Outside St Peter's Church


Recent Events: May - June 2012


30th June

St Peter's had an opportunity to take part in Dicot Fire Station's Open Day. We managed to not only raise the profile of the Church in the community, but also sold cakes, draw tickets and welcomed friends.

26th June

At the monthly meeting of the St John's Guild, an invitation to members of the congregation swelled the audience to over thirty to hear Colin Dexter's enthralling stories about his life as the author of the Inspector Morse stories. The talk was proceeded by the St John's Guild Office and followed by an superb tea of home made sandwiches and cakes. Thank you to all who made this event possible.

Father Andrew Thomas

24th June

It was a pleasure to welcome Father Andrew Thomas (from Cookham, in the Windsor Deanery) to St Peter's this morning. At parish breakfast he stimulated discussion on a wide range of subjects, and during both the services he challenged and inspired us as we journey through the interregnum, but invited us to be patient as we discern God's will. As he said "God roars with laughter when we tell him what our plans are!".

Mary Moss

17th June

At the Parish Breakfast (cooked to celebrate Fathers' Day) we welcomed Mary Moss (our visitor from Maryville, Tennessee) who shared a little about her own part of the world, the early Cherokee Indians and her favorite parts of the bible. At the 10.00am service Thomas Ryan was baptised, so we welcomed his family and friends on his special day.

13th June

Not to be outdone by being a few days late, the Wednesday Lunchtime Fellowship took on a distinct Diamond Jubilee flavour at their monthly meeting where twenty members met for coffee, communion and a two course lunch.

3rd June

At the Parish Breakfast Tim (who had his Banns of Marriage read today) told us how he met Sam, of his early life in Portsmouth, and his work with young people at St Peter's. At the 10.00am service Leah & Miles Barnfield and Daisy May Dixon were baptised, so their families and friends were welcomed to St Peter's.


2nd June 2012


To Celebrate

The Diamond Jubilee


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

we held

“A Coronation Evensong”

Entrance of the choir: “INTRADA”  by Grayston Ives  (written for the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in St. Paul’s Cathedral on 7 th June 1977)

Introit: “ Let thy hand be strengthened”  by John Blow(1649 – 1708)  (written for the coronation of James ii in 1685)

Hymn: 281  “REJOICE, THE LORD IS KING!”  Tune: “Gopsal”  Melody and figured bass by G. F. Handel (1685 – 1759)

“THE PRECES AND RESPONSES” by Richard Ayleward (1626 – 1669) (a former organist of Norwich Cathedral who at the time of the restoration composed 25 anthems to mark the coronation of Charles II)

“PSALM 98” Chant by E G Monk (1819 – 1900)  (former organist of York Minster who lived out his retirement years in Radley, Oxon)

“MAGNIFICAT AND NUNC DIMITTIS” to a setting in G minor by Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)

Hymn: 683 “ALL PEOPLE THAT ON EARTH DO DWELL” Tune: Old Hundredth. Melody from Genevan Psalter 1551 (Arranged by R. Vaughan Williamsfor the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953)

Anthem:   “ZADOK THE PRIEST”  by G. F. Handel (1685 – 1759)   (Anthem composed for the coronation of George II in 1727)

Hymn: 326 “CHRIST IS MADE THE SURE FOUNDATION” Tune: Westminster Abbey.  Adapted from the final section (“Hallelujah”) in the anthem “O God, thou art my God” by Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)



Organ voluntary:  “CROWN IMPERIAL” by William Walton(Coronation March written for the coronation of George VI in 1937 and played at the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953)

[For further information about the music, see Hugh's excellent article in the June magazine]

The service was preceeded with a Celebratory afternoon tea

31st May

On 31st May, 32 members and leaders from the Youth Group met at Wittenham Clumps for outdoor games. We fired water rockets - without exploding any on take-off this year - and then played hunt the leader. We then closed the evening with a short service, considering how we think about our prayers and why they often seem not to be answered. Bevan

22nd May - St John’s Guild Outing

On a beautiful blue sky afternoon twenty five members of the St John’s Guild set out for a visit to the Convent at Wantage. As we arrived we were welcomed to the St Mary Magdalene Chapel where the office was said. Everyone commented on the calmness, serenity and sacredness of the chapel and it was such a joy to be able to see and touch the wooden Stations of The Cross carved out of teak by Mother Maribel who took 27 years to complete them – what a labour of faith and love! There is even a 15th station – the resurrection of our Lord which we all found very interesting.


Sister Barbara

Sister Barbara then shared some history and we heard all about the work of the sisters both now and in the past. It was soon time to move to St Mary’s Chapel where we learnt more about the prayerful life of the sisters who pray five offices each day. We ended fittingly by saying the Lord’s Prayer all together. The afternoon came to a close as we returned for a cup of tea and a piece of delicious home made cake. It was lovely to see Sister Pat who sends her love to St Peter’s. Thank you to everyone who made this trip such a special and enjoyable occasion. Julie

20th May

At the Parish Breakfast Joe was thrilled to share news about his new job with Oxford City Council. He will be managing data input systems related to recycling. He also spoke about his voluntary work with young people and TRAIN in Didcot.

13th May

At the Parish Breakfast Gill told us about her work with the blind prior to moving to Didcot, and at the 10.00am service the congregation welcomed Kian Forsyth-Beard to the Lord's family

12th May

After a successful plant sale in the morning, parishioners turned out again in the evening for the regular Quiz 'n' Chips evening. This time it was won by Good Evans, and the Charity Raffle raised £190 for the local MS Therapy Centre.

6th May

The Revd David Heslop (Diocesan Director of Ordinands for the Archdeaconry of Berkshire) not only presided & preached at both morning services, but also explained to members at the parish breakfast what his work involved and his his journey of faith to that position.


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