News & Diary Dates


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RIDE AND STRIDE  A big thank you to everyone who helped make Ride and Stride day a success, to our cyclists Caroline Pepys and Diana Edwards, and to all our church sitters/greters. We’ll let you know how much sponsorship was collected in the near future. De Grant

HOME GROUPS  The daytime group will meet 3:00pm, Wed 20 September to look at the second chapter of Keith Ward’s new book, Love is His Meaning. The evening group meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 8:00-9:30pm for fellowship, Bible study and prayer. We are currently looking at the Psalms. New members are welcome. Contact Charles for more details.

SWCP FAIRPLAY SOCIAL JUSTICE FAIR Saturday 16 September 10:00am – 3:30pm. Summertown United Reform Church. Talks, music, film, cakes & children’s activities. Stalls by Asylum Welcome, Getting Heard, Prison Fellowship, Emmaus, Community Emergency Food Bank, NOAAH, The Porch, Gatehouse, Oxford City of Sanctuary, Aspire and many more! Please support this important Summertown Wolvercote Church Partnership event.

HELP NEEDED AT SWCP  SOCIAL JUSTICE FAIR (see above) Volunteers needed; to put out tables/chairs Fri 15 6:00pm (8 people); supervise car parking Sat am 8:15 – 10:30 in car park  off South Parade (3 people); serve refreshments/make tea (8 people); general help (6 people); children’s corners rota (several needed). Email  tel 07552187856 or email

MORNING PRAYER There will be no Monday Morning Prayer while Viv is away. However, Thursday Morning Prayer restarts 21 September and will be weekly thereafter. There will be no Morning Prayer during the week 9-13 October while Charles is on retreat.

HYMNS OF PRAISE 23 Sept 7:00 pm St Andrew’s Church, Linton Road Presented by Pam Rhodes. Tickets: £5, concessions available; <18 years, free. Join St Andrew’s Church Choir and friends to sing favourite hymns and hear their inspiring stories.

OPEN FELLOWSHIP GROUP  Mon 25 September 2:30pm, St Peter’s Old School Room. A talk by Ann Spokes Symonds, “Lessons from life”, followed by discussion and tea. Everyone is very welcome.  Margaret Williams

URC AUTUMN LECTURE SERIES  Fridays 3:00-4:30pm URC rear hall in aid of the URC building fund.
29 Sept What Britain did in Palestine Short film ‘Britain in Palestin – 1917-1948’; Dr Mary Embleton, historian of the British Mandate period: ‘The legacy of the 1917 Balfour Declaration’.
20 Oct Putin, Russians and the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Karen Hewitt, teaching in Russian Universities since 1984.
17 Nov Oxfam’s extraordinary 75-year journey from local committee to international NGO, Maggie Black, writer/editor on development issues: ‘Oxford’s own charity in its 75th anniversary year’.
£5 per lecture / £13 for series: Beryl Knotts, 510055 or on the door.  

PAPUA NEW GUINEA (PNG) CHURCH PARTNERSHIP: Sun 1 October 11:30am Old School Room, Peter Ramsden, former Bishop of Port Moresby, PNG talks about the current situation in PNG and the PNG Church Partnership, an organisations supported by St Peter’s Mission Giving.

SPEAKING WITH GOD – Three Tuesday evenings (3 Oct, 7 Nov, 5 Dec) for those new to prayer and those with more experience together to explore questions and doubts such as “What’s prayer about?” and “How do I know God’s listening?”, and to learn from each other’s personal experiences and understanding. St Peter’s Church 7.30pm. See and September PLinks for more details.

DIARY DATE Bill Clarke is organising a trip to St Paul’s Cathedral, London Sat 21 October.


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

ALL SAINTS WYTHAM – SUNDAY SERVICE TIME CHANGE to 9:45am for a trial period from Sunday 3 September until the end of December.

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

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

FAIRTRADE STALL 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,

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!

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

Summary of upcoming Diary Dates

Tues 12 Sept
7:30pm: PCC Meeting

Fri 15 Sept
1:30pm: Funeral of David Tibbs  

Sat 16 Sept
10:00am – 3:30pm; FairPlay Social Justice Fair, Summertown United Reform Church

Sun 17 Sept
10:00am: Baptism of Ella Robinson during service
3:00pm: Baptism of Beatrix Sharp

Sat 23  Sept
2:00pm: Marriage of Sophie Blaydes to Martin Conway

Sun 24 Sept
10:00am: 10+ group meeting during service
11:00am: Harvest Thanksgiving at All Saints Wytham

Mon 25 Sept
2:30pm: Open Fellowship – “Lessons from Life” Ann Spokes Symonds

Tues 26 Sept
12:00: Funeral of David Drewitt

Sun 1 Oct
10:00am:  Harvest Festival Family Communion
11:30am: Peter Ramsden, former Bishop of Port Moresby talk about PNG Church Partnership
6:30pm:  Harvest Festival Evensong

Fri 6 Oct
Harvest Supper

Sun 8 Oct
Time tbc: Cutteslowe Pavilion Harvest Festival Service
10:00am: 13+ Group

Sun 22 Oct
10:00am: 10+ Group

For information about the community, read the The Flying Goose, a quarterly newsletter produced by St Peter’s and delivered to every house in the parish.