Dear Church member
Time flies! I can't believe that it is almost six weeks since I last emailed. The year rolls on, much is the same, but much has also changed.
Since last writing we have run a successful three weeks of Holiday Club at St Matthew's Church Hall for 45 children, delivered delicious cream teas to members of Generation Gold, continued to produce weekly online services, weekly 'gathered' Sunday Evening Services, and experimented with an outdoor family service; we've taken funerals, had socially-distanced meetings with wedding couples, kept in touch with Fledgelings families currently unable to meet in person, and completed a Zoom Alpha Course; we've had Zoom meetings of the SLT and PCCs, advanced plans for collaborative youth work, made arrangements to allow safe resumption of some Church Hall activities and use of our church buildings by home groups and others, and lots more besides!
There are three things coming up that I wish to highlight.
The first is our annual church meetings, postponed from April. These will be Zoom-based meetings (login details to follow), with an option to attend in person at the relevant church. They will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday 7th October for St Matthew's and Thursday 8th October for All Saints'. In advance of these meetings we are revising the electoral roll, which is for those who wish to vote at the annual meetings and/or would consider standing to be PCC members. If you are already on the roll, you do not need to register again, but if you would like to be on it, forms can be downloaded from the website or found in our churches, and must be returned to the Electoral Roll Officers by Wednesday (9th September).
The second is a Zoom-based course, Christianity Explored, that works through Mark's gospel, running on Tuesday evenings from 22nd September until the end of November. Like the recent Alpha Course, this is a great, video-based course that is accessible to everyone - to those enquiring about Christianity and established Christians alike. Please be in touch if you are interested.
The third is a farewell service for our local Bishop Colin, Bishop of Dorchester, who retires at the end of the month. This service of Evening Prayer by Zoom is scheduled for Wednesday 23rd September at 7.30pm. To join the service, please click here.
Moving into September feels like something of a gear change. But despite the changing circumstances and seasons, we need to keep our eyes fixed on that which is unchanging and eternal.
"The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever" (1 John 2:17)
I hope to see you in person or online soon!
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton