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Summary of upcoming Diary Dates

Fri 21 Feb: 14:30  Funeral, Tony Strong

Monday 24 Feb – Sun 8 Mar FairTrade Fortnight

Tues 25 Feb: 11:45  Silent Prayer and Meditation, in church
                           14:00  Funeral, Tony Nicholls

Wed 26 Feb: 19.30  Sung Communion for Ash Wednesday (with incense)

Sat 29  Feb: 10:00-16:00  Lent Quiet Day, Cherwell Centre

Sun 1 Mar: 14:30  Cutteslowe service, Cutteslowe Pavilion
                       16:00 Megan Hooper & Christopher Emlyn-Jones sing in aid of Wolvercote Young People’s Club

Tues 3 Mar: 10:30  Communion service, followed by refreshments

Thurs 5 Mar: 19:30- 21:00 Helen Stephens : ‘A Green Pilgrimage through Lent’ Wolvercote Baptist Church

Sun 8 Mar: 15:30 Messy Church, Wolvercote Baptist Church

Wed 11 Mar: 19:30- 21:00 Gilli Robbins (Oxford Fairtrade): ‘Fairtrade: Addressing Injustice’ St Michael’s
Wed 18 Mar: 19:30- 21:00 Paul Massara: ‘Local Climate Change Action’ Summertown URC
Tues 24 Mar : 19:30- 21:00 Brother Hugh (Hilfield Friary): ‘Franciscans and the Climate Emergency’ St Peter’s Old School Room

Download Diary-dates for January to April 2020

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All contacts via info@stpeterswolvercote.com or the Church office 01865 236094

CORONAVIRUS The risk in this country is assessed as ‘moderate’. However, we are advised that as a precaution, anyone with symptoms of coughs and sneezes is encouraged to receive bread only at Communion and to refrain from handshaking during The Peace. We are also advised against the practice of ‘intinction’ – when the consecrated bread is dipped into the wine – as this could represent an infection transmission route. Our thanks for your co-operation.

PALM CROSSES Please let Viv have last year’s palm crosses by Sun 23 Feb for Ash Wednesday.

LENT QUIET DAY   Saturday 29 February, 10:00-16:00 Cherwell Centre. This will be led by Charles, with the title “Like well watered trees”. We will explore the biblical imagery of trees as a model for spirituality and discipleship, taking in the themes of “Irrigated Trees”, “Pruned Trees” and “Fruitful Trees”. The cost will be under £20, but cost should not deter anyone from coming. Please let Viv Bridges know if you would like to come.

CARING FOR GOD’S CREATION – Our Lent lecturers follows this theme: details above
A Church of England booklet of daily reflections inspired by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2020, Saying Yes to Life, is available in church, suggested price, £2.00.

LENT SERVICES – download the Summercote- Wolvercote Church Partnership Lent Leaflet here.

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY 8 March Personal letters to all on the electoral roll will be available for collection in church. Charles will preach about stewardship at all services.

OXFORD DIOCESE SAFEGUARDING – Past Cases Review. We in Oxford Diocese are currently taking part in a national safeguarding review. We would be grateful if you could please read the notice available in church, and respond to it if appropriate. Charles

NEW WEEKDAY COMMUNION SERVICE every Tuesday at 10.30am, starting on 3 March followed by refreshments.  If anyone would like to help with coffee &/or readings please contact Shei

LIFTS to CHURCH Some of our lift givers are unwell at present. If you could offer a lift to church, whether occasionally or regularly, could you please speak to Charles or Julia? Thanks.

HELP REQUIRED Volunteers required to help serve coffee after the Sunday 10am serviceAlso help delivering The Flying Goose four times a year. Di Edwards

CHRISTIAN AID REPS URGENTLY NEEDED to breathe new life into our Christian Aid Week (10-16 May) activities: this doesn’t have to be a street collection but could be quizzes, cake sales, church breakfasts, etc. Please speak to Julia Goddard.

WOLVERCOTE LITTERPICK   Saturday 29 Feb (check www.wolvercote.org in case of postponement due to flooding). Every year the Wolvercote Commoners and Wolvercote Tree Group support OxClean, an Oxford Civic Society initiative to ensure that our community is a welcoming and pleasant place for people to live, work and visit. Meet either in the Bathing Place, Port Meadow for Lower Wolvercote or by the Village Hall for Upper Wolvercote at 10:00am. See poster in the porch.

FAIRTRADE CHURCH STATUS   Awarded to St Peter’s for re-committing to using Fairtrade products wherever possible and to celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight annually (this year 24 February – 8 March). Learn how this supports trade justice and helps alleviate poverty from a Link display coming soon. A huge vote of thanks to Lorna Logan and Phillipa Hardman for their commitment to Fairtrade and for bringing Fairtrade goods to St Peter’s every third Sunday of the month for us all to buy. EcoChurch Committee

Reminders

St PETER’s ORGAN: Christopher Fletcher-Campell has made a professionally-recorded and edited CD with 14 tracks now available at the back of church for a contribution of £5 (or more!). All proceeds to the Wolvercote Young People’s Club

USED POSTAGE STAMPS   ‘The efforts of St Peter’s congregation’s in collecting stamps for the Guide Dogs for the Blind have been superb over the year. Please leave your used postage stamps in church – they are much appreciated. May I seek your support and thank you for your endeavours past and present and in the future. Henry Flower

ST PETER’S POSSUMS – a new under 4’s drop-in group Wednesdays through term time  9:00-11:30 in St Peter’s Old School Room. 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: stpeterspossums@gmail.com

FARMABILITY and PEOPLE living with DEMENTIA  If you know any carers in Wolvercote, please pass on the message that there are sessions for people living with dementia starting at Wytham on Mondays 10:00-14:00 including hot lunch. Transport provided. Activities include: egg work, horse care, gardening. Details: 01865 245604 raul@farm-ability.org.uk

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 ecochurch@stpeterswolvercote.org or via the Church office.

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 www.stpeterswolvercote.org. 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!

WOLVERCOTE YOUNG PEOPLES CLUB Thanks St Peter’s for the donation of £60. We greatly appreciate your continuing generosity and support for the club!  Julie Hamilton

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOX COLLECTION   Our recent collection raised £204.62. Thanks to all who have a box. If you don’t yet have a box to raise money for children and teenagers who are homeless, carers, disabled or in need, or would like to know more, please contact Beth Knowles: bethknowles567@hotmail.com

CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS raised £1742.55  to be shared between Age UK, Wolvercote Young Peoples Club and the Dovecote Family Centre, Blackbird Leys.

FLUSH AWAY POVERTY: Thanks to all who took part in buying cakes and raising funds to twin our church toilets to provide fresh water and sanitation in poorer parts of the world. Your generosity raised just over £300, sufficient to twin all five of our toilets. Photos of our toilet twins will be hung inside each toilet. Pick up a leaflet about the project  outside the toilets or go to www.toilettwinning.org.

A BIG THANK YOU from all the callers to the Porch who enjoyed your generosity at Christmas. The Christmas Parcels, your Winter Warmers’, toiletries and chocolates were much appreciated by those attending the two Porch Christmas Lunches. Any toiletries and clothing that wasn’t distributed go into the Porch Store for donation during the rest of the year.

ART & CRAFT FAIR  at St Michael’s 9 Nov raised an astonishing £739.35.  We’re very grateful to all the exhibitors and those who helped make it such a success especially those in the kitchen serving teas and lunches.  We’re now well prepared for nest summers’ Taung visit.

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      bethknowles567@hotmail.com, 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