Welcome to The Ridgeway Benefice

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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 9th August, Trinity 9:

  • 8.30am, Holy Communion (BCP), St George
  • 10.30am, Zoom Service

Church opening for private/individual prayer:

  • St George: Wednesdays and Sundays, 9.00am-5.00pm.
  • St Andrew: Mondays, 2.00pm-4.00pm; Thursdays 10.00am-12.00pm.
  • Holy Cross: Wednesdays,10.00am-12.00pm; Saturdays,10.30am-12.30pm

Please follow the directions with regard to social distancing and hand sanitizer etc. If you feel unwell or have any of the Covid-19 symptoms, please do not come to church. To comply with the NHS ‘Test & Trace’ program, your attendance in church will be recorded and kept for 21 days. The wearing of face coverings  in church is now mandatory unless you have a medical condition which prevents you.

Readings: 1 Kings 19: 9-18; Psalm 85: 8-13; Romans 10: 5-15; Matthew 14: 22-33

Collect: Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church: open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

There is a said communion service, Chiseldon Church, Wednesday 12th August at 10.00am.

Save the date:

  • VJ Day, 75th anniversary commemoration, Saturday 15th August, 11.00am, Butts Road Cemetery, Chiseldon.
  • Ogbourne St George Fete, Saturday 19th September. This date may change.
  • APCM – Chiseldon, Tuesday 29th September, 7.00pm in church
  • APCM – Ogbourne St George, Wednesday 30th September, 7.00pm in church
  • APCM – Ogbourne St Andrew, Thursday 1st October, 7.00pm in church

Friends of Holy Cross website: www.friendsohc.org.uk

‘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, Heather Powell on 01793 740369 or email [email protected].  Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, on  07500 664800 or email [email protected]

Meet our Clergy Team here.

Friends Of Holy Cross website: www.friendsohc.org.uk

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