church office 

Due to Spy Academy Holiday Club this week, the office will not be open as usual.  Emails and answerphone messages will be regularly checked.



spy academy 

Eight months of preparation culminates this week.  All we can ask for now is your prayers (and maybe some more junk modelling things!):

  • Thank God for each of the 97 children and 60 volunteers taking part 
  • Safe keeping for all the children & the team
  • Good weather for the activities
  • For the children to sense God's presence during the praise & worship
  • For fun, laughter & friendship for everyone who attends - children & team
  • For the teaching to change lives - for the children to make the 'heroic choices' and to come to know Jesus for themselves
  • For the program to run smoothly & effectively



thank you! 

thank you
THANK YOU to everyone who is serving in Pebbles, Kids Church & Pathfinders over the summer holidays. It's a testimony to the value we put on serving & discipiling our young people that we keep on going when so many other churches would stop. After all, if we don't stop the adult services during the holidays why should we for the children?!


soul survivor 

Six members of YF and the leaders are off to Peterborough showground for another 5 days of incredible ministry, worship as well as lots of fun & laughs.  Looking forward to seeing what God will do.


kids church 

cartoon childrenWell done to Mark & Toby Johnston, Rose & Elizabeth Shields and Joseph Cockburn - who all managed to learn the 10 commandments.  Special recognition should go to Joseph who managed to memorise them in full, not just the summary version that so many of us might know!  The 5 of them will be enjoying a special trip out for their reward.  How many of the commandments could you recite? God's grace & mercy mean so little to so many people because they have no sense of His standards of holiness and righteousness.


treasure in heaven 

money-medThis term the Kids Church children voted to donate their "Cheerful Givers" collection to a campaign to help the persecuted Christians in Mosul.  Mosul is in the ancient plain of Ninevah - the city that was converted by Jonah, and is one of the most ancient Christian communities in the world. I'm sure it was no coincidence that we'd just listened to the historical events of Jonah in Kids Church the week before.  Sadly the amount that has been given in Kid's Church this term has been much lower than normal - only £7 compared to the usual amounts of £20-£30.  We teach the children to see giving as part of our weekly worship, so if you or they have got out of the habit maybe this is good opportunity to be reminded of it.  If any of you would also like to make a special gift towards this campaign to supplement the Kid's Church giving, then please put it in a marked envelope and pass it on to Kids Church.


cap prayer meeting cancelled 

There will be no prayer meeting on Friday August 11th due to folk being away on holiday. We will meet next on Friday 25th August at 9.15am at Didcot Baptist Church. 
Our regular prayer meetings for the Debt Centre and our clients take place on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month between 9.15 and 10.00am - please feel free to join us - all are welcome! 


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:, 01865 88332 Closing date: Tuesday 29th August 2017, 12 noon
Interviews: Early September by agreement



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 


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


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 - or 07741 472182
Sue Bright (Debt Centre Manager)


five marks of mission 

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

5 marks of mission image 


scripture union in nigeria


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 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 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 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., 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)