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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full steam ahead 

Full Steam Ahead pictureOn Saturday 9th June, we had a stall at "Full Steam Ahead" the Harwell Campus & Chilton Village Family Fun Day. We had the same activities as at Harwell Feast, sunflower seed planting and wind sock making. Though the activities were the same the take up of what we were offering was hugely different.  There were several hundred sunflower seeds planted and wind socks made and we had some lovely conversations with lots of families.
This wouldn't have been possible without all the wonderful volunteers manning the stall on the day, putting up and taking down the gazebos and collecting 100's of loo rolls! We're also grateful to Chilton Garden Centre for donating all the compost and sunflower seeds.
 


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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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the door 

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The June issue of The Door, the diocesan news paper is now available. In future this will only be issued once a quarter with the next issue in September. In time the format is likely to change to a magazine style. Please take a copy as it contains some interesting articles! Joan Impey
 
 


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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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CAP Deb Centre Update 

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Adapaed from the Trustees Report 2017

Didcot and Wallingford Area CAP Debt Centre is a partnership of six churches with CAP (Christians Against Poverty), whose objects are:

  1. The relief of poverty by providing a debt counselling and debt management service
  2. The advancement of the Christian religion in Did cot and Wallingford and the surrounding area


During 2017, 30 client families were referred to the Debt Centre bringing the total over the first three years to 65. By December the Debt Centre was working at full capacity of 3 referrals per month. By the end of 2017 it had seen 12 individuals (10 families) going debt-free, and was working with 25 families at various stages of the debt-management process.

The Debt Centre has supported clients going to court, fighting TV licence prosecution, undergoing benefit reviews and needing mediation with neighbours. It has also been able to support clients through the generosity of church members by providing foodbank vouchers, electricity and gas top-ups, a new mattress, the offer of a car as well as clothes and toys for children. It has also signed up to Tesco Food share which allows it to distribute packages of fresh food which would otherwise be thrown away. At Christmas it was able to deliver Christmas hampers to clients compiled by the local food bank and church members' gifts.

A number of activities for clients took place during the year including a Fish and Chip Supper, Easter Egg Hunt, Summer BBQ and a Pamper Evening. These were all well attended. Various clients are now engaging with one or other of the partner churches in a variety of ways.

The work of the Debt Centre is managed and undertaken by Sue Bright (Centre Manager) and Susie Holden (Debt Coach) and their team of volunteers who undertake a variety of tasks. In 2017, sixteen volunteers were involved in visiting clients and some of these were also involved in other ways such as supporting a client to set up a new bank account, calling companies for up to date financial statements and arranging or attempting to arrange social events with clients. The offer of ongoing friendship and social support has been offered to those clients who would appreciate it, and several relationships have developed well in this way.

Small groups of people from the partner churches continue to meet regularly in both Didcot and Wallingford to pray for the work of the Debt Centre. Termly joint church prayer meetings are also held in the Wallingford churches and are planned for the Didcot churches.

It is hoped that in 2018 the impact of widening the partnership and two debt coaches will enable the centre to reach out to more clients providing them with financial help and, when the opportunity arises, spiritual guidance.

 


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quiet day 23rd June 2018

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A "spa day with Jesus"
10.30am-3pm
 
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.
 
P.S. Men can be pampered too.

Contact Vicky for more information and to book a place.

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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 

welcomes me 


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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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