KEEPING IN TOUCH CHRISTMAS 2020

Especially for those who haven't been able to get out, a short video of greetings, thoughts and prayer was sent around which had been put together by our members and friends . Please contact the church if you would like to see it.

CHINNOR CHRISTMAS TRAIL

from 14th December 2020
Our church has decorations on the hedge leading up the drive, a corner for quiet reflection, and Christmas Tree, Advent candles and Crib, with a QR code link to a song about the Christmas Story. And, of course, some of the homemade lanterns made by members in the 2nd lockdown.

SERVICES AT CHINNOR CHAPEL DURING COVID RESTRICTIONS

We hope to have services on the 2nd Sunday of the month. Please arrive earlier than usual at the church. We'll be ready to welcome you between 10.00 and 10.25am: it will take time to get everyone safely into the building.
We will have to observe some restrictions on how we meet and what we do, including:

  • social distancing at 2 metres between household groups / 'bubbles' wherever possible (inside and outside the building)
  • face coverings to be worn at all times within the building, unless you are exempt under government guidelines; if you are leading worship (for example, reading a lesson), you can remove your face covering for the duration of that
  • hand washing or sanitising when entering and leaving the building
  • limits on numbers attending: you will need to pre-book by contacting Rod and Liz no later 8pm on Saturday evening by phone (01844 351565) or by 5pm on Saturday by email (rodandlizthorpe@gmail.com) --and if you have booked but then find yourself unable to come, please do let Rod and Liz know, in case there is a waiting list for places.
  • you will be ushered to a seat, and movement before, during and after the service will be stewarded
  • the service will be shorter than usual
  • no congregational singing
  • no socialising before or after the service
  • no provision of refreshments; you will need to bring your own water
  • increased ventilation of the building, so make sure you dress warmly!
  • we will need to keep a register of names and contact details of everyone entering the building, for NHS 'test & trace'; the register is kept for 21 days after the service

    Remember that in the current ongoing COVID pandemic, attending any gathering of people from multiple households increases the risk of infection. That is true for coming to church as well, however carefully we follow our 'COVID-safe' practices. So it is up to each individual and household to decide what is best for them. Of course we all want to be able to worship together, but please do not feel under any pressure to come if you are concerned about your wellbeing.

    ST ANDREW'S CHURCH : A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY THROUGH THE ENCHANTED FOREST SATURDAY 5 — SUNDAY 13 DECEMBER 2020

    St Andrew's Church, Chinnor, has hosted a Christmas Tree Festival in the church since 2011 and has grown as an annual event enjoyed by the whole community in Chinnor of all ages and interests — from the under 5s to the most senior members of our community.
    It took place this year in the churchyard of St Andrew's Church with a small forest of real trees with a QR code by each, linked to a Christmas carol for all the family to enjoy. The Methodist tree was linked to "Away in a Manger" and was decorated with plenty of stars, cattle beneath it and with a nativity scene on top and beneath.

    Working and Praying together in the Second Lockdown

    32 cardboard lantern cut outs, coloured cellophane, foil and glue were delivered to members and friends to assemble, along with prayer and meditation suggestions. It will be good to see these hanging at windows around the village and at the church.
    Our prayers and readings:
    https://www.christianaid.org.uk/pray/churches/coronavirus-prayers
    A prayer for times of isolation
    'For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come... will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.' (Romans 8:38-39)

    God of heaven and earth,
    in these times of isolation,
    apart from loved ones
    distant from friends
    away from neighbours
    thank you that there is nothing
    in all of creation,
    not even coronavirus,
    that is able to separate us from your love.

    And may your love that never fails
    continue to be shared
    through the kindness of strangers
    looking out for each other,
    for neighbours near and far
    all recognising our shared vulnerability,
    each of us grateful for every breath,
    and willing everyone to know the gift
    of a full and healthy life.
    Keep us all in your care.
    Amen.

    Intercession for Christmas Tide
    (taken from "The Book of a Thousand Prayers" , compiler Angela Ashwin, Marshall Pickering 1996)

    Holy Child of Bethlehem
    whose parents found no room in the inn,
    we pray for all who are homeless.

    Holy Child of Bethlehem
    born in a stable,
    we pray for all who are living in poverty.

    Holy Child of Bethlehem
    rejected stranger,
    we pray for all who are lost, alone,
    all who cry for loved ones.

    Holy Child of Bethlehem
    whom Herod sought to kill,
    we pray for all in danger,
    all who are persecuted.

    Holy Child of Bethlehem
    a refugee in Egypt,
    we pray for all who are far from home.

    Holy Child of Bethlehem
    in you the Eternal was pleased to dwell,
    help us, we pray to see the divine image
    in people every where.

    In your name we offer this prayer. David Blanchflower

    https://www.xavier.edu/jesuitresource/online-resources/daily-reflections/december
    Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Saviour and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world." — Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), Presidential message offered on December 25, 1927

    Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect." — Oren Arnold

    https://www.southernliving.com/christmas/christmas-prayer?slide=599e6b83-6de8-4989-929b-f36c1cf2c39d#599e6b83-6de8-4989-929b-f36c1cf2c39d
    When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with the flocks, then the work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, to heal those broken in spirit, to feed the hungry, to release the oppressed, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among all peoples, to make a little music with the heart. And to radiate the Light of Christ, every day, in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say. Then the work of Christmas begins.

  • Howard Thurman

    "The earth has grown old with its burden of care
    But at Christmas it always is young,
    The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair
    And its soul full of music breaks the air,
    When the song of angels is sung."

  • Phillips Brooks

     

     

    CHINNOR METHODIST CHURCH REFURBISHMENT

    We are delighted that the refurbishment of the chapel is complete.
    The intention of the architects was to make an area that looked renewed and bright but kept the essentials of the historical building. The last item to be completed was the handrail for the new disabled access ramp. We now have level parking in front of the building, with a choice either of steps or a gradual ramp to the new automatic doors.
    Our first service was held on Sunday 15 January and there was general approval of the new look. We would like to express our thanks to Tom Chamlet and his building team who have completed the job ahead of schedule and with unflappable good humour. It is a crowning touch that, having six foundation stones with the Croxford name, the latest generation of the family laid the screed in the porch.

    ...CLICK HERE) for report.

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