Welcome to St Peter's Church, Wolvercote
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A Seasonal Reflection from our VicarCertain key ideas stand at the heart of my understanding of the Christian faith:
Life and new life – in which I include thanksgiving for creation, the hope of new life both now and after death, creativity, forgiveness, fresh starts, always seeing the possibilities in people and situations, looking to the future.
Immersion – by which I mean facing the realities of the world including its sufferings, standing with those who are marginalised, supporting those in pain or grief or at their wits’ end, holding them in prayer.
Relationships – including seeing in Jesus’ example and teaching the foundation for strong personal relationships, building up community networks, breaking down barriers between groups, feeling held within the love of God, be that through silence or Holy Communion.
Trust – in which I include laying ourselves before God in prayer and worship, allowing his love and healing to enfold and guide us, responding gracefully to his prompts to do the things I’ve mentioned above, stepping out in faith.
All four of these ideas, and many more, are there in the Christmas story. The birth of Jesus symbolizes new life for humanity and a ‘stable-born’ God immersed in the gritty reality of created life. It speaks of relationships deepened by and grounded in God’s presence among us in Jesus. It points us to the human trust (and risk-taking) of Mary and Joseph, of shepherds and wise men. All of this suggests to me that, though no-one can fully understand, dissect or analyse it, there is in this story much to inspire us, and, who knows, a star worth following.
Revd Dr Mark Butchers
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
Church Partnership: 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.
St Peter's Wolvercote, together with All Saints' Wytham, comprise the Benefice of Wolvercote and Wytham.
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 an 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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Church furniture appeal
Creating memories: Ongoing refurbishment inside the church presents opportunities to leave our own legacy for future generations. The north aisle has been remodeled to provide a more versatile space for community and church activities to the rear of the church. The choir stalls and some long pews have been removed and are being replaced with specially commissioned two- and three-seater solid ash pews and music stands designed and handmade by Thame-based furniture makers Bates and Lambourne.
We hope those to whom St Peter’s is an important part of their own personal history may wish to sponsor the purchase of a piece of our new furniture.
You can either sponsor a whole pew (three seater) or a whole music stand for three choristers; or sponsor an individual seat i.e one third of a three-seater pew, or one third of a “three-seater” music stand.
Sponsors who wish to commemorate loved ones, or special occasions such as a birth, baptism or marriage, may ask for an inscription to be written in a Memorial Book, which will be kept in church.
Download a brochure which details how to sponsor a seat, pew or music stand.