coffee 

coffeeWe would love more people to help serve tea and coffee after our 9.30 service in All Saints' Chilton, and after our 11am service in St Matthew's Harwell.  Please consider if you might be able to help.  If you don't feel able to be regularly on the rota, perhaps you could offer to bring along some cakes/biscuits. Or to help gather up cups at the end and carry into the kitchen, or help with washing/drying up. 
Please speak to Yvonne Sanderson in Chilton, or Margaret Gibson in Harwell.  Thank you.
 
 


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bespace 

BeSpaceI can't believe that it is already the February half term. The Spring term seems to be flying by so fast but it's been a wonderful 6 weeks. Since the beginning of January we have seen 12 prayer and reflection spaces happen across the County. This is typically one of our quieter terms as everyone settles back into school and into a brand new year. This year saw more prayer and reflection spaces than ever before in this half term and over 3,000 children and young people had the opportunity to encounter a space in their school. Excitingly 4 of these prayer spaces were 2nd spaces in schools who held them for the very first time last year and rebooked for this year. We love seeing reflection and prayer becoming an integral part of school life and are excited for these teams as they develop these spaces for their schools going forward.

Looking ahead to the second half of the Spring term we have 19 prayer and reflection spaces booked into the next 6 weeks ranging from Infant schools to Secondary schools and across both State and Independent schools! We have several first prayer and reflection spaces and one school holding their 9th prayer space. It's going to be a really exciting term. We can't wait to hear all the stories that will come out of these spaces and to be working alongside church teams as they run these spaces in their local schools.

Thank you all so much for your continued support, encouragement and prayer.  Mary Phillips , BeSpace

Prayer Pointers

Thank you

  • For the 10 schools that had prayer and reflection spaces in this half term 
  • For Kirsty and all the amazing work she is doing
  • For 87 prayer and reflection spaces confirmed so far across the whole school year 


Please pray:

  • For the 19 prayer and reflection spaces happening before Easter that all the organisation and preparation goes well
  • For Kirsty as she continues to settle into her role as project coordinator and Mary as she releases much of the schools work to work more on fundraising and development
  • For financial provision and favour

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all saints' women's group quiz night 

quizOn Saturday 30th March All Saints’ Women’s Group are holding their annual Quiz Evening in Chilton Village Hall – 7:15pm for a prompt start at 7:30pm. Teams of up to 6 people; tickets are priced at £10 each which includes a hot supper and a tasty pudding. Please bring your own drinks and glasses.
The charities we will be supporting this year are Hamlin Fistula UK which provides free treatment and support to women in Ethiopia who have obstetric fistula, and All Saints’ Chilton to help pay for the path that now provides safe wheelchair and pushchair access into the church or to help pay for ramped access into the church. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements and we will try to cater for them. Contact Judy Goodall or Vicky Johnston for tickets.
 
 


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lent central 

studyFor six Thursdays in Lent (7th March to 11th April) we will be running an evening course that is open to everyone, newcomers especially welcome. This will be in addition to the home groups that will continue to meet during this time, and would welcome new members (more information from Jean Barton).

Lent Central will be held at St Matthew's Church on Thursday evenings, 7.45 for 8pm, starting with tea and coffee, a short time of worship, and then a combination of videos and talks to introduce a topic that will then be discussed in small groups (along with further refreshments!). The groups will then come back together to share some of their thoughts with those in other groups, and we will finish at 9.30pm. This is a really good opportunity to spend a season in a sociable setting exploring the Christian faith together and encouraging one another.  More information from Jonathan. Save the dates!

 
 

 

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cap money course 

CAP Money
Three FREE sessions to help you manage your money better, and get in to the kind of saving and spending habits that make life easier.  Hot breakfast butties included.
Join us for 2.5 hour sessions on Saturdays 23rd March, 30th March and 13th April in Harwell Church Lounge at 10.15am each time. Book in at  (punching in your postcode should bring up our course) or ask Vicky in the office to register you.
 


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harwell players 

josephs coat
Harwell Players present

No Go, Joe

(A play about putting on a play)
Friday 15th March 7.30pm
Saturday 16th March 2.30pm
Saturday 16th March 7.30pm
St Matthew's Church, Harwell
Tickets Adults £10, Concessions £6
Available from Bob's Butchers
and from Janice Markey on jvmarkey@googlemail.com
All proceeds to the
Church Tower Repair Fund
 

 


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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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The Leprosy Mission 

Leprosy Mission
Thank you for all who gave me donations for The Leprosy Mission to mark World Leprosy Day. A total of £105 was collected and this is now being sent to The Leprosy Mission.  Rosemary Rolls
 
 


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fledglings is growing! 

Growing Fledgelings imageAs most people will know our churches run two baby and toddler groups. Fledgelings meet on Monday mornings in St Matthew's Church Hall, Harwell, and Wednesday mornings in Chilton Field Community Room. Both groups are well attended by families from both our villages as well as from Didcot and further afield, with new families regularly joining us. Continually growing means we regularly reach capacity at Chilton Fledgelings which is why after February half term holiday we are starting a new ***WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON FLEDGELINGS!***
The new group will meet in Chilton Field Community Room, Wednesday afternoons during term time.  
Can you help? One of the things people love about our groups is coming and having a hot drink made for them and a baby held while they drink it! Could you give an afternoon or two (or more!) a month to come and make drinks, wash up, hold a baby and chat to our lovely parents? We'd love to have you join us! Speak to Melanie or Sarah for more information.
Please pray:
* For this new group.
* For families not yet coming to Fledgelings. Although Fledgelings is popular there are still so many families we're not reaching. Pray they would give this new group a try.
* For Judy Goodall, Esther and Debra as they help run afternoon Fledgelings.
* That we can build good relationships at all our Fledgelings groups and show God's love to everyone we welcome along.
 
 


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oxfordshire schools chaplaincy 

OSC 1
OSC 2 


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cap debt centre 

CAPimage-300x300CAP stats – February 2019
4 referrals per month
38 open cases
21 clients/families debt free to date
11 salvation prayers to date (4 in the last 12 months)
22 volunteers supporting the work from across the 7 churches

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.
The CAP Debt Centre are always looking for more help - do contact Sue Bright if you’d like to offer your help.
Thanks of course for your ongoing support and prayers for this work.  
Sue Bright, Centre Manager 
 
 


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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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Gospel of Luke 

open bible
Harwell & Chilton Churches are reading through Luke between December and April.  You can find the readings for the Sunday sermons here to correlate with the Lectionary Readings from the Church of England.
We would encourage you to read a chapter in Luke each week. You will find a comment posted on Facebook and on our website each week to help us all consider the relevant chapter.
 
 


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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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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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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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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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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 

group
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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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 

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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