Scripture verse for the week: Philippians 1 verse 6
‘Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’
We really believe that belonging to a house group is essential to find out who we are, deepen our relationships and support one another in our walk with God. To this end, we would strongly encourage you to join one of the house groups below. For more details, please speak to the house group leaders.
Mark Bodeker– Monday evenings
Phil Kerry & Brian Barrett – Tuesday evenings
Adam & Amy Ogle – Tuesday evenings
If this is your first visit to GWP Church, welcome! You will notice that it is not our tradition to take an offering during the course of the service. However, if you would like to contribute towards the running costs of the church, then there is a collection plate on the Welcome Table near the door. Thank you.
Post-it notes are now being placed on tables to remind you to write out your prayers and post them in the prayer box which can be found near to the notice board. Your requests will either be prayed about during the service or will be shared and prayed about at house group. If you feel able, we would love to hear your testimony about any answered prayers.
Each year we donate 10% of the church’s income to charity. This year we’ve supported The Didcot Food Bank; Pamela’s church in Uganda; Liveability and Freeset in India. If you have a particular charity in mind which you’d like the church to support next year, then please email Helen on email@example.com with your suggestions. Thank you.
Inviting others to services this Christmas
We know Christmas is about giving but do we think about offering a gift of hearing about the goods news of Jesus Christ? Why not invite someone to one of our three Christmas Services listed below? We also have a Christingle Service in the New Year. Something for everyone. Please be bold - we all have a unique gift to offer. Mark.
Christmas Services and Christingle
20 December: RA Community Carols at the BP Sports Pavilion from 6.30pm
23 December: Carol Service from 11am at UTC
24 December: Crib Service from 4pm at UTC
25 December: All-age Holy Communion Service from 10am at UTC
6 January: Christingle from 11am at UTC
Thank you to all those who have volunteered to distribute leaflets advertising our Christmas services. They have now arrived! Please collect your quota from Mark following this morning’s service.
Crib Service, Monday 24 December at 4pm - Characters needed!
You are ALL encouraged to come dressed up as your favourite Christmas character to the Crib Service on Christmas Eve. This is for all ages!! During the simple service we are having a play and certain characters are needed in costume to play non-speaking parts. These include; Mary and Joseph, animals (a cow would be good but all animals are welcome!!), shepherds, kings, angels, Santa Claus,hard-working Mother and Jesus. If you would like to like to be involved, then please get in touch with me. It will hopefully be a lot of fun. No acting skills required! Mark.
The travelling crib is now on the move, but there are two slots still available on 17 & 18 December if you would like to host Mary,Joseph and Jesus for one night in your home during the run up to Christmas. Please put your name on the sign- up sheet on the Welcome Table.
This Christmas we would like to make a special donation to our local charity, Didcot Food Bank. They do such a wonderful job providing food for those who cannot afford it, so we would like to donate the church collections given over the three services this Christmas. This will be in addition to the regular donation the church makes. If you can, come prepared to give to this important charity. Thank you.
Didcot Food Bank
Current greater needs are UHT long life fruit juice, UHT milk, instant coffee(jars/packets), dried potato tubs/packets, rice, packet puddings eg(jellies and blancmanges), pasta and pasta sauces preferably tomato,tinned vegetables especially carrots, tinned fruit, tinned meat and pies, long-life baguettes that require baking before eating,biscuits, treats, cereal, sugar and basic toiletries.
The next Prayer Spaces session will be at Willowcroft School, from 14 - 18 January. If you can help out, please put your name on the sign-up sheet on the Welcome Table and speak with Mark for further details.
Women of God Conference
16 March 2019 from 10am – 4.30pm at The King’s Centre, Osney Mead,OX2 0ES. For more information see the poster on the noticeboard.
C2S1 Safeguarding Training
The next C2S1 safeguarding training sessions will take place at St Mary’s Church Wallingford, on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 from 6pm –9pm.