Dear Church member
This is a quick update on the next two Sundays and a couple of events in between...
This Sunday, 23rd February, we have a focus on 'Everyday Faith' and of finding and following God in whatever we are called to do. We are inviting everyone to bring to church an object that represents where they are called to serve God. So a shopkeeper might bring a stack of delivery crates; a tailor a mannequin; a jogger a digital exercise watch; a student their bag full of books; a retired person their very busy diary plus an object from their pastimes or buggy if they do childcare; a person who runs a youth football team as a volunteer a bag of footballs, etc. What might you bring?
The following Sunday, 1st March, 10.30am at Didcot Civic Hall we will be celebrating all that God has been doing through our CAP Debt Centre and joining in worship with our CAP partner churches – Didcot Baptist Church, King’s Church and Ridgeway Church. We will have services at 9.30am in Chilton and 11am in Harwell as usual, but we are encouraging as many as possible to attend the CAP service. Please note that there won’t be any children’s groups during the 9.30am and 11am services, but a full children and youth programme at the CAP service.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (26th February) with a Service of Holy Communion at 7.45pm at All Saints' Chilton.
The next day, Thursday 27th February, we begin Lent Central; six evening meetings 7.30-9.30pm at St Matthew’s Harwell. We will be studying the brilliant ‘Grace Course’, which combines video input with small group discussion, in a sociable, informal setting. Do consider joining in.
“If you don't first know God's love for you in your heart - not just your head - it's impossible for your life to be motivated by love for Him. Instead you are likely to end up motivated more by guilt or shame or fear or pride. You may be doing all the "right" things, believing all the right things and saying all the right things but there will be precious little fruit and you won't experience the true rest that Jesus promised.”
“For the first time in the decades that I’ve been a Christian, I’m suddenly ‘getting’ grace – it is amazing and it is shocking!”
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton