Welcome to St Peter's Church, Wolvercote

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

    God's gift to the world

    From December through to early February, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. We do that mainly at Christmas, but also on the Feast of the Epiphany (6 January), when we remember the wise men coming to Bethlehem, and on the Feast of Candlemas (2 February), when we remember Mary and Joseph taking their new born baby to the Temple in Jerusalem to give thanks to God for him.

    One of the themes running through this period is gift. In the birth of Jesus at Christmas, we see God’s limitless love for the world – the gift of himself, coming amongst in his Son, born at Bethlehem. In the shepherds and wise men, we see human response to that gift. People from all walks of life come to the stable to give thanks and offer what they can to God. That might be gold, frankincense and myrrh, or perhaps a lamb or perhaps nothing material at all, rather their worship and adoration, the deepest gift of all. And in Mary and Joseph taking Jesus to the Temple, we see thankful parents offering their gratitude to God for their precious new baby.

    Perhaps, as we give and receive gifts from family and friends at this time of year, we could also allow the depth of God’s giving to sink deep into us once again, to flood our hearts and flow through our veins. And then perhaps, by God’s grace, we will find ourselves kneeling with shepherds and wise men at the feet of the Christ-child, offering what we can from grateful hearts.

    Revd Dr Mark Butchers

    A Personal Message from our Vicar

    As some of you will already know, I have been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Barnstaple in North Devon (in the Exeter Diocese). It’s not that far from where I was Vicar for 6 years from 1993-99. Hilary and I will be moving from Oxford to live just south of Barnstaple sometime in March. It’s an exciting and rather daunting new challenge for me, but also very sad to be leaving Wolvercote and Wytham after nearly 10 very happy years here, and 15 years in Oxford altogether. I have so enjoyed being part of the churches and community in Wolvercote and Wytham, and I greatly appreciate all the love, prayer and support everyone has given me.

    Myfarewell service at St Peter’s is going to be on Sunday 8th March, at the later time of 11am, followed by a buffet lunch to which all are welcome.

    Please remember us in your prayers as we prepare to move to Devon.

    Revd Dr Mark Butchers

    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

    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

    Download a brochure here

    Download the Lettings Policy here.