Blog

  • God's Invitation: Come up Higher!

    By Andy O'Connell

    This is the third blog in a short series exploring what the elders believe God is saying to the church at the moment. A few days ago Steve wrote about faith for growth. Al then highlighted the opportunities to grow in faith as we engage with the Summer of Mission 2018. In this blog I want to highlight what we believe God is saying about prayer and how he is inviting us to respond!

    Andy O'Connell
  • We're on a mission. From God.

    By Al McNicoll

    This is the second blog in a short series exploring what the elders believe God is saying to the church at the moment. A few days ago Steve wrote about faith for growth. Having had the privilege of sitting with the elders recently, I'm looking at how we can engage with the Summer of Mission 2018 because (unlike the Blues Brothers) we really are on a mission from God!

    What comes to mind when you think about mission? Moving overseas? Crowds listening to a speaker in a stadium? Or your neighbour who you talk to about Jesus from time to time?

    Al McNicoll
  • Merry Christmas

    By Steve Jones

    This is the first blog in a short series exploring what the elders believe God is saying to the church at the moment.

    It's very nearly Christmas!

    Throughout this term, we've been "praying for growth" as a church, for upgrades in our maturity, our extent and our numbers.

    Steve Jones
  • My name is Andy and I'm a Physicist.

    By Andy O'Connell

    My name is Andy and I'm a Physicist. Confession over. Well, I was. In what now seems like a former life, I read Physics at Teddy Hall (Oxford) and then did a DPhil thesis in something that I now struggle to even understand the title of!

    One of the prophetic images I've been carrying for the student ministry at OCC, is that of a flywheel. I mentioned this recently, and someone (maybe a humanities student?!) said 'What is a flywheel?', so I thought I needed to explain what I saw and what I think God is saying.

    Andy O'Connell
  • One mind, one purpose!

    By Al McNicoll

    Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit...

    Al McNicoll
  • A People Prepared

    By Al McNicoll

    On the morning of my wedding, I woke up at 8am, had a leisurely breakfast, put on a suit, and headed off to the Church. Caroline, on the other hand, was awoken at 6am to start doing hair and makeup. The photos do reflect the difference in time spent preparing!

    Al McNicoll
  • Church Getaway

    By Andy O'Connell

    We're really excited about church Getaway in February 2018! We think it’s the first time ever that OCC has been away for this sort of event. Since OCC was planted in 1984, we have engaged with regular conferences and camps organised by our Salt & Light family of churches, but with a gap in the programme for 2018 we wanted to take the opportunity to getaway with just our church!

    Andy O'Connell