Sunday 10am - Harvest Festival
This Sunday we continue the gradual process of reinstating a varied pattern of services. In future, the fourth Sunday of the month will be a Family Service with the new Aylesford Community Youth Choir joining in. This month, we're halfway there ... the 10am service will be a service of the Word with no Communion, and it will be followed at around 11.30am by a short spoken Communion service for those who would like to stay.
But what's really important about this Sunday is that it's Harvest Festival and using some material from the Church of England, we will be exploring generosity - God's generosity and ours.
Generosity is at the heart of our faith; God gave his son to the world because he loved it so much. The generosity we show is testament to a lived-out faith and our generous God. We can show our generosity through every day acts of kindness that make a huge difference to people's lives.
Harvest is the perfect time to think about generosity as we marvel at at the wonder and blessing of God's creation. We will celebrate the generosity that has helped us through these difficult times, we will celebrate each other's generosity shown in many ways during the last year, we'll reflect on God's generosity to us and explore how we can grow even more in generosity, as a church.
To celebrate these things we will need some tales of generosity, so if you would like to, please have an act of generosity in mind that you can say a couple of words about (NOT compulsory, as always).
Something to listen to ...
I wonder what you think of the C of E Podcasts that I mentioned last week; there are 8 of them and the suggestion was that you listen to one a day. The first one is a perfect picture of the generosity we hope to show through developing a Community Hub in the Brassey Centre, but the podcasts are packed with other ideas too. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
Podcasts are available to listen to and download from all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcast, Google Podcasts and Spotify, but they can be accessed online here too.
If you would like to, please bring (non-perishable) items for the food bank to the service. The list of particular current needs is here.
And/Or ... this year, the PCC have agreed that we will collect for the Diocese of Rochester's Poverty and Hope 2021 Appeal. This will support farmers struggling with climate change in Malawi, children recovering from trauma and abuse in Sri Lanka and people living with HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe - issues, areas and people very close to the hearts of many in the Aylesford and Eccles church family. So any money collected over the Harvest weekend - in cash, online, via mobile giving, handed to Pam etc etc will go to this appeal. Here is a leaflet explaining more about the appeal.
Order of Service
Here is the order of service. You only need to print/access it if you are joining by Zoom; it will be supplied in church.
The Zoom link will be the usual one for Sunday services: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86563973122?pwd=SWtUY1pqNXJJdWFMSCtXc2hCTWhUdz09
Meeting ID: 865 6397 3122
Please join from 9.45am.