St. Andrew's Shared Church

Cippenham, Slough

St Andrew's Cippenham - Living Faith

St. Andrew's has a Living Faith

 As the Anglican community, we are centred by our services and worship, reading of scripture and being sustained by the sacraments and prayer.   We learn by studying together, going on courses run by the diocese and from each other.   Our children's work covers a wide age group, from Poppets Parent and Toddler to Footprints.   As Christian's we all have a part to play and our faith and love of God is acted out in what we do, bringing together all the variety of gifts that we have been given.

  “From him the whole body … grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”  Ephesians 4:16

    We join with other groups to pray such as the Burnham Abbey Prayer Group, and ‘Be Still' group.   We have Morning Prayer every Sunday and Friday in St. Andrew's and these follow the Church of England Daily Prayer Book.   We hold Healing Services once a quarter, Harvest Festival, Christingle, Community Carols, Crib Service, Midnight Mass.   We share and celebrate together by going out to lunch with the 'Loaves and Fishes' Group, having Curry Nights and BBQ's

  We have a day pilgrimage every year to a Cathedral city and also a weeklong pilgrimage to a Holy place, so that we can journey and pray together in our faith and enjoy each others company.

  We offer the sacrament of Baptism and can arrange Weddings and Funerals.   We are honoured and privileged to get to know you through these occasional services.   We will pray for you if you leave a request in the Church.

  We are a Shared Church with our Roman Catholic friends and have good relationships with our Baptist friends in Cippenham.   As our Christian act of witness we come together on Good Friday and Prayer for Christian Unity.   We also share with our Catholic and Baptist friends the Foodbank, collecting tinned or dried food and clothing. We also volunteer together as a Foodbank Distribution Centre for Cippenham. 

  Our move beyond a 'local expression' of Church extends out into the world.   Our planned Christian giving is to many organisations, here and abroad. We encourage and organise Christian Aid, SHOC Slough homeless our Concern, and Children's Society occasions.  

  We hold memberships in local community, residents groups.   We are an information point for Domestic abuse. We have given land for the provision of a bus shelter, and have set up 'The Open Door' coffee shop, which is open to all.

  There is an immense interest in the local community, and we have taken a number of actions to help, including taking membership of community and residents groups.   This help is also offered via the availability of the physical building, and through the groups and activities run by church members and others.   Such as 'Poppets', St. John's, the Koran classes, AA, Rainbows, Brownies which are an example of our Lord's hospitality to all peoples.  We host the Slough Contact Centre, which gives children of estranged families a safe environment to meet absent parents.

  The Building is available to all.   Whilst retaining its distinctive Christian presence with the open church at the heart of the building.   A 'Garden', lovingly nurtured by both communities is freely available to the community that enables all comers to enjoy quiet space in a busy place.   Open Easter to October.

  We mentor each other by sharing the Good news of our faith.   We are sharing those things that the Lord has made known to us and as the family of the church, help us to grow and to mature in his service.   Our mission statement comes from the Lord Jesus.

Love God and Love Your Neighbour as Yourself

 

 

THE LIVING FAITH PRAYER

Gracious God,
you call us to a living faith in the future
as well as in the present;
open our eyes to the opportunities before us
in our parishes and deaneries,
and in the daily discipleship of our own lives.


May we sustain and nourish our inner lives,
so that we can serve others effectively,
and offer to all people the transforming love
of Jesus Christ our risen Lord. Amen

 

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