Church of England Diocese of St.Albans Toddington

News from Priest-in-Charge

15 Nov 2020, midnight
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Dear all
It has been a strange week with the churches closed again so soon after we had adjusted to the new normal way of safely gathering to worship together, but the important thing is that we all stay safe and well. It has been good to meet up on zoom for Afternoon Tea and for Morning Prayer and to stay in touch, but it will be so good when we can meet in person again.

At last the sunshine is out.. how uplifting the light is after a couple of wet and dreary days. We hope you are all keeping well and coping with this latest lockdown. It definitely seems harder this time with the days drawing in so quickly of an afternoon.. but we will soon be at the shortest day and light will draw us forth. In between time, we have begun to contemplate the Advent season of Watching and Waiting and to plan for Christmas services to celebrate Jesus' birth. Will we be gathered in church.. We certainly hope so!

Last Sunday we 'Remembered' on Remembrance Sunday and on Wednesday 11th November 'Armistice Day', in new ways, with a limited number of representatives able to attend at the different war memorials, but despite the church doors being closed and our Sunday morning Services being cancelled, people showed their respects by laying poppy tributes within the stone outlined crosses at various churches and Toddington Village enjoyed following the Poppy Trail to raise funds for the British Legion.

This week as we move into a second lockdown week, we will continue to offer opportunities to gather together. These will be:
Afternoon Tea zoom sessions - please contact Linda for link
Harlington Wednesday 3pm
Toddington Wednesday 4pm
Westoning Thursday 4pm
Chalgrave Monday 5pm

Services this week by Zoom - please contact Linda for link

The Upper Room 6pm Sunday 15 November which will be lead by Jenna (Ordinand at Westoning). This week's theme is 'O God My Father'.
Morning Prayer by Zoom (re-arranged times this week due to funerals and Church Private Prayer sessions)
Tuesday 17th 9.30am
Wednesday 9.30am

Private Prayer at Church
Westoning Church 12 noon, Wednesday and 10.30am on Sunday
Harlington Church 10am Thursday (and possibly Sunday tbc)
Toddington Church 10am Thursday (please note the different time for this week) and Sunday 11am
Chalgrave Church 10.30am Thursday and 10am Sunday

If you wish to follow Daily Prayer at home, you can download the Church of England App to your phone from the App store. It is a light blue circular background with the words Daily Prayer. This will give you daily access to Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night prayers and includes the daily Bible Readings.

The Lectio 365 app is also a valuable prayer resource.

If you have any prayer requests please contact Linda or Nigel (01525 714442)

PCC meetings this week:
Chalgrave Wednesday 18th 7pm
Toddington Monday 16th 7.30pm

We wish you a good week. Please do get in touch if we can help or support in any way. We pray for your wellbeing and good health.

God bless
Linda & Nigel