31st October 2021

Dear All

Is it possible that November is just around the corner and the clocks go back this weekend. Where did this year go?  I know they say time goes quicker when you get older but I didn't expect it to go this fast!  I have to admit that I am not a lover of dark late afternoons and evenings and already long for the days to lengthen and stretch forth again from January. I have installed a new SAD desklamp by my computer to help persuade my body that the sun is still shining!  Fortunately, with this mild October we have continued to have sunshine to encourage us forward for autumn walks and fresh air. With the tree leaves rapidly turning colour now, how beautiful the countryside looks in the sunshine and today I seized the opportunity for a day off by the sea which has been so wonderfully restorative watching the crashing waves whilst also getting a good walk.  I hope you also manage to take some time for yourselves to rest and to re-gather your energies.

As we move forward into November our attention is turning to the season of Remembrance, with 'In Loving Memory Services' at each church either this Sunday at Harlington 4pm, or next Sunday 7th at Chalgrave 9.30am, Toddington 3pm, Westoning 3pm and Tingrith 9.30am.  If you would like to remember at one of these services a loved one who has died, please email or telephone or write Linda or Nigel to register the names of your loved ones, so they can be included in the appropriate service.

On 14th November the various village Remembrance Services will also be taking place....more details of these next week. We also hope to hold an evening Remembrance service at Toddington on 11th of November, with the Quintet Choir, to pay tribute to all who made sacrifices during the various wars, and to recognise the British Legion's wonderful achievement and contributions to so many, as this year the organisation celebrates their centenery year.

Sunday 31st October Services:

Chalgrave Church 9.30am Holy Communion Service - led by Linda

Harlington Church 9.30am, Service of the Word with visiting speaker from Compassion - led by Nigel with Robert

Toddington Church 11am Holy Communion Service - led by Linda

Westoning Church 11am, Morning Prayer Service - led by Jon

Harlington Church 4pm In Loving Memory Service

6pm Online Upper Room Service by zoom with theme of 'We Remember'

Other Events and services: 

Saturday 30th October Alpha Holy Spirit day 9.30am to 2pm, Flitwick Cricket Club. Please bring a packed lunch.  If you are interested to come along (and have previously missed this opportunity, please contact Nigel or Linda).

Monday Alpha continues Online by zoom..7.45pm.

Westoning

Saturday afternoon, 30th October, Westoning, Twig Light party.  More information from Rebecca

Tuesday 2 November 10-12 noon Westcaf followed by Sewing Bee

Wednesday 3rd November 8pm 60 Minutes with God prayer time (by zoom)

Friday 5 November 1.15pm Little Stars ( Mums and Tots)

Friday 5 November 2-4pm Friday Fellowship at the Village Hall (men also welcome)

Toddington

Monday 1st November 9-10.30am Mums and 'tots' (and babies) - Wilkinson Hall, Toddington. All Welcome.. no need to book.

Monday 1st November 9.30am Morning Prayer at Church

Monday 1st November 5.30pm Prayer group on zoom

Tuesday 2nd November 10.30-12.30am Knitting Group, Wilkinson Hall

Tuesday 2nd November 5.30-7pm Youth Group, Wilkinson Hall

Wednesday 3rd November Funeral 12 noon

Thursday 4th November - Hot Ploughman's lunch 12 noon.  Please contact Dee to book a place.

Friday 5th November - Messy Church 3.15 to 5.30pm

Saturday 6th November Browse a book sale 12-4pm 

Harlington

Wednesday 3rd November 10am Morning Worship Service

Sunday 7th November Bunyan Service 6pm 

Have a good week and please stay safe.  Infections rates have reached the highest level ever in Central Beds this week.  We are sadly not out of the woods yet.

God bless

Linda and Nigel