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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 27th September, Trinity 16:

  • 8.30am, Holy Communion (BCP), St Andrew
  • 10.30am, Harvest Festival (Methodist Service), Holy Cross
  • 6.00pm, Evensong (BCP), celebrating Harvest Festival, St George

No food items this year please. We will take cash donations to be shared between the Swindon Foodbank and the Swindon Women’s Refuge. Thank you.

Church opening for private/individual prayer:

  • St George: Wednesdays and Sundays, 9.00am-5.00pm

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: Ezekiel 18: 1-4, 25-end; Psalm 25: 1-8; Philippians 2: 23-32; Matthew 21: 23-32; Deuteronomy 8: 7-18; Psalm 65; 2 Corinthians 9: 6-end; Luke 12: 16-30.

Collect: O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them; 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.

Eternal God, you crown the year with your goodness and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season: grant that we may use them to your glory, for the relief of those in need and for our own well-being; 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 at Chiseldon church on Wednesday 30th September at 10.00am

Harvest Festival: St Andrew 4 Oct at 11.00am; Zoom, 4 Oct at 6.00pm. No food items this year please.

Save the date:

  • 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]

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

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