About St Peter's Church, Hook Norton
St. Peter's Church represents the core of a vibrant, growing Anglican church community in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire on the north-eastern edge of the Cotswolds.
Within the Diocese of Oxford and the Deanery of Chipping Norton, St. Peter's is the mother church in the Parish of Hook Norton, with Great Rollright (St. Andrew's Church) and Swerford (St. Mary's Church). These three villages, together with Wigginton (St. Giles Church), make up the Benefice of Hook Norton with Great Rollright, Swerford and Wigginton.
As a large village with a diverse population, Hook Norton is also a thriving Christian community with a large, forward-thinking congregation. Worship is enjoyed through a range of service types, both on Sundays and via regular and ad-hoc meetings during the week.
St. Peter's is very much a church 'family', providing mutual support and fellowship 365 days a year, not just on Sundays. Our congregation includes all ages, and people at many different stages of faith, with varied opportunities for worship and teaching, from Bible study and Alpha, to Fellowship groups, Youth groups and clubs for even the youngest children.
Services at St. Peter's cater for all ages and preferences, with both traditional BCP (Book of Common Prayer) and contemporary worship. Our children enjoy a weekly 'Sunday Gang' get-together during the 10 am service, and there are also Christian Groups for our 'older' youth, along with a weekly after-school club for primary-age children (the Jesus and Me; J.A.M. club) and monthly lunch meetings at church for the village tinies and their parents/carers (Wheelers and Squealers). Details are available through the links in this website.
The ministry team therefore has a wide and varied remit, with pastoral care high on the agenda. With four churches to minister to, the team is aided by a lay pastoral team and a Worship team, who regularly meet to discuss forthcoming services and events.
Services at St. Peter's are also very much designed to include members of the congregation who wish to play an active part. We have a rota of individuals who give their time freely to help with the Sunday Gang, prepare powerpoint presentations of each service, administer the sound system (T-Loop available), give the reading, lead our welcome, prayers/intercessions and music. Tea and coffee are served after each 10 am service, providing a time for fellowship, chat and support.
St. Peter's itself started out in the 11th century as a small village chapel, but over the subsequent years was expanded into the architecturally diverse and fascinating building it is today. As a result, St. Peter's is an ideal venue for concerts and other events that are enjoyed by people from far and wide. For more information on the history of St. Peter's, please click on the History link.