Summary of upcoming Diary Dates

Sat 9 Nov: 10am-6pm  Taung Arts & Crafts Exhibition, St Michael’s

Sun 10 Nov: 10am  Shortened Parish Communion
                         10.50am  Remembrance Service, War Memorial, St Peter’s
                        12 noon  Remembrance Service, War Memorial in Wytham
                         3.30pm  Messy Church, Wolvercote Baptist Church

Tues 12 Nov: 11.45am  Silent Prayer and Meditation, in church

Fri 15 Nov: 1:30pm  Funeral, Richard Stanley

Sat 16 Nov: 7.30pm  Concert: The Beat Goes On…

Sun 17 Nov: 10:00 am  Family Communion – a service for all ages

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URC AUTUMN LECTURES Friday 15 November, 3pm ‘What & why is the United Reformed Church in the 21st Century?’, Rev. Dr Colin Thompson, Emeritus Fellow, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. Tickets: £5 per lecture, or £13 for the series.

ST PETER’S POSSUMS – a new under 4’s drop-in group Wed 13 November 9:00-11:30 in St Peter’s Old School Room, and every following Wednesday during term time. An opportunity for parents/carers and children to get together for chats and play time. Cost £2 per session. Refreshments. More volunteers welcome. Please get in touch if you can help! Contact: Rosie Knowles:

THE BEAT GOES ON   Saturday 16 November, 7.30pm in St Peter’s Church. A fundraising concert to raise money for the Village Defibrillator. Tickets £10 available from The Post Box, Lower Wolvercote, John Winterbottom – 556120 or on the door.

FAMILY COMMUNION SERVICE    Everyone is welcome to join the Singing Group rehearsal on the morning of a 10;00am Family Service (next on 17 November).   Whether you are a regular member of a choir, or just want to give it a go, turn up at 9.30 am with your lovely singing voice. If you want to know the songs in advance, let me know to put you on the email list.   Anne Dorman

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOX COLLECTION: Leave your boxes at the back of church on any of the following sundays: 17, 24 November or 1 December. Or contact Beth Knowles via teh Church office to arrange collection. Many thanks. Beth  

PREPARING for ADVENT – SPECIAL SERVICES   Each services starts at 6pm with 15 mins on the day’s theme followed by Compline. Monday 25 November The  Patriarchs,  Tuesday 26 November The Prophets, Thursday 28 November John the Baptist, Friday 29 November The Virgin Mary.

CHRISTMAS CARDS   This year, as we work towards being eco-friendly by buying less, we’re inviting you to bring just one Christmas card with a message for everyone in your church family at St Peter’s. We’ll put up a festive board to display all the cards from Sunday 8 December. Looking forward to a wonderful display of friendship and community! The Team.

CARING FOR OUR EARTH St Peter’s has joined the Eco Church movement. We’ve committed to examine how we as a church and as individuals impact on and care for our earth, and to make changes where we can. Pick up a brochure, look at the Link display or fill in the green leaflet distributed in the Flying Goose. To share your concerns, experience and knowledge in support of this initiative, email your contact details to or via the Church office.

READERS & INTERCESSORS ROTA   A rota covering Advent 2019 to Petertide 2020 has been distributed by email or hard copy. If you haven’t received a copy please contact Val Tate or Julia Goddard in the Church office. Should you be unable to read/intercede on a particular day, please find a substitute and note changes on the rota by the South Door. Thanks for your contribution to life at St Peter’s. Val


CHARLES’ RETIREMENT PLANS I have begun the process of applying for early retirement. I plan to stay until the end of the 2020 Festival. My final service will be on 28 June -St Peter’s Patronal Festival.
With your support I very much look forward to sharing with you all in another nine months of ministry here. Charles

HEALING and WHOLENESS at ST PETER’S    We offer laying-on of hands in prayer for healing and wholeness after the 10am Sunday service as well as at Wednesday evening communion. If you would like prayer either for yourself or someone else, please come to the sanctuary at the end of the service.

DEFIBRILLATOR: thanks to money raised at last year’s Church Fete, we’ve bought an automatic defibrillator (AED) which is used to restart the heart. It’s installed in the green and yellow box outside St Peter’s Rooms. No training required. If you suspect someone’s heart has stopped, call 999. Tell the operator about our AED. If appropriate, they’ll give you the keycode to open the cabinet and retrieve the unit which automatically gives verbal instructions. To learn more, ask a churchwarden or Val Tate.

SELECTED SERMONS preached at St Peter’s are available for study on St Peter’s website If you enjoyed a sermon which isn’t online, ask the preacher or Val Tate 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.

100 CLUB: The 100 Club continues with proceeds going to Mission Giving. Stakes still available! Contact Bill Clarke through the church office.

Get Involved

KNITTING FOR SEAFARERS Mary Campbell coordinates knitters for the Mission to the Seafarers. Keep knitting!

ACTIVE KIDS VOUCHERS placed in the wooden box near the Link will be given to Wolvercote Primary School.

Thank You!

RIDE and STRIDE 2019   A wonderful effort once again was made on Ride and Stride day by Caroline, Charlotte and Diana. Between them they have collected the amazing sum of £1057 in sponsorship money, the most ever collected! Half of the money will go to St Peter’s, the other half to Oxford Historic Churches Trust. A very huge thank you goes out to our Riders & Striders, all those who kindly sponsored them, and all those who helped on the day to make the event such a great success!

MOONRAKERS Thanks to everyone who came to our recent concert, those who helped out and the Moonrakers for a wonderful evening. We raised £182.70 for the Wolvercote Young People’s Club. Mark your diary for the next concert on Saturday 16 November. Bill Clarke

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY NEWS Many thanks to all who continue to support the Children’s Society so generously. Box Collection: Our recent collection raised an amazing £356.17. Explorers Fund-raising Cookie sale in July raised £80.80 – well done to our children and families. If you would like to have a box to raise money for children and teenagers who are homeless, disabled or in need, or would like to know more, please contact Beth, Tel: 552451

ST PETER’S FETE A huge thank you to everyone who supported the Fete and made it such an enjoyable afternoon. The total raised so far is over £1700 to be shared by Helen & Douglas House Hospice for Children and Christian Aid. Phillipa Hardman & Fete Committee.

THANK YOU FROM WOLVERCOTE YOUNG PEOPLE’S CLUB   Thank you very much for your donation of £390.50. We appreciate the effort you put into raising this money, which will go towards our work with the young people of Wolvercote, Cutteslowe and the local area. Julie Hamilton

ORGANOTHON Grateful thanks to all those who kindly supported me on Easter Monday. Due to your generosity, over £400 was raised for WYPC, which works out at approximately 25p for each wrong note…. CF-C

WOLVERCOTE YOUNG PEOPLES CLUB thanked St Peter’s for the donation of £340.10 – proceeds of the recent Byrd Chorus concert organised by Chris Fletcher-Campbell.  Julie Hamilton & Judith Secker, WYPC Chair sent a message to say how greatly they appreciate our fundraising efforts on their behalf.

SPONSORED SWIM I’ve sent £549 to Oxfam and £780 to The Children’s Society. Very, very many thanks to all my sponsors from St Peters, my family and friends and the Summertown Oxfam shop.  Margaret Broadbent

YOUNG PEOPLE’S CLUB Thank you very much for your recent donations of £80 + £59.60. We appreciate the efforts that you have put into fundraising via this concert series. The YPC also thank us for the generous donation from our Mission committee received recently. All the money raised goes towards providing our services to the young people of Wolvercote and the surrounding areas, and it’s good to receive so much local support!

THE GATEHOUSE and THE PORCH/STEPPIN’ STONES are both most grateful for the scarves, gloves, chocolate, etc., donated before Christmas. Donors were more generous than ever.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOX COLLECTION: Thanks to box holders, our recent collection raised £215.90. To get your own box and raise money for homeless, disabled children and teenagers in need contact Beth Knowles.

CHRISTIAN AID The collection for the Indonesian emergency on Sundays 7 and 14 October raised £232.50 excluding Gift Aid.

RIDE and STRIDE  We are very grateful for Caroline, Charlotte and Diana’s tremendous efforts, between them visiting 78 churches. They raised the amazing sum of £916 in sponsorship, half going to St Peters, the remainder to Oxford Historic Churches Trust. Thank you to them and everyone who sponsored and kindly helped on the day to make it so successful.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK  With apologies for the delay, I am pleased to announce we raised £1645.04, plus around £250 in Gift Aid; this includes the donations from the Coffee Morning kindly hosted by Charles and Jane. Thanks to everyone who delivered, collected, made cakes, donated and counted!        Julia Goddard

ST PETER’S FETE 2018 Thank you to everyone who supported the Fete and made it such an enjoyable afternoon. We raised £1434.50 which will be divided between a defibrillator for Upper Wolvercote and the Oxford Food Bank. Individual stall takings were:Raffle, £352; Tombola, £246; Teas, £192.60; Plants, £162.26; Books, £162.50; Home Produce, £96.50; Toys, £60.73; Ice Lollies, £27.35; Games, £19. Helen House Hospice raised £92 and Porch Preserves £162.50. Donations were also gratefully received. Phillipa Hardman & Fete Committee

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOX COLLECTION: Thanks to all box holders, our recent collection raised £286.24 for children and teenagers in need. Contact Beth Knowles to have a box at home or learn more about the Children’s Society.

ROYAL COLLEGE  OF CHURCH MUSIC SUNDAY  Many thanks to all those who attended the ‘extended voluntaries’ , and for kind donations to the RSCM totalling £40.

CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING   Thank you to Charles and Jane for hosting this, and to everyone who helped out, donated cakes and contributed generously: the fabulous sum of £310.37 (plus £45 in Gift Aid) was raised!

CHRIS FLETCHER-CAMPBELL produced an excellent concert of organ, violin and piano music to an audience of 15 who much enjoyed the variety and raised the sum of £126.40 for the Wolvercote Young People’s Club (WYPC). In addition, he organised Malcolm Pearce’s highly-acclaimed organ recital which raised £343.52 for the WYPC.

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.

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