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, Women's 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.
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.
We encourage as many people as possible to get involved or explore more about Matt's work on the dedicated WYWT website (www.woodstockyouthworktrust.