St Laurence, Winslow
Welcome to St Laurence Church
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.
HRH PRINCE PHILIP, THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH
Following the death of Prince Philip, we have made a few adjustments to our schedule of services, both online and in church.
As the national and established church, it is, of course, important that we mark Prince Philip's passing.
Please click here to access information about these changes and our recognition of his life and service.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 1ST MARCH 2021
As you will be aware, the decision was made just after Christmas to close Winslow and Great Horwood
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.
With many of our congregation now having received their first injection, and some their second, we are
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.
We have been living through difficult and challenging times, and I know that some feel that we should
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:
'Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ has forgiven you,'
If we can keep these three virtues - kindness, tenderness, forgiveness - as our guiding principles,
then we will not only be an open church, but a healthy and attractive church.
Here is a copy of the Risk Assessment for services at St Laurence during the present constraints
- click here.
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.
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, and 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
CHURCHWARDENS : Jo Anderson, Chris Ryalls
SAFEGUARDING: WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT SOMEONE
Seek advice from our Parish Safeguarding Officer :
or visit oxford.anglican.org/safeguarding
This Benefice has adopted the Church of England's Safeguarding Policy as our local policy.