Welcome to the Ridgeway Benefice website, for news and events about the Church of England parishes of Holy Cross Chiseldon with Draycot Foliat, Ogbourne St Andrew with Rockley and Ogbourne St George. The Ridgeway Benefice is in the Marlborough Deanery in the Diocese of Salisbury, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Sunday 24th October 2021, Last Sunday after Trinity:
- 8.30am, Holy Communion (BCP), St Andrew
- 10.30am, Parish Communion (Anglican), Holy Cross
- 6.00pm, Evensong (BCP), St George
Readings: Jeremiah 31: 7-9; Psalm 126; Hebrews 7: 23-end; Mark 10: 46–end.
Collect: Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Mid-week services: There is a said service of Holy Communion at Holy Cross Church Hall every Wednesday at 10.00am.
Church opening for private/individual prayer:
· St George: Wednesdays and Sundays, 9.00am-5.00pm
· St Andrew and Holy Cross can be opened on request either to the Rector or the Churchwardens.
Giving During Lockdown
With only on-line services available, the three churches in the Ridgeway Benefice have seen a considerable reduction in income as we cannot take collections at the moment. If you could donate a one off amount, or even a regular amount by standing order, please see details for each parish here: St Andrew, St George, Holy Cross
Help and Resources
‘Daily Hope’ phone line 0800 804 8044: This is a CofE initiative to provide access to worship, prayer and reflections. The line runs for 24 hours a day and is free to call.
Online church resources: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online
A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus: Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy. Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
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Safeguarding Policy: The Ridgeway Benefice takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times. Our Parish/Benefice Safeguarding Policy (which is that of the Diocese of Salisbury and the National Church) can be viewed and downloaded here.
If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Benefice Safeguarding Officer, Linda Sutcliffe on telephone number: 077484479960 or contact her via email with this form.
Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Jem Carter on 07469 857888 or Suzy Futcher 07500 664800 and email Safeguarding Salisbury.
Our Pastoral Team
Meet our Clergy Team here.
The Friends of Holy Cross
We are a group of people – churchgoers and non-churchgoers – who wish to ensure that The Church of The Holy Cross in the village of Chiseldon is preserved and maintained for present and future generations.
Our aims are to:
- Help preserve and maintain the fabric and furnishings of Holy Cross Church for the benefit of the community, and in support of the Parochial Church Council.
- Raise funds to achieve those objectives.
- Stimulate an interest in the building and its contents.
Find out how you can become involved and what events we have on at the Friends of Holy Cross website:www.friendsohc.org.uk
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