News & Diary Dates


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URC AUTUMN LECTURE SERIES  Friday 17 Nov 3:00pm URC rear hall. Oxfam’s extraordinary 75-year journey from local committee to international NGO, Maggie Black, writer/editor on development issues: ‘Oxford’s own charity in its 75th anniversary year’. Cost £5 for the URC building fund.  

There will be BREAKFAST after the 8am service on 19 November.                    Sandy Capel

SERVICE of THANKSGIVING and REMEMBERING Sun 19 November 5:00pm. We particularly invite to this service people who have been bereaved recently. Those we know who died in the last year or two will be remembered by name. There is an opportunity for anyone to ask for someone to be remembered. This is a short reflective service with music and the opportunity to light a candle in memory of a loved one. Refreshments are served after the service giving us an opportunity to talk to each other.

OPEN FELLOWSHIP 20 Nov 2.30pm St Peter’s Old School Room.  Ven. Martin Gorick talks on  “On the Edge or in the Centre: the Work of  Chaplains Today”. Martin has been Chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford and to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Everyone is very welcome.  Margaret Williams

WYTHAM ABBEY DRINKS RECEPTION &  SECRETS OF INSP. GEORGE GENTLY Fri 15 Dec 6:45pm. Experience The Abbey decorated in its Christmas finery then hear BAFTA-winning screenwriter Peter Flannery share secrets of his popular TV detective. Tickets £25 in aid of Church Restoration. Contact Charlotte Fenton (tel: 567326 or

THE GATEHOUSE  Volunteer drivers needed to collect sandwiches and cakes Tuesdays 5:00-7:00pm about once a month for the next 2 months while Nick Buckland and Diana Clews are unavailable. They would be grateful for help continuing this valued service for homeless people. Contact Diana (tel: 558982 or

ROBIN HOOD, St Peter’s Players annual Christmas pantomime Wed  29 Nov – Sat 3 Dec Wolvercote Village Hall. Tickets from The Post Box, Godstow Road or call 556120/516054.

OXFORD and COWLEY DEANERY’S HOLY LAND TOUR 2018 (April 10-20).  This trip to Israel will include visits to holy sites, encountering the work of various ministries there and dinners with speakers.  The application deadline for this trip is 30 November 2017. For all further details  (costs,  hotel stays, etc) email  or

2017 CHRISTMASTIDE QUIZ – COMING SOON!  Copies will be on sale from 26 November from Partnership churches at £1 each. Last year’s raised £120 for charity. Asylum Welcome will be this year’s charity – can we beat last year’s total. Closing date for completed entries 6 January. Jenny Gerrard

FIRST AID COURSE run by the Red Cross in St Peter’s Room on Saturday 20 January 10:30am to 14:30 (includes break for lunch). Free of charge. Phone 510378 or 236094 or speak to a churchwarden to book.

CHRISTIAN AID ADVENT RETREAT 10:00 – 13:30 Thurs 7 Dec,  St Michael at the North Gate. PLease email or call the Christian Aid Oxford office (01865 246818) if you’re coming.

FAMILY COMMUNION ALL AGE SINGING GROUP  is starting on Sun 19 November to support the congregation at our Family Communion Services. Meet at 9:00am on Sunday morning to rehearse for the 10:00am service. Speak to Jane or Charles Draper if interested.


SPEAKING WITH GOD 7:30-8:45pm Tues 5 December, St Peter’s Church.  An open invitation to explore some of those difficult questions “What’s the point in praying? What’s prayer about? How do I know God is listening?” People of faith and none, those new to prayer and those more experienced are welcomed to share their experiences of prayer, thoughts and doubts – all contributions valued. Viv Bridges, Val Tate and Carol Binnie


READERS AND INTERCESSORS ROTA: The rota for Advent 2017 to our Patronal Festival 2018 is now ready. People on email should already have received their copy. If not, contact Val Tate ( For those not on email, hard copies are ready for collection in church.

FAMILY COMMUNION  The PCC has decided that from January, Family Communions will be monthly (except for August), normally on the third Sunday except for Mothering Sunday, Easter and Christmas. Dates for the New Year are 21 January, 18 February, 11 March and 1 April.

SELECTED SERMONS preached at St Peter’s are available for study on St Peter’s website If you enjoyed a sermon which isn’t online, ask the preacher or Val Tate 559316 to make it / them available.

CHURCH FLOWERS While we’re still enjoying the beautiful autumnal flowers in Church, a big Thank You to all the Flower People who brighten up our worship throughout the year. Looking forward to 2018, we’d welcome new team members. If you love flowers and would be interested in joining us, even if this means learning a new skill, please contact Val Tate (559316 or

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY FOODBANK Thank you for your generous contributions. Please keep them coming as the need is greater than ever.

ALL SAINTS WYTHAM – SUNDAY SERVICE TIME CHANGE to 9:45am for a trial period from Sunday 3 September until the end of December.

FRIDAY MORNING PRAYER FOR EARLY BIRDS 7.00-7.30am in Church: A small group, reading psalms and praying for our church and community, which has bought a few books of KJV Psalms(in the bookcase by the South door) for people to enjoy. You’re welcome to join us any Friday. Beth Knowles

100 CLUB: The 100 Club continues with proceeds going to Mission Giving. Stakes still available! Bill Clarke (Oxf 510109).

Get Involved

KNITTING FOR SEAFARERS While Valerie Barnish is unwell, Mary Campbell is coordinating knitters for the Mission to the Seafarers. Please keep knitting.

MORE SIDESPEOPLE NEEDED  To join the sidespeople’s rota, or learn more about what is involved, speak to Wendy Sobey  Oxf 512456

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

CHURCH SITTING ROTA  People wanted to join the rota, either to sit on a regular basis (Saturday or Sundays afternoons, 2:00 to 4:00pm) or to fill in an occasional gap. Contact Parish Administrator Julia Goddard for more information.

EASYFUNDRAISING  Shop online? Free money is available from most major online retailers – no mailing lists, no obligation. Register with and retailers send donations direct to St Peter’s Mission Giving. Ask Val Tate (Oxf 559316) or see our website.

FAIRTRADE STALL 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,

MILK BOTTLE TOPS  Blue, green and red tops are being collected for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance . Please bring to church and leave on the window sill at the back of the church. Caroline Pepys

Thank You!

RIDE and STRIDE  Once again a big thank you to Caroline and Diana. They’ve raised the amazing sum of £605 in sponsorship money for their efforts on Ride and Stride day. Half of the money comes to St Peter’s; the other half to Oxford Historic Churches Trust. Thank you also to everyone who very kindly helped on the day. De Grant.

HARVEST SUPPER   Thank you to all those involved in setting-up, cooking and cleaning up after supper, and especially the entertainers. The biggest thank you goes to Charlotte Fenton for masterminding the event. £315 will be sent to the Community Emergency Foodbank, along with the food donations from the Harvest Service.

MANY THANKS TO ALL FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF ST PETER’S 24 JUNE FETE £1350 was raised for the three nominated charities (Sobell House, Gatehouse, and Christian Aid Syria Appeal). Stalls and activities contributed the following sums: raffle – £537; tombola – £233.40; teas – £206.40; plants – £131.25; toys – £96.25; home produce – £88; ‘Pick A Myth’ and quiz – £19.70; treasure hunt – £8; miscellaneous donations – £30.

RED CROSS CHALLENGE   Diana Edwards, Beth Knowles and friend, Ruth walked 50 km in under 14 hours on 1 July, arriving in Cheltenham at 11pm. Thanks so much to all their kind sponsors. They will have raised nearly £3,000 for the Red Cross. If you have any outstanding sponsorship money, please contact Beth or Diana.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK  This year, with the street collection and coffee morning, we raised £2834.20 including Gift Aid! Many thanks to all who helped.   Julia Goddard

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

Summary of upcoming Diary Dates

Sun 19 Nov
9.00am: Breakfast after 8pm service
10:00am: Family Communion
5:00pm: Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance

Mon 20 Nov
2.30pm:  Open Fellowship Group Meeting, Old School Room

Tues 21 Nov
7.30pm: PCC Meeting

Sun 3 Dec
3.30pm: Cutteslowe Service, Cutteslowe Pavilion
6.30pm: Partnership Advent Carol Service

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