Resuming public worship
We are looking forward to resuming public worship on Palm Sunday! There will two Eucharist services: an evening service on Saturday 27th March at 6pm and a morning service on Sunday 28th March at 10am. Please note the new times for both services, and the new Saturday evening service, which will be similar in format to the Sunday service, but without music. Booking details are available for these services. Details of other Holy Week and Easter services will follow early this week.
Zoom Coffee after Church: Today! Sunday 21st March, 11am
Please join us on Zoom to say farewell to our placement students, who will be finishing their placements on Sunday 21st March at 11am. This will include a chance to chat to one another in breakout groups, and we will finish by 11.30am
Meeting ID: 818 6699 0406
National Day of Prayer and Reflection: Tuesday 23rd March
Tuesday March 23rd marks one year since the first coronavirus Lockdown, and we are asked to mark this with a day of prayer and reflection. Please take a minute’s silence at 12noon to remember all those who have died and all who are bereaved, and we invite you to light a candle of hope in your window at 8pm. The church bells will be rung to mark the minute’s silence. If you can, please reach out and connect with someone you know who may be struggling at this present time.
Parish Quiz Night: Thursday 25th March
Please join us for our first ever virtual parish quiz night, thanks to Roz and Paul Rogers. Please Zoom in from 7.15 for a 7.30pm start.
Meeting ID: 865 9687 6024
More Tea Vicar
More Tea Vicar is back! Join Revd Laura for a cup of tea and a chat, on Wednesdays at 3pm. The last weekly meeting will be this Wednesday, 24th March.
Meeting ID: 882 8607 1662
Eco Church Resources
The Eco Team have put together a list of interesting webinars on environmental issues from various sources, including the Church of England and the Oxford Martin School (part of Oxford University) – see below. Some are on church issues and others are of more general interest. Please see this link for more details: https://www.hthq.uk/eco-church-resources/
Let there be light! The electrical work is continuing in church, and set to be complete by the end of March. 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.
Meeting ID: 867 8289 1843
Lent at HTHQ
Here are more details about services, groups and resources for Lent:
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 (email@example.com), 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.