Dear Church member
Today the Church of England marks the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mount, which is described in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and Peter refers to it in his Second Epistle. The testimony of the law and the prophets to Jesus as the one who brings God's salvation are given by the presence of Moses and Elijah, and the event also pre-figures the resurrection, giving a foretaste of the life of glory.
Services from September
A new, regular pattern of services across our two churches is starting on 5th September and includes a range of types and styles. Do please try out the different services and let us know what you think! This coming term will be very much a trial, and everyone's feedback and ideas will be really important. An outline of the pattern is as follows:
In addition there will be monthly services as follows:
9.30am All Saints’ Chilton – Services of Morning Worship and of Holy Communion (1st and 3rd Sundays)
10.00am St Matthew’s Harwell – Informal ‘interactive’ worship services
11.30am St Matthew’s Harwell – Services of Morning Worship and Holy Communion (2nd and 5th Sundays)
6.00pm St Matthew’s Harwell – Services of Evening Worship and Holy Communion (4th Sundays)
There will also be services on ‘festivals’ and other special occasions.
2nd Sunday of the month, 10.30am Chilton Village Hall – Informal ‘interactive’ worship service
Thursday 11am All Saints’ Chilton Service of Holy Communion
Thursday 11am St Matthew’s Harwell Service of Holy Communion
Please click here for a fuller explanation of the plans, and the answers to some questions that people might have.
Services in August
For the rest of August we are continuing with the 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 (8th August) we are in Chilton. As mentioned in previous emails, we are at the present time asking those who are able to wear face coverings in church out of consideration for others.
On Sunday 15th August we have some special plans.
In addition to the services above we have another special service of Holy Communion at 9.30am in the Churchyard of All Saints' Chilton.
We will also have a 'bring your own' picnic lunch from midday at St Matthew's Harwell (on the Rectory lawn if fine, inside the church if not!) to socialise with one another and also have an opportunity to meet Chris and Suzy Wilson and their children Abigail, Matthew and Micah, our new mission partners, who will be heading to Ethiopia at the end of the month. Chris and Suzy work in theological education and in peace and reconciliation, and you can find out more about them here.
Do please come along if you can with your lunch on Sunday 15th August from midday. It would be lovely for as many as possible to meet up!
Father in heaven,
whose Son Jesus Christ was wonderfully transfigured
before chosen witnesses upon the holy mountain,
and spoke of the exodus he would accomplish at Jerusalem:
give us strength so to hear his voice and bear our cross
that in the world to come we may see him as he is;
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