News and Events

Harvest Festival Thanks: To Audrey Valentine and her team for decorating the church so beautifully, to Margaret Sharp and her team who organised the lovely Harvest Supper, and to everyone who contributed to the services in any way. Donated provisions have been delivered to The Porch – Steppin’ Stone Centre in Magdalen Road and are most appreciated by the organizers.

Ride and Stride. A huge thank you to Caroline Pepys and Diana Edwards for their tremendous cycling effort , and all who sponsored them.  Of the amazing, record £910 raised, half goes to St Peter’s, the reaminder to Oxford Historic Churches Trust. Thanks to everyone who made this day such a success.

St Peter’s Organ Appeal: We have now raised £134,000 – two-thirds of the projected cost. The organ will take about a year to build. The Diocese has stipulated that we raise £147,000 before the contract is signed. To meet our timelines, we need to raise the next £13,000 by the end of 2014. Missing this target means we will have to wait at least 18 months before work starts. Help us to reach our goal by making a donation or supporting our event programme. Contact Val Tate (01865 559316) or see our website for details.

Children and Families Worker wanted: Very sadly, Annie has decided to step down from this position end of October. If anyone is interested in finding out what this paid post involves, with a view to taking on some or all of it, please contact Mark Butchers.

Magazines! Our children will be producing collages for our next Family Service on the theme of ‘treasure’. We would be very grateful for glossy magazines with lots of pictures. Leave on the table in the Link or pass to Jess Richmond.

Shaping our Vision: Please remember to return your questionnaires by the end of October. If you would like to come to the congregational meeting on 21 October, please tell Mark by Oct 15. We hope that as many people as possible will be able to engage with this process which will set the agenda for our mission and ministry at both St Peter’s and Wolvercote Baptist Church for the next few years. We need to hear what God is saying to you and through you about the life and work of the church in Wolvercote.

Editor and Distribution Manager wanted for the FLYING GOOSE from Spring 2015.  The editor co-ordinates church and village news and creates the popular magazine using a Publisher software package and delivers the finalised file to the printer.  The distribution manager liaises with the printer, and arranges delivery to the person who splits them into the roads. He/she is also responsible for getting the copies into church, making sure deliverers take their bundles, or finding substitutes for those who can’t deliver that month. He/she liaises with anyone producing a flyer to go into the magazine. The existing team members are very happy to work with any potential new recruits as the December edition is put together.  If you are interested in either role please contact Revd Dr Mark Butchers.

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH in Linton Road is undergoing a huge development project. They need to vacate their church in August and September, so they will be using St Peter’s Church and the Parish Room for two services on Sundays until the end of September at 4pm and 6pm.

WW1 REMEMBRANCE: On the second Sunday of each month for the next year, we will remember those people from Wolvercote Parish who died in the battles of WWI. Their names will be included in Intercessions during that particular month.

CUTTESLOWE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION is facing a financial crisis and may have to consider closing in November 2014. Please consider whether you are able to help by making a one-off payment or an on-going pledge to secure the future of its services for young children, families and the elderly. Pledge forms at the back of church. Contact Sarah Pepys.

Sat 18 October
09.00am: Coach Trip to Worcester Cathedral. Returning after 5.30pm Evensong. Further information from Bill Clarke Oxf 510109.

Sun 19 October; North Oxford Action Against Homelessness (NOAAH): Retiring collections at all services to support NOAHH help find accommodation for the homeless.
3.30pm: Messy Church in Cutteslowe Community Centre
5-7pm: 10+ group meets in the Old School Room

Tuesday 21 October
7.30pm: Shaping our Vision: St Peter’s Church

Saturday 25 October
8.00pm: Vespri Segreti: Fathers of Musicke. St John’s College Chapel, 8.00pm. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions) from Jackie Eatock Taylor (512258) or on the door. Candlelit concert of C16th and C17th choral and instrumental music led by St Peter’s Director of Music David Bannister. Community bus travel available.

Monday 27 October
2.30pm: Open Fellowship Group,
St Peter’s Old School Room. Revd. Martin Henig will give a talk entitled “Putting Animals on the Agenda of the Christian Church”. Martin is Vice-President of the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals (ASWA). All welcome.

Sunday 2 November: All Saints and All Souls
10:00am: to remember someone who has died during the service, print their name(s) on a slip and place at the back of St Peter’s.
4.30pm: All Souls’ Evensong at All Saints, with the Oxford Bach Choir;
6.30pm: Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for bereaved families at St Peter’s.

Saturday 8 November
10am – 4pm: Autumn Quiet Day, Cherwell Centre. A day exploring some of the ways in which we may recognise God’s presence in our lives. Cost: under £20 depending on number of participants. Pay on the day. Leaders: Viv Bridges, Samantha Stayte and Shona Shaw. Let Viv know if attending.

Fri 14th December Barn Dance with live band and caller in the Village Hall, organised by St Peter’s and Wolvercote Baptist Church. Tickets £5 from Diana Clews (Oxf 558982)

A full list of special services and events to August 2014 can be found in Diary dates.

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.