Dear Church member
As October turns into November, we move from a theme of stewardship to remembering. Some things in life are perhaps best forgotten, but other things (like birthdays for two of my daughters in November!) are best remembered.
Zoom Connect - starting soon
Our memory can be helped by others, and routines can be valuable to ensure that important things and people are not forgotten. I mentioned in a previous email the 'Zoom Connect' groups that will be starting soon. These short, online weekly groups with a short Bible input, catch up and prayer are one way to help us to connect with God and one another during these challenging times of social distancing. Please let me know if you are interested in being part of a group.
All Saints’ Day, Sunday 1st November
As usual, our weekly pattern is an online service available from 9am, a socially-distanced family service in St Matthew's at 10.30am, and a 6pm service alternating between our two churches. This week the evening service will be at Chilton, and instead of holding a service of Night Prayer as we have been doing at All Saints' lately, the service will be a shortened service of Holy Communion to celebrate All Saints’ Day. Because of the Covid-19 restrictions we will have only bread and not be able to share the common cup. Towards the end of the service there will be an opportunity to remember our loved ones who have died by lighting candles as we would normally do at our All Souls’ Service (All Souls’ Day will actually be on Monday 2 November).
Remembrance Sunday, 8th November
We will hold an Act of Remembrance in All Saints' Churchyard from 10.45am, with an opportunity to place a poppy at the memorial in church. An Act of Remembrance in Harwell will be live-streamed from the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery from 10.55am here.
Celebration Choir for Christmas!
Last May a number from our churches ("Harwell and Chilton Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus"), participated in a recording of 'Jesus is Lord' for Pentecost. We will repeat the exercise for Christmas, singing an arrangement of 'Joy to the World' for Christmas Day. Music, backing track and instructions should be available shortly, giving anyone who would like to be involved time to make a recording and return it by 10th December. If you would be interested in taking part please contact David Evans: firstname.lastname@example.org
Partnership and Giving
Following this month's Harvest focus on stewardship - of making wise, generous use of all that we have been given - I am encouraging each of us to review how we are using our God-given time, talents and "treasure", especially in relation to the ministry and mission of our churches in our communities and beyond. This Sunday, 1st November, will be our 'Gift Day' when we can respond to God’s goodness to us, and to support the ongoing work of our churches in one of four areas, with a one-off gift and/or a pledge to regular giving. More details available here and to follow by email.
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship" Romans 12:1
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton