News & Diary Dates


Latest news

THANK YOU  For all your support, encouragement and understanding since my diagnosis of Parkinson’s. I will be continuing on “light duties” (as far as possible!) for the next couple of weeks and hope that after that the medication will be starting to take effect. Many thanks again, Charles.

PUB QUIZ & RAFFLE, Sunday 22 January, White Hart Wolvercote, 8:00pm to help Rafael Muir raise funds for a powerful outdoor wheelchair. Food will be available. A special collection for Raf’s wheelchair will be taken at church on Sunday 29th Jan.

OPEN FELLOWSHIP GROUP   Monday  30 January, 2.30pm, St Peter’s Old School Room.  A talk by Revd Dr Stephen Pix, “Common Law and Common Sense”, followed by discussion and tea. Everyone is very welcome.

CHRIST FOR TODAY   After a most encouraging first session, the course will continue on Tuesday 31st January, 7.30pm in the Old School Room. If you would like to join at Session 2 you would be very welcome – please let me know so we have an idea of numbers. Thanks, Charles.

A HUGE THANK YOU from the children. The biscuit sale raised enough money to buy not just one, but 6 winter kits for refugee families, plus 3 sets of emergency clothing for people fleeing violence. Thank you for your generosity; a brilliant example to us about living generously and about how God uses our small actions to transform our world. Jess Richmond

SAFARI SUPPER  Sat 6 May Diary date. In aid of St Chad’s Taung. Details to come.

NEWS FROM ST CHAD’S TAUNG Father Tsabeng now has a parish vehicle which is making his life much easier. The lay Minister’s son regularly organises food parcels for the needy. Several groups have enjoyed the DVD of Partnership activities filmed by Leah Mattinson. Prayers are asked for Irene and Khayna – both with long term medical problems. Importantly, they have had good rains since Christmas.

Recent news

100 CLUB: St Peter’s PCC  would like to keep this going with profits donated to our Mission Giving Fund – in addition to the usual 10%. Contact Bill Clarke (510109) to join the 100 club. Cost £5 per month for one number.

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

HOME GROUPS  Much interest to start home groups has been expressed recently, meeting for mutual support, to learn, share faith and experiences, and to pray together.  We hope to start one or more groups at St Peter’s which will be open to all Partnership church members. Contact Charles (; 01865 553992) for details.

CHURCH SITTING ROTA  We have quite a few gaps for the coming months. Please sign up, either for a regular slot or to fill in, on the rota posted on the  noticeboard near the main door or on the table in the link. It really would be much appreciated! Julia Goddard

PRAYER FOR EARLY BIRDS   Join Anne Dorman, Beth Knowles and Diana Edwards for prayer and praise 7.00-7.30 am on Friday mornings in church, when we bring the forthcoming Sunday services, clergy and congregation before the Lord. All welcome.

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.

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

Get Involved

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.

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!

Last November’s SHELDONIAN CONCERT raised £3,270 each for St Peter’s Organ Appeal and Parkinson’s UK Oxford Branch. Huge thanks to conductor Daniel Harding, soloist Carolin Widmann and the Oxford University Orchestra for supporting both appeals.Val Tate

CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS came to £1419.78. Money to be divided between Oxford Gatehouse and Christian Aid.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOX COLLECTION: raised £228.23, thanks to all Children’s Society box-holders. Contact Beth Knowles ( or  tel: 552451 for a box to raise money for children who are homeless, disabled or in need.

HOMELESS AT CHRISTMAS   Thank you to all who gave scarves, socks, chocolate, etc to the Gatehouse and Steppin’ Stone. Both organizations have said they much appreciate the contributions from the Partnership churches.

Summary of upcoming Diary Dates

Sun 22 January
3:00pm: Churches Together in North Oxford service to make Homelessness Sunday, Wolvercote Baptist Church
6:30pm: Christ Church Cathedral service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The Oxford Homeless Trail starts with a 10:30am service at St Giles. The Trail opens 12:00-1:00pm and ends with a meal at the Gatehouse, St Giles Parish Rooms, 10 Woodstock Road from 4:00-6:00pm

Wed 25 January
7:30pm:  All Saints’ Wytham PCC Meeting

Sun 29 January
10:00am: Family Service for Candlemas

Mon 30 January
2:30pm: Open Fellowship

Tues 31 Jan
7:30pm: Christ for Today – Old School Room

Thurs 2 Feb
7:30pm: Sung Communion for Candlemas

Sun 5 February
3:30pm: Cutteslowe Service, Cutteslowe Pavilion

Sat 11 February
10:30-15:30: Organ  Open Day 

Sat 25 February
7:30pm: Inaugural organ concert

Wed 1 March – Ash Wednesday

Sun 16 April –  Easter Sunday

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.