Sunday 4th April, Easter Sunday was the final service conducted for the benefice by Revd Sarah Flashman.
Below are some thoughts from Sarah for Easter:
The events of Holy Week will undoubtedly resonate deeply with so many of the events of this past year. I am mindful of the direction of travel given to us as we ‘sit with’ and ‘move through’ the Easter Vigil Collect:
‘in the depths of our isolation we cry to you Lord God: give light to our darkness and bring us out of the prison of our despair….’ right through to the glorious Easter Day Collect: ‘God of glory by the raising of your Son you have broken the chains of death and hell: fill your church with faith and hope; for a new day has dawned and the way to life stands open….’
The truth suspended within the words of these collects articulate with profound expression our experiences in life, not least this past year. Yet through all the changing scenes of life we have an unchanging knowledge and experience!
Therefore, our joy, which transcends the difficult, painful and fearful, is an unfettered reality and it is this joy, in a hope beyond all we experience in the here and now, that I leave with you. May joy and hope characterise your ongoing journey as you trust yourselves to his guiding and unbounded love. I leave you in the safe and capable hands of a wonderful ministry and wider leadership team with the everlasting arms beneath them all.
Christ is Risen!
He is Risen indeed. Hallelujah!
With fond love, Sarah
May we take this opportunity to thank Sarah for her thoughtful ministry, love and support and contributions to the e-news and online services. Much-valued by all. Hopefully leaving with memories and new friendships, we wish Sarah and Steve love and happiness as they continue their lives' journeys.
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Friday 12th February 2021
THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS NOW CLOSED
VACANCY - VICAR FOR BENEFICE OF ST PETER’S WOLVERCOTE & ALL SAINTS’ WYTHAM
Merton College, Oxford and Christ Church, Oxford seek to appoint a Vicar for St Peter, Wolvercote and All Saints', Wytham in the Diocese of Oxford.
The parishes of Wolvercote and Wytham (population 6,100), are situated at the northern edge of the City of Oxford.
The people of these two parishes are looking forward to working with a prayerful and open-minded priest with strong leadership skills who will:
• Help them to look for innovative ways of engaging with a diverse and growing local population
• Enable them to grow spiritually and numerically
• Be enthusiastic about working with children
• Embrace and develop their liberal catholic and Prayer Book traditions
• Be fully supportive of their inclusive ethos
• Have a collaborative approach to working with colleagues and a desire to identify and equip new lay leaders
Closing date for applications: 5 March 2021
Interviews: 15 April 2021
DBS Enhanced Disclosure is required
Tuesday 5th January 2021
In light of the national lockdown announced yesterday evening, it is with heavy hearts and great regret that the churchwardens of both All Saint’s in Wytham and St Peter’s Wolvercote have decided that, in the current exceptionally dangerous circumstances, both churches will close with immediate effect for the time being.
Although willing to continue with services the clergy have supported this decision and remain available to be contacted for your pastoral welfare. Please go to our "Team" page for their contact details.
Online services will be available as previously via St Peters web site
This decision has not been taken lightly but we consider it necessary to protect both those attending and manning the churches, and the local medical services which are in danger of being overwhelmed due to the current rising level of infections and which are more serious and transferable than those before.
This decision will be reviewed regularly, taking any changes into account. Meanwhile, stay safe and keep in touch.
With best regards
Your All Saint's and St Peter's Churchwardens
Services in January return to normal schedule
We are pleased to announce that services will continue as advertised as long as current Tier4 restictions remain in place, although this will be subject to change should the need arise.
December 22nd 2020
Following the news that Oxfordshire will move into Corona Virus Tier 4 on Boxing Day, with heightened restrictions about vulnerability for particular sections of the public, we have decided to cancel the service at All Saints’ on 27th December. The diocese has given advice that this can be done if we think it sensible. Arrangements for our Christmas Day Service remain as publicised previously - bookings must be made in advance.
If you can, please help support our Christmas appeal for the homeless of Oxford.
CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE
There will be a service of Holy Communion on Christmas Day at 9:45am, led by Rev Dr William Whyte.
If you do attend please also adhere to all the social distancing rules, use the hand sanitiser provided, enter your details for NHS Test and Trace (or scan the QR code). Finally please wear a face covering at all times.
If we do not see you during the festive period, then we wish you and your family a merry, peaceful and above all safe, Christmas.
SADLY REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICE NOW CANCELLED
Remembrance Sunday this year will be on 8th November. As always, there will be an appropriate service at 12.00 noon, but this year it cannot be held at the war memorial.
To allow us to comply with the rules for outdoor services, it will take place in the new cemetery. The service will take the usual form, but the music will be recorded, thanks to Piero, and we are not allowed to sing. We will, however, have a bugler to sound ‘Last Post’. The laying of wreaths will take place during the service, the wreaths being moved to the war memorial later. The wet weather programme will be umbrellas!
There will be white crosses painted on the grass, to indicate where people should stand to ensure social distancing. Please use these. The outside markers on each row will be circles, with extra space provided to allow for family ‘bubbles’ to stand together.
Please enter by either of the two kissing gates, from the cricket ground or the road to the woods, or via the main gate. There will be a list provided at each one - please enter your name and contact details on the list as you go in, in case it is necessary to contact you for Test & Trace later. Please remember to stand two metres apart if you have to queue to go in, or when leaving after the service.
Masks are not compulsory in this scenario, but their use would be appreciated.
Please do not park in the road up to the woods during the service - the woods are likely to be busy and we must not block the route to the car park.
Please come and honour our war dead.
September 20th is our Special Service of The Word for Harvest Festival at 9:45am.
At this service we will be collecting donations of non-perishable foods on behalf of The Porch Day Centre, supporting them in their work helping the homeless and vulnerable of Oxford.
They particularly need tinned and dried food, small packs of biscuits and crisps, individually wrapped cake portions, chocolate bars etc - anything nutritious, portable and easy to store and prepare.
If you are not able to attend the service but would still like to donate something, you can also leave items at The Wytham Village Shop, where Graham & Shirley have kindly agreed to be a collection point for us.
Services of Morning Prayer have been permitted for some time, and on Sunday 6th September we will be able to welcome you back to a Holy Communion service and again on 27th September.
If you do choose to attend any of our services we ask that you respect all government guidelines: maintain social distancing, use hand sanitiser and wear a facial covering.
From October we hope to be able to revert to our usual service schedule - that is Holy Communion on 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays, with Morning Prayer on 2nd and 4th.
All services will start at 09:45am
Sunday July 5th 2020
Last week was a momentous one for All Saints’ Church – not only was there the re-opening of our dear village church for services in all its renovated splendour but it was also the final service of our very popular and well-loved minister Charles. Following the service there was a presentation to Charles by churchwarden Kate from a collection by the parishioners.
This was Kate’s address on the occasion:
Charles, this is such a day of celebration because at last we can open our church for Services and you are here to lead us in our worship - our very highly regarded vicar of Wolvercote and Wytham.
Thank you for a most wonderful sermon today. Is was one of encouragement and comfort and they are helpful words to leave us with and provide much food for thought.
It is, however, a bitter-sweet occasion as it is the last time you will be here to lead us- but it is not farewell, rather ‘au revior’ as we shall see you at the joint celebration of your ministry at St Peters later this year, when this is possible.
Thank you for your ministry among us, for your wise words, quiet thoughtful guidance and wonderful celebratory worship.
We know that you, Jane and the family are moving house in August and will have a large garden and new patio to consider and would like to give you these garden vouchers to help in the process, when you have time to go to the garden centre and choose lovely plants to add to the garden and patio area, perhaps in time for this autumn’s planting season.
We give them with our love and very best wishes for the future. We thank you most warmly for everything you have contributed to our lives here.
Charles is also well loved by many of us in the village who are not actually followers of the C of E. His kind and friendly personality has made us all feel welcome at All Saints. We will all miss him and wish him well for the future.
Message from Rev'd Charles Draper:
Service at All Saints’ Wytham Sunday 5th July at 9:45am
On Monday we finally received advice from the government about restarting church services.
Therefore, this Sunday, 5th July we will be delighted to welcome you to a service of Morning Prayer (Matins) from the Book of Common Prayer, taking place at All Saints’ Wytham at 9.45am.
The government has imposed a limit of 30 people at all our services, to allow for social distancing and we will be following all the other government guidance including use of hand sanitiser. Sadly, for the moment we will also be unable to sing our praises.
We will make every effort to run these services in a way that will be safe for everyone. However we would remind those who are over 70 or who have other health conditions that you will be coming at your own risk. As with bars and restaurants, we will be asking those who come to give us their names and contact details for the “track and test” scheme (these lists will be destroyed after a month).
Online services will continue to be offered in our mailings. My sermon this week will be a very personal one, based on these beautiful words of Jesus:
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11 v 28-30)
Needless to say I am hoping very much that it will be possible for me to lead services at both Wytham and St Peters on my last two Sundays here, and I look forward to seeing many of you there. However it will not be possible to see everyone, and I look forward to coming back when restrictions are lifted, for a proper farewell.
With love and prayers
June 24th 2020
As you will be aware all church services and meetings are currently suspended.
However following the latest government announcement we are delighted to welcome you back for private prayer at All Saints' each Sunday between 9:45 and 10:45am until further notice.
The church will be supervised during opening times and we ask that you please fully respect all the social distancing guidelines, use the hand sanitiser that is available near the door and bring any personal prayer books or readings that you might need as ours will unfortunately not be available. We will have prayer sheets available for you to take away.
Please continue to pray for each other, for those who are anxious, those who are lonely, those who are ill, and those who are bereaved.
Pray also for our government, all who work in our health service, and in other essential services, as well as those who will be in financial hardship as a result of current restrictions.
Pray also for our country and for our world, especially for those who are most vulnerable.
And I am sure we will all want to look out for those who are self-isolating, and all who are vulnerable.
Weather permitting, once your private prayers are concluded we very much welcome you to spend time in reflection in our churchyard, continuing to maintain social distance of course.
Thank you for all your support and prayers