News & Diary Dates
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PALM CROSSES Return by 26 February to make ash for Lent 2017. Viv
SIDESPEOPLE NEEDED for Sunday 8:00am services. Contact Julia Goddard if you can help out on a regular basis.
RED CROSS CHALLENGE SPONSORED WALK We would like to thank everyone for supporting our cake sale to raise sponsorship funds for our challenge. The donations received totalled £96 and are a great start. Thank you! Beth Knowles and Diana Edwards
HOME GROUPS Thurs 23 February 10.30am Initial meeting to plan the day group, one of two groups (daytime or evening) expecting to meet Thursdays fortnightly. First evening group will be Thurs 2 March at 8.00pm. For more details, venues etc, contact Charles (Tel: 553992 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
INAUGURAL ORGAN RECITAL Saturday 25 February at 7.30pm featuring David Bednall on our new Jennings Organ. Tickets £10/£8 (concs) on the door or from Jackie (tel:512258; email: email@example.com) after 10am services. Proceeds to St Peter’s Mission Giving.
OPEN FELLOWSHIP GROUP Mon 27 February 2.30pm, St Peter’s Old School Room. Revd Tim Bravington discusses “Being a locum priest in the Diocese of Europe”. Tea. All welcome. Margaret Williams
LENT QUIET DAY – PRAYER WITHOUT PRETENDING Sat 4 March, Cherwell Centre, Norham Gardens led by well-known writer and religious broadcaster Revd Canon Angela Tilby. Cost: c.£20 (depending on numbers) but should not deter anyone from coming. Let Viv know asap if you’re interested (tel: 558705; email:vivpbridges@btinternet).
LENT SESSIONS “Exploring Spirituality” Four stand-alone sessions experiencing spirituality in different ways. Tues 7 March: Approaching spirituality; Wed 15 March: Being with God through the Bible; Mon 20 March: Being with God through the Arts; Wed 29 March: A Gospel story – God’s love in action. Sessions in St Peter’s Church 7.45 – 9pm; tea or coffee from 7.30pm, led by members of St Peter’s Shaping Our Vision Exploring Spirituality Group.
“FAST” FOOD LENT LUNCHES themed around countries experiencing severe or greatly increased persecution. Parish Room 1:00pm. Sunday 5 March – India, Sunday 12 March – North Korea, Sunday 2 April -Syria. A short film revealing the life of persecuted Christians in each country will be shown after the meal. Donations to Open Doors supporting persecuted Christians. Diana Clews (tel:558982 or email: dianaclews@hotmail).
ELECTORAL ROLL Anyone over 16 years may join the electoral roll and vote at the APCM. Complete and return forms, available at the back of church, to Rosemary Williams by 19 March.
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING Saturday 8 April at 10am in St Peter’s
100 CLUB: The 100 Club continues with proceeds going to Mission Giving. Stakes still available! Bill Clarke (Oxf 510109).
SAFARI SUPPER Sat 6 May Diary date. In aid of St Chad’s Taung. Details to come.
NEWS FROM ST CHAD’S TAUNG Father Tsabeng now has a parish vehicle which is making his life much easier. The lay Minister’s son regularly organises food parcels for the needy. Several groups have enjoyed the DVD of Partnership activities filmed by Leah Mattinson. Prayers are asked for Irene and Khayna – both with long term medical problems. Importantly, they have had good rains since Christmas.
PRAYER FOR EARLY BIRDS Join Anne Dorman, Beth Knowles and Diana Edwards for prayer and praise 7.00-7.30 am on Friday mornings in church, when we bring the forthcoming Sunday services, clergy and congregation before the Lord. All welcome.
QUEST GROUP For teenagers interested in thinking more about what Christian faith might mean for us today. A chance to have an open discussion – questions and doubts welcome! Also suitable for those considering the possibility of being confirmed. Dates and times to follow. Contact Charles if interested.
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.
FAIRTRADE STALL NEEDS MORE 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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com
USED STAMPS for GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND Bring stamps to church for Henry Flower to collect.
THANK YOU For all your support, encouragement and understanding since my diagnosis of Parkinson’s. I will be continuing on “light duties” (as far as possible!) for the next couple of weeks and hope that after that the medication will be starting to take effect. Many thanks again, Charles.
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
A HUGE THANK YOU from the children. The biscuit sale raised enough money to buy not just one, but 6 winter kits for refugee families, plus 3 sets of emergency clothing for people fleeing violence. Thank you for your generosity; a brilliant example to us about living generously and about how God uses our small actions to transform our world. Jess Richmond
CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS came to £1419.78. Money to be divided between Oxford Gatehouse and Christian Aid.
CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOX COLLECTION: raised £228.23, thanks to all Children’s Society box-holders. Contact Beth Knowles (firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 552451 for a box to raise money for children who are homeless, disabled or in need.
HOMELESS AT CHRISTMAS Thank you to all who gave scarves, socks, chocolate, etc to the Gatehouse and Steppin’ Stone. Both organizations have said they much appreciate the contributions from the Partnership churches.
Summary of upcoming Diary Dates
Fri 24 February
1:30pm: Funeral of Margaret Flew
Sat 25 February
7:30pm: Inaugural organ concert
Mon 27 February
2:30pm: Open Fellowship
Tues 28 February
2:30pm: Prayer Group, 3 Rowland Close
7:30pm: Christ for Today, session 4
Wed 1 March – Ash Wednesday
7:30pm: Sung communion
Sat 4 March
10:00 – 16:00: Lent Quiet Day, Norham Gardens
Sun 5 March
1:00pm: Fast Food Lunch – India
3:30pm: Cutteslowe Service, Cutteslowe Pavilion
7:30 – 9:00pm: Exploring Spirituality: Approaching spirituality
Sun 12 March
1:00pm: Fast Food Lunch – North Korea
Wed 15 March
7:30 – 9:00pm: Exploring Spirituality: Being with God through the Bible
Mon 20 March
7:30 – 9:00pm: Exploring Spirituality: Being with God through the Arts
Wed 29 March
7:30 – 9:00pm: Exploring Spirituality: A Gospel story – God’s love in action
Sun 2 April
1:00pm: Fast Food Lunch – Syria
Sun 16 April – Easter Sunday
Sun 14 May
6:00pm: Confirmation – St Michael’s
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.