Dear Church member,
This email is to update you on plans for this Sunday, give advance notice of some Advent activities, and pass on some news from our Mission Partners the Wilsons.
Sunday 21st November, Youthwork Trust visit
This Sunday we 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.
Sunday 28th November, Advent Sunday - Toy Collection
This Christmas, St Matthew’s and All Saints’ are once more supporting the Women’s Refuge in Oxford by providing toys for mothers to give to their children on Christmas day.
This year we are appealing for donations of toys suitable for children aged 0-10 years. Please bring your gift to one of the services at St Matthew’s or at All Saints’ on Sunday 28th November or drop it in to the Church Office at St Matthew’s by Thursday 25th November (opening hours usually 9am-2pm). The toys should be new and unwrapped. Please click here for more information.
Other Advent plans - more detail to follow
- Christmas Tree Decorating - Saturday 27th November - 11-12.30 Harwell, 2.30-4.00 Chilton
- Living Advent Calendar - Daily, from 1st December
- Advent Central - Wednesdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd December - 7.30 for 7.45pm
"We're currently on an SIM retreat in Kenya, due to the increasing conflict in Ethiopia. The hope is we'll be able to return in a week or so, but it's a volatile situation and SIM will make a recommendation in the next few days or so. If we can't return yet, we have plans to stay with friends in Zimbabwe until the situation is more stable. We'd appreciate prayers that the leadership here and ourselves are able to make a clear decision about what we should do. Thankfully the kids are home schooled for now, so we'll plough on with what wherever we find ourselves."
Do please be praying for Suzy, Chris, Abigail, Matthew and Micah.
Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ
ascended to the throne of heaven
that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit
and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;
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