quiet day 15th september 

Quiet Day 15th September in Chilton. 10.30 am - 3 pm with an hour for lunch.cuppa

Longing for peace and quiet?
Longing to hear from God?
Longing to talk to someone who cares?
Longing to be pampered?
Why not treat yourself 
to a spa day with Jesus?

The day starts with refreshments.
A reading is followed by a very short time to unwind and relax and then it’s just you and God.

A break for lunch when you can either chat or not, followed by another hour of peace and quiet or to be listened to if you’d like to chat to a listener in privacy.

The day ends with a cuppa and time to share if you’d like to.
Ps. Men can be pampered too.
Contact Vicky in the office to book.

 


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house of prayer 15th September 

praySATURDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER IOAM - 3.30PM AT ST MATTHEW'S CHURCH, CHURCH LANE, HARWELL, OX11 0EZ Local Houses of Prayer (L-Hop’s) are an initiative flowing out from the move of God at Ffald y Brenin, as described in the best-selling book ‘The Grace Outpouring’. Typically commencing with 2-3 people they adopt a small local area for Jesus, worship and pray for the breaking in of the Kingdom of God and play their part in its release through their life and witness with the aid of the ‘Caleb Questions’. Local Houses of Prayer are prayer-based and thoroughly missional. The vision of a Local House of Prayer is to ‘see the Kingdom come and God’s will be done on this particular area of earth, as in heaven. The purpose of this training day is to explore together some of the key principles of a Local House of Prayer, enabling you to start a Local House of Prayer in your area/community. Do let us know if you would be interested in joining us for this. Whether you are interested in finding out more about Local Houses of Prayer or just wanting to bless and pray more for your local area, you would be welcome to join us! Coffee and tea provided. Please bring a plate of food to share for lunch. FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CONTACT: Lizi Bowerman or visit the website  TO BOOK YOUR PLACE


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Alpha

Ever wondered what Alpha is all about? It's a great way to explore Christianity. Harwell and Chilton Churches will be running Alpha in September on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm. Contact Vicky for information and to book a place.

 

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Summer Series: Ruth

Over the month of August we'll be looking at the book of Ruth during our 9.30am and 11am services in Harwell and Chilton. The Bible Project gives a great overview of the book. 

 

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Special Generation gold 

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Our next Generation Gold service will take place on Monday 10 September at 2.30pm at All Saints' Chilton, but in between we are going to have some time together on Monday 6 August at Chilton Village Hall when we are going to remember days at the beach. To find out more or book a place on this day (which is free of charge) please contact Pam Rolls.
 
 


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cap money course 

CAP MoneyYou don't have to have money worries to get something out of a CAP Money Course...
and we're holding one in St Matthew's starting on Wednesday 8th August at 7.30pm.
Learn nifty ways to approach your finances to budget, save and spend. The three-week course is free, friendly and entirely confidential - there's no need to share anything unless you'd like to. Sessions follow on 15th and 29th August Contact Vicky in the office to book. And please spread the word to anyone you think could benefit.

 
 


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Youth meetings during august 

teenagersKids Church and Pebbles will continue to run throughout the summer break during our Sunday morning services.
 
Pathfinders will not be meeting during the month of August.

YF will have two informal gatherings in August, 5th August at Harwell Recreation Ground, and a DVD evening; the date for the DVD evening to be confirmed. 
 
Fledgelings will meet from 9.30-11.30am on Monday 30th July and Monday 13th August at St Matthew's Church Hall, and in Chilton on Wednesday 1st and Wednesday 8th August in Chilton Park, time to be confirmed.
 
 


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Oxford diocese courses 

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The Oxford Diocese run part-time courses, you can find information here


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A Rocha

A Rocha UK is a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world.
This is our response to the biblical mandate to care for the earth, and a demonstration of the Christian hope for God’s world. We do this through:
– practical involvement in nature conservation projects and ecological research;
– campaigning on biodiversity issues;
– engaging with churches, schools, communities and individuals.
Part of the worldwide family of A Rocha organisations committed to conservation action as an expression of Christian mission, we work collaboratively with others who share our passion for the planet and our desire for its flourishing.


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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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For lease - office/workshop hendred 

Hendred officeFor lease – The Rectory Room, East Hendred 
Free standing, single story office/workshop known as The Rectory Room. Newbury Road, East Hendred, Oxon, OX12 8LG. A full repairing and insuring lease on an initial six months basis at £300 per month.
The building is approximately 8.9 metres by 5.3 metres with four double 13-amp sockets, four 2Kw radiant heaters, toilet and sink fitted with hot water heater.
Would suit workshop, retail outlet, charity shop or small office.
For further details, layout and photographs and to arrange a viewing please contact David Hunter on behalf of St Augustine’s Church on 07876 594 244.
 


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update: thy kingdom come


 

Vicky Johnston, 25/05/2018


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Thy Kingdom come

New song for Thy Kingdom Come 2018
 

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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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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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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 

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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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