christmas greetings 

We would love to add Christmas greetings to friends around the world on our Facebook page.  If you’d like to join in, please send an email to Vicky in the Church Office with a Christmas message, and a photograph of yourself outside Harwell or Chilton Church. Thank you.


YF leader needed 

We are looking for a female to join the leadership team on Sunday evenings at St Matthew’s Church Hall. Please contact either Tim Brook or Vicky Johnston if you would like to be involved.


remembrance Sunday 

remembranceLast Sunday for Remembrance we had our local uniformed groups join us in our services. At All Saints' this swelled our usual Pebbles group to 28 children and St Matthew's Kids Church to around 70!  
As well as thinking about Remembrance at both churches, games were played, prayers said and poppy wreaths made. Poppy wreaths for 100 odd children were all prepared by Alison Gale! Huge thank you to Alison for preparing this wonderful craft and to everyone who helped to run the sessions last Sunday and welcome our uniformed groups and other visitors.


st Matthew's re-ordering 

Long PewWe have now received a Faculty (permission) to replace the pews at St Matthew’s with 200 ‘Abbey’ chairs and to carpet the floor. We are now starting to look at planning the work in detail – what all the various associated tasks are, the order in which they should be undertaken, when and what manpower will be required.
The full cost of the project is £59,000. We have already raised/secured £31,500, and the PCC has underwritten £15,000 from a legacy received, but we still have £12,500 to raise. Would you please consider donating towards this, for example by sponsoring a chair? See separate fundraising leaflet for further information.


narnia prayer space 

bespaceOur two churches have been invited to take part in a Narnia-themed Prayer Space at Chilton Garden Centre.
The Prayer Space is going to take place over the afternoons of Thursday 14 and Friday 15 December and all day on Saturday 16 December.  We hope to show around lots of members of the public including local adults and children and visitors from further afield.
In terms of team members, we would welcome help with setting up on Wednesday 13 and/or dismantling on Saturday 16, and people who will man the various spaces and show adults and children around so that they can engage in the various prayer activities which explore many Christian concepts such as forgiveness, generosity, gifts and blessings. 
We plan to get the team together with a leader from Prayer Space Headquarters for a team briefing on Thursday 7 December at 7pm.  Further details to follow.
If you’d like to be part of the team, or if you’d like to know more, please speak to Pam Rolls or Hazel Connolly.
P.S. If you’d like to take part in the Prayer Space, you might also like to read ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by CS Lewis, or watch a Narnia DVD, or you could join the Blewbury Players for their dramatization in St Michael’s Church, Blewbury from 28th Nov-2nd Dec. We could even try to make a group booking and go to see the play together.  Further information at


Christmas together 2017

Christmas treeIf you will be on your own on Christmas Day and you would like to share Christmas in the company of others, then please join us for ‘Christmas Together’
At Chilton Village Hall on 25th December from 12:30pm - 3:30pm for a Traditional Christmas lunch and pudding (vegetarian option available).
Transport can be provided within the parishes of Harwell and Chilton.
There is no charge but donations are welcome.
Book with Vicky before 18th December on 01235 834256 or
Please let Vicky know of any special dietary requirements and if transport is needed.
We are also looking for volunteers to help on the day. Please let Vicky know if you are able to help.



toy service 3rd december 

teenagersThis Christmas, St Matthew’s and All Saints’ are once more supporting the Women’s Refuge in Oxford by providing gifts for mothers to give to their children on Christmas day. The Refuge have asked us to focus on donating gifts which are suitable for teenagers.
Since teenagers tend to be a bit beyond “toys” as such, here is a list of the kind of thing that the Refuge finds that their teenagers really appreciate:

  • Gift vouchers – particularly popular are Argos, Amazon, Game, iTunes
  • Headphones
  • Diary/Journal you can write thoughts in/Hard backed notebook
  • Grooming items e.g. make up (e.g. nail varnish); hair products (e.g. gel, hair clips, hair brushes); shaving set, etc.
  • Things to do e.g. knitting/sewing set; science set; board games (especially any electronic versions e.g. Monopoly with the credit cards); family games such as Twister
  • School bag/plain backpack
  • Handbag/backpack that doesn’t look as though it’s for school
  • Pyjamas (any size aged 13-17)
  • Hoodies (any size aged 13-17)
  • Beanie hat (any size aged 13-17)

Items should be brand new please, not second hand, and not wrapped (NB no wrapping paper donations required either). 
Items with violent connotations (e.g. with images of swords, guns, etc) would not be a good idea, for obvious reasons. 
Please bring your donation to one of our special advent “Toy Services” on Sunday 3rd December at 9.30am at All Saints’ Chilton or at 11am at St Matthew’s Harwell.  This is a service particularly appropriate for children, whom we find really connect with the idea of giving a gift to less fortunate children at Christmas time.
Anyone unable to make the service is welcome to hand their toy in to the Church Office by Friday 1 December at the very latest.  We are unable to pass things onto the refuge throughout the year.
Chilton PCC would like any monetary gifts given on 3rd December to be donated to the SeeSaw Charity which provides grief support for the children of Oxfordshire.  Thank you.


spring harvest 

Several of our church family have booked to attend Spring Harvest at Butlins Minehead on 3-8 April next year (the week following the Easter weekend). Spring Harvest is a fun-filled, inspiring experience for all ages, so do consider booking to go along at the same time. But hurry – there are very few spaces left. If you do book, please let Jonathan know.


bring & Share lunch 

loaves and fishes
SAVE THE DATE! On 21st January we’ll be having a commissioning service for our new Children and Families Workers Sarah Barrett and Melanie Shields.  We will then be having a bring and share lunch at Chilton Village Hall. All very welcome to join us!


journeying together 

Our Journeying Together series was completed last Sunday. You can view all the sermon notes and listen again to the sermons here. We would love to know what you thought of the series.  If you would like to feedback, please email Vicky in the church office, or speak to Pam Rolls, Jean & Peter Barton



God With Us is a short, colourful booklet for Christmas that explores the Christian faith.
It offers 13 simple reflections that unpack the constant refrain of Christmas readings and carols – that God is with us. It makes an ideal gift and we’ll soon have some copies available for you to hand out to friends and family and use at home. If you use twitter, keep an eye out for the #Godwithus campaign.


lay chaplaincy training 

newsChaplaincy Everywhere- a short course about volunteer lay chaplaincy
Didcot Methodist Church Mereland Rd, Didcot OX11 8RQ, Thursdays 7.30-9.00pm on 9th  16th   23rd Nov & 7th Dec 
Come and join this short course for anyone considering helping with the community chaplaincy team at Great Western Park or with any Chaplaincy. There will be Bible study, group discussion and an opportunity to think about engaging in God’s mission through chaplaincy.  The sessions will be led by Keith Underhill & Katherine Pickering. Please contact Vicky Johnston if you'd like more information.


the Reformation

2017 is the 500th anniversary of The Reformation.  Alex Reich will be preaching on the subject on Sunday 29th October at our morning services, 9.30am at All Saints' and 11am at Harwell Village Hall. You can hear the sermon here.

You can view a timeline of the Reformation here. The Reformers were keen to encourage everyone to read their bibles at home and we have put together a leaflet reviewing some of the resources available that can be found here.

You can view a PlayMobil video about Martin Luther below.


children & Families workers 

spy academy leaders sml
Following a thorough process, the CFW Appointment Committee decided to offer the CFW post to the job-share applicants, Sarah Barrett and Melanie Shields, (2 of our Spy Academy Den Leaders) and they have accepted the offer. Their appointment is subject to satisfactory references and DBS checks and they should start in early 2018.
Thank you very much for your prayers and support throughout this process. Please pray for Sarah and Melanie, and for our churches and communities, as we move into an exciting new phase.


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)