What a wonderfully sunny day it has been today, and also this week. It has been a joy to hear the birds singing in the trees, to see the buds forming - I saw sticky buds yesterday and catkins the other day and the spring bulbs are bursting into flower. How wonderful the 'Lenten Lilies' look dancing in the breeze.. otherwise known as daffodils- or so I have been told... with their bright yellow heads bringing light and joy.
This week we also learned the roadmap way ahead for emerging from lockdown, which has eased the way forward to open the churches for weddings and baptisms, and we are also considering how and when we will return to church for more regular weekly worship.
Today, the church bells rang out at midday to pay our respects to Captain, Sir Tom Moore to commemorate his life at noon at the start of his funeral. What an inspiration he has been to so many of us during the dark months with his determination to raise funds for the NHS, through his walking, and what an amazing amount was raised in tribute to the NHS
A prayer was posted online today praying for Sir Tom and his family, but with an encouragement to us all to follow in his footsteps, to speak words of hope and gratitude, to glimpse and seize opportunities, and to always ask ourselves 'how can I make a difference?'.. It is a message of hope and encouragement that we can take forward into our daily lives.
This Sunday's services
Sunday Services at Church Sunday 28th February.
9.30am Morning Worship at Harlington Church
2pm-3pm Chalgrave Church, A short outdoor time of worship and prayer, followed by opportunity for Private Prayer in the church. Please bring a chair.
The Recorded Service is led this week by the Quintet Readers: Robert, Steve and Jon and is accessible through the following link on the St. Mary's Harlington website or can be accessed through the church webpages or Facebook pages:
Online live services via Zoom
'Our Family Service' for Twig and Messy Church families at 10 o'clock. A short, fun, 30 minute service for children and their parents.. to hear a Bible Story, sing a song, and do an activity. The Zoom link has already been sent out but if you know of someone who would like to 'come along' please let me Nigel, Rebecca, Dee or Jane Steer know. All families are welcome.
Quintet Morning Worship at 11am: Zoom access link available on poster above.
The Upper Room Lent Worship at 6pm: with two personal accounts of the meaning of Lent (Zoom access link available from Rev'd Linda).
Other Services and Prayer opportunities this week: (Zoom access links for Services are available from Rev'd Linda)
Morning Prayer by zoom on Monday 1st March at 9.30am
Morning Prayer by zoom on Tuesday 2nd March at 9.30am
Harlington Wednesday Morning worship at 10.00am: (different time)
The Lent Course begins on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm, studying God's Story- Our Story. All welcome, but it would be helpful if you could please let us know in advance if you are coming.
Sixty minutes with God, prayer time. Contact Nigel for the zoom access link
Funerals this week: We remember in our prayers the families of:
Patricia Sutton - Toddington
Marion Barton - Toddington
Jim Rose - Harlington
Gerald Gordon - Toddington
Afternoon Tea - tbc
PCC Meetings this week:
Toddington Church Wednesday 3rd March 7pm by zoom.
Chalgrave Church on Monday 1st March at 8.15pm by 8x8
We wish you a very good week, with God's protection and love surrounding you.
Linda and Nigel
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