Welcome to St Peter's Church, Wolvercote

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

A Lenten Reflection

Lent- the period from Ash Wednesday (18th February) to Holy Saturday (4th April, the day before Easter Sunday); 40 days, not including the 6 Sundays. It’s a time for prayer and reflection, for abstinence and fasting, for self-examination and repentance, for a good look at our priorities in life. In and through all of this, it’s a time for consciously placing ourselves in God’s presence that we may discern even more deeply his love for us and his call upon us. What word of affirmation, encouragement or perhaps loving rebuke, might he have for us if we make the space to listen? What new thing might he be calling us to?

Lent is of course modelled on Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness. Immediately after his Baptism, God’s Holy Spirit led (Mark’s Gospel says ‘drove’) him into the wilderness for a period of inner wrestling with God’s call upon him – a hard time, but key to his understanding of who he was and the nature of the work he was being asked to undertake. Those 40 days were one of the foundations laid in him by the Spirit for his future ministry. Out of the wilderness, out of something hard-edged, came good and fruitful things.

May our keeping of Lent – hard-edged in different ways – allow the Holy Spirit to lay strong foundations in us, that we too may bear good fruit; and through this may we know ourselves even more deeply a child of God, held in his love and forgiveness, and called into his service.

Revd Dr Mark Butchers, Vicar (2005 - March 2015)

Still in the presence of God

The Summertown-Wolvercote Church Partnership and at All Saints’ Wytham offer special services, and opportunities for study and reflection for all comers during Lent. Download our Lent, Holy Week and Easter booklet for details.

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. A group of parishioners will travel to Exeter to see Mark inaugurated into his new role on Monday 20 April. Contact Bill Clarke (01865 510109) if you would like to join us.

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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Download the Lettings Policy here.