Student Blog

Upper Room encounters? (news about Student Nights)

By Andy O'Connell

Over the summer the student team (that is, the oldies and the 'student leadership team' of current OCC students) have been seeking God about what he wants us to be and do together, as OCC Students! You'll find out more as you come along on Thursday evenings to the Student Nights (7.45pm, in the 'Upper Room' at Wig & Pen), but we wanted to whet your appetite. We can sum up what's new in 4 phrases:

Andy O'Connell

Loving God's Word

By Jonny Walker

My time at OCC has been invaluable to my walk of faith over the first two years of university. On top of being part of such a tight-knit community, so passionate about following Jesus, I have really valued the church’s focus on Bible teaching...
Jonny Walker

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

Four reasons we're into church-based student mission

By Andy O'Connell

This is one of a series of 3 blogs explaining our approach to student ministry. We've talked about being part of a movement, how that connects with Fusion, and in this last blog I want to explain more about our values of 'church-based student mission'.

Our convictions, actually, are not really about just student mission, but mission and ministry in general. We believe that mission and ministry is supposed to be part of the task of the local church, where community, mission, discipleship and worship can be integrated, holistic and sustainable.

Andy O'Connell

What We Did On Our Holidays

By Al McNicoll

We hope you're having a fantastic holiday so far! If you're a fresher who's investigating OCC, if you're away from home for a while, or if we don't have your address, then you won't have had the actual letter that we sent out about a week ago. What follows is the letter we sent out (minus the exciting goodies).

Al McNicoll

A Pattern for a Purpose

By Iulia Mirzac

I often don’t notice the difference my daily quiet time with God really makes until I fall out of the discipline of having one. Being too busy to “stay still and know that He is God” renders me an easy target for the one who walks around looking to destroy what God has built. Before I know it, I become fearful, doubtful, grumpy and insecure.

I used to think of devotional times as a necessity to ‘please’ God. Something to do, to achieve, to perfect, in the hope that it may earn God’s attention, mercy, perhaps even love.

Iulia Mirzac

Posture in Prayer

By Mark Poniatowski

Something I’ve often been hugely challenged by has been the importance of kneeling in prayer. In fact, I’ve become really passionate about it! I really believe that kneeling can be a really important part of prayer.

Mark Poniatowski