Dear Church member
This Sunday is the Sunday before Advent. Where has the year gone?! Advent and Christmas will of course be very different this year, and there is much uncertainty about what will be permitted, but we are hoping to have a range of activities and services for all ages - online, in person, outdoors, in church, and around our villages. More news in due course; latest plans at HCChurches.org/christmas, on Facebook, and on posters in key locations around the villages.
Our Zoom Connect groups have got to a good start. We have three groups meeting - on a Wednesday afternoon, a Thursday morning and a Thursday evening - each for 40 minutes and including a Bible reading, some discussion and sharing, and then time for prayer. It is not too late to join a group if you would like to, and we can easily start other groups at other times/days as necessary. Just let us know if you are interested.
Toy Collection for Oxford Women's Refuge
This Christmas, our churches are once more supporting the Women’s Refuge in Oxford by providing gifts for mothers to give to their children on Christmas Day. Women and their children tend to flee to the refuge with very few belongings, so possessions are scarce and cash is tight for these families. Unfortunately, domestic violence is particularly prevalent over the Christmas period, as well as during lockdown generally, so the refuge often experiences an influx then. Having a decent gift to give their child at Christmas can make an enormous difference to these mothers and children. We are arranging collection of items in both Chilton and Harwell between 23rd and 29th November, and further information about toys and collection arrangements can be found here.
If you shop online with Amazon, it is possible for charities to benefit from a donation of a portion of the price of your purchases at no extra cost to you. So if you are considering using Amazon for Black Friday sales or Christmas (or any other) purchases, please consider supporting the work of our churches through the AmazonSmile programme by clicking here: smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1158861-0
Prayer for Week 3 of Lockdown
Please continue to keep November as a month of prayer for our nation during this time of national lockdown. We know that we are in the faithful hands of the risen Christ who knows our weaknesses, tiredness and struggles, and whose steadfast love endures forever.
Lord Jesus Christ,
in these dark and difficult days, we turn our hearts to you.
In ages past, you have delivered our nation from disaster.
Do it again, we pray.
Give wisdom beyond human wisdom to our leaders,
Give strength beyond human strength
to the NHS and all our frontline workers.
Give comfort beyond human comfort
to the elderly and all who grieve.
Lord Jesus Christ,
in these dark and difficult days,
turn your face towards us,
have mercy upon us,
and heal our land, we pray.
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton