News & Diary Dates


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PARISH OFFICE is closed Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 July, and then the whole of August (last day Thursday 27 July) re-opening on Tuesday 5 September.

MANY THANKS TO EVERYBODY FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF ST PETER’S 24 JUNE FETE  A grand total of £1,350 was raised for Sobell House, the Gatehouse, and Christian Aid Syria Appeal. Stalls and activities contributed: 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. Additionally, the various charity stalls raised: WI, £90; the Textile Group, £17 (for the community bus); Porch Preserves , £97.50; Traidcraft, £30. Volunteers from Sobell House’s Kidlington shop sold jewellery and bric-a-brac , and Jack Childs raised funds for his work with the Scouts in the Nasio Trust Day Care Centres in Kenya. Phillipa Hardman, St Peter’s Fete committee.

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.

SPEAKING WITH GOD – Three Tuesday evenings (3 Oct, 7 Nov, 5 Dec) for those new to prayer and those with more experience together to explore questions and doubts such as “What’s prayer about?” and “How do I know God’s listening?”, and to learn from each other’s personal experiences and understanding. St Peter’s Church 7.30pm. See and September PLinks for more details.

FESTIVAL OF PRAYER 2017  Saturday 9 September , 10am -4.30pm Ripon College, Cuddesdon. A day to explore different aspects of spirituality and prayer – a variety of workshops and a keynote address from Bishop Steven Croft.  £30 per person. Book 4 places and the 5th is free.  More information  / or at back of church.  Community bus available. Contact Val Tate (559316 or to register interest as soon as possible to secure chosen workshop places.

CHURCHSITTING Please help fill gaps in the rota over the summer – see sign-up on the sheet at back of church. Regular sitters are asked to confirm their availability. Ask a churchwarden or Julia Goddard to find out what’s involved. The Churchwardens.

KIMBERLEY CONFERENCE, SEPTEMBER One more representative needed (theme: Discipleship, Care for Creation, Response to Inequality). £600 available to assist with travel and accommodation; meals provided. Also an opportunity to spend a few days in Taung. For more info, please contact Sue Smith,


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

ROTA FOR READERS AND INTERCESSORS  The rota and contact details for 29 June to 26 November 2017 are now ready. If you haven’t received your copy. please contact me. Hard copies are available in church. Please collect.  Ginny Ross

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!

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

THANK YOU to everyone who worked so hard to make the Wolvercote Festival and St Peter’s Fete such a success. Great work by so many people.

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

Fri 21 July
11:ooam:  Funeral, William Hiorns, St Peter’s

Sun 23 July
10:00am: Communion with Baptism of Dominic Noble

Fri 28 July
12:00 noon:  Wedding of Simon Proud and Marina Korzenevica

Sat 29  July
1:00pm:  Wedding of Eleanor Morton and Joseph Rimmer

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.