Church of England Diocese of St.Albans Westoning

A weekly update

22 Aug 2021, midnight
christmas

Hello everyone

We hope you are all keeping well?

We are getting back into the swing of things after a holiday in Dorset where we managed time of rest, time walking by the sea, and time to catch up with family and friends. It was good.

On our return, August seems to be passing all too quickly as the days shorten and the weather and time seem to be moving all too soon into Autumn. Plans are being made for September and beyond... exploring the possibilities of some social activities and the possible resumption of Twig and Westcaf at Westoning and Youth group activities at Toddington, the introduction of a monthly Messy Breakfast at Harlington . Church opportunities are being considered and the way we can worship is under review. We are looking at ways to worship more freely whilst maintaining safe protocols for the good of all.

We have been so grateful that our regular church congregations have been excellent in supporting one another with their individual conduct, wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and hand sanitisation. We look for that to continue in any easing which may take place, please.

Here are details of this week's services:

<strong>Sunday:</strong>

9.30am Harlington Church Holy Communion Service led by Nigel

9.30am Chalgrave Church, Holy Communion Service led by Linda

11am Westoning Church, Holy Communion Service led by Nigel

11am Toddington Church, Holy Communion Service led by Linda

3pm Tingrith Church, Holy Communion Service led by Nigel

6pm The UPPER ROOM zoom service ON SUNDAY. Topic: 'Finding God's peace'

<strong>Services and events this week and next</strong>

<strong>Monday 23rd</strong>

9.30am Morning Prayer at Toddington Church

11am The funeral of Bernard Neal, Toddington Church led by Linda

<strong>Tuesday 24th</strong>

SELWYN DAVIES FUNERAL (a private family service) on Tuesday 24th August is at 11.30am Led by Nigel, with Linda

The service will be streamed from 11.20am and may be accessed at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOdzen-lfq8

18.30pm Chalgrave PCC

<strong>Wednesday 25th</strong>

10am Holy Communion service at Harlington Church

9.30am to 12 noon Toddington Church open for quiet time

10-2pm Toddington Working Party (Wilkinson Hall)

19.30pm Toddington PCC

<strong>Thursday 26th</strong>

11.45am Funeral of Marie Clifford Toddington Church led by Linda

<strong>Sunday 29th </strong>

9.30am Chalgrave Church service led by Rev Roger Wood

9.30am Harlington Church, Holy Communion Service with a baptism, led by Linda with Robert

11am Toddington Church, service led by Rev Roger Wood

11am Westoning Church, Holy Communion Service led by Nigel with Jon

2.30pm Westoning Church, Baptism service led by Nigel

<strong>Sunday 29th afternoon and Monday 30th all day</strong> - Bank Holiday weekend.. <strong>Scarecrow Festival</strong>, Toddington. More information from Dee.

<strong>Tuesday 31st </strong>12 noon - Harlington Church, Memorial Service for David Price

And then we will be in September!

<strong>Thursday 2nd September</strong>

Funeral Service of Mr Ronald Robinson, Toddington Church led by Linda

<strong>Saturday 4th September</strong>

Tingrith Auction of Promises 5pm

Westoning Together picnic 3-4.30pm (with Christian Juggler.. not me or Nigel, although we are quite accomplished at juggling!)

<strong>Prayer Requests: </strong> Please pray for

Rachel Farmer who is very poorly and approaching the end stages of life.. and for Linda and Steve as they care for her and watch over her, and for her brothers John and James, at this very sad time.

For Sanjeev's mother who is in the end stages of life. Sanjeev and his wife have been such a rock to the Harlington community, Please pray for his mother's peace and for strength for them as they continue to care for her and serve the community.

For the funerals which will take place over the next two weeks and for the families who grieve.

<strong>Upcoming Alpha Course - online - to be launched in September - </strong>more information to be released next week.

<strong>Confirmation Service to be held at Toddington Church on 20th October</strong>.. if you are interested in being baptised or confirmed please speak to Linda or Nigel.

We wish you strength and peace in the days to come, with such awful news coming to us each day from Afghanistan and from other parts of the world. Keep strong in faith and be encouraged by the love of our Lord and our Light, Jesus Christ.

With love

Linda and Nigel