5th December 2021

Hello Everyone

This weekend promises lots of pretty twinkling lights at the Christmas tree festivals at Harlington and Toddington Churches... plus lots of interesting conversations, raffles, refreshments and more. Do come for a visit if you can. Harlington Church displays are open from 12-5pm on Saturday and Sunday and Toddington church is open from 11am to 5pm on Saturday and 1-5pm on Sunday. Both churches will finish the festivals on Sunday with Carol singing at 5pm.  All are welcome.  Both displays promise a time of delight reflecting light in the darkness. (Posters attached).

Linda and I enjoy taking evening walks around the villages in the weeks leading up to Christmas to admire the lights and the Christmas Trees, and this year is no exception. Last Sunday I was asked to officially turn on the lights in Westoning with snowflakes falling to add to the atmosphere. Toddington lights go on this Monday evening. How the bright twinkling lights lift the spirits. 

Our various children's groups have been busy this week with Toddington Messy Church and Westoning TWIG (Time with God) groups enjoying Christmas crafts and activities. Harlington Family Breakfast Group are meeting on Sunday morning in the Parish Rooms for a time of craft from 9am.  

There was a wonderful pop up tea room at Chalgrave Memorial Hall on Wednesday, and by popular request there are now plans to meet monthly. Next date for your diary is 19th January 11am.

We will let you have further information about Christmas events and services next week. The days are getting busier so here are some dates for your diaries:

This Sunday's services and events:

Sunday 5th December

Harlington 

8am Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion service at Harlington - Linda

9am Family Breakfast and crafts, Parish Rooms - Rebecca

9.30am Holy Communion - Nigel and Robert

5pm Carols by the trees (with the Quintet Choir) - Nigel and Robert

Chalgrave 9.30am Holy Communion Service - Linda

Tingrith 9.30am Morning Prayer service - Jon

Toddington

11am Holy Communion Service - Linda

Toddington 5pm -Carols by the Trees - Linda

Westoning, 11am Holy Communion Service - Nigel

6pm Upper Room online service by zoom with the theme: Prepare the Way.

Other services and events this week:

Monday 6th 

Morning Prayer, Toddington Church 9.30am

Advent Course, 11am The Rectory, Toddington.  All welcome.  Please contact Linda for more details.

Funeral of Derek Thomson, Westoning Church 1pm

Light up Toddington 6pm on the Green

Online Alpha course at 7.45pm (Final session)

Tuesday 7th

Knitting Group Wilkinson Hall 10.30am

Westcaf 10am Village Hall Westoning

Sewing Bee 1pm Village Hall, Westoning

Wednesday 8th 

10am Harlington Morning service in church

Thursday 9th 

7.30pm Toddington PCC meeting

Friday 10th 

Westoning Little Stars 1.15pm in church

Westoning Friday Fellowship 2pm Village Hall

Tingrith Fish and Hits Supper with Choir 7 for 7.30pm

Toddington Church Scout Carol Service 7pm

Sunday 12th December

Chalgrave

9.30am Carol Service

Toddington

11am Holy Communion 

2pm Toddington Band - Christmas Concert in Church

Harlington

9.30am Holy Communion Service

Westoning 

11am Westoning Church - Holy Communion

3 - 4.30pm A Christmas Special Service for TWIG and Family Groups, Westoning Church - with afternoon tea.

6pm Online Upper Room service

14 December 10am.  The funeral of Dale Pain - Westoning Church.

Do please link with us if you would like more information about future services.  Please also keep an eye on the churches and 'A Church Near You' websites where you can find a calendar of events.  A full list of services will be published soon.

We send you our love. Do please look after yourselves.

God bless

Linda and Nigel