Welcome to St Peter's Church, Wolvercote

    St Peter and the sheep window
    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.

    August Services Friday 1 August will be the last day that Morning Prayer is said on a weekday before the August break. Morning Prayer restarts on Monday 1 September. Our Wednesday 7pm Communion service continues through August, as do all Sunday services. There will not be a sermon during 12 noon Communion.

    September and October are busy months at St Peter’s!

    Saturday 13 September: the church will be open all day for the annual Oxfordshire Historic Churches Ride and Stride. Friday 19 September: we’ll be welcoming Bishop John and his Thames pilgrimage party, first with a short open air service at Godstow Nunnery (about 4pm), and then with tea in our Parish Room.Saturday 20 September is the Oxford Diocese’s Grand Day Out – a feast of worship, workshops, talks, activities for all ages, together with a picnic and open air Eucharist on Christ Church meadow. Full details are on the Diocesan website www.oxford.anglican.org.Sunday 21 September at 10am: Bishop John will preach at St Peter’s. This will be our opportunity to say goodbye to him before he retires.Monday 22 & 29 September Four Faiths, One Challenge – St Edward's School Hall, 7.30 pm. Organised by The Summertown-Wolvercote Church Partnership, two evenings looking at the religious perspectives of four different faiths on the challenges presented by suffering and evil. For further details go to Four Faiths, One Challenge or contact Rob Gilbert on 01865 276070 or email rjcgilbert@gmail.com Friday 26 September the public launch of the St Peter’s Organ Appeal at 7:30pm in Merton College Chapel. All are welcome to hear the Merton pipe organ and discover more about the proposed new organ at St Peter’s.Sunday 28 September at 10am: Revd Dr Amanda Bloor will preach at St Peter’s to mark the 20thanniversary of the first time a woman (Jo Coney) presided at Communion in St Peter’s.Sunday 5 October at 10am: Harvest Family Communion (please bring a tin or two plus an example of some talent you have), and at 6.30pm: Harvest Evensong with Revd Shona Shaw as our preacher.Saturday 18 October: an outing to Worcester, ending with evensong at the Cathedral. To book a place on the coach, contact Bill Clarke (510109).

    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
    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. 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.