Church of England Diocese of Oxford

Sunday Services at GWP Church - A note from Rev Mark Bodeker, Minister GWP Church

7 Dec 2020, 4:45 p.m.

From our Minister, Mark Bodeker.

I was hoping to be able to update this page and welcome you with a more upbeat assessment at the end of the second period of and to welcome Advent and a period of expectation leading to Christmas. However, for most of us, the ending of this period of confinement will simply usher in the start of a new period of restrictions. It is sad, but our new reality is that we must beat this virus and create as much NHS capacity as we can by staying well. We look forward to a vaccine, but in the meantime, we must remain vigilant and follow the rules.

For churches like ours, we have been learning how to minister to each other online, doing worship in new ways. We are STILL OPEN and would love you to join us for our regular services and events.

Churches will open again soon for private prayer, services, weddings, baptisms and funerals (for All Saints', our sponsoring church, attendance is limited at weddings to 15 and funerals to 25. We await CofE guidance in regard to baptisms. For those of us, like Great Western Park Church, who don't have use of a building, there will be another wait until restrictions are eased further. As such, we need to maintain our current practice of meeting 'virtually' using Zoom. We do this each Sunday at 11 am with an interactive service of praise and worship. There is also interactive activity for all ages to join in with. We record each sermon and these are accessible to view again on our website gwpchurch.org.uk  (see Sermons/Online Services), our YouTube channel (Great Western Park Church) or Facebook page (@gwpcommunitychurch). A full recording of the entire service can also be viewed on request.  

You are also most welcome to join us each week as we join together in small groups ('Life Groups'), each Thursday at 10.30 am for Community Cafe and Friday's, monthly, for a church Quiz. Each Wednesday we send out a weekly Church Newsletter with reflection and prayer, trying to capture and reflect on the way we are and feel. For an invitation to all of these events, regular updates, weekly newsletter and worship material please email me at [email protected].

This Christmas, we will hold all our services 'virtually', online. Do look out for advertising and further information on these coming soon. We would love you to join in with us as we celebrate and 'Welcome the King!'

All of our connected services with All Saints' Church relating to Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals (in church) continue as before (but with limited numbers able to attend). If you are thinking of planning one of these services, again, please contact me as the rules are constantly changing.

As we continue to be separated, we remained joined by the love of God. Please continue to pray for each other, our community and nation as we work together to get through this. 

With Blessings

Mark

27th November 2020