News & Diary Dates


Latest news

A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP STEVEN: Our new Bishop will be inaugurated on Friday 30 September in the Cathedral. He will preside and preach at four services across the Archdeaconry – in Oxford, on wed 12 October at 7.30pm in the Church of the Holy Family in Blackbird Leys. He has also agreed to dedicate our new organ on Sunday 11 December at 6.30pm. Click here  to read Bishop Steven’s letter explaining his programme and aims for the first months of his ministry in the Diocese, and his request for our prayers.

OXFORD HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST RIDE & STRIDE: 10 September   We are looking for CYCLISTS, WALKERS, & RUNNERS to visit as many churches as possible.  We will also need WELCOMERS who can also be sponsored, to sit in church for an hour to meet and greet and sign sponsorship forms of the Ride and Striders. Half of the sponsorship money will be going to St Peter’s, so please take part if you can. Sponsorship forms will be in church very soon. De Grant 513387

ORGAN APPEAL The electronic organ is gone, making way for a sturdy plinth to support our new organ. The build starts early Oct. With the community’s unfailing support, we’re now about £5,000 short of our target. There’s still time to sponsor a pipe, make a donation or enjoy a fundraising concert (see below). Thank you!

STYLUS PHANTASTICUS  St Peter’s Sat 10 Sept: 7.30pm. Thomas Allery (harpsichord) plays music from 17thC and later high baroque style including works by Frescobaldi, Froberger & Bach.  £10 (£8 concs).

FROM PLAYFORD TO POLDARK St Peter’s Sat 15 Oct: 7.30pm Seen on TV’s Poldark, Boldwood play 17/18thC English dance music. £12 (£10 concs).
Tickets for both: on the door; from the Post Box, 82 Godstow Road; or Val Tate (559316).

GET INVOLVED:  Opportunities to help the community. Right now, helpers are urgently needed to church sit on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and to help with the Monday Lunch Club. See Get Involved below. 

CALLING ALL CHILDREN’S SOCIETY SUPPORTERS – Children’s Society Cake Sale, URC Summertown Coffee Cafe  Sat 20 August 10:00-12:00 needs people to bake cakes or serve on the stall for all/part of the morning. Contact Beth  Knowles
or tel:552451.

ST PETER’S PLAYGROUP needs new committee members to make decisions, with staff, about how Playgroup policies, advertising and how revenue should be spent. Anyone can volunteer, not only parents. Community members who can stay for several years are really valued. For more information, visit our website or email

PARISH OFFICE  Please note that the Parish Office will be closed from 21 July to 6 September inclusive.

MORNING PRAYER will not be said in Church during August. Morning Prayer will restart on 5 September

Recent news

ROB  GILBERT We recently learned that Rob has been appointed Associate Priest at Holy Trinity Headington Quarry. Very sad news for us, but the right next step for Rob and excellent news for Headington Quarry! Rob’s last Sunday here will be 25 September.

SEBASTIAN HARRIES’ ORDINATION as deacon on Saturday was a joyous occasion – see photos on the church notice board. Ask Anne Harries for copies. Please continue to pray for Seb as he begins his new ministry. Viv

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.


ROTA FOR READERS AND INTERCESSORS 3 July – 20 Nov now ready. Email copies distributed (if not received contact Ginny Ross Named hard copies for those not on email available in church – please collect your copies.

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

FOR CHILDREN  An autumn conference hosted by the Doorsteps network on Sat 5 November 10:00-16:00CMS, Watlington Road, Oxford OX4 6BZ.  Contact Parish Office (Oxf 236094) for info.

Get Involved

WOLVERCOTE MONDAY LUNCH CLUB: COOK NEEDED  This popular weekly lunch club in Wolvercote Baptist Church Hall for c.25 elderly local guests, needs needs a helper to come in and set up, chat, wash up etc once a month (flexibility possible). Be part of a friendly team doing something useful and meeting people. To see what we do, turn up in July (not August) 11:30 – 12:00 noon or contact Lorna Logan 556486;

CHURCH SITTERS NEEDED!  It’s important to open the church open Saturday & Sunday afternoons. Volunteers needed to commit to a regular slot or fill an occasional gap (rota displayed on notice-board near main door).   Julia Goddard 234096 /

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).

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 or email

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!

ST PETERS FETE A very big Thank You to all who supported the fete: drumming, selling raffle tickets, manning stalls, heaving pews, pouring teas, mopping up floods. Proceeds of £1786.73 are divided between Sobell House, Christian Aid – Syrian Appeal & St Peter’s Children’s work. Well Done All. Charlotte

AUDREY VALENTINE has stepped down as St Peter’s flower coordinator. The Patronal Festival Sunday was her last – the flowers were, as always, wonderful. Thank you Audrey for all you have done. We’re glad you will still be on the rota!

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK  This year, with the street collection, coffee morning and family breakfast, we raised a record £3174.27, with an extra £386 in Gift Aid! Many thanks to all who helped. Julia

Summary of upcoming Diary Dates

Sun 21 Aug
14:00 Baptism at St Peter’s

Sun 28 Aug
11:00am Baptism at All Saints’ Wytham

Sun 4 Sept
2:00pm Baptism at St Peter’s
3:30pm Cutteslowe service, Cutteslowe Pavilion ‘Songs of Praise’ followed by Tea. All very welcome.

Sat 10 Sept
10am to 4pm: Oxford Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride
7:30pm: Stylus Phantasticus – Thomas Allery plays harpsichord in St Peter’s

Sat 15 Oct
7:30pm: Boldwood – From Playford to Poldark, St Peter’s Church


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.