St Laurence, Winslow
Welcome to St Laurence Church
CORONAVIRUS: Please note that because of the threat from the Covid-19 virus we are unable
to provide public worship at the present time. We continue to hold a service each Sunday at 9:30
but without a congregation. Instead, these services are being video recorded and made available
for viewing through the internet. In order to view the service live please click on the following link
If you miss the live link then you can find a recording of the service in the Videos menu of the
Update on 1st July 2020.
I thought I would write again regarding the pattern of worship across the benefice starting this Sunday
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. 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
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.
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
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.
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.