Dear Church member
Mid-way through Advent, Christmas plans are well underway. A summary of services and events and latest updates can be found on our website here. Please join in with what you can, and pray for all involved in running activities and contributing to services, and for everyone who takes part.
Do please also be praying that God would guide us a churches as we move into 2021 and need to make some decisions about our pattern of services, both in person and online, in Chilton and Harwell. I am excited about the prospect of being able to meet again in a non socially-distanced way, to sing together, interact and share food and drink, and explore the many possibilities before us. I'm also keen to build on our experience of online worship, which many people have found helpful and enriching. After a long season of waiting, the prospect of mass vaccination raises the hope of new life in the spring. The parallels with our Christian faith are crying out for a sermon - but I will spare you that at this time! For now, please be praying for God's clear leading for us as churches.
Back to more immediate plans, I list below some of our main Christmas services.
Carols in the Churchyards
Drop in to either churchyard for choir-led carols at the days/times below. More information and any wet weather plans here.
St Matthew’s Harwell: Sunday 13th & Friday 18th December between 7pm and 8pm. Bring a mug for free mulled wine!
All Saints’ Chilton: Saturday 19th December between 3pm and 4pm
For more information about - and to book a place at - one of our Crib Services on Sunday 20th December (Harwell 3pm, Chilton 5pm) or Wednesday 23rd December (Harwell 3pm), click here.
Communion services at Chilton 10pm and Harwell 11.30pm. Due to the need for social distancing, you will need to book at place at these services here.
Online: We will also have a short online service for Christmas Eve available from 9am, link to be found here.
Communion services at Chilton and Harwell both at 9am - no need to book.
Online: We will have an online service for Christmas Day available from 9am, link to be found here.
We will also be live hosting a Zoom-based service for all ages at 10.30am, link below. Please join in if you can - it would be lovely to see as many of our church family as possible on Christmas Day morning.
(Meeting ID: 820 8623 3514, Passcode: 280569)
Our other regular Sunday online and in person services continue. Please see our website, Facebook, and posters for further information on services and other events including the Advent Windows trail.
Two resources to close...
A 4-part Advent course helping us to reflect, at the darkest time of the year, on our calling to be Lights for Christ. Please find a pdf attached to this email, but the material is also available online in a nice format here.
Locally-created charity Christmas cards by Lizi Potter in aid of Didcot Emergency Foodbank - Facebook page here and Etsy page here.
God for whom we watch and wait,
you sent John the Baptist
to prepare the way of your Son:
give us courage to speak the truth,
to hunger for justice,
and to suffer for the cause of right,
with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton