Dear Church member
Ascension Day and Thy Kingdom Come
For 40 days following Easter, the risen Christ appeared to his disciples and other groups of people, until he ascended to heaven to the right hand of God the Father, promising to send upon the Church the Holy Spirit in his place. Between Ascension Day (Thursday 13th May) and Pentecost (Sunday 23rd May) is a period of praying and waiting that has in recent years been marked by a growing global movement called 'Thy Kingdom Come', during which Christians of all denominations are encouraged to pray that their friends, family, neighbours and colleagues would come to faith in Jesus.
We mark the beginning of this period with a service of Holy Communion on Ascension Day, Thursday 13th May, 2.30pm at St Matthew's Church.
For each of the 11 days of 'Thy Kingdom Come' we will be sending out daily emails containing resources for all ages designed to spiritually nourish and encourage us.
We conclude this period with a Benefice-wide walk on Pentecost, Sunday 23rd May - more details to follow.
Our online service this week is about the 'Agape' love that Christians are to have for one another. Pebbles Family Service is on Zoom at 10.30am - link from Sarah. Our 6pm Evening Worship service this week is at St Matthew's. Our church Zoom prayer meeting continue on Saturdays at 9.30am - further information here. All are welcome to all of these gatherings - online and in person.
Our leadership teams have been thinking and praying over recent months about our pattern of services in 2021 and beyond as we emerge from lockdown, and we are excited about the possibilities before us. We will be in touch again shortly about this.
All Saints' had their annual church meeting last week, and today (Thursday 6th May at 7.30pm), is the turn of St Matthew's. The annual meetings are your chance to hear about, ask questions about and discuss any aspect of church life, and is when Churchwardens, Deanery Synod members and PCC members are elected. Meeting agenda and papers can be found here, or printed copies are available via the Church Office. Please email us if you need the meeting link.
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton