Harwell and Chilton Churches L   Church news - Christmas and the New Year!
Dear Church member,

Christmas is coming and the New Year is not far behind! We have news of a few changes to existing plans - including this Sunday - and also of new plans for the New Year. Do please pass on the news to others.

Christmas card 2021 imageCarols in the Churchyard
Following last weekend in Chilton, this Sunday is Harwell's turn for carol services. The day and times are as previously advertised, but given the Covid situation, we have decided to hold these in the churchyard. The weather forecast is for dry weather, but do still wrap up warm, wear stout footwear in case slippery, and bring a torch.

Contrary to my previous email, given the change of location, the good news is that mulled wine and mince pies are back on! Please bring your own mug (and please wear face coverings near the serving area). To smooth the flow, entry will be from the east and south entrances.

- Sunday 19th December 4pm St Matthew's Churchyard - Family Carols
- Sunday 19th December 6.30pm St Matthew's Churchyard - Nine Lessons & Carols

Other services
Please note that in light of the extra services over the coming couple of weeks, we have cancelled the 10am and 11.30am services this Sunday (19th) and the 6pm service on 26th December. We do, however, have a service of Holy Communion at All Saints' Chilton at 9.30am this Sunday (19th), and are planning to have services at 9.30am (Chilton) and 11.30am (Harwell) on Sunday 26th.

Details of all our Advent and Christmas services can be found here.

I would be grateful if you would note that the regulations require those over the age of 10 (unless exempt) to wear face coverings in church.

Courses in the New Year
Advance notice of two courses starting late January.

alphalogoThe Alpha Course
A hugely popular video and discussion-based 11 week course that makes space for a conversation about faith, life and God. Do be thinking and praying about this, and whether you might like to take part and/or invite a friend, neighbour, colleague or family member. Taster evening Monday 24th January, more info from Deborah.

Living in Love and Faith logoLiving in Love and Faith
This new, five-session course on Wednesday evenings beginning 26th January provides a structured and accessible way to learn about and reflect on questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. Including short-story films, Bible passages and discussion, it is designed to inspire us to think more deeply about what it means to be human, and for followers of Jesus to walk in love, faith and holiness today.

Announcement - new CFW
I am delighted to announce the appointment of Brendan Bailey as Children and Families' Worker (job share) to work alongside Sarah Barrett. Many will already know Brendan, who with his wife Lucy lives in Harwell next to the shop. Brendan will formally start in post on 1st January.

Eternal God,
as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,
so we wait for his coming in glory;
bring us through the birth pangs of this present age
to see, with her, our great salvation
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Yours, in Christ,

Jonathan signature
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton

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