• God's New Year's Resolution

    By Sanjay Mahtani

    The start of a new year provides an opportunity to pause, to pray, and to reflect. But this January, we might feel like we've traded New Year's Resolutions for New Year's Restrictions. Last January, we had no idea what 2020 would hold. As we enter 2021, we are prompted to look to the only One who knows the future, and ask what He is doing.

    What is God's New Year's Resolution? 

    On Sunday 3rd January, Steve Thomas (OCC's founding pastor) prophesied to us from Isaiah 43 & 44. 

    Sanjay Mahtani
  • OCC and Lockdown 3.0

    By Andy O'Connell (on behalf of the Covid Working Group)

    England is now in national lockdown. While there are difficult constraints on our social lives, schooling and work, places of worship can remain open, and people are allowed to leave home to attend.

    What are we to make of this freedom to gather, while other aspects of life are severely constrained, and we are advised to 'stay at home' except for essential reasons? Is OCC right to continue with onsite services, or should we revert to online only? 

    Andy O'Connell (on behalf of the Covid Working Group)
  • OCC and Tier 4

    By Andy O'Connell (on behalf of the Covid Working Group)

    From Boxing Day 2020, Oxfordshire has been in 'Tier 4' of the England Covid regulations. Tier 4 (and all other tiers) allow places of worship to 're-open', and people are allowed to leave home to attend a place of worship.

    What are we to make of this freedom to gather, while other aspects of life are severely constrained, and we are advised to 'stay at home' except for essential reasons? In other words, is OCC right to continue with in-person services, as we intend to do, or should we revert to online only?

    Andy O'Connell (on behalf of the Covid Working Group)
  • Covid-secure worship: behind the scenes

    By Andy O'Connell

    Some of you will be interested in what has been going on behind the scenes, as Christian and other faith leaders have worked with government on the question of whether and how places of worship can re-open while the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

    During 'lockdown 1' (from 23 March 2020) places of worship were required to close, until 4 July, when they were allowed to re-open as the first wave waned.

  • The greatest secret!

    By Andy O'Connell

    We've come to the end of our Autumn 2020 series IDENTITY. Although it was unexpectedly disturbed by another lockdown, meaning we had to interact online instead of in-person, it has been a rich series. 

    We've explored God, and who he is - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - and who we are in relation to him.

  • Lockdown 2 and OCC

    By OCC Covid Team

    You will have heard that England is going into lockdown from Thursday, 5 November, 2020. Before we can respond fully, we are waiting for the government to publish advice and legislation early this week. However, government has already made clear that places of worship will not be able to open for public worship for at least 4 weeks.

    OCC Covid Team
  • Oxford in Tier 2

    By OCC Covid Team

    On Saturday 31 October, Oxford City will move into Tier 2 "High Alert" for coronavirus. More information from Oxford City Council, including a map of the City boundary, can be found here

    OCC Covid Team
  • Changing our identity

    By Andy O'Connell

    So, we're 3 weeks into our 9 weeks Sunday series on IDENTITY! How's it going for you?

    The series comes in 3 parts, each of 3 weeks: 

    We've concluded 3 weeks looking at God the Father, and how we find our identity as His children, in relation to Him. He has adopted us and wants us to see ourselves as He sees us. 

    We're about to start 3 weeks looking at God the Son, and how His momentous death and resurrection was a pivot-point in world history, changing how we relate to God. We're going to see how to walk in forgiveness and the dignity of who we are in Christ.

    Andy O'Connell
  • New series - new season - new Sundays!

    By Andy O'Connell (on behalf of the Elders)

    We're very excited about our new series - IDENTITY - starting this Sunday 4 October. This series was planned for the Summer 2020 term and then postponed due to COVID, so it's been in the pipeline for ages and we're delighted to finally get to it. IDENTITY will ask who God is, and how we get to be in relation to him! In other words, how our true identity as humans is found in relationship with our loving heavenly Father. 

    Andy O'Connell (on behalf of the Elders)
  • Coronavirus update - 24 September

    By Andy O'Connell (on behalf of the Covid Working Group)

    After this week's changes to COVID rules, we wanted to give you an update on how that affects OCC. The situation is evolving fairly regularly, and so you understandably may have struggled to keep up with how all the changes affect you in church stuff, as well as thinking about your home, work, social, and shopping life!

    The short version is that this week's changes make little difference to how we already operate as OCC, and there are ongoing constraints, but also some opportunities.

    Andy O'Connell (on behalf of the Covid Working Group)