Dear Church member
This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent. Below I outline our plans for the coming weeks, but for the very latest plans do please check HCChurches.org/christmas, Facebook, and posters in key locations around the villages.
Advent and Christmas services
The Sunday after next, 6th December, alongside our online services, our pattern of in person services is re-established, with family services at St Matthew's (contact Sarah or Melanie for more information), and 6pm services alternating between All Saints' and St Matthew's.
Our special Advent and Christmas services are as follows:
Please see our website, Facebook, and posters for further information on services and other events including the Advent Windows trail.
Drop in to either churchyard for choir-led carols in the churchyards at the days/times below. Bring a torch and wrap up warm!
St Matthew’s Harwell: Sunday 13th & Friday 18th December between 7pm and 8pm
All Saints’ Chilton: Saturday 19th December between 3pm and 4pm
Online Sunday services will continue throughout December with additional services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
We hope to offer pre-booked Crib Services the week commencing Sunday 20th December. For up to date details and booking, please see HCChurches.org/crib
We are planning Communion Services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in both All Saints’ and St Matthew’s
Free Advent Resources
Advent video series launching on Sunday
Lamenting in Advent? In this year of Covid-19, we need to, and Bible Society have teamed up with Movement Day UK to produce a powerful video series. There will be four Advent prayer videos released each Sunday at 9am, beginning on 29 November, and daily short Advent prayers calling on God to come and restore, comfort, heal and transform the places we live in and the people we care about. Find out more.
Discovering Prayer podcasts
A very accessible series of 23 guided Christian meditations for each day over advent have been put together and are being offered for free. If you are looking for ways to put the meaning back into Christmas and would like to focus on God at the centre of our celebrations, consider signing to listen to free daily prayer times (5 minutes on weekdays and 10 minutes at weekends) from Discovering Prayer.
Toy Collection for Oxford Women's Refuge
This weekend is the last opportunity to donate to our Toy Collection for Oxford Women’s Refuge. Further information about toys and collection arrangements can be found here.
Please consider registering with Amazon Smile for our churches to benefit from a donation of a portion of the price of your purchases at no extra cost to you: smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1158861-0
We are planning in the New Year to run a weekday evening online 'Prayer Course'. Open to everyone, more information to follow in due course.
Prayer for Week 4 of Lockdown
Our fourth prayer for our month of prayer for our nation is below.
your Son Jesus Christ came
that we might have life and have it abundantly;
pour out your blessing upon our nation;
where there is illness,
bring your healing touch;
where there is fear,
strengthen us with the knowledge of your presence;
where there is uncertainty,
build us up in faith;
where there is dishonesty,
lead us into truth;
where there is discord,
may we know the harmony of your love;
this we ask in Jesus’ name.
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton