Living Faith

St Peter’s offers a number of resources to help you explore faith, be aware of God’s presence, and to live lives centred around Jesus’. Scroll down to read about St Peter’s Cycle of Prayer, prayer groups, courses exploring faith and opportunities to serve our community.

You are always welcome to join us in worship at regular services. Before and during Lent there are extra opportunities for silence and reflection.

Selected sermons are available to download.

To learn more about opportunities for praying together at St Peter’s, or for individual guidance, contact Viv Bridges (tel: 01865 558705 email: vivpbridges@btinternet.com).

St Peter’s Cycle of Prayer

Each Christian has his or her own particular way of feeling close to God in prayer. St Peter’s publishes 12 prayer cycles tied to major events in the Christian calendar throughout the year. They are not intended to give guidance about praying, but many people have found it helpful to know that they are united with other people in their intercessions. We hope that the suggestions will give a sense of ‘praying with one mind’, and also serve as a resource for weekly intercessions in Church.

The 2017 Michaelmas Season (1-30 Sept) Prayer Cycle is available here and the Harvest Prayer Cycle (1-31 Oct) here.

Look out for other Prayer Cycles throughout the year as follows: Advent; Christmas & Epiphany (Week of Prayer for Christian Unity); Candlemas & Pre-Lent; Ash Wednesday & Lent; Passiontide to Easter Day; the Easter Season; Ascension, Pentecost & Trinity Sunday; the Festival Season (Wolvercote & Patronal Festivals); Trinity Season – Transfiguration; Trinity Season – Michaelmas; Trinity Season – Harvest Thanksgiving (One World Week); Kingdom Season – All Saints & All Souls.

Home Groups

Two groups, daytime and evening, are ongoing. This Autumn the daytime group restarts at 3:00pm on 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.For more details, venues etc, contact Charles Draper (Tel: 553992 or charlesdraper@btinternet.com).

Prayer Groups

A monthly prayer group meets on first Tuesdays at 2.30pm in Lower Wolvercote to pray for individuals as requested, as well as issues affecting the parish and the wider world. To ask for prayers, or for more information, call Margaret Williams (01865 556615).

Friday morning early bird prayer, 7:00 – 7:30am: Join Anne Dorman, Beth Knowles (01865 552451) and Diana Edwards for prayer and praise in church, when we bring the forthcoming Sunday services, clergy and congregation before the Lord.

Courses

Christ for Today? Six meetings in early 2017 explored how Jesus – his life, teaching, death, and what happened after – could be relevant to us in the 21st Century. Contact Charles Draper if interested in similar courses.

“Four faiths, one challenge”: Religious perspectives on suffering and evil. Last September, the Summertown-Wolvercote Church Partnership brought together leading representatives from Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity to share their religions’ responses to suffering and evil. A summary of the talks given by each leader may be downloaded here.

“Living a Blessed life”: Six evenings in February and March 2015 looked at the Beatitudes of Jesus, based on the Pilgrim resource. Each two-hour session started with a meal and conversation, followed by a reading and short video for reflection, a discussion and an exploration of the evening’s theme from a contemporary point of view. The course was organized and sponsored by a partnership between St Peter’s Wolvercote, Wolvercote Baptist Church, St Michael and All Angels’ Summertown, and Summertown United Reformed Church.

Getting Involved

St Peter’s has many opportunities for service to our Christian community. You might like to consider welcoming worshippers on a Sunday, pastoral care or practical help like gardening or serving refreshments. We’re always looking for willing helpers at church events. Or do you have a special talent for design, communications or writing articles?

The Getting Involved booklet has over fifty opportunities to chose from.