Dear Church member,
After a recent flurry of recent emails from me, another but slightly shorter update one today!
Online services - something different...
During the national lockdown, our 'in person' services have had to stop, but we continue online.
As usual we have our pre-recorded service available on Sunday from 9am, but this Sunday (15th November) it will also be hosted live on Zoom at 10.30am by Kate Evans. The service will include all the usual elements, but also the opportunity to interact and to share 'virtual coffee' with other members of the online congregation afterwards. Do please join in if you can!
The link (which should be live from 10.30am on Sunday) is as follows:
Meeting ID: 844 8497 0782
The service will also be available online in the usual way from 9am here for those who are unable or would prefer not to join via Zoom at 10.30am.
Zoom Connect Groups
Speaking of Zoom, our 'Zoom Connect' groups will be starting in the next few days. We have had quite a few people sign up to join in, and it is not too late if you would like to but have not yet done so. These short, online weekly groups with a short Bible input, catch up and prayer are one way to help us to connect with God and one another during these challenging times of social distancing. Please let me know before Sunday if you are interested in being part of a group.
Celebration Choir for Christmas
Something else that it is not too late to join in with is our "Harwell and Chilton Virtual Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus" arrangement of 'Joy to the World' for Christmas Day. Music, backing track and instructions should be available shortly, giving anyone who would like to be involved time to make a recording and return it by 10th December. If you would be interested in taking part please contact David Evans: firstname.lastname@example.org
And finally... keep praying!
God works through the prayers of his people. In this difficult time, as well as our practical acts of care and giving of our time, talents and treasure in service of God and others, we can be part of God's work by praying for his kingdom to come and his will to be done.
The prayer for the second week of the national lockdown is as follows:
Loving Father God,
be with us in our distress;
be with our families, friends, and neighbours,
our country and our world.
Give health to the sick,
hope to the fearful,
and comfort to mourners.
Give wisdom to our frontline and key workers,
insight to our Government,
and patience to us all.
Overcome disease with the power of your new life,
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton