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Dear Church member,

Second Sundays and all that...
Something that is often mystifying for people not familiar with the Church of England is the casual reference to events in terms of 'third Thursday', 'fourth Sunday', 'first Tuesday', etc. There are a number of reasons why a repeating monthly pattern of events and services is useful, but it can still be confusing even to the initiated!

Sunday 10th October - this Sunday

PFSAt the risk of befuddling, I do want to draw your attention to this coming Sunday, 10th October - a 'second Sunday' of the month - which in our current, experimental pattern of services means that it is slightly different to most other Sundays of the month, in two main ways.

1. 'Interactive Worship' in Chilton
The 'second Sunday' includes a monthly, informal, 'interactive' service in Chilton Village Hall at 10.30am, alongside the usual weekly services: at All Saints' at 9.30am, and at St Matthew's at 10am, 11.30am and 6pm. The 9.30am service ends and the 10.30am Interactive service starts with coffee for the two congregations together in Chilton Village Hall.

2. Book of Common Prayer ('BCP')
jan presidingThe other main difference on 'second Sundays' is the opportunity to attend traditional Book of Common Prayer (BCP) services at St Matthew's at 6pm (each month), and at All Saints' at 9.30am (on 'even numbered' months, including October, i.e. six times a year!).

The 'BCP' goes right back to the birth of the Church of England and is still 'legal tender' and loved by many today, though more modern liturgies ('Common Worship') have been introduced since the 20th century and become mainstream. If you have never experienced the BCP, do try out one of these services and let us know what you think!

All of our current set and the pattern of services are being run on an experimental basis, and will be reviewed by the PCCs over the coming months. Questionnaires for those attending will soon be in evidence; do please fill in and return them when you can!

Sunday 24th October - Youthwork Trust visit
In two weeks' time, our morning services (9.30, 10.00 and 11.30am) will be visited by Joe and Hannah, Youth Workers with a Youthwork Trust that six local churches (ours included) have recently established to work with the young people living and schooling in our area. They will be introducing themselves, and sharing news of the exciting activities and groups planned. I'm tempted to say more here, but don't want to steal their thunder!

poppyAnother 2nd Sunday - Remembrance, 14th November
Sunday 14th November is Remembrance Sunday, the village Scout Groups will be parading, and there will be some key differences in our services across the day. News on that to follow.

Afghan Refugee Welcome
afghan welcomeA number of local churches have joined together and are liaising with the Welcome Churches Network to work out how we can welcome and support the Afghan refugees currently living in our area. Options are being explored, and volunteers sought. If you are interested in finding out more, please have a word with me or email the church office.

Thank you for being part of our church family in Harwell and Chilton, and for your support for our services (information about opportunities to join teams here). Gathering together Sunday by Sunday is such an important act of witness to - and mutual support for one another in - our shared Christian faith, and glorifying to God.

"Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching" (Hebrews 10:24-25).

Yours, in Christ,

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Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton

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