News & Diary Dates

Summary of upcoming Diary Dates

Sun 21 Jan
10am: Family Communion: FAIRTRADE STALL returns to St Peter’s

Mon 22 Jan
2:30pm: Open Fellowship, Old School Hall

Wed 24 Jan
7.30pm: Wytham PCC meeting

Sun 28 Jan
3:00pm: Partnership service for Homeless Sunday, Wolvercote Baptist Church (see below)

Fri 2 Feb
7.30pm: Sung Communion for Candlemas

Sun 4 Feb
3:30pm: Cutteslowe Service, Cutteslowe Pavilion

Mon 5 Feb
2:00pm: Open Fellowship, Old School Room

Fri 9 Feb
7:30pm: Oxford Concerto Orchestra (see below)

Sat 17 Feb
10:00 – 16:00: Lent Quiet Day, Cherwell Centre led by Partnership ministers

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Latest news

OPEN FELLOWSHIP GROUP  Mon 22 Jan 2.30pm St Peter’s Old School Room Christopher Fletcher-Campbell, St Peter’s Director of Music talks on “Musings of a musical maverick”: discussion and tea. All welcome.

Yasmina O’Sullivan, our Gap Year student, travels to Honduras 18 Jan to volunteer with Project Trust. Please pray for safe travels during her 8-month trip and God’s blessing on her children’s work. Alsofor her parents and family whilst she’s away. Anne Dorman will print Yasmina’s news updates on request for your prayer and support.

HOMELESS PARTNERSHIP SERVICE Wolvercote Baptist Church, Sun 28 January 3:00pmRev Mary Gurr, Oxford’s Chaplain to the Homeless, preaches.  After the service, refreshments and brief talks about the Gatehouse, NOAAH and from a formerly homeless man. Collections/donations to Oxford Winter Night Shelter and NOAAH.

MUSIC AT ST PETER’S FEBRUARY – JUNE  Five monthly events with retiring collections to Wolvercote Young People’s Club. Friday 9 Feb 7.30pm: Oxford Concerto Orchestra  Tickets £10  (£5 concs) on the door. Pick up a brochure in St Peter’s or see Events page for full details. Christopher Fletcher-Campbell

LENT QUIET DAY  – DISCIPLESHIP Sat 17 Feb 10am-4pm Cherwell Centre Led by Revd Vivien Edwards (Wolvercote Baptist Church), Revd Pauline Main (Summertown United Reformed Church) and Viv Bridges. See flyers (available soon) for more information, and register with Viv.

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.

USED POSTAGE STAMPS  During 2017 St Peter’s congregation has continued support Guide Dogs for the Blind by collecting used postage stamps. Thank you for your contributions and support past and present and in the future. Henry Flower

Reminders

THE OXFORD CENTRE for MISSION STUDIES (OCMS), based in St Philip and St James Church, Woodstock Road is looking for volunteers who could give a few hours a weeks to help in various administrative tasks to support its exciting ministry. Anyone who could help, or would like to know more, please contact the Director, Paul Bendor-Samuel (pbendorsamuel@ocms.ac.uk).

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.

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   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!

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