Dear Church member
Mothering Sunday is a day honouring mothers and mother churches, celebrated in Britain on the fourth Sunday in Lent since the Middle Ages. It is a day when Christians have historically visited their mother church, that is, where they were baptised, their local parish church, or the nearest cathedral, and it coincides with Laetare ("rejoicing") or Refreshment Sunday, a day of respite from fasting halfway through Lent. More recently, Mothering Sunday was a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, usually with their own mothers and other family members.
Sadly we will not have the opportunity to gather at All Saints' or St Matthew's this coming Mothering Sunday (though both churches are open for private prayer during the day), but we will have both an online service available from 9am, and also a live-hosted, family-friendly Mothering Sunday service on Zoom at 10.30am, joining details here.
Normally we would have posies given out at our services. This year we have alternative plans for distribution, and would like to invite anyone who wishes to make any contributions of flowers or foliage to leave them in the buckets provided in St Matthew's Church Harwell, or outside 6 Latton Close Chilton on Friday (12th) from midday, or on Saturday morning before 10am. Thank you in advance!
Do please join in as you can, as we give thanks to God for our own mothers and all those who have mothering roles.
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton