prayer walk 

thykingdomcome

Join our prayer walk around Harwell on Tuesday evening as part of Thy Kingdom Come. Meet at St Matthew’s Church Harwell at 7pm.  Both churches will be open during the week if you’d like to pray and add to the prayer trees.  All Saints' Didcot is open at various times during the week with some prayer stations.
 
 


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walking group 11th June 

WalkingGroup
Join our bi monthly walking group on Sunday 11th June for a circular walk on the Ridgeway.  Meet at 2.30pm at Scutchamer Knob car park (turn off the A417 heading to Wantage at East Hendred and follow the road through the village and up on to the Ridgeway for approx. 3 miles. Bring The route is along rough track, so please wear suitable foot wear and dependant on weather, bring a raincoat/sunscreen/sunhat/water.
 
 


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harwell feast 

community
It's remarkable that a village the size of Harwell hosts an event as large as The Feast, attended by around 5,000 people. And it's something that our church both significantly contributes to and receives from every year. Programmes (which are also entrance tickets) are available from church TODAY. As well as enjoying the event this year, speak to Peter if you'd consider serving on the organising committee or just volunteering on the day in future years.
 

 


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movie marathon 

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Friday 2nd June. Are you tough enough to watch all 10 hours of the first four "Pirates of the Caribbean" films back-to-back, followed by a trip to see the latest release, "Salazar's Revenge" at the cinema? Anyone aged 12+ who has the staying power is welcome. A great lads & dads day perhaps? Please contact Captain Grey Beard (Peter) if you're feeling up to it!
 
 


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judgement day 

Bible project
We've finished YF's term of looking at the BIG themes of the Bible. So to round it all off we had our own "judgement day"! It was a privilege and a joy to run around in darkness, screaming and aiming lasers at them & their friends at Laser Kombat. In order to build YF's self-esteem & confidence, the leaders lost pretty comprehensively. 


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CFW numbers 18-24 May 

numbers
Pebbles - 8; Y Club - 12; Kids Church - 10; Pathfinders - 10; YF - 16; Fledgelings - 29 adults & 31 children
There were a fantastic 17 people who gave 35+ hours of their time freely to serve G2G - this excludes all those people who attended planning & prep events.
 
 


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parenting teenagers 

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The Parenting Teenagers Course is for any parents, step-parents or carers of children aged 11 – 18 years. While it is based on Christian principles, it is designed for parents with or without a Christian faith. It is a practical 5 week course that will help you parent effectively. You don’t have to be struggling either, maybe you just need a few more tools at your disposal. It is presented by Nicky and Sila Lee from Holy Trinity, Brompton (HTB).
Dates:      5 week course - Thursdays: 8 June, 15 June, 22 June, 29 June, 6 July 2017
Time:        7.30pm - 9.45pm
Venue:    Hendreds Primary School, Ford Lane, East Hendred, OX12 8JX
Contact: Vicky for more information and to book a place. This course is run under the umbrella of The King’s Church, Didcot.
Topics covered are: Keep your long term aim in mind; Meet you teenager’s needs; Set clear boundaries; Develop emotional health; Help them make good choices.
The evening consists of pudding and coffee, a 60 minute DVD (in two parts) and an opportunity for discussion and to work through your manuals. The cost is £10 per person which will cover all materials and catering. It is fine for one parent to attend if babysitting is a concern.
 


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christian Aid 

christianaidweeklogoredAn amazing £1354 was raised on Saturday morning for Christian Aid.
The amount collected from door to door collections in Chilton Village and Chilton Field came to a total of £651.13. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously and special thanks to those who delivered and collected the envelopes.
Hazel Benton
 

 


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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.


 

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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.


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chiltonbury 

chilton school
Chilton School need help at Chiltonbury, a festival that helps raise essential money for the school. In particular they need volunteers to help at the refreshments stand in the main hall. If you can help for an hour on Saturday 8th of July please contact Vicky for further information.

 


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cheerful giving 

tearfund
The children in Kids Church have made a deposit of £18 in the Bank of Heaven. Last term their offering came to £18, which they voted to donated to Tear Fund. "Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven ... For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also". Matthew 6:20-21
 


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screen needed 

newsThe All Saints' PEBBLES are going from strength to strength. We are harmonising our curriculum with the one used in Kids Church - "The Jesus Storybook Bible". It goes through scripture from Genesis to Revelation highlighting how it all signposts us to Jesus. It has some video content which the children love. However we need a TV or monitor as the children currently have to huddle around a laptop. If you've recently upgraded yours, or have one going spare please would you consider passing it on? Contact Peter or Sarah Barrett.
 


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spy academy 

spyacademy
SPY ACADEMY RECRUITMENT: There are now 131 children who have pre-registered. There are still important jobs to be done.
Firstly - Prayer Team. Will you commit to praying for the children, the team, the practicalities and for God's kingdom to extend as a result? A handful of people gathering together regularly between now and Holiday Club will make all the difference.
Secondly - Auxiliary Team. We still have a shortage of people to cover some of the support roles such as serving refreshments, supervising the playground or lunchtime supervision. If you can spare as little as 1 hour or as many as 15 hours, then we could put it to very good use!
 
 


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cfw numbers 11-17 May 

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Y-Club 14; Pebbles 8; Kids Church 6; Pathfinders 5; YF 7; Fledgelings 32 children + 27 adults
There were 17 individuals who volunteered 36 hours of their time to serve G2G last week. And, as ever, there were lots of others who attended meetings & did preparation behind the scenes.
 
 


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marriage blessing 

just marriedHazel & Richard Benton would like to thank everyone who attended their Marriage Blessing on Sunday 14th May. The service was lovely and it was great to see so many people there. It was excellent to see lots of people at the village hall afterwards and we hope everyone enjoyed the prosecco and wedding cake!
Many thanks, Hazel & Richard
 
 


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helping with st matthew's building

cleaning
Can you help with the work involved in taking up the church carpet in St Matthews starting on Tuesday 30th May? As well as dealing with the carpet, there will be furniture to move and floors to clean, over several days that week. Please let Christina Wood or Tony Hughes know if you can help. 
 
 


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st Matthew's heating and seating 

chancel chairsWe 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.
 
 


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set free! 

free at last
Praise God that Revd Hassan and Mr Abdumawla, who were imprisioned in Sudan, received a presidential pardon this week and have been set free. More information here. Thank you to all those who have been praying for them over the past weeks and months.  Please continue to pray for them and Sudan.
 
 


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warm the heart

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Revd Jimmy & Sarah Hinton lead St Stephen's church in Bradford. They minister in one of the most deprived parishes in the country - ranked 159 most deprived out of 12,599 i.e. in the poorest 2%. (By comparison, All Saints', Chilton is 11,536th i.e. in the most affluent 10%).

warm the heartThey have been ministering there for 12 years and have radically transformed this once ailing congregation & it's dilapidated building into a thriving Church.

They are currently on an urgent mission to raise £60,000 before the end of the month in order to secure some essential work to St Stephen's.  As part of this they are cycling - on a tandem - from St Stephen's in Ambridge (...of The Archers), to St Stephen's in Bradford, via St Stephen's in Westminster (...i.e. Parliament!) and stopping at St Matthew's (Harwell!) en-route. Please go to www.warmtheheart.co.uk to hear more about their mission.  Or if you'd like to meet them in person, they'll be visitng us on Tuesday 16th May - just contact Peter for more details.
 


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seaside trip 9th september 

beach
Harwell and Chilton Churches seaside trip will now be on Saturday, 9th September. Please keep the date, and watch this space!
 
 


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spy academy 

spyacademy
Holiday Club is now receiving registrations. In less than 24 hours of the enrolment site going live we have had 94 children register! Our reputation for putting on a top quality program is growing. If you'd like to be part of the team that makes it happen then Peter Shields or Jane Woolley would love to hear from you.
 
 


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ride and stride co-ordinator needed

rideandstrideThe Oxfordshire Historical Churches Trust sponsored event takes place on the second Saturday in September. People can walk or cycle to churches in the Oxford Diocese and receive sponsorship. Half the money goes to the Charity which supports projects in churches; both churches have received grants in the past such as for the All Saints’ bell restoration project. The other half goes to a church that the participant nominates. 
The co-ordinator will receive a pack from the OHCT containing posters, publicity ideas and sponsor forms. The event needs to be advertised in July/August and sponsor forms given to those wishing to take part. On the day the church needs to be set up to receive visitors with cold drinks and biscuits available. Afterwards the co-ordinator collects in the money that the participants have gathered in from their sponsors and banks it. For further information please contact Naomi or Vicky.
 
 


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Equipping for life 

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Equipping for Life: Learning for Discipleship and Ministry
Courses for April – July provided by the Diocese of Oxford as part of its Local Ministry Programme.  Interested learners can join a 10 week course for £40 by booking through the Eventbrite Website


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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.

 
 


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psalm 32:8 

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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!


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be space

bespace
We are pleased that Harwell Primary School have invited us to take part in their special week focusing on Mindfulness, starting 19th June. The following week in All Saints' we'll be doing a Prayer Space event for the whole community. 
 


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Mark 9:37 

welcomes me 


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aston tirrold centre for reflection 

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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.


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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.
 
 


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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.

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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!
 


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homegroups   

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.


 


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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


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fIT FOR THE FUTURE 

st matthews seAs part of our mission to Grow God’s Church, wider, deeper and closer, St Matthew’s PCC have been progressing plans to make the church building more flexible, comfortable and accessible. Following the consultation in November, and the Day of Prayer and the discussion at the APCM in April, the PCC have been researching the options for an upgraded heating system and new seating.

The decision has now been taken to replace the existing high-level radiant heaters with wall-based electric radiators. This system should provide a much more comfortable environment than the current system, with lower hourly running costs. With increasing use of the church building, it should even ‘pay for itself’. An electric system would be more flexible, easier and cheaper to install, and less visually intrusive than a gas-fired system, which was the main alternative.

A working group have carefully considered various chairs to replace the pews in the main body of the church, taking account of things such as comfort, stackability, and durability. The recommendation, accepted by PCC, is for a chair called ‘Abbey’, widely used in churches and cathedrals, and for the whole floor to be covered with a carpet of a similar type and quality to the present one.

The next steps are to develop these plans, consulting with the Church Architect, Diocesan authorities and historic societies, and consider fund-raising possibilities. The estimated total cost of an upgraded heating system, new seating and carpeting is around £90,000, and much of this could be covered from existing reserves. Quotes will be sought in the autumn, and permissions in the spring, with a view to all the work being done in the summer/early autumn of 2017.

Please speak to a Churchwarden, member of PCC, or Jonathan for further information.

 
 


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The Flowers of the field

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prayer

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!


 

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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.


  
 

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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. 
 
 

 


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Children and Families' Report Jan 2016 

Please click here for the report


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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.


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Responding to the refugee crisis 

refugee
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
https://oxford.cityofsanctuary.org/
http://www.asylum-welcome.org/
http://refugeeresource.org.uk/
http://positivenews.org.uk
 
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)

 
 


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