We hope you have had a good week? Hope and anticipation are in the air. The Government Roadmap says shielding will end on 31st March although most of us will still be awaiting our second vaccinations. From the end of March we will be able to meet with up to six people (or two households) outdoors.... socially distanced. Yippee church working parties can commence.
I have smiled to see people sitting on a bench with a friend in the fresh air.. glad to be able to meet for exercise and a chat (socially distanced) and to have a drink too. Children have returned to schools and it is now less than a month until haircut day on 12th April! If all goes to plan, we will also be able to return to gyms, swimming pools, non-essential shops and to sharing hospitality outdoors again. How wonderful this will be. Spring is in the air!
We can but reflect on how well everyone has responded during this lockdown stage, working together to bring down infection rates. Thank you! But how sad it is to see that infection rates in Europe are rising so quickly and in some other parts of the world and we hold these countries in our prayers.
Thank God for the scientists and vaccination teams in this country and across the world who have enabled us to have the hope of release.
It has been a joy to begin discussions with wedding couples and families requesting baptism as we look ahead to the Summer months of sunshine and special family times.
Last week Toddington Church folk returned to church for a Sunday morning service, and this week Chalgrave Church return for a 9.30am service. Next week, on Palm Sunday, and also on Easter Sunday, we are looking forward to each church being open (although Social distancing measures will remain in place). We hope that it will be possible to hold some services for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday within the Quintet and information on these will be confirmed soon.
This Sunday our services are:
The Recorded Service for Sunday, Lent 5 or 'Passiontide', will be on the usual link, or can alternatively be accessed via the church web pages, Facebook pages, or A Church Near You site. The service link is:
Harlington Church, 9.30am, Morning Worship
Chalgrave Church 9.30am, Morning Worship
11am Quintet Morning worship by zoom. All welcome. Zoom access link available on poster attached.
6pm The Upper Room' worship with time of singing, Lent reflections and prayers. All Welcome. Zoom access link available from Rev'd Linda.
Services and events during the week: (Zoom access links available from Rev'd Linda).
Monday Morning Prayer 10am at Toddington Church- all welcome. (later times this week due to school assemblies)
Monday Evening at 8pm Chalgrave Lent Course week 2 online via Zoom
Tuesday Morning Prayer by Zoom 10am.
Tuesday Evening Quintet Lent Course at 7.30pm via Zoom.
Wednesday Harlington Church Morning Worship at 10am via Zoom.
Wednesday St George's Church monthly Quiz (will be online this month) 'Toddipedia Quiz' at 7pm. £5 for a team.
Access information to be released soon.
Thursday 10.30am, Private Prayer at Toddington Church
Dates for Diary
Tuesday 4.30pm Tingrith PCC (by zoom)
Thursday 2pm Toddington PCC Meeting (time tbc) (by zoom)
Thursday eve 7.30pm Harlington PCC Meeting (by zoom
Further updates will be issued about other events and Easter Services in due course.
We send our very best wishes to you all.
God Bless you all. Have a good week.
Linda and Nigel