On behalf of the of the Benefice, we would like to welcome you to our three parishes, each
with a significant Church building and a different approach to worship.
At St Laurence, Winslow, our worship is a lively mixture of the choral, liturgical and
sacramental. We have a large and genuine all-age choir spanning an age range of 78 years!
St Laurence is a member of the Royal Society of Church Music.
St James, Great Horwood, offers a breadth of services celebrating Holy Communion twice
a month at the 11 o'clock service and a more informal service of the Word on the second
and fourth Sundays. Music in Great Horwood includes both the traditional and contemporary.
St Mary's, Addington, are supported in their traditional prayer book style worship by a small
choir from Winslow.
A range of liturgies has been developed for use across the Benefice and these include
alternative ways of celebrating established patterns of worship such as 'Pimms and Hymns'
and a Eucharist set to nursery rhymes and well-known folk tunes as well as more traditional
services such as Sung Complines and Prime.
All of the parishes in the Benefice share a common set of aspirations : Hospitality, Healing
and Holiness. All are welcome. Please click on 'Calendar' in the top menu for exact times
of services. Each individual church has its own web pages, click on the name of the church
in the menu to be taken there.
Rev'd Andrew Lightbown
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 1ST MARCH 2021
for public worship. Although we were legally allowed to remain open, we were asked by Public
Health Buckinghamshire and encouraged by the Diocese to shut.
planning to reopen for public worship on Palm Sunday, 28 March. We are pleased that this year we will
be able to celebrate Holy Week in St James, Great Horwood, and St Laurence, Winslow (please refer to
the weekly newsletter for details). Sadly, we do not yet feel able to reopen St Mary's, Addington, for public
worship. We will continue to offer online worship alongside physical, in-church worship, and this will
include services for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day. It will take some time for worship
to return to its pre-lockdown norms, but we hope and pray that by the end of June, things will look and
feel more normal.
have kept the churches open for public worship, whilst others might think that we are being too quick
to reopen, so can I finish by offering some words of wisdom from St Paul:
then we will not only be an open church, but a healthy and attractive church.
SAFEGUARDING: WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT SOMEONE
Seek advice from our Benefice Safeguarding Officer :
or visit oxford.anglican.org/safeguarding
This Benefice has adopted the Church of England's Safeguarding Policy as our local policy.
Churches in the Benefice
St Laurence is the parish church of St James is the parish church of St Mary-the Virgin is the parish church of
Winslow, an ancient market town. the villages of Great Horwood the small village of Addington.