Welcome to St Laurence Church





This Sunday morning, our services will, weather-permitting, be held outside.  The 9.30 service in

Winslow will be held in the Vicarage garden (please enter The Vicarage from Vicarage Road) and

the 11 o'clock in Great Horwood in the Moore's garden (opposite the church).  We can provide up

to thirty chairs in the Vicarage garden but please do feel free to bring your own (or a rug if you prefer).

If you would like to attend the service in Great Horwood, you will need to bring your own chair.

Both services will be communion services. I think that it is important to stress that what we are

providing is limited solely to an act of worship. We cannot provide refreshments and at the end of

the service, we would ask that, just as in church, you leave immediately afterwards. During the

services, communion will be brought to you by either Mark or Andrew. It is vital that social distancing

is maintained at these services, just as in church. Also, as in church, responses should be no louder

than a normal conversational level.  We will, of course, also be providing an online service scheduled

for 9.30 on Sunday morning.



I thought I would write again regarding the pattern of worship across the benefice which started on

5th July. Before I provide some details of what to expect, I would like to express my thanks to all who

have made online worship possible over the last few months: Mark and Didier for leading worship, Derry

for the music and of course Emma for all of the over and above duty hours she has put in. Your support,

encouragement and challenge are deeply appreciated.


We are now entering into a new phase where we will be offering both online and physical worship. The

online service will be recorded Thursday evenings and issued, as a premiere, at 9.30 on Sunday

mornings. If you are still shielding or are nervous about attending church in person, this might remain

the best option for you. 

In order to view the service please click on the following link



As you know, we are, broadly speaking, adopting the pre-lockdown pattern of

benefice worship, but sadly won't be able to provide services at Addington in the short term. The only

significant difference is that we will also be providing an additional service at 6pm in Winslow. Except

for the 8am Book of Common Prayer services at Winslow, there will be recorded music at every service;

thank you to Charlotte and Janthea in Great Horwood and Derry and the choir in Winslow. The 6pm

service will be a little shorter than the 9.30 and 11am services. I also need to thank the wardens, who

have been working incredibly hard to produce comprehensive risk assessments and have thought long

and hard about how we manage seating and flow. 


We are operating in a complex environment and inevitably we will all (clergy very much included) need

to make considerable compromises in our approach to worship. It would be pointless to try and explain

every aspect of how worship will work (we will on Sunday), but I thought I thought I would provide a

few pointers to manage expectations: 

- We do need to record the name and contact details of everyone who attends a service. Please do

consider arriving earlier than you normally would so this information can be collected.

- You will then be guided to a pew by a steward. It is important that you then remain in your pew.

- Please do not turn to speak to those in the pews in front or behind you. We will be using every

other pew to maintain 1 metre plus social distance. Please also try to keep touch to a minimum.

- We are asking that you remain seated for the entirety of the service (including for the Gospel, the

Creed and Eucharistic Prayer). The only time you stand should be when you come forward under

the guidance of a steward to receive communion, which will be made available in one kind only.

- Please do participate in the liturgy but at a normal speaking level of volume and from memory as

will not be distributing orders of service.

- We have placed a piece of marking tape on the floor, please do not move beyond this to receive


- The priest will be wearing medical gloves and a protective visor for the distribution of the sacrament.

- No words will be exchanged. 

- The wafer will be gently dropped into your hand to avoid touch.

- There will be no collection during the service, but you will be able to give through a retiring

collection. If you don't currently give through a direct debit/standing order, can we encourage you to

consider doing so.

During the Eucharistic Prayer, including for the act of consecration, only the priest's wafer will be

uncovered. The ciborium, in which the consecrated bread is kept, will only be opened when the priest has

put on the medical gloves and visor.  At the end of the service, a steward will invite you to leave on a

pew-by-pew basis.


We have worked incredibly hard to make the worship, online and physical, as dignified and vibrant as we

can. We are all looking forward to a return to normal and we will get there in time. Please, in the

meantime, take heart that whenever and wherever we say, 'The Lord is here,' he genuinely, always, in all

times and in all places, is, by his 'Spirit is with us.' We look forward to continuing to hear from you and

see you on Sundays, either in person or online.


In Christ, Andrew



Here is a copy of the Risk Assessment for services at St Laurence during the present constraints

- click here.


We are also offering weekly prayer resources. Please click on the links below.

Gospel readings for the week ahead

Order of Service

Please read 'The Parish Pump' for further
information (see top menu).  For obvious reasons,

we are unable to distribute the Winslow Parish News this month so please find attached a digital

copy to peruse at your leisure - click here! Be aware that most of the events advertised in WPN

have had to be cancelled or postponed because of the viral pandemic.


St Laurence is now open again in a very limited way. The only purpose for entering the church,

other than attending a funeral, is private prayer. In all cases, this must mean individual prayer

and silent prayer. Areas  such as the loos, serveries and vestries remain 'out of bounds.' Where

you can sit or kneel to pray will also be highly restricted. All three of our churches and the 

communities in which they are set are different, and the approach that has been agreed reflects

these differences.


In Winslow (St Laurence), we will open the church no later than 10am Monday through to

Saturday  and on Sunday afternoons, closing at 6pm each day. The church will be open from

12 noon on Sunday, the 14th June.



CHURCH GIVING - Thank you to all those people who are continuing to support the church

finances with their standing orders - it is much appreciated. Those of you who use the envelope

scheme can continue to do so by returning them to myself at 21 Park Road, & again a big thank

you.  We still however have our substantial & growing financial commitments. At this difficult time,

we no longer have the financial support of our plate giving each week (av £175) & no income

raised from hiring the St Laurence Room. People have asked me how they can make a contribution

directly to our bank account & therefore below are the full details for you to quote when contacting

your branch if you feel able too. If you have already completed a form for the church to reclaim

the tax on your giving, your further donations will be covered. If you would like a form for this

purpose or to set up a new bank standing order I can post one to you. Again, many thanks

in anticipation of your help.

Terry Capstick (Honorary Treasurer, Winslow PCC)

ST LAURENCE: Branch: TSB WINSLOW Sort Code: 30-99-74.

Account name: PCC WINSLOW/ST LAURENCE CHURCH. Account number: 0008 9330



The people who make up St Laurence's are a vibrant community who love celebrating life in God

and who try to be supportive to one another in good times and in bad.






RECTOR : Rev. Andrew Lightbown    

Jo Anderson, Chris Ryalls

PCC : Graham Bowe (Synod), Terry Capstick (Hon. Treasurer), Jo Anderson (Synod); Christine Chapman, Derry French, Katy Slade, Simon Smith, Chris Ryalls, Liz van de Poll, Judy Robbins (Synod), Sharon Stevens (Hon. Secretary), Brian Spatcher
SIDESPEOPLE : Angela Parry, Judy Robbins, Pam Taylor, Liz van de Poll, David Chapman, Jean Dale, Richard Hills, Barbara Preston, Jasie Newman, Brian Spatcher, Sheila Spatcher, Simon Smith, Terry Capstick, Sian Crossey, Annette Hatton, Ginnie Long, Daphne Spink, Jean Osbourne, Chris Reeves, Rosie West, Joyce Hill, Michael Skidmore, Jo Anderson, Chris Ryalls


Seek advice from our Parish Safeguarding Officer :

                         Chris Ryalls

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          or visit oxford.anglican.org/safeguarding

This Benefice has adopted the Church of England's Safeguarding Policy as our local policy.