Living in Love and Faith 

Living in Love and Faith logoThis new, five-session course on Wednesday evenings at St Matthew's Church begins on 26th January. It will be a forum for discussion and learning together that provides a structured and accessible way to reflect on questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage, in which all views will be heard and respected. It includes short-story films, Bible passages and discussion, it is designed to inspire us to think more deeply about what it means to be human, and for followers of Jesus to walk in love, faith and holiness today.

To aid planning we would be grateful if you would indicate your intention to attend by completing the form below (then clicking the green 'OK' button).

 

Name:
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The Alpha Course 

Alpha Word CloudA hugely popular video and discussion-based 11 week course that makes space for a conversation about faith, life and God, and includes a free meal! Sessions start at 7pm.

If you have any questions or want to find out more about the Christian faith, do consider taking part. And do be thinking and praying about the Course, and whether you might like to take part and/or invite a friend, neighbour, colleague or family member.

Taster evening Monday 31st January (not 24th as previously advertised). More info from Deborah. 


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Generation Gold

Chilton-8 12022 starts our new theme for the generationGold services.  This year we will be looking at what we learn from ‘The Birds of the Bible’.
Everyone is welcome and please feel free to bring a friend or newcomer to share the service, a cuppa and cake!

The next service is:
Monday 14th March
All Saints’ Chilton at 2.30pm
 
If you need more information please contact Pam 01235 834475 (pamrolls@tiscali.co.uk); or Jan 01865 391282 (janradford58@yahoo.com)
 
Hope to see you then
Blessings
Pam and Jan
 

 


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Christingle - 6th Feb

2016 Christingle-2Our popular Christingle services will be on Sunday 6th February, 9.30am at All Saints' Chilton and 11am at St Matthew's Harwell. These are family-friendly, informal services, that are accessible to visitors and great to invite  friends and neighbours to. More details to follow.

Please note that there will not be separate 10am and 11.30am services at St Matthew's that day. It is a combined service.


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Church Community Cafe 

coffeeFollowing a pilot event just before Christmas, we are aiming to get this social activity going regularly from February. This drop-in cafe with good coffee, tea and home-made cake will be at St Matthew's on Thursdays 10am to 12pm, dates to follow.


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Service Teams

Dear Church family,

teamAs you will know, our churches have now fully reopened with a new pattern of services (see below to check the details). For the time being, we will also be continuing with online services for those who would prefer not to gather in church yet.

For the services to run smoothly, we need to arrange rotas for:

  • sidesmen/women (to help prepare the church, then to welcome worshippers)
  • sound and vision (NB - this will mostly be for the sound only at morning services, and for projection in the evening)
  • readers (usually one or two lessons from the Bible, both for in church and online services)
  • people to lead prayers and intercessions (around 4-5 minutes, both for in church and online services)
  • coffee (preparing, serving, clearing)
  • communion assistants (approved by the PCC)


A few people who were previously on these rotas have already contacted us to say they are unable to continue for now, which we totally understand, but this means we are a bit stretched on some rotas. Before the first lockdown, we had very many willing volunteers to cover these duties, and we are hoping that if you were on the rota before, you will be willing to continue on the same rotas (unless you have already told us that you are unable to), and/or to take up new duties. It would be lovely if more people could come forward to volunteer so that the responsibility doesn't rest with the same few people. If you are able to help, please do contact us; full instruction will be given as required!

Please can you let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in volunteering, with your preferred rotas and also any dates you will be unavailable, so that we can arrange rotas for the coming weeks. Over the next few days, we shall be arranging these and shall let you know when you will be on duty. For St Matthew’s services, please respond to Eliza, and for All Saints' to Yvonne.

Thank you to all who serve in our services; we are excited to be opening up again after many months of lockdown, and expectant of God's blessing as we recommence our regular worship and seek to serve Him and reach out to our friends and neighbours in our two villages.

With best wishes,

Yvonne and Eliza
Churchwardens

yksanderson@yahoo.co.uk
elizawheaton@me.com

SUNDAY SERVICE PATTERN (for full details see website or the Broadsheet)

  • 9:30 am Morning Worship / Holy Communion All Saints'
  • 10:00 am Interactive Service St Matthew’s
  • 10:30 am Pebbles Family Service (2nd Sundays only) Chilton Village Hall
  • 11:30 am Morning Worship / Holy Communion St Matthew’s
  • 6:00 pm Evening Prayer / Holy Communion St Matthew’s

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everyday faith

The Church of England has launched 'Everyday Faith' on their website to help Christians to live out their faith throughout the week. There are lots of resources available, including prayers, bible reflections and short videos.  They are also running a #LiveLent campaign where you can sign up for seasonal emails and view the #livelent booklets.

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Amazon Smile

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If you use Amazon, you can sign up through Amazon Smile to raise funds for Harwell and Chilton Churches.  You just need to log into your account from Amazon Smile and choose to support St Matthew's Harwell.  It doesn't cost you any extra. 


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Who is Jesus and what does his kingdom look like?


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Prayer in the workplace

 


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finding happiness


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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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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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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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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, via Vicky in the Church Office, or the Treasurers, Stuart Gibson and Phill Johnston.


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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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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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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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