Dear Church member
Today the Church remembers Mary Magdalene. All four gospels give this woman a unique place among Jesus’s followers. Probably from Magdala by the Sea of Galilee, she is described as having been healed by Jesus before accompanying him during his ministry. Along with other faithful women, she stayed beside the cross during the crucifixion and was the first disciple to discover the empty tomb on Easter morning. She was privileged with the first appearance of the risen Lord, who sent her to take the good news of the resurrection to the other disciples. This commission earned her the title ‘Apostle to the Apostles’ in the early Church. From humble beginnings, the result of her faithfulness to her Lord and Master has had a global impact. Her witness, service and leadership can be an inspiration to us all.
Having come to the end of our seven week overview of the Bible, our services during the coming weeks zoom in on two key parts of the Bible - John chapter 6 with its focus on the feeding of the five thousand, and the book of James. Until the end of August we continue our pattern of weekly online services available from 9am, an informal 'interactive' service at St Matthew's at 10.30am, and a 6pm evening service alternating between All Saints' and St Matthew's - this Sunday (25th July) we are in Chilton. As mentioned in my previous email, we are at the present time asking those who are able to wear face coverings in church out of consideration for others. I plan to write again shortly about an extra service in August and our plans for September onwards.
As we start using our church buildings again more regularly, it is a good time to review how we care the wonderful buildings with which God has blessed us. As with everything God entrusts to our care, whether as individuals or as churches, we want to be found as good stewards, and this includes ensuring that our church buildings are cleaned on a regular basis. Would you consider volunteering some time to come in and facilitate the mission of the churches in this very practical way? When you volunteer we will not be asking you to do this forever, but for as long as you are able or want too. Any time you can offer to serve is welcomed. To find out more please get in touch with Deborah in the Church Office: de.HCChurches@gmail.com or on 834256.
I take this opportunity to pass on to you the sad news of the death of Reg East yesterday in hospital at the age of 94. Reg was a well known resident of Harwell and leading member of the Royal British Legion Harwell Branch. Please pray for his family and friends as they grieve. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
Almighty God, whose Son restored Mary Magdalene
to health of mind and body
and called her to be a witness to his resurrection:
forgive our sins and heal us by your grace,
that we may serve you in the power of his risen life;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton