Welcome to St Peter's Church, Wolvercote

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

    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 are, for example, on the autistic spectrum and need some support in getting to church, please contact us by telephone or email to discuss how we can help.


    November is the month of Remembrance. On 1 November we celebrate All Saints Day, giving thanks for all the countless anonymous saints who have witnessed to the Gospel of Christ down the centuries, many sacrificing their earthly lives in the process. The following day, All Souls Day, we remember those people from our own families and friends who have died. At St Peter’s we invite families who have been bereaved over the last year to a very moving service in which we remember and grieve, draw strength from being held in God’s love, and light a candle for our loved ones.

    The following weekend, 9 November is Remembrance Sunday. We gather at 10.45am at the War Memorial in the churchyard to remember those young men from Wolvercote who gave their lives in war, to give thanks for their sacrifice, and to pray for their families, and the families of all who serve in our armed forces even now.

    In our remembering we take hope from two things. First, God’s presence with us. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me.” (Psalm 23.4) No matter where we are, or what we’re experiencing, no matter what dark valleys we are stumbling through, God is with us. We may not be able to see him, we may not recognize him for who he is, but he will be there somewhere, holding us, guiding us, enfolding us in the depths of our pain and grief.

    Second, Jesus’ resurrection which proclaims that there is nothing in all creation, not even death, which can defeat the purposes of God or overcome his love. His will and love are stronger than everything else - death, evil and suffering will not have the last word. Through Jesus’ resurrection, we can trust that death is not the end of the story for our loved ones or for us. There is more to come, thanks to God’s love and grace.

    Nothing can take away the pain of losing someone. But these two things - God’s presence with us now and the hope of resurrection life beyond death - can perhaps provide a context in which to hold our grief.

    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.

    Revd Dr Mark Butchers

    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.