It has been a lovely day for the activities taking place today and for the walkers and cyclists out visiting local churches. Thank you so much to everyone who has been out raising funds for the churches on sponsored walks, rides, circuits of the church, sitting in the peace of the church building or helping with coffee mornings, gift days, art exhibitions and more. It has been wonderful to share in conversations and time together. Thank you all for your contributions which are greatly appreciated.
Today is also the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack in America, and it has been very moving listening to the reading of names of loved family members who died. Twenty years ago, two thousand, nine hundred and seventy seven people started their day unsuspectingly, but their lives were so sadly taken, either on that day, or from the effects of injuries incurred. People from 90 countries died, and two thousand, six hundred and six people were killed in the twin towers attack. Many of us will recall the horror of those news reports. Our hearts and our prayers go out to all who died and to their families and loved ones for whom the grief is still so very real and raw.
It has been interesting to hear world leaders call for unity as we move forward, and this evening at 9.00 pm many of us may find ourselves united as we tune in to support and cheer on young Emma Raducanu as she plays in the final of the American Open Tennis tournament. Her journey started unsuspectingly in the qualifying rounds, and she has played with such gifting and talent, with such a sparkle and joy, sailing through the tournament, improving and learning each day, breaking numerous records. She has very quickly become a young inspirational role model to young and old. (I hear that Channel 4 and Amazon Prime will be screening the match).
Each of our life journeys is different, but we can inspire and support each other, sharing the burdens and the joys.. united in the love of Christ.
This Sunday's services (12th September):
Chalgrave 9.30 am - Holy Communion - led by Linda
Harlington 9.30 am - Service of the Word - led by Dr Robert Johns
Westoning 9.30 am - Family Service - led by Rebecca and Nigel
Westoning 11.00 am - Morning Praise - led by Nigel with visiting speaker from 'Compassion'.
Toddington 11.00 am - Holy Communion - led by Linda
6.00 pm Upper Room online service - Theme 'An Example of Grace'. Zoom access link:
Meeting ID: 867 3274 9404 Contact Revd Linda for joining details
Services and Events w/c 12 September:
Monday to Wednesday - Linda and Nigel on Bishop's Conference
Monday 13th September - 9.30 am Morning Prayer, Toddington
Tuesday 14th September – 10.00 am – 12.00 noon Westcaf - Westoning
Tuesday 14th September - Youth group meets 5.30 – 7.00 pm Toddington. More information from Rebecca
Wednesday 15th September – 10.00 am Harlington Morning service
Thursday 16th September - Toddington PCC 7.30 pm
Friday 17th September - 1.45 pm Little Stars 0 - 4yrs and parents/carers at Westoning Church
Friday 17th September - Friday Fellowship 2.00 pm Westoning Village Hall
Saturday 18th September - 10.00 am – 12.00 noon Church Cake, book and craft stall on Toddington Green
Saturday 18th September - 10.30 am Baptism at Harlington Church
Saturday 18th September - 3.00 pm - Wedding at Toddington Church
Sunday 12th - 19th September - Harlington Church 2.00 – 4.00 pm - Stanley Greening's Art Exhibition, 'Being' continues. Entry is free. There is also a themed 'Being' 3.5mile walk to follow, which starts at the church, with signposts with QR code links along the way to mark and describe the walk and the journey.
Services on Sunday 19th September:
Chalgrave - 9.30 am Morning Service
Tingrith - 9.30 am Morning Prayer
Harlington - 9.30 am Battle of Britain Service and Benefice Service at 4.00 pm
Westoning - 11.00 am Holy Communion
Toddington – 11.00 am Morning Service
The Online Alpha Course begins on 20th September. It is not too late to register. Please contact Linda or Nigel for more information or you can register online on Westoning Church website.
There will be a Confirmation Service at Toddington Church on Wednesday 20th October at 7.30 pm led by Bishop Richard. If you would like to be confirmed, or would like to discuss baptism or confirmation please contact Linda or Nigel.
Future dates for your diaries:
Messy Church resumes at Wilkinson Hall on Friday 1st October, from after school until 5.30 pm. Messy Church will meet on the first Friday of each month and we look forward to welcoming back our families and new members.
A new Toddler and Baby group (with mums, dads and carers) starts at Wilkinson Hall on Tuesday 28th September and will meet again on 12th October from 9.00 - 10.30 am.
We wish you all a good week. Stay safe and stay well.
Linda and Nigel