Dear Church Family,
“He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.”
2 Corinthians 9.10
The year seems to be speeding by, not unsurprisingly as a lot has happened in 2020. As we enter into Autumn, with its shorter days, and colder and wetter weather, I am aware that our care for one another must increase. Normally in Autumn, we are able to gather for a number of celebrations and memorial events and times of worship. As has so often been the case recently, we will not be able to enjoy our usual traditions in the same way.
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However, the Leadership Team has put together a number of creative alternatives that will allow us to engage with the season at hand. This coming week sees the beginning of our Harvest Festival celebrations and fundraising. As I have mentioned in the last two of these weekly letters the arrangements for Sunday 11th October are:
St Peter’s 9.30 am: Live Streamed Harvest Holy Communion
All Saints’ 11.15 am: Harvest Morning Prayer
But wait! There’s more! From Monday 5th October through to Saturday 10th October, St Peter’s Church will be open from 10 am to 12 pm. You will be able to come along during these opening hours to drop off food donations for Hutton Hub, The Daily Bread Café, and other local food banks. I’d also like to encourage you to spend some time praying and thinking about this year’s charity: Christian Aid. We are setting up 3 prayer stations to help you engage with Christian Aid’s Autumn Appeal, as well as helping each of us reflect on the blessings we enjoy in our own lives. All the activities are “COVID Safe” if you follow the guidelines set out – handwashing, track, and trace, social distancing, etc.
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The Christian Aid collection Envelopes are available from either church if you haven’t already had one. If you have a child at Hutton All Saints School, they will be given an envelope next week. I have been teaching the children about the work of Christian Aid and the Harvest Festival in our weekly worship time. Envelopes can be returned to either church or dropped into the Parish Office at St Peter’s during the week. Please do give generously.
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I look forward to worshipping and praying with you this coming week.
All Saints Day - Sunday 1st November
Invitations to our All Saints Day memorial service have been sent to families we have served through funeral ministry in the last year. This years’ service will be a “virtual” one – streamed on our Facebook page at 6 pm. Families are invited to watch along, join in with prayers, and light a candle alongside everyone else who is watching. If you would like to join in with the service, then head to www.facebook.com/huttonparish at 6 pm on 1st November. If you would like the name of a loved one read out and remembered at the service then please get in touch with Dawn in the Parish Office: 01277 262864 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This week's service sheet and readings can be downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4p9wbq3fvvc52gz/newsletter%204%20October%202020.pdf?dl=0
As ever, please do get in touch If there is anything I, or the leadership team, can help with.
With every blessing,