Dear Church member
We are living in unusual and challenging times that severely disrupt our usual way of life and relationships, and can shake the bedrock of our security. But whilst we might be reeling from the speed and scale of what is happening around us, our Lord is not. He is before and beyond all things, and not one sparrow will fall to the ground outside our heavenly Father's loving care. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Ps 46:1).
Highly appropriate for the present time, in coming days, could I urge us all to read, reflect on and pray together Psalm 91?
Following national guidance, we are as churches for a season radically changing the way we do things, but we will continue to pray, worship and serve one another and the wider community in a range of ways. We are not "shutting down" or “closing”. We will be continuing the work of building up the Church, helping care for God’s world, and caring for one another in the coming weeks and months.
Our church buildings will be open for prayer, but as of today we won't be meeting together on Sundays or midweek. There will be no Lent Central, Sunday services, Fledgelings, Homegroups, Evergreens, Kids Church, Pebbles, Youth Fellowship, CAP Money courses, or bell ringing until further notice. The APCMs will be postponed. We are still making plans for Holiday Club at the end of July, but will only be able to confirm that this is going ahead nearer the time.
We are currently planning to produce a regular 'online' version of our church gathering, and there will be other resources and online 'streamed' services available. News of our latest plans as they develop and on a range of resources will follow: please check our website and follow us on Facebook.
I would encourage everyone to join in with the National Day of Prayer on Sunday, 22nd March, and at 7pm light a candle in the windows of our homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer.
You know us all to be set
in the midst of so many and great dangers,
that by reason of the frailty of our nature
we cannot always stand upright:
grant us such strength and protection
as may support us in all dangers
and carry us through all temptations;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Collect for the Fourth Sunday before Lent
Keep praying, keep caring - especially for neighbours in need (see for example Harwell Helpers and Chilton Mutual Support Group) - and keep in touch.
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton