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Vicar's Letter for this month

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Dear Friends,

I hope you are making the most of this season of Lent. By now you should have received a copy of the Archbishops’ Lent booklets – ‘Live Lent’ which we are giving to all members of our congregation to use during Lent. I am aware many of you are very busy and can’t take time out for a Lent course, but hopefully maybe able to find 5 minutes in your day to read the Lent booklet. I am delighted that we have so many people taking part in this year’s extended Lent Course on the Bible. I hope you are enjoying it. I can’t believe we are now halfway through the 8-session course! Whatever you may have chosen to do (or not do!) during Lent, I pray it will be a time of blessing and growth for you.

I wonder if you are aware of WAMCF – Windsor and Maidenhead Community Forum?  This year marks the fortieth anniversary of WAMCF which was launched in 1981. Its primary aim is to strengthen understanding, mutual respect, and trust between the different faith groups within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. The group brings together members of eight different faiths: Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Baha’i Faith, Buddhism and Brahma Kumaris. Find out more on the website: (href=https://www.wamcf.org/)https://www.wamcf.org/

Over the past forty years WAMCF has been very active, organising a wonderful variety of activities and events, including sporting events, conferences, workshops, youth concerts, faith walks, diversity dinners and interfaith dialogues. It takes part in the annual UK Interfaith Week.

WAMCF has organised some interesting Zoom webinars for this anniversary year exploring some of life’s big questions from different faith perspectives: What is the purpose of life? What happens when we die? These two have already taken place, but you can watch recordings of the events on the WAMCF website.

The next webinar coming up is on Tuesday 23rd March from 7pm until 8.30pm on ‘Why do humans suffer’. Do join us if you can. There will be input from different faith perspectives, followed by time for questions. These webinars provide wonderful opportunities to learn about other faiths, and to grow in knowledge and understanding.

There is also an excellent Women’s Group which meets regularly. Some of us at The Good Shepherd go, or have been, to these meetings. It is a lovely way to get to know women from other faith groups. There are sometimes visiting speakers, or discussions; we hear about special days and celebrations in each other’s faith communities; there are visits to places of worship. In normal times,

Going back to Lent…. Do look out for details about our Mothering Sunday service on Sunday 14th March. Sadly, it won’t be possible to meet in-person for this year’s service but do join us via Zoom to celebrate. It would also be good to see you at our Quiet Morning via Zoom on Saturday 27th March from 9.30am.

Some of you will remember the visit of ‘Roughshod’, part of the Riding Lights Theatre Company who spent 10 days with us in Maidenhead just before Easter a couple of years ago. Riding Lights is offering a virtual Passion Play, ‘Breaking Day’ via Zoom for parishes to show during March and early April. St Luke’s, All Saints and our church are combining once again to offer this resource to our congregations. We hope to show the Passion Play during Passiontide. Provisional dates and times are: Sunday 21st March at 6pm and Tuesday 30th March (during Holy Week) at 3pm. More details coming shortly, but it promises to be a powerful and thought-provoking part of our journey through Passiontide to Easter. The play lasts 45 minutes and is in 3 parts, with short times of worship in between. Do put the dates in your diary.

Wishing you all a blessed Lent.

Love and prayers,

Joan