Welcome to St Peter's Church, Wolvercote

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

God is our Rock

Brexit, a new Prime Minister, turmoil in the Labour Party, terrorist attacks across Europe, Turkey’s attempted coup and its aftermath, and perhaps the strangest American Presidential Election ever – we seem to be in times of turmoil everywhere. It is easy to feel insecure in such times – unsure of ourselves, unsure of the future, and unsure where we belong.

This is a good time to remember that our true security is in God himself – God our Rock and our Refuge. This doesn’t mean that nothing bad will ever happen to us, but it does mean that it is in God that we find our true identity as his beloved children, both in this life and the life to come.

Our identity in God puts us in solidarity with all people across the world. We are in Christ primarily neither citizens of the UK nor of Europe, but of the world, all contained in the all-embracing love of God. This is the God who knows how confused and muddled we human beings are – as indeed Jesus’ followers themselves often were – yet still enfolds us in his love. In that love of God we find our deepest security, and that love encourages us, not to build walls but bridges, always looking out to others, including those with whom we most disagree. Sometimes it is in the most turbulent times that we discover God closest to us, and are most encouraged to look out with love to others.

Charles Draper

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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 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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