we welcome your thoughtsThoughts

 We are reflecting on the direction that a new Rector might take us in and need your views! We are asking people and organisations across our two communities the same question: what are the opportunities to develop church life in Harwell and Chilton? If you'd like to share your thoughts please do so by email to Liz Roberts on lizzyroberts333@gmail.com or by phone (07745 802030) or by a note through her door (3 Lockton Barns, Church Lane, Harwell). Please say whether you're writing from the perspective of Harwell or Chilton when you get in touch. The deadline for this is Tuesday 31 May. Thank you!


PRayers for Holiday ClubHoliday Club 2022


Over the coming weeks there will be different requests for prayers to be said for the upcoming Holiday Club. 

We ask you to please take some time this week to pray for the following: 

Pray for those planning holiday club - especially Jane, Sarah & Brendan

Pray that we'd have the right people, and enough people to fun the club as well as we can

Pray that the leaders would have inspiration as they put the teaching elements together

Pray for our relationship with the School and the community, that we would be a great Blessing

Parish Profile update  Church logo - horizontal

In order to recruit a new Rector for the Harwell with Chilton Benefice, we have to produce a Parish Profile which is a document to give information to potential applicants about the parishes, the churches, the area and, most importantly, what we are looking for in our new Rector.

With the growth of new houses in the area, we have to consider that our Benefice is likely to expand to take in part of Great Western Park and the future Valley Park.  With this in mind, we need to consider that our new Rector may be taking on a much larger area than just the villages of Harwell and Chilton.

All of these aspects need to be captured in our Parish Profile to make the role as attractive as possible to potential candidates and encourage them to apply.

Three people are working to co-ordinate the writing of the Parish Profile – Jane Woolley, Judith Russell and Hazel Benton.  They will liaise with others to ensure the Profile has all the correct information.

So far, the two Parochial Church Council’s (PCC’s) have met to discuss our future needs and have had a meeting with the Patrons of our churches, the Vacancy Lead Associate Deacon and the Parish Development Advisor.

The Patrons are the Oxford Diocese Board of Patronage and the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS).  Their roles are to guide us in the recruitment process to help us to reach the best possible applicant for our churches and the future of the Benefice.  They will also be part of the interview panel for shortlisted candidates.

Jane, Judith and Hazel have had a very helpful meeting with the Parish Development Advisor and have agreed a basic structure and timetable as well as starting to draft sections of the Profile.

We have asked Liz Roberts to liaise with our congregations and some of our local organisations (schools, etc.) to ask what they see as important in a new Rector.  Of course, we may not be able to fulfil every wish!

One key thing that we need from you, our congregations, is for you to pray for the whole recruitment process and specifically that the right candidate will be found for our Benefice.

We need to really stir the heart of possible applicants and to give them a vision of a future in our churches.

Thank you.


Walking your dog, walking with the children, or strolling with your friends or family? Walkers

St Matthew's and All Saints' produce a newsletter called Ridgeway Broadsheet, which helpers kindly deliver to every house across the Benefice. 

Could you help us to deliver this six times a year?   

We are looking for helpers in both areas of Chilton and Harwell.  If you would like to find out more please either call the church office on 01235 834256 (Monday to Thursday 9.00am-2.00pm) or email Deborah at de.hcchurches@gmail.com


 The Next Church Community Cafe 

coffeePlease come along and bring your friends and family for good coffee and home made cake at St Matthew's Church on Thursday 9th June, 10.30am - 12.00pm. 
Free but donations are welcome! 

Please note due to the Jubilee Bank Holiday that the cafe will be a week later than our usual 1st Thursday of the month.