We are delighted to enjoy good relations with our Anglican, Catholic and Baptist friends and share in a variety of activities through Churches Together, whether that be through providing support for a town Youth Worker, joining together for Songs of Praise in the Town Square, World Day of Prayer, various Lenten activities, the annual Good Friday Walk of Witness, Easter morning sunrise communion by Blenheim Lake or the Christian Aid door-to-door collection. Our housegroups, too, are generally ecumenical.
The churches, along with those in Bladon, also share in a rota to provide regular worship at Spencer Court, the nursing home in Woodstock.
In 2014, the churches in the town, led by our own minister, organised a community Passion Play and retold the story of Holy Week and Easter in the Town Square and Museum Gardens to an audience of over 800 people. Pictures are still available on the event's own website. It is hoped that this does not become just a one-off event but that it can become something that is done from time to time.
In 2015, the churches organised a Pentecost Party in the local primary school's playing field and enjoyed sharing craft activities, tea, a bouncy castle, fire eating and worship with local families and friends.
World Day of Prayer 2019
The World Day of Prayer this year will be on Friday 1st March. It is an international, inter-church organisation, the service being prepared in a different part of the world each year. It is estimated that 3 million people in more than 170 countries will gather to observe the Day of Prayer, which comes this year from Slovenia. In the British Isles over 5,000 services will be held.
In Woodstock, at the Baptist Church, 5a High Street, OX20 1TA, there will be two services:
- 11.00a.m. for children from Year 5, Woodstock Primary School and from Year 7, the Marlborough School
- 7.00p.m. ecumenical service with the theme 'Come – Everything is Ready!'
Everyone is warmly invited to either or both services; parents, grandparents and friends are welcome to attend at 11.00a.m.; adults, especially those at work during the day, are welcome to attend at 7.00p.m.
Woodstock Youth Work Trust
The Church also actively supports the work of the Woodstock Youth Work Trust (WYWT), which is a charity which exists to help teenagers in Woodstock and the surrounding area explore their own faith and spirituality to whatever extent they are comfortable with, and to provide care and support spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually where possible.
The project was pioneered by the calling of Matthew Bodinham, and has been set up in collaboration between Woodstock churches and the secondary school. Woodstock Methodist Church is ably represented on the WYWT board of trustees by Beth Wordsworth. From Matt:
Woodstock Youth Work Trust is an Ecumenical Christian youth work project that exists to see the young people of Woodstock and it’s surrounding areas to go deeper in their relationship with God, and come alongside them for as much or as little of their own personal faith journey that they want to explore in this stage of their life. The heart of the trust is to be commissioned by the churches, and partnering with the local school(s) to be imbedded in the community as a means for reaching young people where they are at. This is done through discipleship groups, discussion groups, social groups, school groups, and supporting local secular youth work activities and events. To find out more, please visit: www.WoodstockYouthWorkTrust.co.uk
We encourage as many people as possible to get involved or explore more about Matt's work on the dedicated WYWT website and support him in prayer. You can also support the work that he does by donating through the website.