St. Mary's Slough

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The Wider Church

Saint Mary's Church is part of the Church of England parish of Upton cum Chalvey, which derived its name from two historic districts of Slough – Upton, in the East of the parish, with its Saxon church of Saint Laurence – and Chalvey, in the West of the parish, with its nineteenth century church of Saint Peter. Saint Mary's Church is located in the centre of the parish and serves the town centre of Slough – an area between the M4 to the South, the A4 to the North, Windsor Road to the West and Yew Tree Road to the East. The three Anglican churches – Saint Mary's, Saint Peter's and Saint Laurence's – work together as a team ministry, and are served by the ministry team and two parish wardens.

Saint Mary's has a particular civic ministry (through civic funerals, an annual service of remembrance, school carols services, or large scale concerts or exhibitions). As a large venue, it is often used for deanery confirmations and other large church services.

The parish maintains close connections with the Slough community chaplaincy, known as Kingsway Connections and the hospital chaplaincy at the Heatherwood and Wexham Park NHS Trust and the Upton Hospital. It forms part of the Anglican Deanery of Burnham and Slough, a group of Church of England parishes in the Slough and South Buckinghamshire area.

The Anglican World

Saint Mary’s Church is an Anglican Church. The Anglican Church is a world-wide family of churches under the spiritual leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. There are over 73 million Anglican Christians living in countries such as Australia, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Japan, the Holy Land, Kenya, Korea, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, Mexico, Myanmar (Burma), New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Rwanda, Malaysia, South Africa, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, The Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, the United States of America, Ghana, The Gambia, Belize, Barbados, The Bahamas, Jamaica, Nassau, Bermuda and Zaire. Together they form the Anglican Communion of Churches. They are linked by their prayers for one another, and their common mission to serve Christ in their neighbours.

The Anglican Communion Office facilitates contact between the partner churches of the Anglican Communion and can provide further information about its member churches.

The Wider Church: Ecumenical Partners

The Greek word from which we derive the word 'ecumenical' means 'the whole inhabited earth'. Saint Mary's ecumenical relationships are international, and bring together Christians from all sorts of backgrounds. We believe that all who believe in Christ, wherever they may be, whatever their denomination, loose their differences and are as one in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said that His will is for His Church to be one in Him (Gospel of Saint John, 17.21), our close relationships with our sister churches reflects this.

In Slough, we work in close collaboration with the Methodist congregations at Saint Andrew's and Ledger's Road and the Roman Catholic congregation at Saint Ethelbert's. The Society of Friends (the 'Quakers') regularly contribute to our Sunday Evening worship. The United Reformed Church provides the home for the Slough City Centre Ministry Team, 'Kingsway Connections'. Saint Mary's is part of Slough Town Centre Churches Together, which brings together Christian churches of all denominations.

Internationally, Saint Mary's and the Anglican parish of Upton cum Chalvey are linked in a partnership of prayer with the Lutheran congregation of Auferstehungskirche (Church of the Resurrection) and the Roman Catholic Congregation of Herz Jesu Kirche (Sacred Heart Church) in Pforzheim, Germany. North of the Black Forest, Pforzheim (like Slough) is a large industrial centre in close proximity to a sprawling metropolis.

Saint Mary's School maintains links with the Anglican primary school at Zerqa, Jordan. Zerqa is located c.20 miles North-East of Amman.

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Updated: October 4, 2013