Church of England Diocese of St.Albans Westoning

Latest newsletter from Nigel and Linda, the vicar and minister

17 Jan 2021, noon

Hello everyone

We hope you are all coping and keeping safe this week. We have heard that several people have now either received a first vaccination or expect to receive one soon and we pray that the process goes smoothly for you. It is encouraging to know that infection rates are beginning to decline in this area and that our lockdown efforts are having a positive effect on the number of cases within our community, but we must continue to be vigilant and careful for the sake of each other and in consideration of the local hospitals, emergency and care organisations who are still dealing with a peak wave. We all have quite a long journey ahead I suspect, but we balance this with hope and expectation of better times ahead.

Sadly this week, we have learned of the recent deaths of two very special, dear members of the community of Harlington and Toddington, both ministers, and men of inspiration, great faith and service and much loved. Rev Jim Donaldson died on Thursday evening and Rev Nick McNeill a previous vicar at Toddington died suddenly at the end of December. Our thoughts are very much with their families and we thank God for the Christian inspiration, witness and faith which they shared with us all on their journey. May they both rest in peace with their Lord and Saviour.

We also hold in our prayers those who are sick or bereaved, thinking of Elizabeth (not Bradley), Paul S and others known to us.

This week there has been less sunshine and the weather has felt grey and our walks have been muddy, but the daffodils on the kitchen window sill are resplendent, the spring bulbs are peeping through the soil and the hyacinths from Christmas are filling our hall with the most beautiful scent. Such blessings are so encouraging.

<strong>This week's services are as follows</strong>

<strong>Sunday 17th January</strong>:

<ul><li><strong>Harlington Church 9.30am Morning service in church</strong></li></ul><ul><li><strong>11am the 2nd Quintet Live Morning service by zoom online</strong>. Do join us if you can. 45 people gathered last week. Everyone was so positive about being able to worship together. Thank you for joining us. Please ask for details.</li></ul>

11am Quintet Online Sunday service. Time: Jan 17, 2021 11:00 AM

<ul><li><strong>6pm Upper Room Zoom Service. </strong>This week we are considering two Old Testament Characters. Access link:</li><li><strong>This week's Recorded service for Epiphany 2 </strong>will be released on the Church Websites and Facebook pages, and can also be accessed by clicking the link below which currently displays last week's picture but will take you to this week's service.. (Thank you Robert for editing and uploading the service).</li></ul>

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Epiphany 1 (Baptism of Christ) service Sunday 10 January - Harlington St. Mary's Parish Church

Click on the image below for this week’s recorded service for the Baptism of Christ Quintet services on Zoom at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. To connect to the morning…


<strong>Services this week:</strong>

<strong>Monday - the funeral of Olive Daniell 10am at North Herts Crematorium </strong>- led by Rev Linda Washington (Please contact Linda if you would like the link to watch the funeral online)

<strong>Morning Prayer 9.30am on Tuesday 19th January by Zoom</strong>

<strong>Morning Prayer 9.30am on Wednesday 20th January by zoom</strong>

<strong>No Wednesday morning service at Harlington Church this week</strong>

<strong>Thursday 10.30am Private Prayer at Toddington Church for an hour </strong>(social distancing measures in place - please wear a face covering and sterilise hands on entering and on leaving - and dress warmly).

<strong>Afternoon Tea sessions: Links tok be issues</strong>

<strong>Westoning Church 3.45pm on Wednesday</strong>

<strong>Toddington Church 4.15pm on Wednesday</strong>

<strong>Harlington Church 4.15pm on Thursday</strong>

<strong>Other event</strong><strong>s</strong>:

<strong>Ampthill and Shefford Deanery Meeting on Tuesday eve at 19.15pm</strong> by zoom link for Deanery synod representatives

<strong>Harlington PCC meeting on 20th January 7.30pm on Wednesday </strong>for PCC members

We send our very best wishes to you all. Have a good week.

God bless

Linda and Nigel