Dear Church member,
A brand new Church year and the countdown to Christmas(!) begins this Sunday, Advent Sunday. As a church community we are marking this important season of preparation in several ways. The next couple of weeks also includes a few other significant church and community events. Do please share with family, friends and neighbours.
Saturday 27th November. Drop in to make decorations for our church Christmas trees: 11am-12.30pm at St Matthew's and 2.30-4pm at All Saints'.
On Sunday (28th November) at all of the services, we will be receiving donations of toys for children aged 0-10 who will be spending Christmas at Oxford Women's Refuge. Further information about this here.
Youthwork Trust Launch
Sunday 28th November 3-5pm Didcot Baptist Church, for young people in years 6-13 (ages 10-18). Please pray for this event and the Trust as the exciting work begins! Contact Jonathan if you have a young person who would like to go along or would like to find out more about the Trust.
Living Advent Calendar
Daily from 1st December in both villages, an amazing way for the whole family to discover new things about our villages, about the people who live there and about the Christmas story. Click here for more info and to register.
Wednesdays 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd December at St Matthew's. Beginning at 7.30pm with festive refreshments, the sessions will start at 7.45pm with worship, an excerpt from the classic Christmas movie “Miracle on 34th Street” and then time in small groups to share reactions on what they have seen and heard. The groups will come together again to share thoughts, pray and sing, finishing by 9.15pm. Everyone welcome; RSVP not essential but helpful for planning. Click here for more info and to register interest.
Alma Barn Lodge Grand Launch
Wednesday 1st December, 1.30-4.30pm Alma Barn Lodge, Harwell. A circus-themed afternoon of fun with fire eaters, balloon modelling, clowns, stilt walkers and a magician. Come and see this significant new Care Home in our benefice.
Church Community Café
Thursday 2nd December, 10am-12pm St Matthew's Church. Do drop in, and maybe arrange to meet a friend, at the first of what will hopefully become a regular event. Good coffee and tea and delicious cake! Free, but donations welcome.
On Monday 6th December, 2.30pm at St Matthew’s we will be continuing our theme of ‘Lessons from the Land’ and thinking about the spices we use at Christmas and what they may suggest about the person and work of Jesus. Generation Gold is aimed at people of retirement years, and if you haven’t been before, do join us and bring a friend. We end with light refreshments.
Carols by Candlelight - advance notice
Details of all our Advent and Christmas services here.
Saturday 11th December 4pm All Saints' Chilton - Family Carols
Sunday 12th December 6.30pm All Saints' Chilton - Nine Lessons & Carols
Sunday 19th December 4pm St Matthew's Harwell - Family Carols
Sunday 19th December 6.30pm St Matthew's Harwell - Nine Lessons & Carols
Vacancies - please share
Children and Families' Worker (job-share) - Harwell and Chilton Churches in partnership with Greater Didcot Christian Children and Youthwork Trust. Please click here for more information. Application deadline 10th December.
Debt Coach and Trainee Centre Manager (part-time) - Didcot and Wallingford Area Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Centre. Please click here for more information. Application deadline 19th December.
The Collect for Advent Sunday
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ
came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
I think that's just about all for now!
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton