Dear Church member
This week is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. We would usually meet with those from other local churches to pray, to learn from and encourage one another, and to build the relationships that underpin our communal witness and the activities and groups that we come together to run, for the blessing of those living, working and studying in our local area. Those activities include Didcot Emergency Foodbank, Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre, Wednesday Church for those with learning disability and dementia and their carers, Prayer Spaces in Schools, and shared Alpha Courses, and we are now working to develop plans to establish a Christian Youthwork Trust.
Prayer is vital to the Christian life, as breathing is to our physical lives. As communication with God it cultivates our relationship with him, it enables us to discern and follow God's leading into the good plans he has for us as individuals and a church. It is also the channel by which we ask of and receive from God for material and spiritual needs of ourselves, those we love and the wider world. We can and should "pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests" (Eph 6:18). But how?
For those wanting to learn more of and go deeper into prayer, it is not too late to join in with the Prayer Course, which begins this evening, Thursday (21st), at 8pm. Please reply to this email if you are interested and/or want the Zoom link.
We pray together in homegroups and our 40 minute Zoom Connect groups. We also have an email Prayer Chain. Please be in touch if you are interested in any of those or have any prayer requests.
We are also going to start regular church prayer meetings - to give thanks and praise to God, to seek his will, and pray for our needs. The day/time may change, but we are going to begin with a 40 minute online prayer meeting this Saturday, 9.30am. It will be a relatively informal time, with some sharing of scripture, silence, and open prayer, and there will be no pressure for anyone to pray out loud. Do please join in on this link.
We will include prayer for our Children and Families' Work, which is needed more than ever in these challenging times, and needs to keep changing. Alongside the Sunday morning Family Services at 10.30am each week, the current live weekly online activities are the following:
Do please contact Melanie or Sarah to find out more, if you know of someone who might be interested, and for the links.
Storytime: Mondays at 4pm
Fledgelings: Wednesdays at 10am
Praise Party: Thursdays at 4pm
I look forward to seeing as many as possible on Saturday morning.
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus"
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton