If you are new to SID and are interested in how it all started then read on…
As young people we went to Soul in the City and Festival Manchester to help out on teams doing community projects. Our youth leader at Didcot Baptist Church at the time shared with us her vision of seeing people come together in Didcot and help out in our community. We had been to other cities to help out but then we realised the importance of serving our own community and showing Gods love in practical ways. We then also wanted to see this happen in Didcot.
It was a long and challenging journey for us as young people and as Churches Together in Didcot. At times it felt like it wasn’t going to be possible, we faced many challenges along the way but then in 2005 Soul in Didcot became a reality. Around a hundred people came together serving our community. Teams went out into Didcot litter picking, gardening, re painting fences/pavilions, singing to those in Didcot hospital to name a few projects. We also spent time sharing fellowship together and praying for the town of Didcot and thanking God for these opportunities.
We held a celebration event at the end of the social action days where everyone was invited. Several bands played throughout the afternoon, as well guest speakers sharing their testimonies. Over a thousand people from Didcot and the local areas came to this event in Edmonds Park. It was great seeing the community coming together. All the challenges we faced, our doubts and fears all were overcome. God was with us every step of the way.
Hannah and Ellie
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
James 2 14-17 (NIV)
Soul in Didcot events ran again in 2007 and 2014, with smaller events in the years since.
Following the scaling back of Churches Together in Didcot and District, Soul in Didcot is now managed by Didcot Baptist Church (charity number 1128696)