Welcome to St Peter's Church, Wolvercote

    Daffodils at St Peter's
    Welcome to our website. You are most welcome to our Church community which has worshipped in this spot for nearly a thousand years.

    To open our Welcome Leaflet: please click here.

    A Reflection on Easter

    Why do we give each other chocolate eggs at Easter? There used to be a tradition of giving real hen’s eggs as Easter gifts. This gradually developed into giving hen’s eggs with the shells painted and decorated. Eventually someone (could they have worked for a chocolate manufacturer, I wonder?) had the idea of making the eggs out of chocolate, and when that took off, the rest, as they say, is history.

    But why did people give hen’s eggs at Easter in the first place? There were two reasons. Firstly, the round enclosed shell of the egg symbolized for Christians the hard, cold stone tomb in which Jesus’ body was sealed after he died on the cross. Secondly, when the chick cracked open the shell of the egg and emerged, that reminded them of Jesus bursting from the tomb into new transformed life – a symbol of the resurrection. It reflected their belief that God’s love and power is such that he would not let the evil and death inflicted on Jesus on the cross have the last word. He transformed all of that into the life, light and healing of his kingdom by raising Jesus from the dead.

    So those eggs lovingly given each Easter (be they real or chocolate ones), are a symbol that when our lives seem to have reached a dead end, God can bring about new possibilities; when we feel constrained and sealed in, God can liberate us; and when at the end of our lives, we seem to have come to the final full stop, God can raise us, if we so wish, into new life, the very perfection of who we are.

    Revd Dr Mark Butchers

    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

    Entrance to St Peter's Church
    Special needs:If you have special needs or are, for example, on the autistic spectrum and need some support in getting to church, please do contact us by telephone or email. We would be happy to help if we can.

    St Peter's chancel
    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 during those hours.

    Church Partnership: 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.

    St Peter's Wolvercote, together with All Saints' Wytham, comprise the Benefice of Wolvercote and Wytham.

    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 an 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

    Download a brochure here

    Download the Lettings Policy here.