Welcome to St Peter's Church, Wolvercote

Christ is Risen!
Welcome to our website. You are most welcome to our Church community which has worshipped in this spot for nearly a thousand years.

God is real and he loves you

Easter is a time to rejoice in God’s reality and his love for us. This is something we were reminded powerfully of on Good Friday when our archdeacon, Martin Gorick, led two hours of meditation before we marked Jesus’s final hour on the cross and heard the story of his death. When the stone is rolled against the door of Jesus’s tomb it’s like a great full stop to his life and all that he set out to achieve. We have to go through Good Friday to be able to rejoice as fully as we can on Easter Day. By remembering how Jesus was arrested, tried, crucified and buried we are enabled to remember with great joy how he rose from death. Jesus’s resurrection is God saying to us: love is stronger than death, life is eternal, and all is forgiven. As Martin Gorick said, if there’s one thing we can remember about Good Friday and Easter it should be this: God is real, and he loves you.

The resurrection is something that changes life for the better, forever – it’s not just about “life after death” but about life now, lived in all its fullness too.

In Wolvercote we give thanks that the life of the church and the wider community life are so interwoven. We give thanks – as we did in the Flying Goose last Christmas – for all the diverse signs of life and new life here in Wolvercote. Part of that is the Shaping our Vision process in partnership with the Wolvercote Baptist church – and this is already starting to bear fruit in new ideas and initiatives.

A very Happy Easter to you all, and we look forward as the year goes on to the appointment of our new Vicar and all that he or she will bring to the community to which we all belong.

Revd Dr Rob Gilbert and Revd Viv Bridges

Farewell to - and from - our Vicar

Rev'd Mark Butchers has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Barnstaple in North Devon (in the Exeter Diocese) and left us in a moving final service on Sunday 8th March. Please remember Mark and Hilary in your prayers as they take up residence in Devon.

Click here to read a farewell message to us from Mark.

To open our Welcome Leaflet: please click here.

Open Church: St Peter's is open for visits or quiet prayer every Saturday and Sunday from 2-4pm, except when there is a wedding or baptism.

Special needs:If you have special needs or need some support in getting to church, please contact us by telephone or email to find out how we can help.

St Peter's Wolvercote, together with All Saints' Wytham, comprise the Benefice of Wolvercote and Wytham. St Peter's is one of four Churches in the Summertown-Wolvercote Church Partnership. To find out more about this partnership and our sister Churches, Summertown United Reformed Church, St Michael's Summertown and Wolvercote Baptist Church, click on the Church Partnership Pages.

Worship at St Peter's Church

St Peter's Church

St Peter's is an open, inclusive community of people from all walks of life who are seeking to love and serve God in this parish. Anyone is welcome to join us for our services and we encourage you to do so on a regular basis. We hope you will find worship which is reverent, reflective, stilling and uplifting, and a congregation who are warm and welcoming. As you will see from the pages which follow, children are valued members of our Church. There are always activities for them at our 10am Sunday service in term time, as well as at other times.

As a Church community, we try to reflect the love of God for all his creation, as revealed in Jesus' life, death and resurrection; we try to explore the questions which life presents us with, both as individuals and as a society; and we seek to live out our faith through active service to this parish and the wider world. If you would like to join us on this journey with God and towards God - a journey of exploration, thanksgiving, celebration and reflection - you would be most welcome.

Revd Dr Mark Butchers, Vicar 2005 - 2015

Entrance to St Peter's Church
St Peter's chancel

St Peter's Rooms

St Peter's Rooms exterior
St Peter's Rooms comprises a refurbished 'Old School Room' and a new 'Parish Room', available for hire separately or together.

Location: Conveniently located next to the parish church of St Peter, and close to local facilities and transport links to the city, St Peter’s Rooms are an ideal location for meetings, celebrations and evening classes.

The new Parish Room: A large multi-functional space with wooden floor, solid stone walls and an entire wall of glass doors, opening onto an inner, semi-enclosed courtyard. Glass lanterns flood the interior with light. Independent lighting circuits create a variety of moods to suit any event. An adjoining large kitchen is fitted with all the usual appliances including a double oven, microwave oven, and industrial dishwasher, and equipped with tableware for about 40 people.

The Old School Room: A Grade II–listed building forming the second side of the courtyard and retaining many of its original Victorian features. The main, carpeted room opens directly into a kitchen area with beverageware for 40 people.

Each room accommodates up to 40 people seated. The Parish Room can hold 60 people standing. The Old School Room accommodates 45 people standing.

The Glass Link: Running from the Old School Room, alongside the Parish Room, a glass corridor extends usable space from St Peter’s Rooms into St Peter’s Church. The glass walls open completely into the Parish Room and the courtyard, creating a wonderful space for summer events.

With high quality finishing throughout, St Peter’s Rooms meet current standards for Health and Safety and disabled access. Tables, chairs and a piano are included in the hire charge. Induction loops are fitted in both rooms. Wireless internet is available.

Rates : Each room may be hired for a basic £13.00 per hour. Use of the Parish Room kitchen for self-catered parties or events using outside caterers attracts an additional charge of £12.00 or £6.00 only for use of church-owned beverage ware. A refundable, advance booking deposit is required for all single events. Rates are reviewed on an annual basis. Regular users will be advised of rate revisions three months in advance. Download the current rate card (from 1 January 2014) here.

Booking: For further information, rates and availability, contact the St Peter's Rooms Booking Secretary tel: 01865 436866 or e-mail:mcb.williams@ntlworld.com

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