News & Diary Dates

Summary of upcoming Diary Dates

Tues 24 April 11:00am –  Silent Prayer and Meditation, “Be Still and Know”, in church
                            7:30pm: Stewardship presentation, Old School Room

Sun 29 April 6:30pm Easter Songs of Praise – sing your favourite hymns. Practice 5pm to join with the choir

Mon 7 May 2.30pm Open Fellowship in Old School Room: Anne Dorman talks on “Sunday Explorers – and Me”

Sat 12 May 10.30 – 12.00 Christian Aid coffee morning in the Vicarage

Sun 13 May 3:30pm: Messy Church for kids, Wolvercote Baptist Church

Fri 18 May 7:00pm: Bring and share Partnership Supper at St Michael’s.

Sun 20 May Pentecost: End of Stewardship Renewal Campaign

Mon 21 May 2:30pm Open Fellowship, Old School Room: Kativa Pal talks about the work of the Childrens’ Society

Mon 4 June 2:30pm Open Fellowship, Old School Room: Rev Shaun Henson talk on “Science & Religion: Oxford & Beyond”

Mon 18 June 2:30pm Open Fellowship, Old School Room: Bill Clarke talks on “Your garden and the Bible”

Mon 2 July 1.00pm: Open Fellowship Bring and Share lunch, Old School Room

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Latest news

STEWARDSHIP RENEWAL CAMPAIGN was launched by Charles at our APCM. All church members are receiving a written invitation to participate. Anyone wishing to participate who hasn’t received a written invitation may pick up a form in church or contact Peter Bridges (Oxf 558705) who will also be able to help completing forms or answering questions. Completed forms in an envelope marked “PGS” may be left in the box provided at the back of church on or before 20 May, or posted to The Chair, St Peter’s Stewardship Committee, 6 Haslemere Gardens, Oxford OX2 8EL before 13 May.

Charles and the Stewardship committee are hosting a presentation and Q&A session about the scheme on Tues 24 April 7.30pm in the Old School Room.

Read Charles sermon “The cost of love”, or the campaign’s slide presentation.

CHURCH SITTERS urgently needed on the following dates: 28 April, 5, 19, 26 May. Please contact Julia if you can help: 236094 / officeatstpeters@gmail.com

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

PARTNERSHIP SUPPER (bring and share) Friday 18 May, 7pm, St Michael’s. This is to welcome Father Tsabeng from Taung and an opportunity to see the ‘new’ St Michael’s. In order to have an idea of numbers, please sign up if you would like to attend There is a list at the back of church with suggestions of food to bring.

DATA CONSENT FORMS – Thanks to all those who responded promptly and completed consent forms. There are still around 70 people on the electoral roll yet to indicate their preferences. If we don’t hear by 25 May, by law we will be unable to communicate with you. Help us to stay in touch! Forms, addressed to Val Tate, may be left in Church or in the Parish Office. Thank you.

A Christian Response to Child and Adolescent Mental Health:  Saturday 26 May, 10am-4pm, St Andrew’s Church, OX2 6UG.  A day conference for parents, children’s workers, youth workers, church leaders (and more!) who want to learn, develop their skills, and be equipped in the area of child and youth mental health. For more info and to book go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-christian-response-to-child-and-adolescent-mental-health-tickets-44102392443.

ST PETERS FETE RAFFLE PRIZES –The Fete Committee is hoping that one or more generous souls may be willing to donate this year’s Fete star raffle prize. A weekend in a country cottage? A ride in a Lamborghini? A dinner for two at The Randolph Hotel? Offers please to Val Tate (559316 or email: valtate@btinternet.com).

WEEKLY TALKS ON MUSIC Thursdays, 2-4pm, Parish Rooms  Sadly these have been cancelled.

Canon PG-540 FINE Cartridges 540 Black x2 available. If you can use them, please contact Tim Bravington. Tel  511416, email timbravi@gmail.com.

Reminders

ST PETER’S FETE COMMITTEE NEEDS YOU! We meeting monthly to plan this year’s fete. New members welcome. Contact Phillipa Hardman 513545; email p.m.hardman@reading.ac.uk

CHURCH SITTING   Please help us fill some gaps in the rota. Check the sign-up sheet in the Link. Ask a churchwarden or Julia Goddard to find out what’s involved.

SELECTED SERMONS preached at St Peter’s are available for study on St Peter’s website www.stpeterswolvercote.org. If you enjoyed a sermon which isn’t online, ask the preacher or Val Tate 559316 to make it / them available.

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY FOODBANK Thank you for your generous contributions. Please keep them coming as the need is greater than ever.

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   wendy.sobey@chem.ox.ac.uk

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 easyfundraising.org.uk and retailers send donations direct to St Peter’s Mission Giving. Ask Val Tate (Oxf 559316) or see our website.

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, lizzysaunders@gmail.com

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!

EASTER FLOWERS  Thanks to all who contributed towards the glorious floral displays in church over Easter and to those who creatively arranged and tended the flowers.

CHRIS FLETCHER-CAMPBELL produced an excellent concert of organ, violin and piano music to an audience of 15 who much enjoyed the variety and raised the sum of £126.40 for the Wolvercote Young People’s Club (WYPC). In addition, he organised Malcolm Pearce’s highly-acclaimed organ recital which raised £343.52 for the WYPC.

CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS FOR THE HOMELESS Thank you all who contributed items for The Gatehouse and Steppin’ Stones. Partnership collections were much appreciated.

FAMILIES’ CURRY LUNCH Many thanks to those who came to Yasmina’s fundraising lunch. We had a wonderful time and raised £130. Please pray for Yasmina as she undergoes final training and prepares to travel to Honduras for eight months where she’ll work with Project Trust educational charity. Anne Dorman and Yasmina O’Sullivan.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOX COLLECTION   Our recent collection raised £254.03; many thanks to all Children’s Society box-holders. Contact Beth (bethknowles567@hotmail.com, Tel: 552451) for a box to raise money for homeless, disabled or in-need children and teenagers.

RIDE and STRIDE  Once again a big thank you to Caroline and Diana. They’ve raised the amazing sum of £605 in sponsorship money for their efforts on Ride and Stride day. Half of the money comes to St Peter’s; the other half to Oxford Historic Churches Trust. Thank you also to everyone who very kindly helped on the day. De Grant.

HARVEST SUPPER   Thank you to all those involved in setting-up, cooking and cleaning up after supper, and especially the entertainers. The biggest thank you goes to Charlotte Fenton for masterminding the event. £315 will be sent to the Community Emergency Foodbank, along with the food donations from the Harvest Service.

MANY THANKS TO ALL FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF ST PETER’S 24 JUNE FETE £1350 was raised for the three nominated charities (Sobell House, Gatehouse, and Christian Aid Syria Appeal). Stalls and activities contributed the following sums: 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.

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.

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

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