What a beautiful day it is today....the sky is clear blue, the sun is high up shining brightly, and we are promised continuing good weather into next week. Finally, summer has arrived and how good that feels.
This week our schools close for their Summer break, and people will head off on holiday. We wish everyone a well deserved holiday and rest. This will be a very welcome time for staff and students after what has been a very difficult year, for everyone, with so many changes and fluctuations. We have all had to adapt so much and have done well to cope with the various changes and limitations and there is no doubt, it has been hard.
We are now on the verge of further changes from Monday and the essence of the latest guidelines seems to say move forward with caution, placing the emphasis on us all to behave responsibly, to look out for each other, with care. We can meet with family and friends... but with advice to stay safe, meeting outdoors or in well ventilated rooms and to continue wearing masks in enclosed spaces.
How important it is for our own well-being and, for that of others, for us to get together, to share a listening ear and concern, to chat and share a laugh, a smile, a joke or two or to sit around a table over a cup of tea. How we have missed all these things. The sunshine today draws us forth.. thank you Lord, for the beauty of this day!
Over the next few days, Nigel and I will be meeting with our various PCCs to discuss how we move forward in church under the new guidelines. Our instinct is to remain cautious, not rushing at change, recommending the continued use of face coverings in church until the infection rates stabilise with a mind to keep all safe. We will confirm details as Government and Church of England guidance is released and as our PCCs have chance to discuss the implications of any change but be assured, we have your well-being very much in our minds.
Services and events this week:
Chalgrave Church 9.30 am Morning Worship The service will be held outdoors in the beautiful church grounds. All Welcome, but please bring a chair, and a drink if you wish to stay and chat afterwards. Service led by Linda
Tingrith Church 9.30 am Morning Prayer - led by Jon
Harlington Church 9.30 am Holy Communion - led by Nigel and Chris Brown (no refreshments to be served after the service)
Toddington Church, 11.00 am Morning Worship led by Linda and Steve
Westoning Church, 11.00 am Holy Communion led by Nigel
6.00 pm The Upper Room online service via Zoom led by Jon - 'Taking time out with God'. Zoom access code available from Rev'd Linda. All Welcome
This week's services and events
Monday 9.30 am Morning Prayer at Toddington
Monday 7.30 pm Westoning PCC at Church
Tuesday 9.30 am Morning Prayer by Zoom. Zoom access code available from Rev'd Linda.
Tuesday 2.00 pm Toddington PCC at Church
Tuesday 6.00 pm Chalgrave PCC at Church
Wednesday 10.00 am Holy Communion service at Harlington
Wednesday 7.30 pm Harlington PCC
Wednesday 7.00 pm Dunstable Deanery Synod
This Weekend 17 and 18th July- Toddington Open Gardens on Saturday 11.00 am -5.00 pm and Sunday 1.00 pm -6.00
pm. Tickets and refreshments from Wilkinson Hall. Tickets £5 per adult.
We wish you a wonderful week. Enjoy the sunshine!
Sending our love and prayers
Linda and Nigel