Dear Church member
Remembrance Sunday, 14th November
This Sunday we remember and give thanks for those who have died in active service in the two World Wars and in subsequent conflicts, and express our faith in God, who is the source of life, peace and hope.
The 9.30am service at All Saints' Chilton will be attended by 2nd Chilton Scout Group, and lead into an activity session in the Village Hall for primary-aged children. Following the service, refreshments will be available in the Village Hall, and at 11am in the churchyard we will have a short Act of Remembrance. We would be grateful if anyone could bring cakes and biscuits to enjoy together over tea and coffee.
In Harwell there will be a short service at 10.45am at the War Memorial on the High Street, including a parade. This will be followed by a service in St Matthew's at around 11.30am (or slightly earlier). There will be no 'interactive' service in Harwell this week. The 6pm evening service this week at St Matthew's is BCP Holy Communion.
Sunday 21st November, Youthwork Trust visit
The following Sunday we will have our postponed visit by Joe and Hannah, two local Christian youth workers, who are employed by the Youthwork Trust recently set up by our two churches in partnership with five other local churches to reach out to the young people of our area with the love and good news of Jesus.
They will visit the 9.30am (Chilton) and 11.30am (Harwell) services and be leading the 10am Interactive Service (at Harwell). Do please prioritise coming to one of these services if you are able, so that you can meet them and hear more about the exciting plans, and a launch event for young people on the following Sunday, 28th November, 3-5pm.
There's great news from the Christians Against Poverty local Debt Centre which our two parishes support: they are celebrating their 48th client to go debt-free! This winter will be particularly harsh for many, amongst them the clients the Centre is still supporting. The team is working with South Oxfordshire District Council to ensure that some of the Government grant money for those who are struggling gets allocated to CAP clients.
Another seasonal project is providing hampers for the clients in partnership with Didcot Emergency Foodbank and local churches. Liz Roberts is coordinating the provision of treats in Harwell and Chilton - the kind of item which the basic food parcel will not include, such as a Christmas pudding - as well as small presents for children. We are putting together a hamper each for two families by the end of November and Liz would be very glad to hear from you as soon as possible if you would like to contribute something. She has details of the age and gender of the children and lots of ideas if you're lacking in inspiration! The hampers are put together to demonstrate Jesus' love for the clients, and to show that we care too. Please help if you can.
Another CAP service is the 'CAP Money' money management course which our two churches are running online on the evenings of 16, 23 and 30 November. Again, please contact Liz if you'd like more information.
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the King of all:
govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations,
divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,
to be subject to his just and gentle rule;
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