A blog looking in more depth at the values we hold as OCC students.

Fusion: what's all that about?

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I came up to Oxford in 1985. At the time there was little in the way of charismatic, Holy-Spirit-filled life in the church. St Aldates at the time was led by Michael Green (now an elder-statesman in the church, who we are delighted is coming to speak at OCC in the autumn) - one had to queue for entry, such was the level of excitement as Michael led the church in the life of the Holy Spirit. There was a small charismatic house church somewhere in Botley, and an odd, itinerant and therefore hard-to-track-down group of Christians called Oxford Community Church.

Andy O'Connell
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Andy O'Connell
Andy O`Connell serves in a number of leadership and organisational roles within the Oxfordshire Community Churches charity, for the Central region and within Oxford Community Church. He is an elder in the Oxford church. He also serves as Administrator to the Salt & Light UK and International apostolic teams, having worked for Oxfordshire Community Churches and for the Salt & Light family of churches in various roles since 1995.
Andy is married to Ruth, who has home-educated their 4 children.

Becoming a movement: what's all that about?

Arab Spring Tahrir Square

Over the summer one of the students - Pip - was camping with my family, while he and they served together in the 7-11s kids work at our UK summer camp. Amidst gunge-tanks, sore muscles and tiredness, Pip and I had a conversation about being a student movement. What on earth do we mean? And how does it differ from a network, denomination or simply the whole global church?

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Andy O'Connell
Andy O`Connell serves in a number of leadership and organisational roles within the Oxfordshire Community Churches charity, for the Central region and within Oxford Community Church. He is an elder in the Oxford church. He also serves as Administrator to the Salt & Light UK and International apostolic teams, having worked for Oxfordshire Community Churches and for the Salt & Light family of churches in various roles since 1995.
Andy is married to Ruth, who has home-educated their 4 children.

Discipleship

Jesus called disciples, and told them to make disciples - what does that look like for us today?
Al McNicoll
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Al McNicoll came to Oxford as a student in 2001. After 10 years in IT, he now works for OCC as Assistant Pastor. He is married to Caroline, and they live in Marston with their three children Élysée, Poppy and Florence.