Welcome to St Peter's Church, Wolvercote
Kindle in us the fire of your love
At Pentecost we commemorate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (in tongues of flame). But this wasn’t the ‘beginning’ of the Holy Spirit; he (or she) has been at work since the Creation (‘the Spirit moved over the waters’, Genesis 1.2). What happened at Pentecost was a sign that the Holy Spirit is boundless, available to all people everywhere.
We often describe the Spirit as the way in which God sustains us in our lives. We cannot see him but we know he exists because of his effects – rather like energy. We can’t see electricity or magnetism and yet we know they exist because of what they do. We cannot see love, but we have no doubt that it exists because of the effect it has on us. So it is with the Holy Spirit. We cannot see him but recognise his presence in many ways - in experiences we have of God that we can’t quite explain, or when we feel inspired with the fruit of the Spirit that St Paul described (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control), with creative gifts (music, art, craft, words) or with gifts of healing, teaching, or scientific understanding.
The Holy Spirit is offered unconditionally to every one but is only received if we open our hearts and minds to him. As Christians we are challenged to do this and to allow him to take over our lives, to work and to pray in us, so that we become more ‘in Christ’ and he in us. Only in the strength of the Holy Spirit can Christ’s love be made known in the world, overflowing through us as we work for peace and justice, show compassion, mercy, acceptance and forgiveness. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people and kindle in us the fire of your love. 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.
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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 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
St Peter's Rooms
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
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