WINDSOR FOODSHARE

Foodshare are currently short of the following: strong carrier or cloth bags, coffee, pasta sauces, sugar, spaghetti hoops, and rice pudding.

Drop off at Dedworth Green Baptist church on Smith’s Lane on Wednesday or Thursdays between 10-3pm.

Please continue to donate via the purple bin near the font, or the collection boxes that are around the community, the locations can be found on the Windsor Food Share website. https://www.windsorfoodshare.org.uk

CHURCH FINANCES – MESSAGE FROM ANDREW

Thank you to everyone for all you have been able to give in this difficult time. Please consider continuing your regular giving by paying directly to our bank account, the details of which are:
HSBC Bank, High Street, Windsor
Sort Code: 40-47-37
Account number: 11373366 
Account name: PCC St Andrews Church
                       or if your bank doesn’t like this
                       Parochial Church Council St Andrews Clewer Parish
 
You may wish to consider transferring to the Parish Giving Scheme,
which we promoted in previous years. Details are on our page on their web site: https://bit.ly/2XCLuCr

[https://www.parishgiving.org.uk/donors/find-your-parish/clewer-st-andrew-windsor/]

We also have the printed application forms available, please contact the Parish Office by email.
 
We also have boxes of numbered envelopes available, if you would like to use these please contact the Parish Office office@clewerparish.org

CONTACTS
 
The Parish Office is now closed again.
Out of hours office number: 07490 094261
Email:  office@clewerparish.org

Revd Rosie Webb: rector@clewerparish.org Tel: 01753  852334

Parish Website: www.standrewsclewer.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/standrewsclewer

Churchwarden: Stuart Cockman
 
Safeguarding Policy: www.standrewsclewer.org/safeguarding-policy
Safeguarding Officer: clewerparishsafeguarding@gmail.com
 
Pastoral helpline number: 07946 590223

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