Harwell and Chilton Churches L   Church news - December 2021
Dear Church member,

Advent is well underway with a number of activities and services for all ages.

Church CafeChurch Community Café TODAY - come for a cake and a cuppa!
Thursday 2nd December, 10am-12pm St Matthew's Church. Do drop in, and maybe arrange to meet a friend, at the first of what will hopefully become a regular event. Good coffee and tea and delicious cake! Free, but donations welcome.

Screen Shot 2021-11-06 at 21.0Living Advent Calendar
Daily from 1st-24th December in both villages, an amazing way for the whole family to discover new things about our villages, about the people who live there and about the Christmas story. Click here for more info and to register.

magiGeneration Gold
On Monday 6th December, 2.30pm at St Matthew’s we will be continuing our theme of ‘Lessons from the Land’ and thinking about the spices we use at Christmas and what they may suggest about the person and work of Jesus. Generation Gold is aimed at people of retirement years, and if you haven’t been before, do join us and bring a friend. We end with light refreshments.

Advent CentralAdvent Central
Wednesdays in December; next session 8th (then 15th & 22nd). Beginning at 7.30pm at St Matthew's with festive refreshments, the sessions will start at 7.45pm with worship, an excerpt from the classic Christmas movie “Miracle on 34th Street” and then time in small groups to share reactions on what they have seen and heard. The groups will come together again to share thoughts, pray and sing, finishing by 9.15pm. Everyone welcome; no problem if you were unable to make the first session (notes for session 1 available on request). Click here for more info.

poinsettiaAnyone is invited to make contributions to the decoration of All Saints’ Church at Christmas by donating poinsettias in memory, or to honour, of someone special. The plants can be delivered to the church from Sunday 12th December and it would help if they could be placed within some containment (e.g. a foil tray) to prevent leakage of water onto the floor. If you wish the name(s) of those being commemorated or honoured to be known please enter the name(s) on the list which will be placed on the font. Donors may wish to recover the poinsettias after Christmas but those that are not recovered by 28th December may be passed on to local care homes.

Christmas card 2021 imageCarols by Candlelight
- Saturday 11th December 4pm All Saints' Chilton - Family Carols
- Sunday 12th December 6.30pm All Saints' Chilton - Nine Lessons & Carols
- Sunday 19th December 4pm St Matthew's Harwell - Family Carols
- Sunday 19th December 6.30pm St Matthew's Harwell - Nine Lessons & Carols

Details of all our Advent and Christmas services here.

Vacancies - please share
  • Children and Families' Worker (job-share) - Harwell and Chilton Churches in partnership with Greater Didcot Christian Children and Youthwork Trust. Please click here for more information. Application deadline 10th December.
  • Debt Coach and Trainee Centre Manager (part-time) - Didcot and Wallingford Area Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Centre. Please click here for more information. Application deadline 19th December.
Please be praying for these significant appointments.

Almighty God,
purify our hearts and minds,
that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again
   as judge and saviour
we may be ready to receive him,
who is our Lord and our God.

Yours, in Christ,

Jonathan signature
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton

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