The Parish of Burchetts Green

  • St John the Evangelist, Littlewick Green
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Welcome to the Parish of Burchetts Green's website. We are a welcoming community based around three local churches. We hope you will find this a useful introduction to our activities

Each church has its own worshipping and social life but we join together for the monthly Parish Service and for a wide variety of social, practical and learning groups.

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News and Greetings from the Rev'd Tom Etherton

Being Different
Dear friends,

I don’t know how much you follow what is going on in the wider church but you are probably aware that there are over 650 Anglican bishops currently gathered in Lambeth for the conference and they come from all parts of the world, with varying cultures and outworkings of their faith.

You may have seen some of the news coming out of the conference as well, particularly around the call on Human Dignity which includes the issue of human sexuality. I’m not planning to write a debate on that so don’t worry! But it is a powerful reminder of how the Anglican Communion, and therefore the Church of England, can be such a broad and diverse community.

It can be quite easy in our villages to end up meeting people who are like us and the people who go to church are like us. Of course we are all individuals with personalities but we are usually attracted towards people who have similar views to us or who behave in similar ways. When I studied psychology, we spent a lot of time discussing ‘in-groups’ and ‘out-groups’ – those who agree with us and those who disagree with us.

The challenge for us in the Church is that we should be trying to be part of the out group. Jesus did not command us to make everyone believe what we believe or to make everyone agree with us. His commands were simple – love God and love your neighbour. Even the man who asks who is my neighbour is shown that our neighbour can be anyone, even someone who might be in our ‘out-group’.

As our Bishops meet, they are learning, just as we are, what it means to be part of a Church where we hold fundamentally different views but about the same God. The challenge for them, and for us, is to learn how to live with that difference. In our own parish here, we have three wonderful churches and four very welcoming villages. But I suspect many of us have a church, a village, or perhaps both, which we like to think of as ‘ours’.

Being grouped together with others, whether by choice or not, can be immensely challenging but it can also help remind us that we are all made in God’s image. No-one has received any more of God’s image than anyone else and no-one has received any less of God’s image than anyone else. We are all equal before God.

There will be those of us who like to avoid disagreements and those of us who seek them out in order to ‘win’ but the challenge to all of us is that we should be able to disagree with our Christian brothers and sisters and still accept that we believe in the same God. The same challenge faces the bishops gathered at Lambeth this week.

It is a radical unity. It is a radical love. That is what Christ calls us to. Let’s be radical!
Services during August
7th August 11:00am Parish Communion @ St. James-the-Less, Stubbings
14th August – 10:30am Parish Communion @ St. Mary the Virgin, Hurley
21st August – 11:00am Parish Communion (BCP) @ St. James-the-Less, Stubbings
28th August – 9:15am Parish Communion @ St. John the Evangelist, Littlewick
Services
Although I am away on holiday Morning Prayer is still happening in our churches at 9:15am

Morning Prayer each week at 9:15am
Wednesday St. James-the-Less, Stubbings
Thursday St. John the Evangelist, Littlewick Green
Friday St. Mary the Virgin
 
Space
Our churches are open for private prayer this week:

St John the Evangelist Littlewick Green – open every day 11am – 4pm
St Mary the Virgin Hurley – open every day 8am – 4pm
St James the Less Stubbings – Monday to Friday 9am – 12 noon

Parish Office


Our parish administrator Claire is available in the office Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00am-12:00pm and by appointment on Tuesday and Thursday 9:00-12:00pm.  I can be contacted on vicar@burchettsgreenparish.org and 01628 822974, - please note the vicar's day off is Tuesday.

Blessings to you all,

Tom
We are a Parish in the Deanery of Windsor and Maidenhead within the Diocese of Oxford


Telephone: Tel:01628 820077
Email: office@burchettsgreenparish.org

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