Dear Church member,
Sunday services this week
This Sunday (12th September) is the second week of our new, trial pattern of services across the Benefice. This week there are a few important differences.
Currently we are requesting that at all of the services adults who are able to wear face masks do so out of consideration for others.
9.30am at All Saints' Chilton is Morning Worship
This service (and all our services) is open to everyone, for Chilton, Harwell and beyond!
10am at St Matthew's Harwell is an Interactive Service
This week will include a Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child, and be followed by coffee
10.30am at Chilton Village Hall is an Interactive Service
This is a monthly informal, friendly service (previously 'Pebbles Family Service') with chat, singing, prayer, a craft and a short talk, and starts with coffee and cake
This week the service will be followed by a picnic at Chilton Park to celebrate being back together; everyone is welcome - please bring your own picnic and rug!
Other dates this term are 10th October, 14th November, and 12th December
11.30am at St Matthew's Harwell is Holy Communion
This service is preceded by coffee shared with the 10am congregation
Unlike last Sunday when we met in the chancel, we will trial meeting in the main body of the church, where there is more space
6pm at St Matthew's Harwell is Evening Prayer (BCP)
This week the evening service uses the traditional liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer, and will be held in the chancel; the following week will be a more modern liturgy with projected songs
For all of our services we are seeking feedback on all aspects - content, music, style, location, etc, and especially welcome written feedback either on cards that will be provided, by email, or via the website. This term we are deliberately trialling a number of different things, and will make changes in light of experience and feedback.
In order to run our services we need your help. There are plenty of roles, to suit all types, including reading, praying, welcome, hospitality and technical support, and further information on this from Yvonne and Eliza can be found here.
There are plenty of other ways to get involved with the life and mission of our churches and local communities, but more on that to follow.
Harvest Sunday - 26th September
This year we will be celebrating harvest in our churches on Sunday 26th September. Our services will have a harvest theme, we will be visited by David and Heather Sharland, former Mission Partners with CMS, and we will be having a Bring and Share lunch. More details to follow, but please save the date!
As we think about and plan for our services together, would you join me in praying this week's Collect, which seems particularly appropriate?
Almighty God, whose only Son has opened for us a new and living way into your presence:
give us pure hearts and steadfast wills to worship you in spirit and in truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, 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