Lent at HTHQ
Lent Family Calendar
Produced by Roots, who provide resources for children and families, you may wish to follow this calendar at home over the weeks of Lent: with daily actions and reflections for the whole family.
‘For such a time as this’. A Lent Course exploring ecological justice, from USPG. Each session features Bible study, stories of hope and encouragement from USPG partner churches across the world, and opportunities to reflect on how, as Christians, we can respond to the climate emergency. This course will run on Zoom on Tuesday evenings in Lent from 7-8pm, starting on Tuesday 23rd February.
Meeting ID: 828 9492 1657
You may also like to do the course individually or in home groups. Please let Helen know if you plan to attend (firstname.lastname@example.org), and if you would like a print-out of the booklet which can be downloaded here: https://www.uspg.org.uk/engage/support5/forsuchatime/lent-course-2021/
Lent Poetry Challenge
Many of us have turned to poetry for wisdom during this time, and may find it helpful to commit to reading a poem a day during Lent, following Malcolm Guite’s book Word in the Wilderness (Canterbury Press, 2014). Laura will be holding three Zoom sessions to read and discuss some of the poems together. These will be on Monday evenings (1st, 15th, 29th March) at 7-8pm. Please let Laura know if you would like to take part (email@example.com).
Meeting ID: 834 1210 6705
Come and See
Lots of people are asking deep questions of faith at this time. ‘Come and See’, run through Oxford Diocese, is an invitation to everyone and anyone who feels adrift in this pandemic, whether or not they know anything about the Christian faith. You can find more details and register here: https://www.oxford.anglican.org/come-and-see/
Lent Retreat: Growing back better
2020 challenged us, individually and collectively, in ways no-one could have imagined. It has confronted us with the question of whether we want to go back to how things were, or to ‘grow back better’. It has challenged us to reflect on what kind of people we truly desire to become and what kind of world we hope to pass on to future generations. This Lent Retreat, run by Pray as you Go in collaboration with Sacred Space, offers seven weekly sessions to help reflect on these questions. https://pray-as-you-go.org/retreat/lent-2021
Prayers for Hope and Healing
This contemplative prayer gathering will meet weekly on Thursdays at 8.30pm during Lent, beginning Thursday 25th February (there will be no prayer meeting on February 18th). The focus will be: seeing salvation, praying through art, and there is a new Zoom link for the Lent meetings:
Meeting ID: 845 2181 2373
Live Lent: Church of England App
The Church of England have produced an App called ‘Live Lent’, which can be downloaded on your phone or tablet. It includes daily reflections for Lent, and many other resources. If you are not online, or know someone who is not online, don’t forget the Daily Hope line which will be updated with each day’s audio reflection paired with a hymn. Enjoy by calling the free phone number 0800 804 8044.
Our planning group met this week and were all of one mind that it was not possible to resume public worship yet, in light of the continued lockdown situation and the fact that contractors are still working in the building. We will be reviewing the situation again at the beginning of March. We all acknowledged the pain of not being able to meet together in person, and will continue to keep things under review as we respond to the shifting sands of this pandemic. Please get in touch with Laura or the churchwardens if you have any questions or concerns about this.
More Tea Vicar
More Tea Vicar is back! Join Revd Laura for a cup of tea and a chat, on Wednesdays at 3pm, beginning March 3rd.
Meeting ID: 882 8607 1662
Giving back to our Critical health workers in Oxfordshire
Diana Harrison has sent us this link where we can donate to an online fundraiser to provide meals for the ICU staff at the JR.
Let there be light! The first phase of our building project began on Monday 11th January, and we look forward to new lighting, a new sound system, and interior redecoration. Please note that there will be no access to the church building during the week, and anyone with a church key who needs to arrange access must contact the site manager (via the parish office). Please pray for the contractors and all involved with our building project as we begin this first phase, and plan for the next:
Eternal God, Father Son and Holy Spirit
Bless the work that is taking place over the coming weeks
May the contractors work safely and diligently.
May the work that takes place be done
to the glory and honour of your name,
that all who visit this house of prayer,
may be drawn out of darkness into your marvellous light.
We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Morning Prayer: Weekly on Mondays at 9am
A chance to pause for prayer at the beginning of the week. The focus for prayer will be the psalms, which offer ancient wisdom for contemporary times. /j/86782891843?pwd=S25BN0E3QUF6aXk5cHBETktaRmhldz09
Meeting ID: 867 8289 1843
Please note there will be no morning prayer sessions on Monday 15th or Monday 22nd February. We will resume again on Monday 1st March.