kids church 

Emma & Catherine Wood, Joseph Cockburn, Elizabeth & Rose Shields & Mark and Toby Johnston all enjoyed a treat night at WildWood Kitchen in Didcot followed by games and sweets at the Shields house recently. Their treat was to celebrate that each child had learnt the 10 commandments off by heart.


bell ringing trial 

Bell Ringing Training on Saturday 30th September. Between 9.30 and 10.30am the Branch training officer will bring some beginners to Chilton for a short ring. These people are still learning so if you would like to see how it is done, the training officer will be pleased to show you how easy it is. Further information from Carina Lobley.


shared lunch on 8th october 

ministry trainees
Harwell and Chilton churches will be having a bring and share lunch on Sunday 8th October at Harwell Village Hall, from 12noon, following the 11am service. All are warmly invited to join in as part of our season of Journeying Together. Please bring something either home made (perhaps from harvest offerings from 1st Oct), or shop brought.  Contact Hazel Connelly or Vicky Johnston for more information.



Thank you 

PCC Heads 178-2 1The Shields family would like to say a BIG thank you for the farewell card and all the kind words people wrote, and also for the gift. We were taken aback by the generosity of it.
Peter would like to thank everyone for their kindness, support & encouragement (and frequently their patience & forbearance!) over the 3 years of his contract and also in the weeks since finishing.
“I have enjoyed working & fellowshipping with so many wonderful co-workers in the mission field. (For those that are interested, I have now been offered a full-time position as a home delivery driver with Sainsbury's)” Peter Shields


poppy appeal 

poppy28th  Oct – 12th Nov
Would you would be willing to call house to house during the end of October and early November to collect for the 2017 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal? Please contact Hazel Benton for Chilton village and Chilton Field, or Peter Cox for Harwell Village:
Many thanks, Hazel & Peter


would you like to buy a pew? 

Long PewOur pews are heritage ornaments which we want to go to good homes when the time comes for them to be removed. You can choose which you would like. Previous disposals have seen pews reborn as elegant additions to homes but also, with treatment, in gardens. We have 28 to rehome. Please pick up a copy of the sales sheet at the back of St Matthew’s to see the location of the three lengths of available pew, then contact Liz Roberts or Vicky Johnston saying which you have chosen.


help needed with moving pews 

St Matthews floorIn preparation for the redecoration of the nave of St Matthew's, the pews on either side of the central aisle need to be unscrewed from the floor and moved onto the platform or into the vestry. The floor in this area will also need to be cleared of chairs and other furniture.
As the scaffolding is due to go up on Monday 25 September we would like to do this the day before, Sunday 24 September, after the 11am service. If you are available to help please could you let Tony Hughes or Christina Wood know. Thank you for your ongoing support with this project. It is very much appreciated.


news from Jan & Tom Radford 

Jan RadfordDear All,
Just a quick update from me! Thank you so much for all your prayers, love and kindness to me whilst I have been off sick. You are certainly journeying with me as I walk this path and Tom and I are very grateful for all your support shown in so many different ways. I have reached the half way stage of the chemotherapy treatment and I hope and pray to be back fully in the New Year. In the meantime, I try and come to church on my 3rd week of treatment when I am less prone to infection and I am feeling more like my normal self! Whatever that is!
I am hoping that the licensing service (which is in my Week 3) will go ahead without any health hitches from me on 1st October – how exciting. I feel very blessed and privileged to be able to stay with you all. Also hoping to be able to give the Christmas Eve talk ‘God is With Us Emmanuel’.
With much love and blessings
Jan and Tom


didcot emergency food bank news 

foodbank empty
"A Swansea food bank has run out of supplies, with volunteers making an urgent appeal to help restock it. They believe the end of the school year has seen families struggle without the free dinners provided."

This was a headline on the BBC News website on 30th July, and indeed we have seen the same high demand here in Didcot during the summer holidays. Having just done the figures for this month, they show that we have issued food for 199 people in August, as opposed to 93 and 96 in the same month in 2015 and 2016. To date, food has been issued for 1421 people this year so far, whereas in 2015 it was 1150 for the whole year!
Happily we have been able to keep stock levels high enough to meet the need, thanks to our donors of food, and increasingly, money, which we now need to buy in tins of staples like veg fruit and meat together with pasta, rice, UHT milk. The "mountains" of soup, baked beans and pasta that we previously held in stock are now a thing of the past, and we operate in "just in time" mode: all types of tinned and packet food are now most welcome.
Those of you who received our last news email on 18th May won't be too surprised by this, and thank you for all the help you have given. It's a pity that we can't also effectively thank the general public, who have donated an average of 108 food items per week since May via the collection boxes kindly provided by Sainsburys.
One of the great things we have been able to do in recent months is give good quantities of bread, fresh fruit and veg each week, courtesy of SOFEA and Tesco. 
We look forward to a busy autumn, which has traditionally brought in harvest festival produce from local schools and churches.
Best wishes from the Didcot Emergency Foodbank Team.  
If you are able to help support the foodbank, please leave donations in All Saints' or St Matthew's. Thank you.


spy academy 

spy academy leaders smlA BIG thank you to all those who have helped Spy Academy Holiday Club. We had 90+ children each day, and 60+ helpers throughout the week.  Thank you!
It was a fantastic week, and went really smoothly.  We’re also so thankful for such great weather.  Please see our facebook page for photos, videos and some kind comments from parents:


All SaintS' family area 

All Saints Family areaMembers 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 speak to Yvonne Sanderson or Alex Reich if you would like to contribute your views or suggestions. Thank you.


st matthew's 

St Matthews floorAn update on St Matthew’s re-ordering plans. We are slowly making progress!
What’s this all about?
You will hopefully recall that, following consultation,
St Matthew’s have committed to making the church building more flexible, accessible and comfortable by replacing the fixed pews with chairs and installing a new heating system. The plans also involve some minor levelling of the floor and laying a new carpet. We are also planning to redecorate the nave (the main seating area), which is a major project involving scaffolding.
So how far have we got?
We already have permission and funding for the redecoration, and are in the final stages of seeking formal approval for the seating/flooring project. We are doing some extra work on the heating plans before formally seeking approval to proceed with this. We have identified some - but not all - of the funding for the heating/seating/flooring project.
What is the timescale?
We have committed to the redecoration work during October. During this time we will not be able to hold our main 11am services in church and will instead be holding these services (1st to 29th October inclusive) in Harwell Village Hall. We hope still to be able to use the chancel for the 8am and evening services.
We hope also to do the seating/flooring work during October, if we are granted permission in time and contractors can be lined up, but this is currently uncertain. Alternatively the seating/flooring work could be done in the New Year. The heating aspect of the project would not happen until early 2018.
How can I get involved?
Firstly, please pray for the project, for permissions and funding, and that it would help our mission to Grow God’s Church, wider, deeper and closer.
Secondly, please consider whether you might be able to make a financial gift towards the seating, the heating, or both, and whether you might like to donate a chair/chairs in memory of a loved one (see separate leaflet).
Thirdly, please consider whether you might like to buy a pew. Some are already spoken for, but there are still some available. Have a word with Liz Roberts (834295 or if you are interested.
For further information about the project and a downloadable copy of the fundraising leaflet, please see here


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 


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About the leprosy mission


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.


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.




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!



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. 



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)