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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.

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Picture of the day (click on image for full size view): Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, is vibrant with culture, with a magnificnt concert hall, as well as being the centre for many activities such as whale-watching. (past POTDs)

The notice for the postponed St Mary's APCM 2020 can be found HERE .
The Parish website carries details of services around the parish.
There will be a 9:30 Family Praise service St Mary’s church on Sunday 20 September at 9:30am. The 11am service at St Mary’s that day will be Holy Communion led by Patrick Mukholi (more details on HOME PAGE). A summary of other services planned for later in the month can be found on this website on the News and Events page.
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 live stream Morning Prayer service at 9.15 on Tuesdays. (Click the link for details).
If you are unable to attend live services, the 11am livestream Sunday service will place each week. (You can join it any time after 10:45am.)

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Holy Communion, Sunday 20 September 2020

There will be a Family Praise service at St Mary's church at 9:30am on Sunday 20 September. Once again, one of our young musicians will play the piano during the service, which will be led by Revd Patrick Mukholi

The 11am service at St Mary’s church on Sunday 20 September will be a service of Holy Communion led by Patrick Mukholi. This will be zoomed from St Mary’s. Please see the Music-list for details of the music to be sung.

Family Matins, Sunday 13 September 2020 - Bell Sunday

The journey to church began by walking up the path and hearing the bells again, what a glorious sound. The service started with the Bell Ringers hymn played on the organ by Jonathan Holl, and then four young members of the congregation recited the four verses. Before they returned to their pews the hymn was played again on the organ.

The reading for this service was not a bible reading but a poem from Simon Baynes book of Poems on St Mary’s church. It was 'Grandshire Doubles', a poem describing the Ringing Chamber.

The service continued and at the next two hymn slots two talented musicians played the piano.

Instead of a sermon Tony Bish, Bell Tower Captain, explained the history of bell ringing and demonstrated with two bells he had brought to the service. This was followed by Jill Glennerster, leader of the Hand Bell Ringers, who described hand bell ringing and then conducted the band ringing Belfry Praise and 'Morning has broken'. Jill then invited children, who had remembered to bring a pair of gloves, to try playing the bell plates, which they did extremely well.

The last hymn slot was Jill, with her daughter and granddaughters playing the bell plates.

Unfortunately there were no trips up the tower this year but hopefully we will be able to do that next year.

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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.

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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.




Sunday 6th September 2020

The Family Communion service was led by Revd Patrick. A small choir sang the psalm and the Stopford Communion music. What a joy to hear the singing again! Jonathan Holl played the organ preludes, the final voluntary and also during the taking of communion. Another glorious service.

Sunday 30 August 2020

At 9:30am on Sunday 30 August the Family Praise service was held and once again two of the talented members of the congregation assisted with the service. One youngster played the piano during the hymn slots and another read the lesson. Their contributions were much appreciated and admired by those who attended the service. The story this week was of David and Goliath.

This was followed at 11am by Morning Prayer. John Kimbell again led the service. This week there were a couple of extra choir members able to take part. They sang, as John and Madeline had done on 23 August, the versicles and responses, the Venite, Jubilate Deo and final Common Doxology. John also sang the Te Deum. As is usual on 5th Sundays the Hand bell ringers performed and they rang two pieces, “O Sole Mio” and “Now Thank We all our God”. Jill Glennester gave interesting introductions to both pieces – 'O Sole Mio' was played at the opening ceremony of the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp in place of the National Anthem, whose score had not been delivered to the band and 'Now thank We All our God' – written some time around the Thirty Years War in the 1630’s in the midst of the appalling horrors of the war and the plague – Rinkart still maintaining faith and praising God. Anthony Hodson played the organ preludes and the final voluntary. Another glorious service.

'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).


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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