what have our church councils (PCCs) been doing?

growth stagesThis is the first in a new series about what your PCC is up to. This month we report on the Combined PCC - which means the PCC of both churches in the benefice combined. This body meets 4 times a year – in addition to meetings of the individual PCCs. Its remit is the strategic issues common to both churches.

At every Combined PCC meeting, PCC members receive updates from the work being undertaken at a benefice level to achieve our aim of ‘growing God’s church wider, deeper and closer’ e.g. children & families work; youth work; home groups; Alpha course; Christians Against Poverty (CAP) involvement; world missions support; social events programme; pastoral care; worship services; etc. 
We also receive updates on the people and systems ‘infrastructure’ which helps to deliver the above activities, and on areas of legal responsibility, e.g. staffing and leadership; safeguarding; data protection; communications; etc.

Highlights from Combined PCC meeting 2 July 2019:
  • We agreed to aim to extend the Children & Families’ Worker post for a further 5 years, with fund raising from spring 2020
  • We considered the possibility of developing a mission partnership with a church in Albania
  • We discussed plans for making greater connection with baptism families
  • We agreed to make a card reader available for taking donations at suitable occasions e.g. at Holiday Club
  • We agreed to engage with an initiative called ‘Lead Academy’ which is being supported by the Diocese.  This is designed to help us think through the vision and strategy for our benefice and how this might link with the Diocesan ‘Common Vision’ and mission funding opportunities
Highlights from Combined PCC meeting 8 October 2019
  • The PCC and staff team members who had attended the first of 4 six-monthly ‘Lead Academy’ two-day workshops reported back on progress made 
  • We agreed the proposed distribution of the world missions budget, including new mission partners at a church in Albania, for formal approval at the individual PCC meetings in November

 


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cap money course 

CAP Money
Three FREE sessions to help you manage your money better, and get in to the kind of saving and spending habits that make life easier.  Hot breakfast butties included.
Join us for 2.5 hour sessions on Saturdays 9th, 16th and 30th November in Harwell Church Lounge at 10.15am each time. Book in at  (punching in your postcode should bring up our course), ask Vicky in the office to register you or email harwellandchiltoncap@gmail.com
 


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16th november 

barndance
Come along to our Barndance at Chilton Village Hall on 16th November, 7-10pm.  Tickets are £10 per person, children go free. Please bring along a plate of nibbles to share.  


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cheltenham bible festival  

Bible festival
Keswick Gloucestershire are running a one-day Bible Festival for all ages on Saturday 23rd November at Cheltenham Ladies’ College.   The main speaker will be Revd Vaughn Roberts from St Ebbes Oxford.
Tickets are £20 per adult, £15 consessions, £5 per child with childrens activities for children aged 1-18. See cotswoldbiblefestival.com for more information and to book tickets.

 


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oxford diocese training 

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There are several part-time courses running in Oxfordshire each term.  These are available to all members of our churches.   


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fundraising 

smile amazon
If you use Amazon, you can sign up through Amazon Smile to raise funds for Harwell and Chilton Churches.  You just need to log into your account from Amazon Smile and choose to support St Matthew's Harwell.  It doesn't cost you any extra. 


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Training with oxford diocese 

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There are various courses run locally by Oxford Diocese.  Please click here for details. 


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Mission Aviation Fellowship

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Every three minutes a MAF aircraft takes off or lands, reaching isolated places where flying is not a luxury but a lifeline. MAF is a worldwide organisation whose vision is to physically and spiritually transform isolated people in Christ’s name and whose purpose is to share God’s love through aviation and technology. Jungles, mountains, swamps, conflict and poor or non-existent roads conspire to deny people physical and spiritual care and hope for the future. MAF’s fleet of more than 130 aircraft helps to overcome these barriers and deliver relief workers, doctors, pastors, school books, food, medicines - anything that can only be speedily and safely delivered by air - to people in need.
 
MAF started work in the UK and USA in 1945 and was shortly followed by MAF Australia. Jack Hemmings, one of the first MAF UK pilots was a resident of Harwell. Each group lost aircraft early on but lessons were quickly learned, and from its small and struggling beginnings MAF has grown into a highly developed, effective and unique organisation. Our churches support MAF through prayer and with a donation from the St Matthew’s World Mission fund, and MAF speakers occasionally preach at services.

If you would like to know more about MAF - visit the website at www.maf-uk.org. Information about MAF is also available in both churches.

To explore the world with MAF through regular information in the post, sign up for the Discovery Air Pass.
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repair cafe 2-5pm

repair cafeFollowing a very well attended repair cafe in February, we will be holding another Repair Cafe at St Matthew's Harwell on Saturdays 19th October and 15th February.  At the Repair Cafe, we will try to fix broken household items in a collaborative and social way. We will have expert volunteer fixers on hand to work with you to support:

  • repairs of household electrical items (incl. computers)
  • advice with simple computer problems
  • gluing broken items/toys
  • mending clothes/up-cycling/fabric crafts
  • clocks, watches and mechanical items
  • jewellery
  • sharpening knives, tools, etc.
  • bicycles

Watch this space for more information!
 


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social calendar 

newsYou can see all the social events coming up here....... 


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Who is Jesus and what does his kingdom look like?


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Prayer in the workplace

 


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thy kingdom come 2019


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thy kingdom come 2019


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finding happiness


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methodist covenant prayer 

prayI am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will,
Rank me with whom you will;
Put me to doing, put me to suffering;
Let me be employed for you or laid aside for you,
Exalted for you or brought low for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty,
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
You are mine and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant made on earth,
Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.
 
 


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Full Circle

Over 50?  Enjoy being with children?  If that is you, why not join Full Circle?  
Full Circle is an organisation that over the last  twenty years has set up small and friendly groups in Oxfordshire Schools. In a group, school - age and older people plus a member of staff, meet for an hour at lunch time once a week during term building up friendships and mutual understanding. After having lunch together a group enjoys doing a variety of activities while chatting about life, having fun and getting to know one another.
Our local group which meets on Fridays in Harwell Community Primary School, is presently looking for new adult members.
So if you are interested in joining or wish to know a bit more about what goes on, please call The School Office or Vicky in the Church Office.


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Life's not fair

Next step... 


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beginners bible


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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!



 


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10 commandments

Join Kids Church by learning the 10 Commandments


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Alpha

Join us at Chilton Village Hall on Thursdays at 7.30pm to think about what Christians believe.


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life to the full


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Songs of Praise 2018

Songs of Praise returned to Harwell Recreation Ground on Sunday 27th May 2018. You can view a video of the event below or here.


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thank you 

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Jesus video

The super cool story of Jesus


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The egg...

A short video about Easter eggs proclaiming resurrection.


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Parish Giving Scheme 

Parish Giving Scheme 
The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is direct debit based way of making planned donations to your parish church. It is safe, flexible, reduces administration for the church, and improves cashflow.

The scheme enables people to give to their church by direct debit, and there are significant benefits to this scheme compared to other ways of giving. Gift aid is automatically processed by the Parish Giving Scheme every month, saving the church considerable time and improving cashflow. Additionally, givers can choose to automatically increase their giving by the rate of inflation every year. This tackles the problem of static giving, where people’s giving ordinarily remains the same year on year whilst the costs of the church rise continually due to inflation. Givers can also choose to give anonymously if they wish. Over 20 dioceses have adopted the Parish Giving Scheme, and all are seeing increases in giving as a result.

More information about the scheme can be found here and forms from the back of church, via Vicky in the Church Office, or the Treasurers, Stuart Gibson and Phill Johnston.


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About the leprosy mission

The Leprosy Mission Prayer: Almighty Father, the giver of life and health, look mercifully on those who suffer from leprosy. Stretch out your hand to touch and heal them as Jesus did during his earthly life. Grant wisdom and insight to those who are seeking the prevention and cure of the disease; give skill and sympathy to those who minister to the patients; reunite the separated with their families and friends; and inspire your people with the task set before The Leprosy Mission, that it may never lack either the staff or the means to carry on its healing work, in accordance with your will, and to the glory of your holy name.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

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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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scripture union in nigeria


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About the leprosy mission


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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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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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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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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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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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