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A big turn out at today's Crib Service, where Mary and Joseph were joined by angels, sheep, kings, wise men and not one but two donkeys to retell the Christmas story along with traditional readings and carols
Today we had the privilege of baptising Sophie Clarissa Maria Adby and her son, with parner Jamie, Brody Richard Daniel.
Phto L-R: Brody's sister Ellie, Jamie (Brody's father) God-mother Laken, Sophie holding Brody, God-father Thomas, God-mothers Hayley, Carol and Mandy, God-father Rod. Jamie - a God-father is hiding behind Carol!
The Heretics (R) made it three wins out of three in the third Quiz'n'Chips of the season, with the Qizzards (L) taking the wooden spoon. The proceeds of the raffle went to local Scout Groups working towards funding their trip to Kenya with NasioTrust.
We were pleased to welcome the newest members of the St Peter's family Erin Jessica and Seb Leon at their baptisms on 6th November. L-R Godmothers Georgina and Samantha, mum Suzie holding Seb, Godmother Zoe, dad Simon with Erin, Godfather John, front: Erin and Seb's cousins holding their candles for them
Twelve teams joined us for the second Quiz'n'Chips of the season. Several teams were in contention at the half way mark, but the Heretics again pulled away at the end for another convincing win. Over the Rainbow did better this time, with the wooden spoon going to The Muppets. The proceeds of the raffle went to Headway, a charity promoting understanding of all aspects of brain injury and providing information, support and services to survivors, their families and carers.
Today we welcomed Ruby-May Lucy Palmer into the family of St Peter's Didcot. Pictured after her Baptism are:
Godparent Kiall, dad Dominic with Ruby-May, mum Abby, Ruby-May's grandmother and uncle, Godparents Kristen, Caitlin and Katie.
Esme Olivia Wall became the latest new member of the St Peter's family on 2nd October.
In photo (Left) are mum, Sarah and dad, Kevin, holding Esme, with Godparents Natalie, Karen and Adam
On Sunday 18th September, Bishop Colin welcomed a new group into the Fellowship of St Birinus. Among them were two from St Peter's: Sheila Good and Sheila Brown. Both were commended for their work in the parish over the years including with children, in Sunday School and the Tuesday Club, and youth, with the Youth Group and the Girl Guides (Sheila B), The Mothers' Union (Sheila G) and the Wednesday Fellowship. Their service at Christchurch Cathedral was also recognised. Our thanks and congratulations to both.
Saturday saw the operning Quiz of the 2016/17 season. Teams of all ages from across Didcot enjoyed evening of questions both easy and hard, good company, and fish and chips The runaway winners were The Heretics, confortably ahead of E = MC Hammer in second place, with Over the Rainbow collecting the wooden spoon. The night's good cause was SOFEA, the South Oxfordshire Food and Educatin Academy. SOFEA trains people struggling to find jobs in logistics-related work, using food donated by supermarkets which is then given to local charities.
Memorial service for Didcot Power Station workers
A church service has been held at Didcot All Saints in memory of the four men who died when the Power Station collapsed in February this year, led by the Revd. Karen Beck and the Revd. Hannah Reynolds. The final body was recovered earlier this week. A short video from Meridian news can be found here:
Today's baptism saw mum, Victoria, baptised along with Evalynn and Lucas.
(left) In photo: Joan, Wesley, Kenny, dad James holding Evalynn, Claire, Victoria holding Lucas, Lauren, Laura and Christopher.
We welcomed our newest member of the St Peter's family, Zachary, today
(left) Baby Zachery and his brother Taylor, with parents Kristoffer and Chelsey, with God-parents, Charlie, Liberty, Luke, Ben, Shannon, Greg, Katie and Laura
(right) Zachary and Taylor with Kristoffer and Chelsey, Zachary's aunt holds his baptism candle
St Peter's was packed with friends and family of Daniel Hopkins and Katie Houston, there to witness the baptism of Riley-Jay.
In the photo: Katie and Daniel, rear centre, are joined by Godparents Callum Kenward, Millie McConnell, Emily Allnutt (holding Riley-Jay), Abbie Crook, Dominic Sanders and James Sanders
Great Weestern Park Activities Week 25th - 28th July
Mark Bodeker writes: "Thank you to everyone involved in making the GWP Activities Week such a huge success. We were literally inundated with hundreds of people coming to all events throughout the week. It was a real community affair, enjoyed by so many. It just goes to shows what churches working together can do. Thank you again for your support and making it possible."
Sunday was the baptism of Liberty Ann Eves, with the guests being Kristoffer Barr and Chelsey French, with baby Zachary and Daniel Hopkins and Katie Houston with their baby Riley-Jay.
We were delighted to welcome Isabella Hope Gerring and her family to St Peter's today for her baptism.
Left: Ian, Rachel with their daughter Isabella, and Oliver holding Isabella's baptism candle.
Right: Rachel, Ian and Isabella are joined around the font by Isabella's grand-parents, Sue, Mick and Ann.
We were joined today by Honey, the puppy Rob is training for Guide Dogs for the Blind
Congratulations to the winners of our Grand Draw!
The Richmond family won a Fortnum and Mason hamper (left) and Ena Dick won a picnic hamper and wine (right)
Julie was ordained by the Bishop of Reading at Christ Church Cathedral
We wish Julie & Keith all the best in their training parish, St Pauls Wokingham
We have a new Deacon!
Today Fran Childs became The Revd Fran Childs as she was ordained by the Bishop of Oxford at Christ Church Cathedral. We offer her our prayers and good wishes as she embarks on this next stage of her journey in faith.
(Other familiar faces in the picture are Fr Edward, Fr Nicholas and Revd Hannah)
This month's winners
Thank-you to Jackie and Henry
An exciting finish to the 2015/2016 quiz season, which literally couldn't have been closer! Saints and Sinners were in the lead coming up to the final quiz, with The Heretics and The Choir level pegging only two points behind. After near misses in the last few quizes, the Choir finally managed to pull a win out the hat and tie the series with Saints and Sinners. Congratulations to both winning teams! (See results since 2007).
This night also marked the end of an era as Jackie and Henry, who have worked so hard running our quizes for so long, handed on the baton to the next generation. In keeping with our quiz prize tradition they were presented with chocolates and a bottle of wine.
The season's winners
Guests arriving at the church
Dillon holding the baptismal candle
We celebrated the baptism of Robert William Jones, welcoming Robert, his parents Robert and Rachel, his godparents and his family to the church.
Before the service, parents and godparents
After the service
In honour of Queen Elizabth II's 90th birthday, a Festal Evensong service was held, with music from the combined choirs of St. Peter's and All Saints. A large congregation joined in a moving and uplifting act of worship.
Led on this occasion by St. Peter's musical director Mark Stanley, the combined choir sang Evening Hymn by Henry Balfour Gardiner, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimitis in B flat by Charles Villiers Stanford and Zadok the Priest by George Friderick Handel
This morning's Communion service was Julie and Keith's last before Julie takes up her Curacy at Wokingham St. Paul. Hannah and all of us at St. Peter's bid them a tearful, but not permanent, farewell. We will miss you both.
There was cake!
Despite taking an early lead in the Quiz 'n' Chips competition, Crisps 'n' nuts 'n' rock 'n' roll lost it to Saints and Sinners in round 4 when they played their joker. A high score in round 7 put Casual Acquaintances ahead of the game and firm favourites to win. However the superb knowledge of flags by one of the younger members of The Next Generation in the final table round resulted in a resounding first win for them. Magnificent 7 won the wooden spoon. The charity raffle raised £102 for DAWN the Didcot, Abingdon & Wantage talking Newspaper. (See results since 2007).
St Peter's welcomed the 1st Didcot Boys Brigade for their first ever Parade Service at which we heard about all their activities and witnessed many of them receiving awards. The service was followed by tea and specially made Pentecost cakes representing different parts of the world
At the end of choir practice Merryn asked for quiet to make an announcement. She told us that her house rebuilding project had been completed and that Andy was moving in.
She then surprised Andy by asking him to marry her! . . . . . . He accepted.
A response that delighted not only Merryn, but also everyone present. Our heartiest congratulations to them both.
A superb evening's entertainment when a 50 strong Didcot Community Gospel Choir treated us to a range of songs from traditional to Spiritual via Flemish to Zulu under the Direction of Sarah Tenant-Flowers. The Choir were given breaks to let Mark Stanley (Accompanist) and Richard Ashton (Drums) demonstrate their professionalism by performing solos. Money raised was split between St Peter's Church and the Gospel Choir to fund the production of a CD in time for Christmas.
After taking the lead in Round 2 by playing their Joker, Saints and Sinners kept the rest of the teams chasing them for the rest of the evening. Although Over the Rainbow briefly caught up with them in Round 9 Saints and Sinners ended up as clear winners beating their nearest rivals (The Heretics) by four clear points.
With two games left to play this season, The Choir are hanging onto their lead by a mere half point!.
A tie at the bottom of the table initiated a tie-breaker resulting in The Next Generation winning the wooden spoon. (See results since 2007).
The charity raffle raised £176 for Train, a local charity supporting young people in Didcot.
Our Holy Week Journey
The Watch of Prayer
Stations of the Cross
Following the collapse of the Didcot Power station prior to its demolition last Tuesdays (23rd), both the BBC and ITV were present to record parts of the 10.00am mass. They can be seen at:
In a special midday service, Molly Emma Elaine was baptised. The church welcomed her family and friends to St Peter's on this very special day for her.
It was a pleasure to welcome Bishop Colin to St Peter's as he came to confirm Judith, James and Liam. We wishthem well as they continue their Christian journey.
Despite taking and holding the lead in the first half of the Quiz 'n' Chips competition, Magnificat 7 relinquished it to Saints and Sinners who won the competition by three points. The Muppets won the wooden spoon. The charity raffle raised £162 for South Oxfordshire Childrens Centre, a local charity working with children and young mums. (See results since 2007).
Reports of older events can be found in the Archive section of the website