Outside St Peter's Church


Recent Events: October - December 2015

  25th December  

Full choral Christmas mass was celebrated at both midnight and at 10.00am.
Whilst the crib was blessed with its traditional characters (only a year younger than the church) the new nativity set which was used for the crib service was placed under the alter; each piece designed to nestle gently in little palms.

24th December
Nearly 200 adults and children celebrated the Nativity through hearing bible readings and watching children act out the story of the birth of Jesus. All joined in singing well known carols, including 'Away in a Manger' by candlelight.

23rd December

Thanks to all those who came to our Christingle service when we remembered Jesus as the Light of the World and prayed for those children who face tough challenges in their lives.

Photo: Helen

As is the usual custom, the clergy of All Saints and St Peter's (who hold a communion service in Didcot Hospital each week) led a service of Lessons and Carols for patients and staff.

20th December

The traditional annual Service of nine lessons and Carols was held, followed by wine and mince pies. Apart from the more usual Christmas carols, the choir sang 'Adam Lay Ybounden' by Boris Ord, 'O Radiant Dawn' by James MacMillan, 'The Blessed Son of God' by R Vaughan Williams, 'A Scots Nativity' by Alan Bullard and 'Sir Christimas' by William Mathias.

9th December

As the heating system had thrown a wobbly and insisted on pumping cold air into the Church, after their usual coffee and a chat seventeen members of the Wednesday Fellowship held their communion service in the hall before sitting sat down with all seven helpers to enjoy a full Christmas dinner.

29th November

The Advent Carol Service was held at 6.00pm and apart from the usual Advent hymns for congregational singing, the choir also sang 'A Tender Shoot' by Otto Goldschmidt, 'People look East and Sing Today' by Eleanor Farjeon, 'Richard de Castre's Prayer to Jesus' and 'O My Dear Heart' by Peter Aston.

24th November

After a Holy Communion service in Church, the St John's Guild members held their Christmas party in the hall and were one again entertained by the Ridgeway Handbell Ringers who played a selection of Christmas carols to sing along to.

22nd November
Today was Fran's last Sunday with us as a Lay Minister and she was presented with a gift of appreciation. She will take up her new rôle as Deacon next July. Fran spoke of her eleven years as an LLM and said that she was looking forward to serving in her new rôle. Revd Hannah reminded her that the meaning of the word 'Deacon' was 'Slave'!

21st November
Having played their Joker in round 5 of the Quiz 'n' Chips competition, the Heretics took the lead which they maintained through the rest of the evening. They won with an impressive eleven point lead. A tie at the bottom of the table initiated a tie-breaker resulting in The Railway Children winning the wooden spoon. The charity raffle raised £161 for Secret Santa, a local charity raising money to distribute Christmas presents to sick and vulnerable people. (See results since 2007).

8th November
At 11.00am after the morning service, the clergy and choir led the congregation into the Memorial garden to hear the names of those who gave their lives from the old Northbourne parish in the First World war and subsequent conflicts, and observe the two minutes silence. (Details of the War Memorial)


18th October

At the end of the 10.00am mass it was announced that our ordinand Julie Mintern will be serving her title as Assistant Curate in the Parish of St Paul's, Wokingham following her ordination next July. (www.spauls.org.uk)

17th October
After taking and holding a very small lead in the second half of the Quiz 'n' Chips evening, Hop, Skip and Jump were forced into second place when the final tie-breaker gave the victory to Good Evans. The wooden spoon was won by the Youth Group. The charity raffle raised a record £212 for Embrace, a charity tackling poverty and injustice in the Middle East. (See results since 2007).

St Peter's Wednesday Fellowship

3rd October
Baptismal Tea Party


A large group of children and their parents attended a party to celebrate the baptisms of all those baptised since Revd Hannah has been at St Peter’s.     



Thank you so much to all those who made the afternoon such a success!



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