Services

Our worship

 

Regular worship at St Peter’s ranges in style from community services like “Carols for Kids” on Christmas Eve and the annual Wolvercote and Wytham Midsummer Festival Service, to solemn Christian Festivals drawing on the rich liturgical and choral traditions of the Church of England.

In all our services we seek to combine reverence and stillness with a friendly and informal atmosphere. In our sermons we hope to be thoughtful and reflective, engaging with doubts and questions, yet proclaiming joyfully a positive faith in Christ. We want our services to be welcoming, warm and inclusive, but above all, an opportunity and a space where we can encounter God and perhaps discover something of the difference that a living faith in God can make in our lives.

 

Sunday services

We share bread and wine at Communion during all our regular Sunday services to remember Jesus, his life, death and resurrection, and all that this means to us today. These services take a variety of forms:

8:00am – a peaceful, quiet service without music, but in contemporary language and including a sermon, much-valued by a regular, friendly and welcoming congregation.

10:00am – a celebration of Holy Communion in contemporary language with choir and organ, Sunday Explorers – a thriving, active group for children – and teenage robed servers. The service is followed by refreshments in the Parish Room – an opportunity to mix and make friends.

We welcome families for Baptism at this service, adapting the format to given them the best possible welcome. Contact the Vicar for more details.

12:00 noon – a simple, quiet service in traditional language from the Book of Common Prayer with a short sermon. There is also a service in traditional language from the Book of Common Prayer every Sunday at our sister church of All Saints’ Wytham at 9:45am.

Family Communion

The third Sunday of the month, the 10:00am service is usually a Family Communion, a lively service when all ages can worship together. Music, including contemporary Christian songs, is led by an informal singing group which rehearses at 9.00am – anyone of any age is welcome to join. We also have a talk suitable for all ages and a shorter liturgy!

Weekday Services

Morning Prayer will not be said in church from 30 July to 3 September 2018 after which they will resume on Mondays and Thursdays at 9.00am. Check the News page of our website for any changes.  There are usually breaks after Christmas, Easter and during school holidays.

Midweek Communion: We hold a quiet, reflective Holy Communion service every Wednesday except the weeks after Christmas and Easter at 7:00pm.

Prayers for healing: Healing can take many forms, maybe renewed strength in the face of physical or emotional difficulties, or perhaps guidance and new perspectives or the gradual acceptance of new circumstances. All come through the love and grace of God alone.

On the first Wednesday of each month during the 7:00pm Holy Communion service , the minister invites anyone to come to kneel at the altar rail and pray for healing – either for themselves or for someone close to them. The minister places their hands on each person’s head and says: “In the name of God and trusting in his might alone, receive Christ’s healing touch to make you, and all whom you have prayed for, whole. May Christ bring you wholeness of body, mind and spirit, deliver you from evil, and give you his peace. Amen.”

Silent meditation: Meet in church on Tuesdays (morning or evening) for an hour of silent meditation. Times vary. See News page for latest information.