Children and Young People

Children and young people are a central part of our Church life at St Peter’s. Their questions, energy and enthusiasm enrich us enormously. We hope their experience of St Peter’s will be lively, fun and warm.

Anne Dorman

Children and Families Worker
Anne Dorman is St Peter’s Children and Families Worker. A warm welcome to Anne who took up this role in August. Grateful thanks to Jess Richmond who stepped back from this role to respond to family commitments. Jess particularly contributed to developing our Explorers outreach events for the under 10s which has grown steadily over the last couple of years.

Anne says, “I’m looking forward to meeting you and your family. I’m extending Jess’s successful Explorers programme, bringing it into church. During the 10:00am service, the Sunday Explorers will go the Old School Room for their own activities. We rejoin the congregation for communion or a blessing. Parents or carers are welcome to join in. Under fours must be accompanied by an adult. There are toys, colouring sheets and books for children who chose to remain in church.

Mothering Sunday Altar Frontal


Family Service
Once each half-term, our 10am Sunday service becomes a Family Communion, planned with children in mind. Livelier than our regular Sunday services, the service usually involves the children in acting, storytelling or an interactive talk. They may help lead prayers or play simple musical instruments during the last hymn. Family Communion lasts about 50-60 minutes and often falls on special occasions, Harvest Festival or Mothering Sunday.


Children's Palm Sunday procession with Dennis the donkey

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday
The children walk in procession carrying palm crosses from Lower Wolvercote to St Peter’s Church for the 10.00am service where they contribute to telling the story of Christ’ passion.

Children’s Good Friday Service
At our short Good Friday children’s service we tell the story of Easter and then involve the children in a creative activity, such as making Easter gardens to take home. There are usually Hot Cross Buns.

On Christmas Eve we have our hugely popular Carols4Kids, much enjoyed by both the children, their family and friends. With lots of opportunity for congregation participation, it’s guaranteed to become the only way to start your Christmas. The service starts at 4:00pm and lasts for around 45 minutes, followed by refreshments.


Child safeguarding policy
Leaders of our children’s work and adult choir members are CRB checked. Our Safeguarding Officer is Revd Joanna Coney (email: Each year St Peter’s PCC  reviews our safeguarding policy, most recently in May 2017.  Download the current policy.