News & Diary Dates


Latest news

FOR ALL YOUNG PEOPLE we are running a Christmas Special for all in the 10 plus age group (servers and young people) during the 10.00am service on Sunday 4 December, beginning after the first hymn and returning for the Offertory hymn and Communion.

CHRISTMAS COLLECTION FOR THE HOMELESS – 4 & 11 December. The Gatehouse needs new gloves, socks, wooly hats, scarves, underwear, chocolate bars. Steppin’ Stone needs soap, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrushes, chocolate bars, golves socks and scarves.

CUTTESLOWE PAVILION SERVICE FOR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS: 3:30pm 4 December. Carols and readings followed by tea. All welcome.

OPEN FELLOWSHIP GROUP  Monday 5 December, 1:00pm, St Peter’s Old School Room. The last meeting before Christmas will be a Bring and Share Lunch. Bring finger food, savoury or dessert – a poem or reading – drinks provided.

ST LUKE: the final Tuesday evening meeting on Luke’s writings and their relevance for ‘Shaping our Vision’ will be held 7:30pm in the Church on 6 December – St Luke and hearing the Gospel

WORDS AND MUSIC FOR ADVENT with the choir of New College 8 December at 7:30pm. A programme of seasonal readings and choral music, directed by Robert Quinney, with a short address by Terry Waite, CBE, Patron of Emmaus UK, at New College Chapel, OX1 3BN. Tickets £25, in aid of Emmaus Oxford, from Jeanne White: tel 01865 402073 or email or via:

CHURCH CLEANING Saturday 10 December 10:00am in preparation for the organ dedication and in place of the usual pre-Christmas clean. Dusting, brass cleaning. Lots of help needed for a few hours. Churchwardens.

ORGAN DEDICATION  Sunday 11 December at 6.30pm with Bishop Steven. All welcome to come and afterwards share a glass of Prosecco. To help with catering, please sign up on the list at the back of the church and bring nibbles to share. Thanks! Val Tate

EXPLORERS’ CHRISTINGLE Friday 16 December 1:15pm: craft, storytelling and Christmas party for primary school children with their carers.  We would love to hear from anyone who would like to help host this event. If you could meet and greet, supervise a craft table or provide refreshments, please email Jess or call 07962 230186.

CHURCH SITTING ROTA  People wanted to join the rota, either to sit on a regular basis or to fill in an occasional gap. Sitters needed for Sat 17 Dec – the rota is on the noticeboard by the main door. Ask Julia Goddard to learn more about what is involved.

CANDLES FOR CHRISTMAS CANDELABRA – at the back of Church. Write names for intercessions. Suggested donation £0.50p each. Caroline Pepys

GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND: POSTAGE STAMPS  There is always a magnificent response from the St Peter’s congregation to collect stamps for this charity. I am grateful for all the contributions over the past year and I hope this will continue over the coming weeks. Henry Flower

Recent news

CHRIST for TODAY  A new six-session course on how the life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus are relevant to us in the 21st century. Aimed especially for newcomers, or anyone interested in taking a fresh look at the basics of faith today. Also suitable for adults interested in confirmation. Fortnightly on Tuesday evenings in the Old School Room at 7:30pm from 10 January. Contact Charles if interested.

QUEST GROUP  For teenagers interested in thinking more about what Christian faith might mean for us today. A chance to have an open discussion – questions and doubts welcome! Also suitable for those considering the possibility of being confirmed. Dates and times to follow. Contact Charles if interested.

WOLVERCOTE FARMERS’ MARKET is now held at the White Hart, Lower Wolvercote from 10.00 – 1.00pm as usual. The next St Peter’s Church Fairtrade stall will be on Sun 4 December. Please call in and support the stall. Lorna Logan (556486).

ROTA FOR READERS AND INTERCESSORS: The rota and contact details for 27 Nov 2016 to 29 June 2017 has been sent by email.  Hard copies are available in church for those not on email. Please collect your copy and contact details. Contact Ginny Ross

ST PETER’S DROP-IN-CLUB  All are welcome for tea/coffee, board games, puzzles and companionship every Tuesday morning 10:45-12:45 in the Parish Room. Help us to form a lively group. Encourage anyone who could benefit from a few hours of company to come along. Will Capel tel: 556982 or

ORGAN APPEAL Our new organ is now installed in the church and was played for services on Advent Sunday. Bishop Steven will dedicate the instrument at a special service Sun 11 Dec 6.30pm. All welcome to join us for a celebratory drink after the service. Please bring nibbles to share. We’ve now reached our fundraising target. A huge thank you to everyone for their support.

Get Involved

FAIRTRADE STALL NEEDS MORE HELPERS Wolvercote Farmers Market, White Hart, Lower Wolvercote, first Sunday of the month 10:00am -12.30pm selling goods on behalf of the Cornmarket Fairtrade shop. Shift working so you won’t miss church services. Contact Lorna Logan ( or oxf 556486).

WOLVERCOTE SCHOOL & COMMUNITY CHOIR  seeks new singers of all levels. It meets every 2nd Tuesday at 7.30-9pm in Wolvercote Primary School hall to sing a variety of genres. A great way to meet new people and have fun. Led by Jenni Matthews, local singing teacher sessions cost £5 each. Contact Liz Saunders,

ACTIVE KIDS VOUCHERS placed in the wooden box near the Link will be given to Wolvercote Primary School.

USED STAMPS for GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND  Bring stamps to church for Henry Flower to collect. 

Thank You!

MANY THANKS FOR YOUR PRAYERS and best wishes following my emergency admission to the John Radcliffe Hospital. Rita and I were overwhelmed by your kindness. Michael Stockford.

HARVEST SUPPER COLLECTION Supper raised the wonderful total of £491. Donations were made to South Sudan charities Confident Children Out of Conflict (£122.75) and Mother’s Union UK for Sudan (£368.25). Charlotte Fenton thanks all who took part.

RIDE and STRIDE  A very  big thank you to Caroline and Diana, they have done it yet again! Their great effort on Ride and Stride day has raised the amazing sum of £915.00. The most we have ever collected. Half of this will be going to St Peter’s, and half to Oxford Historic Churches Trust. Thank you also to the church sitters and everyone who helped on the day.     De Grant

Summary of upcoming Diary Dates

Sun 4 Dec
10:00am: 10 plus Christmas Special during normal service
3:30pm: Carols and Readings for Advent and Christmas, Cutteslowe Pavilion. All welcome

Mon 5 Dec
1:00pm: Open Fellowship Bring and Share Lunch

Tues 6 Dec
7:30pm: St Luke and hearing the Gospel

Thurs 8 Dec
12 noon: Funeral of Queenie Hamilton

Sat 10 Dec
10:00-12:00: Church cleaning

Sun 11 Dec
3:30pm: Messy Church Christmas Special, Wolvercote Baptist Church
6:30pm: Organ Dedication Service with Bishop Steven Croft

Friday 16 December
1:15pm: Explorers – Christingle for school-age children and their carers

Saturday 17 December
5:00pm: Nine Lessons and Carols, All Saints Wytham

Sunday 18 December
10:00am: Parish Communion with Nativity Play by the children
6:30pm: Candlelit Carol Service

Saturday 24 December, Christmas Eve
4:00pm: Carols4Kids
11:30pm: Midnight Mass, including blessing of the Crib

Sunday 25 December, Christmas Day
8:00am: Holy Communion
10:00am: Christmas Family Communion
12:00pm: Holy Communion (1662)

Services 26 – 31 December inclusive
No morning prayers during this week, nor Watchnight Service on 31 December


Sun 14 May
6:00pm: Confirmation – St  Michael’s


For regular activities, go to:- Regular Events

For information about the community, download the The Flying Goose, a quarterly newsletter produced by St Peter’s and delivered to every house in the parish.