Dear Church member,
Christmas is coming! Over the next two weekends we are celebrating Carols by Candlelight in both churches; this weekend (11-12th) in Chilton and the following Sunday (19th) in Harwell.
Carols by Candlelight
- Saturday (today!) 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
With regret, given the recent change in regulations and the situation locally, we have decided that we should not serve mulled wine and mince pies following these services, nor should we have refreshments after our other services. This decision will be reviewed after Christmas. I would be grateful if you would note that the regulations also require those over the age of 10 (unless exempt) to wear face coverings in church.
In light of the extra (11) services over the coming couple of weeks, we have cancelled some (6) of the 'regular' Sunday services at St Matthew's, including the 6pm service tomorrow (12th December), the 10am and 6pm services on 19th and 26th December, and the 11.30am service on 19th December.
Details of all our Advent and Christmas services can be found here.
This year we are trying something a little different. There is an opportunity open to all to make contributions to the decoration of All Saints’ Church at Christmas by donating poinsettias in memory of - or to honour - 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 container (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.
God for whom we watch and wait,
you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:
give us courage to speak the truth,
to hunger for justice,
and to suffer for the cause of right,
with Jesus Christ our Lord.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton