Dear Church member,
An online parish council meeting that spiralled into chaos has made the national news, when footage of the Zoom call - which saw insults, laughter and members kicked out - went viral. The valiant Chair, Jackie Weaver, became an overnight internet sensation, and received widespread plaudits for her attempts to support councillors at Handforth Parish Council in Cheshire.
Of course the meeting was nothing like that of our excellent PCCs (who met on Tuesday), the members of which I wish to publicly thank for their commitment, encouragement and wisdom, especially during the past year. But it did remind me of the group of twelve disciples that our Lord gathered and then nurtured and supported to the point when they established and led the first century Church.
God doesn't call only paragons of virtue - he calls ordinary people, with all their flaws and foibles, but equips and empowers them to do his work. The Lord is more than able to supports us in our weakness, and fulfil his good mission through fallible humans.
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this
all-surpassing power is from God and not from us"
2 Corinthians 4:7
This month we are sad to say goodbye to Vicky Johnston, who has been Church Administrator and PA to the Rector for the last six years, and who has decided not to return to her role following her maternity leave, but instead to spend more time with her adorable baby daughter, Ruth. We are delighted to be able to share that Deborah Evans, who had been covering Vicky's maternity leave, is now joining us on a permanent contract. Welcome Deborah!
One of our mission partners is The Leprosy Mission (TLM), a global Christian organisation leading the fight against leprosy. Following Jesus Christ, TLM seek to bring about transformation; breaking the chains of leprosy and empowering people to attain healing, dignity and life in all its fullness. To find out more about TLM, click here.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 17th February. During this important season leading up to Easter, you may like to sign up for Lent Encounter. This is a completely free 40-day journey to help us connect more with the Bible and the life of Jesus – AND we don’t have to give up chocolate! Sign up today and you’ll receive one email every day during Lent. These will include Bible verses, beautiful and inspiring images (created especially to save as a device screensaver), video reflections and practical challenges.
The Collect for this Sunday, the Second Sunday before Lent
Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth and made us in your own image: teach us to discern your hand in all your works and your likeness in all your children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things, now and for ever.
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton