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free event, 5th may 

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sponsored walk for bespace 

bespaceSponsored Walk for BeSpace - walking a mile of prayer for every school in Oxfordshire. UPDATE

"Thank you to everyone who sponsored me for the walk in aid of BeSpace which runs Prayer Spaces in Schools.  A small team of us walked 
around Didcot in the beautiful sunshine last Saturday morning, clocking up 6.5 miles and praying for 28 schools in the local area, 
including Harwell and Chilton.  It was wonderful to be part of such a prayer team supporting such an excellent cause.  My sponsorship 
totalled £199.20 with almost half of this gift-aided.  There were 14 teams walking in different parts of the county and the total sum 
should reach, if not exceed, the target figure of £8,000.  Thank you again.  Pam Rolls"
 
During the week beginning April 14th, fourteen teams of people will be walking 356 miles across Oxfordshire. Each mile represents a school and each team will be praying for at least 25 schools in the county. This will mean every school will have been prayed for by the end of the week. BeSpace has a target to raise £8,000 to contribute towards increasing its capacity to see every school have reflective prayer spaces for young people to connect with God.

On April 14th Pam Rolls will be joining a team walking around Didcot and praying for all the schools in the area, including our own schools in Harwell and Chilton. If you would like to sponsor Pam, she would be
delighted if you would sign her sponsor form. Alternatively, you can donate on BeSpace's website or by visiting their Facebook page.

 


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fundraising for maggies centre 

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Laura Gibson from All Saints' Chilton is doing a half tough Mudder at the end of April to raise money for Maggie's Centres, a charity that supports people with cancer.  You can sponsor her by going to her Justgiving webpage.


 


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balsam family project 

pirates of penzanceOn Friday 22nd June there will be a fundraising event for Balsam at All Saints, Marcham.  We are putting on an evening performance of Pirates of Penzance performed by a professional touring company Opera Anywhere. It’s a light-hearted comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera which is great fun for adults and children.

Pirates of Penzance - A Comic Opera for Adults and Children!
Friday 22nd June @ 7.30pm (doors open @7pm)
All Saints Church, Marcham, OX13 6NW
To fund-raise for Balsam Family Project we are hosting this light-hearted Gilbert and Sullivan opera performed by professional touring company Opera Anywhere.
Tickets: £20 (adults), £15 (concessions), £8 (children).
Available online or Tel: 0333 666 3366
If you would like to support this event in other ways please consider sponsoring a Balsam Family to attend or helping with volunteering/tombola prizes/business sponsorship of the event. Please contact Kate Jackson 07980 555808

 


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thy kingdom come 

thykingdomcomeThy Kingdom Come” is running as a global initiative from Ascension Day, 10th May until Pentecost, 20th May 2018
The Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people to pray in whatever way they want , with whoever they want and wherever they can that others might know Jesus Christ.
There are resources on the website for the Church, for families, for individuals, for groups.  Please do have a look.  If you are interested but do not have access to the website, or you cannot find what you want, please contact Jean Barton (01235 861117) and she will do her best to get a paper copy of the information you would like.
We shall also be arranging prayer stations in our Churches on Pentecost weekend  19th/20th May.  To do this we need some volunteers to help.  If you are willing to help in anyway please contact Hazel Connelly, Jean BartonPam Rolls or email the Church Office.


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didcot prayer space 

bespacePrayer at the fayre? Yes, a prayer space at the Didcot Town Fayre, 4th August noon to late in Edmonds Park!
Can you help? People from local churches are needed to be alongside staff from BeSpace, the local Oxfordshire charity providing the activities.
Who to contact? Malcolm Edge from Fleet Meadow, who is coordinating the response. E-mail preferred to mk.edge@gmail.com
Why? Churches are active organisations in the town, and should be represented at such events in a welcoming and supportive way, providing an area of peace in a busy fayre. Most children in the town have experienced prayer spaces in their schools and can show their accompanying adults what they've experienced. Let's offer our gifts to as many as want to receive them!
 


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news from christine perkins 

christineFollowing the death of my mother, I can honestly say that I'm full of thankfulness to the Lord in so many ways. Grateful for his perfect timing - both when I came back to UK and being able to support her those last weeks. Also thankful for the support of friends and family around the world, including friends in Harwell.
I've been back in Derby for about a month and it is good to be in my own home again, getting back into life here. I am about to start receiving my state pension which is another rather major milestone!!
I am very happy to continue serving with Pioneers part time and it is a very supportive team to be a part of. I am also exploring opportunities for ministry here in Derby, but am not rushing into committing myself!
So looking forward I am also hopeful of what the Lord has for me within Pioneers as well as here in Derby and maybe in some short term openings overseas, I certainly need to do some visiting and following up with some of the students I've sponsored. 
Thank you to everyone in the church for your interest, prayers and financial support over many, many years. I will continue to stay in touch - and would love to visit again before long and share more of the work of Pioneers. 


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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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prayer 2018

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting every church in England to join 10 days of prayer from 10th - 20th May 2018, between Ascension & Pentecost. Join with 85 countries who will be praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' and 'Come Holy Spirit'. 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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Annual Meetings 

Both our churches will be holding their Annual Meeting towards the end of April, immediately after a shortened Sunday morning service, in the church.
All Saints’ Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday 22 April at 10.20am.
St Matthew’s Annual Meeting will be on Sunday 29 April at 11.50am.
There are three particular aspects of this meeting to which I would like to draw your attention:
1.Your chance to ask questions about any aspect of church life
Please do take the opportunity at the meeting to make any comments or suggestions or to ask any questions you have about any aspect of church life.   Feel free to submit a question to me in advance or simply raise any issue in person at the meeting.  To save time at the meeting, during Sunday services in the weeks preceding the Annual Meeting, there have been presentations about the church finances and buildings.  There are also papers to read before the Annual Meeting – in particular the Annual Report – and again please think of any comments or questions arising from these and bring them to the meeting.
2.Your chance to hear and discuss key aspects of church life
At the Annual Meeting, I will be reviewing the challenges and opportunities associated with the implementation of our church vision, “Growing God’s Church, wider, deeper and closer”.  The PCC would really like to hear what other church members think about this, or any other aspects of church life, so please come along to make comments and ask questions at the meeting or complete the tear off slip on the back page of this notice and either post it into the wall safe at the back of church or give it to the Rector or a Churchwarden.
3.Election of Churchwardens, Deanery Synod members and PCC members
At the Annual Meeting we have to elect Churchwardens, Deanery Synod members, and other PCC members.

  • Our Churchwardens are key representatives of the laity, and are officers of the Bishop. They are also responsible for our church buildings and their contents, and the smooth running of services.
  • The Deanery Synod is where representatives from other C of E churches in our local area meet to discuss common issues and to make decisions together. 
  • The PCC is a bit like the ‘School Governors’ or ‘Board Members’ for the church, and work with the Rector to ‘promote in the parish the whole mission of the Church’.  Being on the PCC is a great opportunity to contribute to decisions about our church and its work.

It is important that we have a healthy number of Deanery Synod and PCC members with a range of gifts and experience, so please think seriously about whether you could serve in this way, and/or if you can encourage others to do so.  If you are interested in this and feel that God might be calling you to get involved, please have a word with me or a PCC member.
To help you decide if you would like to be nominated, job descriptions can be found on the church website under About Us/Leadership.
Nomination forms for these vacancies are available in the church building, and should be returned to me or your PCC Secretary, before the start of the Annual Meeting.   The All Saints’ PCC Secretary is Carol Pigott.  The St Matthew’s PCC Secretary is Jane Woolley.
In readiness for the annual meeting, electronic copies of the annual report, the minutes of last year’s meeting, the financial statements/accounts and the agenda are now available here.  For those who need paper copies, a small number will be made available in our church buildings.  But it would save on paper and printing if those copies could be reserved for those unable to view documents electronically.  If you need a paper copy but they have run out, please contact the Church Office on Tel 834 256 by the end of the Thursday before the meeting at the latest and we will print one for you.
Please be thinking and praying about these meetings and about the nominations for these important roles.
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
 


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job vacancy at bespace 

bespaceBeSpace run prayer spaces in Oxfordshire schools and work places.
BeSpace is looking for a 20 hour part time administrator to support us in facilitating the rapid growth of prayer spaces across the County.  The role will involve providing administrative support to the team, basic bookkeeping and office administration and managing, organising and developing our equipment store. The right person will have excellent organisation and communication skills and be confident with IT including Excel, Word and social media sites. 
See the BeSpace website for job description and more details.
To apply please send your application form with CV and covering letter to catherine@bespace.be 


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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 or the Treasurers, Stuart Gibson and Peter Barclay-Watt.


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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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cap debt centre prayer meeting 

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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 at St Matthew's Church, Harwell from Friday 12th January. 
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 - suebright@capuk.org or 07741 472182
Sue Bright (Debt Centre Manager)
 
 


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 

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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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