Dear Church member
Harvest Greetings! I love harvest time, and not just because of blackberry and apple pies and sunny walks amongst technicolour autumn leaves. Harvest is a great time to give thanks to God for material provision, but also to bring to mind all those agricultural pictures and stories in the Bible that help us to understand deep spiritual truths.
Do take the opportunity in the coming week to visit our two churches to enjoy beautiful harvest floral displays made by our talented teams of flower arrangers, and engage in some interactive prayer. Our gratitude to God for all he has freely given to us is appropriately expressed in our prayers, but also in our generosity to others, and in both churches you may leave packets and tins for Didcot Emergency foodbank to help those in need at this difficult time; to help in this way is to share God's heart for the poor.
This month is also a good time for us more generally to be reviewing the use of our time, talents, and "treasure", and this has been the theme of our online services (which you can see here). At our annual meetings we celebrated all that our churches have been doing - using that God-endowed time, talent and treasure - and looked at some of the challenges and opportunities before us. I will be writing again in the next few days about opportunities to connect with one another and with God in a time when we can easily become disconnected, and to partner together with one another and God in the exciting work of Kingdom sowing, growing and harvesting.
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton