The Wider Church
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
Saint Mary’s School maintains links with the Anglican primary school, The Primary School of Christ the Saviour at Zerqa, Jordan.
Zerqa is located about 20 miles North-East of Amman.