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Friends of St Mary's Winkfield

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As we think of our Vicar, Revd Huw Mordecai on sick-leave, we can interact with him in our minds by reading his perceptive wise and often moving Musings from a Mordecai. These have been posted almost week by week since 1 April, and back-numbers can be downloaded.

The Women’s Guild At Home scheduled for 4 August was postponed because of Covid-19 regulations concerns. The raffle for two hampers will take place after the 11am Holy Communion Service at St Mary’s on Sunday 16 August.

Cadillac Mountain
Picture of the day (click on image for full size view): Cadillac Mountain is not really a mountain - it is the main 1000ft feature of a big promontory just south of Bar Harbour, a major fishing port on the Maine coastline, which also features whale-watching and cosiderable consumption of lobsters. Cadillac is in the Acadia Park, a major recreation area, and climbing the mountain is a popular, pleasurable but not too challenging place to test a head for heights.

There will be live services at St Mary's Church at 16/8/20. If you are unable to attend live services, the 11am livestream Sunday service will take place each week. (You can join it any time after 10:45am.)

Please also join us for a live stream Evening Prayer/Compline service, which takes place at 8:15pm every Thursday evening.

There is now a Morning Prayer service at 9.15 on Tuesdays. (Click the link for details).

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St Mary's church from tower height

St Mary's church from tower height - Photo by Paul Wickens

St Mary's Church is at the centre of our community. Please help by becoming a Friend of St Mary's Winkfield

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Welcome to the Friends of St Mary's Winkfield, a charity set up to raise money for the conservation, embellishment and maintenance of fabric and facilities of the medieval church of St Mary's in Winkfield, East Berkshire, south of Windsor. Its full address is St Mary's church, Church Road, Winkfield, Berks, SL4 4SF.

The Church of St Mary has been a focal point in Winkfield for over 700 years. Our aim is to preserve this magnificent building in the best possible condition for generations to come.

St Mary's is a place of peace and all are welcome. This wonderful building is a piece of English history and our aim is to ensure it remains so.

The cost of maintenance of St Mary's church and of its amenities is wholly carried by voluntary donations. Please help us, either by becoming a Friend (follow the menu item above) or by a donation.

You can CAFDonate to the Friends' general fund by clicking the link at the bottom of the page. This will take you to the CAFDonate website, which will process your kind gift. Thank you!!

You can donate to special projects, which will have a well-identified button.

From time to time, the Friends organise community fund-raising events. Do support these - they will be well-documented on this website. To make this easier we are able to take secure card-payment.



St Mary's, Sunday 2 August

St Mary’s held its first service since March 15 and what a joy to be back! The service was Family Communion. There was no Crucifer, Chalicer or servers and the elements were prepared by Revd Patrick Mukholi, and not taken to the altar by the children. Jonathan Holl provided the music, finishing withe Bach's magnificent Prelude in D.


St Mary's, Sunday 9 August

August 9 was Family Matins. For nearly three years the children have prepared and performed a play at these services. During lockdown they continued the good work.During lockdown they continued the good work. The performances were videoed and shown on both the FOSMW and Parish websites.[Link to playlet]

The latest play was also videoed and shown at the service on the screen as five of the young actors were on holiday. As there was no singing permitted, several musical youngsters played the piano, and the final contribution was a performance on the bell plates.

The readings were taken by the youngsters and our collection taker guided people to the green bowl!
See another account of this service below.

'Messy Church' - now 'Crafty Church'

In this popular service, the children are encouraged to participate in craft activities that help them remember a particular bible truth or story. Usually there are between 6 – 8 activities. Obviously at this time we cannot continue that arrangement so we are trying a new format 'Activity in the Pew'. All youngsters will collect a bag as they enter the church containing all they need for the activity. The service will begin and when it is time for the activity the instructions will be shown on the screen. The themes are:-

Family Matins 9/8/29

The Bells rang out - after 20 Sundays of silence, what a glorious sound to hear as one walked up the path to attend the service at St Mary’s church. This was the second Sunday of reopening (and bell-lovers will appreciate the fact that the handbell ringers rang before the service on August 2.

The Revd Patrick Mukholi said a few words to the congregation before sitting at the back of the church so that he could slip away quietly to lead another service.

No hymn singing yet but, instead, several young musicians gave musical performances at the piano during the hymn slots and one family played the bellplates at the end of the service.As usual the bible readings were taken by youngsters and the playlet was shown on the screen simply because 5 of the young actors were on holiday. [Link to playlet]

Our collection taker for Family Matins stood next to the green bowl offering guidance to all!

Regular parish events (after Lockdown is finished) can be found by following this link. More detail about future events can be found in the current Parish Mag (which can be accessed online on this link).


St Mary’s Guild

The Women’s Guild At Home scheduled for 4 August has, with regret, been postponed because of Covid-19 regulations concerns. The raffle for the Hamper prize, now two hampers, will take place after the 1100 am Holy Communion Service at St Mary’s on Sunday 16 August.

Thank you to all who bought tickets for this event.

Founder's Choir

Unfortunately it is with great regret that this has been cancelled. Luke Saint who has been one of the organists at St Mary’s for several years was conductor of the Founders Choir of Royal Holloway College and had agreed to a concert at St Mary’s. I was very fortunate and had attended a performance of the choir at Holloway and thought the sound quite magical and Luke an exceedingly polished performer. We hope there may be an opportunity for the choir to perform at St Mary’s later in the year.

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