Parishes of the Ridgeway Benefice

Information about Services in the parishes of Holy Cross, Chiseldon, Ogbourne St George and Ogbourne St Andrew

Welcome to The Ridgeway Benefice

Welcome

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.

Services in The Ridgeway Benefice:

Sunday 31st July 2022, Trinity 7:

  • 10.30am, Benefice Communion, St Andrew

No early service today

Readings: Ecclesiastes 1: 2, 12-14, 2: 18-23; Psalm 49: 1-12; Colossians 3: 1-11; Luke 12: 13-21

Collect: Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: graft in our hearts the love of your name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of your great mercy keep us in the same; 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.

Sunday 7th August 2022, Trinity 8:

  • 10.30am Morning Worship (in the Methodist Tradition), Holy Cross. Preacher, The Revd Dr Leslie Griffiths.
  • 11.00am, Morning Worship, St Andrew

No early service today

Readings: Genesis 15: 1-6; Psalm 33: 12-end; Hebrews 11: 1-3, 8-16; Luke 12: 32-40

Collect: Almighty Lord and everlasting God, we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments; that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Sunday 14th August 2022, Trinity 9:

  • 10.30am, Benefice Communion, Holy Cross

No early service today

Readings: Jeremiah 23: 23-29; Psalm 82; Hebrews 11: 29-12:2; Luke 12: 49-56

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.

Sunday 21st August 2022, Trinity 10:

  • 10.30am, Morning Worship, Holy Cross

No early service today

Readings: Isaiah 58: 9b-end; Psalm 103: 1-8; Hebrews 12: 18-end; Luke 13: 10-17

Collect: Let your merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of your humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please you; 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.

Sunday 28th August 2022, Trinity 11:

  • 10.30am, Methodist Service, Holy Cross
  • 6.00pm, Evensong (BCP), St George

No early service today

Readings: Ecclesiasticus 10: 12-18; Psalm 112; Hebrews 13: 1-8, 15-16; Luke 14: 1, 7-14

Collect: O God, you declare your almighty power most chiefly in showing mercy and pity: mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace, that we, running the way of your commandments, may receive your gracious promises, and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure; 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.

Sunday 4th September 2022, Trinity 12:

  • 8.30am, Holy Communion (BCP), Holy Cross
  • 10.00am, Cafe Church, St George
  • 10.30am, Morning Worship, Holy Cross
  • 11.00am, Parish Communion, St Andrew

Readings: Deuteronomy 30: 15-end; Psalm 1; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14: 25-33

Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray and to give more than either we desire or deserve: pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask but through the merits and mediation of 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.

Sunday 11th September 2022, Trinity 13, celebrating Holy Cross Day:

  • 8.30am, Holy Communion (BCP), St George
  • 10.30am, Parish Communion, Holy Cross

Readings: Exodus 32: 7-14; Numbers 21: 4-9; Psalm 51: 1-11; Psalm 22: 23-28; 1 Timothy 1: 12-17; Philippians 2: 6-11; Luke 15: 1-10; John 3: 13-17

Collect: Almighty God, who called your Church to bear witness that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself: help us to proclaim the good news of your love, that all who hear it may be drawn to you; through him who was lifted up on the cross, and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Sunday 18th September 2022, Trinity 14:

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

Readings: Amos 8: 4-7; Psalm 113; 1 Timothy 2: 1-7; Luke 16: 1-13

Collect: Almighty God, whose only Son has opened for us a new and living way into your presence: give us pure hearts and steadfast wills to worship you in spirit and in truth; 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.

Sunday 25th September 2022, Trinity 15:

  • 10.30am, Cafe Church, St Andrew
  • 10.30am, Methodist Service, Holy Cross
  • 6.00pm, Evensong (BCP), St George

No early service today

Readings: Amos 6: 1a, 4-7; Psalm 146; 1 Timothy 6: 6-19; Luke 16: 19-end

Collect: God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit upon your Church in the burning fire of your love: grant that your people may be fervent in the fellowship of the gospel that, always abiding in you, they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service; 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.

 

Mid-week services: There is a said service of Holy Communion at Holy Cross Church Hall every Wednesday at 10.00am.

 

Church Access

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 On-Line

When on-line services available, the three churches in the Ridgeway Benefice saw a considerable reduction in income as we could take collections, therefore we created the ability for people to donate on-line. 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.

Newsletter

The Ridgeway Benefice publishes a short Weekly Newsletter with information about coming services and other news.

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Safeguarding

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

  • The Diocesan e-bulletin: if you would like to receive the e-bulletin please subscribe using the following here.
  • Diocesan Grapevine: if you would like to receive this bulletin, please subscribe here.

To contact us regarding any errata or new content that you want to be added about groups and events within the Benefice, links to other web sites etc. click here.

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