Welcome to St Peter's Church, Wolvercote

You are most welcome to our Church community which has worshipped here for centuries. Open our Welcome Leaflet here. St Peter's is open for visits or quiet prayer most Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and 2.00-4.00pm every Saturday and Sunday, except during special services. If you have special needs or need some support in getting to church, contact us by phone 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.

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

Easter window
It has often struck me how very quiet the first Easter morning is. It starts at dawn, very early in the morning, with the women going to the tomb. It is all very small scale – just Jesus’ closest friends – astonished to find the last thing in the world they expect – their friend Jesus alive. There is no army of angels, flying into Jerusalem, no confrontation with Pilate or the High Priest Caiaphas – just a quiet meeting with a group of friends, reassuring them – Jesus is alive, Jesus is here, all is well.

And yet in St Matthew’s account it is not quite so quiet. St Matthew speaks of a sudden earthquake, and the appearance of a dazzling angel. It seems Matthew wants us to understand that something huge has just happened. People don’t come back from the dead – it just doesn’t happen! Here is something unique! This unknown local preacher, this carpenter turned rabbi from a small remote insignificant corner of the Roman Empire has done something unique – reversed death itself and come back to life, As so often, God bypasses the powerful and chooses someone unknown – this is the one who will undo and overcome the one unchangeable fact of life – death itself.

This is a new beginning – death itself defeated – eternal life finally revealed at last. This is a world shattering event that changes the whole of human life. And yet it comes so quietly – with those quiet words of the risen Jesus – “Peace be with you”.

The noise of the world is so deafening – so much conflict and violence, so much suffering, so much fear. But these quiet words of the risen Jesus bring reassurance and hope. Violence and death are not the end of the story. God is a God of resurrection – a God of hope. Jesus is risen, Jesus is alive. And he is with us always.

Have a very happy Easter, Charles Draper

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 Charles Draper, Vicar

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 (£14.00 from 1 Sept 2015). Use of the Parish Room kitchen for self-catered parties or events using outside caterers attracts an additional charge of £12.00 (£13.00 from 1 Sept 2015) 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 September 2015) 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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