Welcome to St Peter's Church, Wolvercote

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

A message from our new Vicar

It’s very good to be finally here and starting to share fully in the life and ministry of St Peter’s Wolvercote and All Saints’ Wytham. I want to start by saying a huge thank you - to those who have put such a lot of work into making my induction service such a great occasion and for all that you have done to give myself and my family a wonderful welcome to the benefice. I look forward to meeting you all in the coming months.

It’s a wonderful time of year to be starting here – my first Sunday is the Sunday before Advent, and a week later we celebrate Advent Sunday with a Family Communion and our special Partnership Advent Carol Service.

The Advent message seems especially relevant this year in the light of recent news – Advent is all about facing up to the harsh realities of life in the world and looking to the hope of God’s Kingdom of Love and Peace – God’s Kingdom, which the theologian Hans Kung described beautifully simply as “Creation healed”. The Advent season invites us to proclaim this hope, to pray for it, and do our part to spread this hope in our world – never by force or violence, but always through compassion, humility, tolerance and gentleness.

This Advent message is also intensely relevant as we approach the Climate Change Summit in Paris running through the first two weeks in December - a time for us all to pray fervently and to support our leaders’ resolve in any way we can. Would it not be the best response of all to those terrible terrorist attacks, for Paris this December to be a beacon of hope for the future of the world?

In Advent we often use the imagery of candle light – tiny lights shining in the darkness – a powerful image of hope. Along with all people of love and goodwill, let us be people of hope this Advent season.

Revd Charles Draper

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 (£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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