Dear Church member
This day, 20th May, in 325 was the First Council of Nicaea - the first ecumenical council of Christian bishops that sought consensus in the church through an assembly representing all Christendom. One of its fruits was the Nicene Creed, which includes the famous lines
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
Our churches in Harwell and Chilton work together with other believers in the one Lord Jesus Christ in various ways in the local area, and one such expression of that is an ecumenical prayer meeting for the growth of the Church in our area. Do please join in with this if you would like to, either as a 'one off' during this time of 'Thy Kingdom Come' or more regularly if you wish. The next meeting is tomorrow, Friday 21st May, at 2pm.
The Nicene Creed also includes
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
This Sunday, 23rd May, is when we remember Pentecost, when the life-giving Holy Spirit was first poured out on the believers. That same Spirit is poured out on all of God's people today to empower, guide and comfort.
On Sunday afternoon we have a Benefice Walk. The walk will be circular, approximately 4.7 miles in length and take around 2.5 hours. A group will leave from St Matthew's at 1.30pm and another group from All Saints' at 3pm, and both groups will meet for the central section of the walk before returning to their respective starting points.
There are no stiles, the only steps are those going down from the Reading Road to Broadway (which are very shallow), the walk is all-terrain buggy friendly, and will be at a leisurely pace, which will give people plenty of opportunity to chat. We will stop at several points for a short reading/reflection and prayer for our local area. All are warmly welcome.
If you would like to take part in this - and in order for us to comply with the restrictions on numbers gathering - please click here to book your place.
On Sunday 6th June in our services and in some of our small groups we will be starting the Bible Series, a 7-part journey through the big story of the Bible. Each week touches on key themes and relates them to universal human needs. More information on this to follow!
Do please also remember the closing down sale at The Fountain Christian Bookshop in Wallingford between now and Saturday 29th May, with 60% off everything. Do go along to bag some bargains and support Ridgeway Church Wallingford in the process, and pass on news of this to others who you feel might be interested.
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton