A note from Rev. Mark Bodeker - August 2020

We are in this together

One of the deep foundations of Christian faith is that it is not good for humankind to be alone. We are made for love and community by a God who is love.

The most important message for all of us at this time of necessary distancing is that we are not alone. God is with us as we pray by ourselves, in groups and in families. There are many different ways in which we can connect with each other through technology. We continue to make full use of them and find different patterns of prayer, worship, pastoral care and fellowship for as long as it takes. Even with restrictions easing there is still not the opportunity for Great Western Park Church congregation to meet together physically. Whilst we work hard to change this we need to continue the existing pattern of 'live' services using Zoom.

I will be praying Morning Prayer each morning at 9 am (with the exceptions of Wednesdays which I take as a day off). Each Wednesday we will be emailing a simple 'thought' to reflect on, some prayers and things you can do together with children. Each Sunday we also meet for a service of praise and worship which you can follow and which includes more interaction through worship, prayer and teaching. Singing 'together' may seem a bit strange but I recommend you following the words on screen and listening to our Worship Leader leading us. 

If you don't already receive regular emails with invitations, updates on what is happening in our church or a copy of our weekly Newsletter, then please contact me directly (contact details below). Although we are not yet able to meet together in the normal way, we are bound together through the ministry of the word and the prayers, by our common baptism and by bonds of Christian love.

As such GWP church remains open; we continue to have faith; public worship may be suspended, but the life of God’s kingdom is inextinguishable.

Getting in contact with me

I’m here, so please contact me if you need support, prayer or just to talk. My mobile number is 07970 111110 and email address is markbodeker@gwpchurch.org.uk

Some other practical things regarding special services

All advice on this has changed and we are now able to offer weddings, baptisms or funerals, with restrictions on number of those who can attend. I have already been in contact with those who have already booked All Saints' Church to rearrange these. If, however, you were thinking about arranging a service then please contact me and i would be happy to discuss it with you. 

If things change

Inevitably information and advice will be updated. I will endeavour to get this to you just as soon as I have it. In the meantime I would encourage you to look after yourselves and others and follow guidance. Many thanks for reading through this far.

We wait in hope for the Lord ; he is our help and our shield. 

In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. 

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord , even as we put our hope in you.

Psalms 33:20-22

With our love and prayers,


Updated 4th August 2020

Church Address
Great Western Park Church
UTC College Café, Greenwood Way
Harwell, Didcot
Oxfordshire OX11 0DL
The Vicarage
The Vicarage
1 Holly Lane, Didcot
Oxfordshire OX11 6DA