Outside St Peter's Church


Recent Events: January - February 2012

23rd February - Youth Club

Tonight was our 'share a hobby' evening. Chloe shared her sewing machine and the things she had made; Zoe shared her drawings; Adrian shared his 6mm model soldiers and paper folding; Alex shared his 15mm model soldiers; Tim shared his science fiction model; Ala shared her interest in animals; Curtis shared his interest in cooking; Hannah shared her cross stitch; James shared his music and talked about the difficulty of getting a sailing boat into the hall; Xavier wowed us with his skills on the diabolo.

Kirsty and Graham shared zumba, and the photos are of everyone having a go.


A prayer by a pupil from Northbourne school used at their service in St Peter's on 10th February. Read the full story

Dear Lord,
Thank you for giving us your wonderful storyteller, Father Edward.
We will never forget him or the stories that he told us. We really enjoyed listening to him and going to church each term.
We are all upset but wish him well in the future.

Michael Beasley

19th February

Today we welcomed Michael Beasley, Director of Mission, from the Diocese, who not only led both our services but was also interviewed by Julie at the Parish Breakfast. He talked about his work as an epidemiologist in Africa, the time he spent as Vice Principal of Westcott College in Cambridge and more recently about his current position.

The flowers this weekend were in memory of Jim Griffiths whose anniversary falls at this time.

18th February

The monthly Quiz 'n' Chips was won by the Saints and Sinners with 120 points, with the Little Fishes collecting the Wooden Spoon.

The charity raffle for Marie Cure Cancer Care raised over £270.

Saints and Sinners

The Saints and Sinners


12th February - Father Edward's final Service

Members of the parish presented Father Edward with an original water colour painting depicting various aspects of his ministry at St Peter's



Linda Benton - Artist

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Church Choir Church Choir Ministry Team
Parish Breakfast with the Youth Group

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5th February

At the Parish Breakfast Revd Joy shared the news that she had received a letter from Bishop Andrew. He was delighted to inform her that her period of Curacy had come to an end and that she was now an Associate Minister. She spoke of her calling to St Peter's and of the way in which God had been with her throughout her time of discernment and training.

Following the 10.00 service Father Edward invited the congregation to join him in praying for Joy and blessing her on her way.

As usual, the Sunday School came forward at the end of the service to tell the congregation what they had learnt that day, but instead surprised Father Edward by presenting him with a book of photographs and writings of delightful memories of his time with the Church.

4th February

Despite the threat of snow, over a hundred people gathered in the Church Hall to say farewell to the Revd Edward Carter after almost eight years in the town and over four years as the Area Dean of the Wallingford Deanery. There were farewell messages from the Lay Chairman of the Deanery, The Mayor of Didcot, Northbourne Church of England Primary School and a representative of one of the many schools who have used Edward's Collective Worship materials, along with a presentation from St John's Guild. The tea was followed by a cathedral style evensong in the Church, at the end of which Edward knelt at the alter rail as the choir sang a Benediction.

29th January

At the parish breakfast, the tables were turned as instead of Father Edward 'interviewing' members of the congregation, our Churchwarden Julie Mintern was in conversation with Father Edward. He spoke about his childhood spent in Highbury (North London), Hadrian's Wall near Newcastle upon Tyne and in Virginia Water in Surrey. He shared a few vignettes from his life's journey during which he has been an entrepreneur, an inventor of board games, a teacher of ethics, and finally of his journey to ordination as a priest.

25th January

Following some wonderful singing by 98 members of the Didcot Community Gospel Choir, Father Edward was invited to the conductor's rostrum to receive gracious thanks voiced by the conductor Sarah Tenant-Flowers. Cath and Fran then presented him with gifts from the choir.

Rapturous applause broke out as he received a framed certificate proclaiming him to be A Lifetime Honorary President of the Choir. He was thrilled also to receive other presents including a CD and photograph of the the choir, theatre tickets and a book of Essex walks.

Everyone then moved to the hall for a party which included a specially made cake. They then returned to the church for a farewell performance of the the Gospels Choir's version of 'Hallelujah' - one of Edward's favourite pieces.
Father Edward started what was to become Didcot Community Gospel Choir some four years ago when he introduced gospel singing on Sunday afternoons.

21st January

At the end of the Quiz 'n' Chips evening (won by 'The Saucy Sailors'), Henry Leighton presented Revd Edward Carter with a fountain pen, a letter opener (made out of yew) and a book taken in grateful thanks for his work in the parish. Father Edward introduced the Quiz 'n' Chips quizzes to St Peter's shortly after arriving in the parish.

Photos by Andrew Jones

19th January

The St Peter's Youth Group leaders hosted an international evening with tastings of food and quizzes. Some of us were a bit challenged with the national anthems and flags.

15th January

David & Edwina Fernback, long-standing members of St Peter's, provided the flowers in church to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. Our warm congratulations go to them.


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