15th November 2020

Dear All

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

Harlington Wednesday 3pm (Zoom access link to be issued later)

Toddington Wednesday 4pm (Zoom access link to be issued later)

Westoning Thursday 4pm (Zoom access link to be issued later)

Chalgrave Monday 5pm ( 8x8 access link to be issued later)

Services this week 

Recorded Service available on Church websites or Church Facebook pages or by clicking this link:

https://youtu.be/mjLmd6F2vFo

https://www.harlingtonchurch.org/worship-services-2/this-sundays-service/

Zoom:

The Upper Room 6pm Sunday 15 November which will be lead by Jenna (Ordinand at Westoning).

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.

Please hold the families of:

Sheila Mander of Toddington

Beryl Lovegrove of Chalgrave

John Shearsmith of Toddington

in your prayers this week. Their funerals will be held at Luton Crematorium on Monday, Chalgrave Church 12.30pm on Wednesday and Luton Crematorium on Friday respectively. Further information from Linda.  (If you wish to attend Beryl's funeral please let Linda know - you will be welcome).

If you have any further 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 and Nigel