News & Diary Dates


Latest news

FAIRTRADE STALL NEEDS MORE HELPERS Wolvercote Farmers Market, Wolvercote School, 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).

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE Thanks to all who help by bringing supplies and serving coffee and tea. A gentle reminder to the coffee drinkers that should be out of the St Peter’s room before the 12:00 noon service. Help storing tables etc greatly appreciated. Moira Hook

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK  15-21 MAY Thanks to all who have answered my call for help. I just need a few more volunteers. Please contact me if you can help. Julia Goddard (Oxf 513106,

WINE TASTING  Thanks to Tony Lemon who led an entertaining and informative tasting of wines from Mansfield College cellars last Saturday, and to all who supported the event which raised £230 towards the Organ Appeal.

ROGATION SUNDAY   Sun 1 May 11:00am Rogation Service at All Saints’ Wytham, followed by Rogation walk and Ploughman’s Lunch in the church (£6.50) Booking essential by Wed  27 April. Contact Lyn Dean 01865 864 372.

CHRISTIAN AID BIG BREKKIE   Sun 8 May 9:00am in Parish Room. All welcome. Followed by Family Communion

OPEN FELLOWSHIP GROUP Mon 9 May 2:30pm, St Peter’s Old School Room. Ann Leck (former VP Methodist Conference) and husband Ian (local Preacher) talk on “Methodism in today’s world”, followed by discussion and tea. All welcome. Margaret Williams

‘THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE’: Week of Prayer Sun 8 – 15 May The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have asked us to keep a week of prayer for the evangelisation of our nation in the week leading up to Pentecost. The Archbishops hope we shall all be able to spend some time during the week to join in. St Peter’s will be open for prayer from 09.00 – 9.30am Monday to Friday, and from 6.30pm  before Wednesday communion. See our Home Page.

JANE and CHARLES DRAPER invite you to a COFFEE MORNING in the Vicarage, 10.30am – 12 noon, on Sat 14 May, with coffee and cakes, for Christian Aid. Offers of cakes or biscuits gratefully received. Contact Charles ( or Jane (Oxf 553992).

ASYLUM WELCOME CAKE SALE: Sat 14 May by Children’s Church at Summertown URC Coffee Cafe. We are raising money for Asylum Welcome as a practical way of helping those we’ve been learning about and been praying for in our church services. Help needed to donate cakes and bakes. Contact Jess ( or 07962 230186).


Recent news

ENNEAGRAM Would you be interested in exploring the Enneagram – a model of human personality which offers signposts for personal growth and spiritual development? Trainer and author Josephine Seccombe offers to lead a group (no cost) provided we identify a dozen participants. Contact  Jo Coney to learn more.

NEW BISHOP OF OXFORD  We are delighted to hear that Rt Revd Stephen Croft, currently Bishop of Sheffield, has been appointed the new Bishop of Oxford. It is anticipated that he will be moving to Oxford over the summer. Thank you for all of your prayers!

FLOWERS IN CHURCH  After many years of sterling work as head of the Flower team, Audrey Valentine will stand down after the Patronal Festival. We are looking for a new Co-ordinator to take over from July, ideally working alongside Audrey till then. Speak to Audrey or Charles if interested.

LOCAL ROADWORKS  Roadworks are also in progress on the Wolvercote and Cuttteslowe roundabouts until Oct 2016. Allow extra time for journeys during peak hours.

ORGAN APPEAL UPDATE  A welcome grant from the Williams Church Music Trust brings our total available funds to just over £194,000. We estimate being about £7000 short of our target. Thanks to all who helped us achieve this amazing result in under 2 years. Organ building is underway – see photos on the noticeboard at the back of the church. St Peter’s Organ Appeal Committee.

PLANNING YOUR NEXT HOLIDAY OR TRIP? Book through with over 300 travel companies and collect up to 6% of the cost as a no-strings-attached donation to St Peter’s Organ Appeal. Pick up a leaflet in Church or contact Val Tate (559316) for more details or help in booking.


CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOX COLLECTION  Please bring boxes to church 1 or 8 May for emptying or contact Beth Knowles (Oxf 552451; who will be happy to collect boxes.

SPACEHOPPERS FOR ST PETER’S FETE 25 JUNE. Do you have a spacehopper in your garden shed, garage, attic etc. that you would be willing to lend for a fete activity? If yes, please contact Phillipa Hardman (Oxf 513545; as soon as possible.

CAKES FOR THE FETE Ten volunteers sought to each make one cake a month (three in total) to freeze until Friday 24 June and bring to Church on Fete Day morning (25 June). Sign up in Church or phone Alison McDonald 01865 556651.

THE GATEHOUSE (helping the homeless)  Volunteers needed to collect sandwiches and cakes to deliver to the Gatehouse (about 6 times a year). Help also needed to make cakes or sandwiches once a fortnight  Diana Clews- 558982 &

COFFEE CAFE at URC Saturday mornings during Summer.  Volunteers are urgently needed to help serve coffee.  Contact Rosemary Williams 436866  with possible dates.

CALLING ALL YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 11 to 16: “Yellow Braces” Diocesan Youth Residential. July 8 – 10 will be a weekend of fun, activities, food and engaging with Christianity, faith and life at Oakwood Youth Challenge residential centre near Wokingham. £80 for the whole weekend including food and activities. For more details contact Charles Draper or the Diocesan Youth Adviser on 01865 208 253

TAIZé VISIT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 15 TO 18. A faith, life and community adventure you will never forget! Taizé is a unique Christian community near Cluny in central France, a place of particular importance to young people who come in their thousands from all over Europe and the rest of the world. New this year, Ian Macdonald (the Diocesan Youth Adviser) will lead a trip alongside other youth workers 23 July – 1 August. Travel by coach from London. £195 per person. Ask Charles or Jane Draper to hear more about Taizé!

Get Involved

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!

THANK YOU!  I was overwhelmed by the extraordinarily generous voucher I was given at the APCM at the end of my time as churchwarden. Thank you very much indeed; and also for all the support I have received from so many of you at St Peter’s over these last seven years. Rodney Eatock Taylor

EASTER FLOWERS: A big thank you to eveyone who made a contribution to the Easter flowers – £200 was raised – and to all the team  who helped make the church look so lovely.  Audrey Valentine

Summary of upcoming Diary Dates

Sun 1 May Rogation Sunday
10:00am-1:00pm: Fairtrade Stall at Wolvercote Farmers Market
11:00am:  Rogation Service at All Saints’ Wytham, Rogation walk and Ploughman’s Lunch. Booking essential (see above)
3.30pm: Cutteslowe Service, Cutteslowe Pavilion

Thurs 5 May Ascension Day
7:30pm: Sung Communion

Sun 8 May – Week of Prayer starts
9:00am Christian Aid “Big Brekkie” in Parish Room – all welcome
10:00am Famly Communion

Mon 9 May
2:30pm: Open Fellowship, Old School Room.  Ann Leck (former VP Methodist Conference) and husband Ian (local Preacher) talk on “Methodism in today’s world”, followed by discussion and tea. All welcome.

Sat 14 May
10:00 – 12:30: Summertown URC Coffee Morning – provided by Children’s Church in aid of Asylum Welcome.
10:30 – 12:00 noon: Coffee Morning supporting Christian Aid Week in the Vicarage, 1 Mere Rd
7:30pm:The Queen’s College Chapel Organ & Piano recital – POSTPONED

Sun 15 – Sat 21 May Christian Aid Week

10:00am: Pentecost Service – pl wear womething red
6:30pm: SWCP Celebration hosted by St Peter’s

Sat 25 June
pm: St Peter’s Fete


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.