News & Diary Dates

FAREWELL FROM MARK & HILARY: Mark’s last Sunday at St Peter’s was 8 March. He sends you all this message:

“Farewell and Thank You: We were both very moved by the brilliant send-off we had last Sunday. It was an emotional day for us, but also wonderful to be surrounded by your love and good wishes. Thank you for that, and for all your gifts – the rug, the extremely generous cheque (I might use some of it for a new SLR camera), and the beautiful necklace for Hilary – and for all you said in words, spoken or written. We feel very blessed to have been in Wolvercote and Wytham. Thank you – Mark and Hilary.
MARK’S NEW ADDRESS is: Stage Cross, Sanders Lane, Bishops Tawton, Barnstaple, EX32 0BE. Tel: 01271 375475

Bill Clarke is organising a trip to Exeter Cathedral on Monday 20April to be with Mark as he’s installed as Archdeacon of Barnstaple. We leave Oxford around 9:00am and return about 10:30 pm. £25.00 per person. Contact Bill (01865 510109) for more information and forms.

Vacancy: The process of reappointing a new vicar will be protracted, starting officially from a date to be set by the Diocese within 6 weeks of Mark’s last service. Only after that can a joint meeting of Wolvercote and Wytham PCCs make formal arrangements such as agreeing representatives on the Diocesan Appointments Committee. We will be fortunate if the vacancy will be filled much before Christmas. If you have any queries, contact Michael Daniell/ Rodney Eatock Taylor (for St Peter’s), or Kathy Day/David Humphrey for All Saints.

COME AND SING Sixty singers joined 30 boys from Summer Field School choir last Saturday to sing Fauré’s Requiem and other choral pieces and help raise over £940 towards St Peter’s Organ Appeal. Thanks to everyone who supported the event.

PARTNERSHIP COFFEE CAFE 2015:  Helper Rota Board is in St Peter’s for 3 weeks until 12th April. Sign up to help on any Saturday morning between 16th May to 12th September from 9.30-12.30 in the United Reform Church front garden. Proceeds to Cutteslowe Community Association.

WALKING THE CAMINO: James Bastin will walk 100km along the Camino de St Jacques de Compostella towards Santiago in North Spain raising money for “Maggie’s Centre” and “The Silverlining” which helps anyone affected by brain injury to rebuild and better their lives.

CHURCH FLOWERS: Easter and the joy of flowers in church will be here again soon. It would be greatly appreciated should anyone like to make a contribution, in memoriam, towards lilies and lowers. Contact Audrey Valentine.

STAMPS FOR CHARITY   The congregation at St Peter’s has excelled itself in providing stamps for Guide Dogs for the Blind, thank you so much. I continue to collect throughout the year. Henry Flower.

SPONSOR A PIPE  Thanks to your support, we’ve raised over £154,000 towards a new pipe organ. By finding sponsors for all 818 pipes, we will raise over £40,000 and be within touching distance of our goal. Pick up a leaflet in Church, visit our website or contact Val Tate, 559316 to find out more.

“BARE WINTER SUDDENLY WAS CHANGED TO SPRING!” A wonderful evening of Arias and Songs to celebrate the beginning of Spring sung by Eleanor Harries and Alastair Thompson raised £800 in aid of the organ appeal. Thanks to all for your support.

ST PETER’S PLAYGROUP is looking to recruit a warm, caring and enthusiastic assistant to join our team at our welcoming community playgroup. Hours are weekday mornings 8.30 to 12.30 in term time. We want someone to work a minimum of 3 mornings, ideally all 5. If you have any queries about the post please contact Ruth Clements on

Tues 24 March
7:00-9:00pm: Beatitudes “Living a Blessed Life” course: Peacemaking. Summertown United Reformed Church. See more information here. Sign up on sheet in the Link or call Rob Gilbert.

Weds 25 March
7.30pm:  Sung Communion for the Annunciation

Thurs 26 March
1:00pm: Funeral of Krishan Jalie

Sun 29 March – Palm Sunday – clocks went forward overnight
9:30am: Procession from Wolvercote Baptist Church to Parish Communion at St Peter’s

Monday 30 March
9:00am: Holy Communion
7.30pm: Stations of the Cross

Tuesday  31 March
9:00am: Holy Communion
10:00am: Brass Cleaning
7:30pm: Tenebrae: We hear again of Christ’s pain and suffering, as church lights are gradually extinguished. Music provided by David Bannister and members of ‘Vespri Segreti

Wed 1 April
9:00am: Morning Prayer
7.00pm Silence until 7.30pm Holy Communion, with laying on of hands for healing.

Thurs 2 April – Maundy Thursday
9.00am  Morning Prayer
7:30pm Holy Communion with foot-washing and stripping of the altar. Revd Canon Dr Simon Jones presiding, Revd Pauline Main preaching. Followed by the Watch until Midnight. SIGN on the list if you can stay in church to watch for half an hour.

Fri 3 April – Good Friday
9:00am:  Morning Prayer
10:00am: Children’s service (Old School Room)
12:00 – 3:00pm: The Three Hours
12:00 – 2:00pm : Preached by the Archdeacon, Ven Martin Gorick; ‘When I Survey the Wondrous Cross: the head, the hands, the feet and the heart of Christ.’
2:00–3:00pm: Good Friday Liturgy

Sun 5 April – Easter Day
5:45am:  The Easter Vigil and Dawn Communion. SIGN on the list if you would like to read a lesson at this service
8:00am: Holy Communion
10:00am: Parish Communion (with Easter Egg hunt for children)
12:00 noon: Holy Communion (1662)

Sat 18 April
10:00am: Annual Parochial Committee Meeting. Churchwardens are elected each year at the ‘vestry’ meeting, just before the APCM. Four 3 year positions  and one two-year vacancy are up for election at the APCM. Nomination forms are available in church.

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.