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 29th November, Advent Sunday:

No services in church today.

10.30am, Zoom Service (joining details below)

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.

Readings: Isaiah 64: 1-9; Psalm 80:  1-8, 18-20; 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9; Mark 13: 24-end.

Collect: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Save the Date:

  • ‘A Taste of Christmas’, Saturday 5th December, 12.00pm-3.00pm, Details in the November Ridgway Bell. Funds to Ogbourne St Andrew Church.
  • Holy Cross Christmas Online Quiz, Wednesday 9th December. Full details in the December Ridgeway Bell. Holy Cross Christmas Raffle, tickets from Holy Cross Church and Oakley’s Spar Chiseldon. Draw on Sunday 13th December after the morning service. Funds to Holy Cross 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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