The sun is shining and the bank holiday week-end is before us. We wish you all a special time with family and friends and at the different events where you will meet. Harlington Village show takes place today (until 4pm) in the Village Hall and Toddington Scarecrow Festival takes place tomorrow afternoon and Monday. It is a lovely opportunity for the community to share time and to celebrate creative gifts and achievements. Next Saturday afternoon, Westoning Church and Sports club host a picnic for the village and Tingrith host their Auction of Promises. We hope that Toddington/Chalgrave youth group will be able to meet up this Tuesday and wish Westoning TWIG and Little Stars joy as they gather again.
The churches are planning different events but all combine on 11th September to welcome the Historic Churches bike, walk, or drive event which invites sponsored people to visit as many churches as possible to raise funds for the Trust and for our churches. It is a lovely opportunity for a day out, and you no longer need to cycle. If any of would be willing to take part to support your local church to raise funds to support the work of the Trust and help raise crucial funds to support the maintainance of your local church building, we would be very grateful to you. More information and sponsorship forms from the respective Church Wardens or Linda and Nigel.
And so life buzzes forward. Schools return wc 6th September and we wish families every blessing in their last family days of relaxation this week. Our prayers go out to all who are organising the above events, to families, and to the school staff and pupils in their preparations for the new academic year.
Sunday Services 29th August9.30am Harlington Church Holy Communion Service led by Nigel with Robert (no baptism this week).
9.30am Chalgrave Church, Holy Communion Service with Rev Roger Wood and Linda.
11am Toddington Church, Holy Communion Service with Rev Roger Wood and Linda
11am Westoning Church, Holy Communion Service led by Nigel with Jon
6pm The Upper Room zoom service. Theme 'Where did you find God?' ID: 897 8457 1003 Contact Linda or Nigel for the passcode.This week's services and events:
Sunday 30th 2pm to 5pm Scarecrow festival, Toddington. Tickets, guide leaflet, and refreshments from Wilkinson Hall
Monday: Scarecrow Festival Toddington 10- 4pm, Tickets, guide leaflet, and refreshments from Wilkinson Hall. Summer Raffle to be drawn at 4pm
Tuesday 31st Toddington Youth Group 5.30 to 7pm (more information from Rebecca or Linda)
Tuesday 31st, Memorial Service for David Price 12 noon, Harlington church (Please let Tricia know if you hope to attend for Track and Trace/seating planning). Face coverings to be worn please.
Wednesday 1st September 10am Holy Communion Morning Service, Harlington church
Wednesday 1st September 8pm 60 Minutes with God online zoom service (Link from Nigel)
Thursday 2nd September 9.30am Morning Prayer, Toddington
Thursday 2nd September 11am Funeral service for Ronald Robinson 11am Toddington Church. Please let Dee know if you hope to attend (for Track and Trace/seating planning). Face covering to be worn please.
Thursday 2nd September 7.30pm Harlington PCC in church
Saturday 4th September Westoning Fun Village Picnic 3-5.30pm
Saturday 4th September 5pm Tingrith Church Auction of Promises
Looking ahead to the following week:Sunday Services w/c 5th September Harlington: 8am BCP Holy Communion, 9.30 am Holy Communion (Common Worship)
Chalgrave 9.30am Holy Communion
Tingrith Church 9.30am Morning Prayer
Toddington 11am Holy Communion
Westoning 11am Holy CommunionMid week w/c 5th September
Monday 6th Morning Prayer, 9.30am at Toddington Church.
Tuesday 7th 10-12 noon Westcaf resumes, Westoning village HallWednesday 8th 10am Harlington Morning Service
Wednesday 8th Westoning PCC 7.30pm in church
Friday 10th Harlington Church, wedding 1pm
Friday 10th Westoning Youth Group
Saturday 11th Harlington Church Gift Day
Saturday 11th Historic Churches bike, drive or walk fundraising day with: refreshments, activities and Art Exhibition by Stanley Greening at Harlington Church on Saturday 10-4pm with the Art Exhibition continuing through the week 2-4pm daily.
Coffee morning at Chalgrave Church 10-12 noonAlpha: An new online Alpha course starts on 20th September and runs each Monday until 29 November. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Jesus and the Christian faith. More information from Linda and Nigel and please register with Eileen or Jon.
As we conclude this letter we send our heartfelt prayers across the world to Afghanistan to the refugees, to those left behind, to those remaining in the country and to those seeking to escape. We give thanks to the different government armed forces who have worked so hard in such challenging circumstances to rescue and reassure and pray for their continued protection and strength.We also pray for Haiti, Madgascar, Ethopia and for so many other areas of the world who are struggling. We pray for those known to us who are sick or bereaved remembering particularly Rachel and her family who care for her, and also for Jess.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.Stay safe, enjoy the weekend and the days ahead.. but be careful of that virus which is increasing quickly in our area.
Linda and Nigel