evergreens coffee morning 

Join Evergreens for their coffee morning on Saturday 19th August at St Matthew’s Church Hall. All very welcome.



All Saints' Family area 

toysMembers of the congregation at All Saints’ will have noticed a change to the layout of the pews. Over the summer we are trialling a different arrangement which has the Family Area at the front of the main nave instead of in the south aisle, where it has been previously. It is wonderful that we have at All Saints’ a number of families with young children, and in seeking to meet their needs we also need to meet those of the wider church family. We are aware that every arrangement has pros and cons and we are keen to get feedback from everyone. Please have a word with or email one of the Churchwardens, Alex Reich or Yvonne Sanderson, if you would like to contribute your views or suggestions. Thank you.


CAP Debt Centre news

CAPimage-300x300As you will probably know, our work locally has extended to cover Didcot this year, and God continues to bless what we do. We have much to celebrate - this month we reached the milestone of meeting our 50th client locally! More particularly we have worked with 9 individuals that are now debt free. Thanks be to God. Hooray!
Prayers answered...wonderful news:-
We can also celebrate the news that Susie Holden, a Cholsey resident and member of Ridgeway Community Church, has just completed her CAP training as a new debt coach. Over the next few months, Susie will be focusing on developments in the Wallingford / Cholsey area, whilst I invest more in Didcot. Her addition supports the sustainability and future growth of the Debt Centre.
Summer celebration
On 2nd June we held a lively BBQ with 17 guests – clients with friends and family - hosted by St Matthews Church, Harwell and catered for by the King’s Church. A good time was had by all and many were moved by our speaker Kathryn Ford from the Highworth Debt Centre who spoke and sang of each individual’s value to God.
Balloon Festival – 26th August
St Mary’s Cholsey will be hosting a Balloon Festival to promote CAP and raise money for its ongoing support over the bank holiday weekend in August. The event now in its fourth year is free to all and (weather permitting) will be a spectacular show - Please do come along to lend your support.
Continued Prayer Needs
Please keep praying for all our clients – for discipline to carry on and that we can offer them the support and encouragement they need to persevere. Pray too for those who are in need but have not yet had the courage to call CAP. Please also pray for the service as we continue to grow - with increased referrals and the extension of the centre including the development of volunteer teams to cover the Didcot area.
Thank you everyone for your prayers and support.
We are always on the look out for new volunteers, so let me know if you’d like to be involved.
Sue Bright, CAP Debt Centre for Wallingford, Didcot and surrounding areas. 


children and families worker 

polar petePeter Shields has been our Children and Families’ Worker (CFW) since August 2014 on a three-year contract due to end this August. We are very grateful to God for what has been accomplished in the benefice while Peter has been working in this role.
Peter now feels that he would like to move on from the post and see where else the Lord is leading him to work. Having secured CFW funding for the equivalent of a further three years, the PCCs have decided, therefore, to start the process of recruiting a new Children and Families’ Worker, aiming to have someone in post from January. 
We are pleased to say that we should still see the Shields family around the parishes as they have no plans to move away. Our prayerful good wishes go to Peter, Melanie and the children as they consider and make plans for the future.


eynsham children and families worker 

newsSt Leonard’s Church Eynsham is looking to appoint a Children and Families Worker to join our ministry team in West Oxfordshire.
Do you have a deep love for Jesus and a desire to see children and their families come to know him? Are you a warm and inspiring person? Have you a heart for transforming communities?
 If so, we would love to hear from you. We are looking to appoint someone to build on and develop our church’s mission and ministry to children and their families and enable new opportunities to share the love and grace of God. Suitable candidates will have experience of working with children, leading volunteers and establishing new initiatives. This is a 0.5 FTE position.

For job description and an application pack, contact: Jan Macdonald: stleonards_stpeters@btconnect.com, 01865 88332 Closing date: Tuesday 29th August 2017, 12 noon
Interviews: Early September by agreement



praying for politicians 

Praying for politiciansA new initiative has been set up to help people to pray for our politicians.  They aim for 1,818 individuals to be prayed for in 1 year.

  • Pray that God will guide them
  • Pray that they are wise and discerning and surrounded by effective advisors
  • Pray for their protection and protection over their families
  • Pray for that Christian politicians will have the strength to remain encouraged in the divine call that led them into politics
  • Pray for God's will to be done and for our leaders to seek God in making the right decisions.
  • Pray for our politicians to received Godly counsel
  • Pray that our politicians would find salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

Last year they joined in with 'UK Parliament Week' and will be doing the same this year. UK Parliament Week will be held 13th-19th November 2017. The Twitter page is @YourUKParl.
See prayingforpoliticians.org for more information and to join their mailing list.


harwell stone service 

harwellstoneD Day Memorial Service at the RAF Harwell Memorial Stone 3rd June 2017. This year’s service was organised by Harwell Branch and Harwell Campus with Harwell and Chilton Churches.
Wreaths were laid by Legion County, Branches and Veterans Organisations from across Berkshire and Oxfordshire and on behalf of the local communities and on site businesses, led by the Chair of the VOWH District Council. Cadets Didcot ATC Squadron formed a guard of honour and laid a wreath along with pupils of Chilton Primary school.
£80.58 was collected for the Poppy Appeal.
Harwell Branch thanks all who participated and helped make the day a success.


Prayer spaces in all Saints' 

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It was great to welcome people along to Prayer Spaces in All Saints' for a week in June.  Photos taken by Frank Dumbleton.


spy academy

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the Spy Academy launch service last week.  We were introduced to our inept hero - "Fish Pond", sung our theme song, prayed for the team, and learned a vital lesson from the life of Gideon ... that, "God says you're a Mighty Hero" ... even when you might not feel or look the part (see below)


Messy church - science event 

messy church
A free Science and Faith event at Harwell campus on 30th August, 2-4pm.  For more information and to book a place see messychurch.org.uk/science. 


journeying together 

On Sunday 10th September we’ll be starting a new sermon series thinking about how we can come alongside and care for one another more. We’ll also be thinking about it in our homegroups.
We’ve called the series ‘Journeying Together’ and invite you to join us. Our series will run until 22nd October.

‘A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.’ John 13:34


big thank you 

thank you
I would like to thank everybody at St Matthew's for all the cards and well wishes that I have received during my stay in hospital after my operation and my convalescing at home. Your thoughts and prayers have really helped me to gain my strength and to be able to see you at church once again. Friends are really important in life and church fellowship in time of need. You have also given Margaret wonderful support as she looked after me.
Thank you once again, Mel Gibson.


cap debt centre prayer meeting 

We are planning to meet regularly to pray for the work and clients of the CAP Debt Centre in Didcot, on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 9.15-10.00am. Initially these meetings will take place at Didcot Baptist Church - our first meeting will be held on Friday 14th July.
These meetings are open to anyone who wishes to pray for the Centre's work - please feel free to join us if you can. (Apologies to those who cannot be available to pray at this time of day - we will aim to also arrange other occasional evening meetings at points during the year for others who wish to join in!)
Any queries do get in touch - suebright@capuk.org or 07741 472182
Sue Bright (Debt Centre Manager)


letter from bishop steven 

A letter to the Diocese of Oxford
Bishop Steven
Dear Friends

At Pentecost, God poured out the Holy Spirit on the early Church. The Spirit changes everything and helps us to become more like Jesus Christ.  The Spirit equips and empowers us for God’s mission in every age.  The Spirit helps us to be salt and light in God’s world.  

Our world faces many challenges.  The recent terror attacks in Manchester and London remind us of the challenge of building a strong, united society. This week, Britain goes to the polls in a general election.  A few days after that, the detailed negotiations about Brexit are set to begin.  

The world and our nation need us to be the best Church we can be in such a time as this.  

I have now visited 22 of our 29 deaneries as I listen to what is happening across the diocese.  So far I’ve met with over 2000 people who have shared their hopes and vision and questions with me. I look forward to visiting the remaining 7 deaneries by the end of July.  

I’ve seen a huge amount that is good.  The diocese has a shared understanding of God’s mission, one of the strongest legacies of Living Faith. There are many outstanding examples of compassionate service, deep engagement in prayer and some remarkable pioneering ventures.  Together we are a network of more than a thousand churches, chaplaincies and schools in every part of Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Bucks and Milton Keynes.

I’ve talked in my deanery visits about the kind of Church we are called to be. The simple call to become a more Christ-like Church has resonated very deeply whenever I have shared it.  The Beatitudes in Matthew’s gospel speak to us very clearly about what it means to be a Christ like Church: we are called to be contemplative, compassionate and courageous in all we attempt together.  

I’ve found an appetite for a fresh vision and strategy across the Diocese of Oxford and a desire to work together to create that vision in the coming months. Our communities are changing all the time.  There are new things happening in our wider society.  The population is growing.  Our work in schools is developing. We must reflect on all these changes and decide where our new priorities lie and what kind of future we want to build together.  

In May, 120 people from across the diocese came together for a major conference: Towards a Common Vision. I invited Lay Chairs, Area Deans, Bishop's Council, some leaders of larger churches, BAME Anglicans and those who work with children and young people.  

The conference was a time to test out some developing ideas about what kind of church we are called to be and about what we are called to do together: our areas of focus for the next seven years.  

I gave three reflections based on the story of the raising of Lazarus on what it means to be a contemplative, compassionate and courageous church.  These themes were welcomed by people of many different traditions.  You can find these reflections on the diocesan website together with other materials from the conference.  

There was a significant amount of energy, joy and hope in the three day conference.  Thank you for your prayers for our time together.  We did some initial work together on six possible strategic priority areas.  These now need more work, reflection and wider consultation in the autumn.  We will be doing more work on our emerging vision and strategy at our Diocesan Synod on 17 June and Bishop’s Council on 12 July.  I will write again with some more details about how we will widen this conversation in a few weeks’ time.  

Please continue to pray with me that we continue to become more contemplative, compassionate and courageous and that we put Christ at the heart of everything we do as we move forward together.  

With love and prayers



five marks of mission 

See the July/August edition of the Ridgeway Broadsheet or our church noticeboards for a clearer version of this poster.

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About the leprosy mission


9th September seaside trip 

Harwell and Chilton Churches are going to the seaside on Saturday 9th September. Tickets are now on sale - £12 each. We have booked a coach to pick up from Harwell at 8.30am and Chilton at 8.40am. We aim to arrive in Bournemouth around 10.30am. The coach leaves Bournemouth at 6.30pm. For those who would prefer to drive and meet us there - we will provide a mobile number so that you can find us. We’ll aim to have lunch (bring a packed lunch or get fish and chips) together on the beach and have some games in the afternoon.
Please contact Vicky for more details about the day. If you would like to reserve space on the coach please sign up on the list on the Church noticeboard or email Vicky.


prayer 2017

A Call to Prayer - Jesus Christ calls every person to follow him. As Christians it’s our duty and joy to share that invitation. That’s why the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting every church in England to join a week of prayer from 25th May - 4th June to pray for every Christian to receive new confidence and joy in sharing this life-transforming faith. See www.thykingdomcome.global for more information and resources to help us pray.  There is also a place to pledge to pray for more people to know Jesus.



Seating and Heating UPdate 

We have some more hurdles to surmount before we can proceed with new seating and heating and other work planned for this summer.

The Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC) considered our proposals in March. One thing they want us to do is to make the heating proposal into a separate case, which they will consider when we are able to provide more information from other churches about the running costs of our preferred electric radiator system.

They did this so as not to hold up our proposals for seating, and for making the floor suitable for chairs. They have not objected to these proposals, although there was concern over our plans to use carpet on the floor. They will though only issue the Notice of Advice Certificate, without which we cannot apply for approval from the Diocese via a Faculty, once we have provided some more information and our Church Architect has done a survey of the floor and provided a full specification for all the work.

After some discussion it is now clear that we can only provide what is needed if we take up the entire existing carpet. We intend to do this starting on 30th May. The church will then be without the carpet for an indefinite period, which unfortunately will inevitably cause some inconvenience. We ask for your patience and understanding while we tackle this quite difficult task.

We have pushed the timetable for implementing the proposals back to the period mid August to end October, and the PCC has accepted that it might be necessary to go into November. Whatever happens on seating and heating, we will go ahead with completing the re-decoration of the nave walls and ceiling during this period.

We regret that as well as disruption in the Summer and Autumn there will now be bare floors in the nave and aisles in June and possibly beyond. We shall try to keep you posted on what is happening. Sometime soon there will also be an appeal for pledges to help fund these improvements, that are designed to aid our mission by making the building more flexible, accessible and comfortable.

If you would like more details please ask the Rector, Churchwardens, or Tony Hughes.


baptism & Confirmation 

baptismWould you like to be Baptised or Confirmed?
Baptism marks the beginning of the Christian life and Confirmation the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptised and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship. A number of people have expressed their desire to do this, and so we are planning to have a special service of Baptism and Confirmation, possibly in the late summer or autumn. The service would be led by a bishop and would be a great opportunity to invite family and friends to celebrate with us, as we ask God to give power through the Holy Spirit to enable the candidates to live in the way of Jesus. If you would like to find out more, please speak to Jonathan or Pam, or click here.



psalm 32:8 



john Lennox Cosmic Chemistry

We were privileged to welcome Professor John Lennox in November as the first keynote speaker in our Crossing the Gap series. His lecture, titled 'Cosmic Chemistry: Do Science and God mix?', opened up the idea that rather than a conflict between science and religion, there is a conflict between the world views of theism and atheism - there are excellent scientists with both world views. John gave us a really entertaining talk and I would encourage you to view the video of the lecture. In resizing the video some blur has been introduced, but please bear with it - the content is well worth hearing!


Mark 9:37 

welcomes me 


aston tirrold centre for reflection 

Aston Tirrold Centre for Reflection
runs regular events, one of which is a fortnightly Meditation Group -- 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, 11.30am -- Affiliated to the World Community for Christian Meditation. We listen to a recording, meditate for 25 mins and then have a short discussion relating to the recording. They also have an art group and film club group.  See their website for more information.


the bible project 

Bible project
Have you seen any of The Bible Project films? They’ve created 5-7 minute films for each book of the bible giving an overview of the key themes.  The images are line drawings done as the book is explained. You can watch them all for free online. See thebibleproject.com to find out more. Their desire is to show how the bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus.


crossing the gap award

Carina Lobley recently attended an awards ceremony run by the Archbishop of York about Scientists in Congregation Scheme. You can view it below. Carina appears at 4.12 talking about our Science & Faith Project in Harwell and Chilton.



holiday club 2017 

GroupshotFor those of you who plan your holidays early, keep the dates Mon 14th - Fri 18th August 2017 free. That week is earmarked for Holiday Club!



homegroupsWe have a number of homegroups meeting throughout the week in Harwell and Chilton and we would love to see more people joining our groups.  Homegroups are small groups that meet together to read the bible, ask questions, learn from one another and pray.  
Morning groups: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Afternoon groups: Wednesdays and Fridays
Evening groups: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays   
Our groups are very happy to welcome new members.  Please contact Jean Barton if you would like to join a group, or have a question about homegroups. Even if none of the times above are suitable for you, please contact Jean and we'll try and make it happen!
We're also looking for someone to help look after children during our Tuesday morning group. Please contact Jean if you're able to help.



running the race 

running raceDo you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24


The Flowers of the field




A Call to Prayer—Jesus Christ calls every person to follow him. As Christians it’s our duty and joy to share that invitation. That’s why the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invited every church in England to join a week of prayer from 8-15 May - to pray for every Christian to receive new confidence and joy in sharing this life-transforming faith. See www.thykingdom.co.uk for more information.  There is also an excellent video calling us to pray for 5 of our friends or family to become Christians (see below). The video reminds us of D L Moody who prayed for 100 of his friends to become Christians. By the time he died, he’d ticked that 96 of them had become Christians. The other 4 became Christians at his funeral!



Songs of Praise 2016

Songs of Praise returned to Harwell Recreation Ground on Sunday 29th May 2016. You can view a video of the event below or here.



Didcot Food Bank 

foodThe Didcot Food Bank urgently require more food donations especially tinned meat, tinned vegetables, whole UHT milk, biscuits, packet puddings, treats and sugar to help people around Didcot. You can see the full list here. The food donation plastic container is left at the back of St Matthew's church in the vestry every Sunday for donations. Donations can also be left in All Saints' Church.  Thank you for your support. 



Children and Families' Report Jan 2016 

Please click here for the report


All Saints' New Path

That's Oxford TV have produced a news item about the new path at All Saints' Chilton. You can view it below or here.


Responding to the refugee crisis 

1. Pray

It can be hard to know how to pray.  Christian Aid have suggested that we:
· Pray for those who have and are fleeing their homes into an uncertain future.
· Pray for those in authority to make wise, cooperative and compassionate decisions.
· Pray for change and a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Syria.
More prayer points can be found on their website.
2. Give
Tearfund have a Refugee Crisis Fund 2015 which St Matthew’s and All Saints’ will be supporting over the Harvest weekend.
3. Petition
Email or write to Ed Vaizey, our local MP. dicksonce@parliament.uk, or
Ed Vaizey MP Office, Vale and Downland Museum, Church Street, Wantage OX12 8BL

Sign a petition to ask the government to respond.

4. Support a grass roots group
5. Provide accommodation
· If you own a property that could be used for a refugee family, please contact Citizens UK  
· Home for Good are looking for foster families to take refugee children
· If you can offer a room please contact Refugees Welcome

‘For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ …
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Matthew 25:35-36,40 (NLT)