car treasure hunt 

francesco-ungaro-425365-unsplaFamily Treasure Hunt (by car)!
Sunday 16th June, 2pm, meet Chilton Village Hall car park
Car teams of up to 5 people (at least 2 adults per car would be good).
Don't worry if you don't have a car, or prefer not to drive - you can join a team when you arrive!
Followed by refreshments - if you can provide a cake or scones, please let us know.
Please let Vicky or Yvonne know if you can come - and if you are prepared to drive, how many already in your car, or if you would like to join another team. Email social.HCChurches@gmail.com to RSVP or for more information.
 
 


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gospel concert 

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Gospel music for summer: Didcot Gospel will be performing rich Gospel sounds, classic hits and well-known songs from musical theatre at St Matthew's on Saturday 13 July at 5.30pm in aid of Children's Air Ambulance.
Tickets £8 (£6 children/concessions) on sale through Hazel Connelly after the morning service on Sundays 16th June and 7th July, from the ticket line on 07923 453143 or didcotgospel@gmail.com.
 
 


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reflective spaces 

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Thank you to all those who gave their time at our reflective/prayer spaces tent at Harwell School last week. Each class came along and thought/reflected/prayed about their aspirations (see cloud photo), things to be thankful for, how to handle frustrations, and positive and negative thoughts about ourselves.
 
 


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christian aid 

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The amount collected from door to door collections in Chilton Village was £714.62.
Thank you to everyone who gave so generously and special thanks to those who delivered and collected the envelopes.
 
 


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fete days.... 

20190608 161937Thank you to everyone who helped at Harwell Feast and Chilton STEAM day.  We had LOTS of visitors to our tent, despite a lot of wind at the Chilton day.  Over  250 kites were made across the 2 days.
Some of the prayers were:
· Thank you for our food and home
· I wish that my TA will be get better soon
· Thank you for the weather
· Thank you for giving us lots of friends
· Thank you God for mum and dad
· Thank you for my friends
· Please can you keep me healthy
 
 


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music concert, cholsey 

T&NYou may well remember Noel & Tricia Richards as being well-known worship leaders in the ‘80’s and 90’s. They continue to be singer/songwriters and recording artists. They have composed a number of songs used regularly in contemporary worship by Christians, including All Heaven Declares, You laid aside your majesty, By Your Side, and Restorer of my soul.
In the last couple of years, they have re-visited some of these better known songs, with great effect both in recordings on CD and in concerts around the UK.
The concert on Friday 28th June at 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Cholsey is a wonderful opportunity to see and hear them and to find out more about their music.
Tickets are £10 each, available from Susie Weatherley, Cholsey Church Office Tel: 01491 651812 or mail@cholseychurch.plus.com
 
 


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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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science & Faith summer school 

rccSummer School in Biblical and Theological Studies: The relationship between Science and Faith
Sunday 14th to Saturday 20th July 2019 Ripon College Cuddesdon

Today’s society tends to see science and religion as being at odds with one another - two different world views with competing and incompatible truth claims. But is that really how it is? Modern science was pioneered by people of faith, and down the ages the Church has been a promoter of, as well as at times wary about, scientific enquiry. We live in an age of unprecedented scientific and technological development, with change happening at an incredible pace.

Understanding how Christianity and science have related to each other historically can help us answer some of the questions that science poses for us as Christians today: How do we share the Gospel in this scientific age? How can the Church engage with science? Should faith groups have say in the public discourse on the ethics of science and technology? This year’s Biblical and Theological Studies Summer School will look at some of the areas of debate within science and religion, both historical and contemporary, and explore how we might begin to answer these questions.

A range of speakers who are leaders in their field, including some drawn from the staff of Ripon College Cuddesdon, will bring their expertise and insight on the subject.
 


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training with the diocese 

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Oxford Diocese runs regularly courses that are open for all to attend.  Find more information here. 


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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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christians against poverty 

CAPimage-300x300CAP Debt Centre - the work in debt help is a clear outworking of Jesus' ministry as he outlined it in Luke 4. We are always really pleased to hear from people who would like to get involved with whatever gifts /time they feel challenged to offer. Please pick up a volunteer leaflet from the church to see the types of skills that we need - but also please let us know if you think you could get involved in any other way!
Are you a Facebook user? Please help us publicise our debt service by joining the public group  - Didcot and Wallingford Area CAP - like or share the posts to let people know we are working locally and are here to help.
Thanks of course for your ongoing support and prayers for this work. Sue Bright, Centre Manager


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united beach missions     

beach mission
Are you looking for a short-term mission experience?  United Beach Missions run many weeks of mission around the country throughout the summer. All ages are welcome from 16 - 116!


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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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