• New series: Unforced rhythms

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

    From 17 October to 7 November, we're doing a 4 weeks series on Sundays entitled Unforced Rhythms.

    This is a phrase from Jesus’ words in Matthew 11: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls”. The Message Bible beautifully paraphrases this as

    "Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly." 

    Andy O'Connell (on behalf of the Elders)
  • Gift Days - an update

    By Sanjay Mahtani

    Through September, we spent four weeks looking together at money! We walked with Jesus towards Jerusalem, looking at four stories about money in Luke 19-21. We considered our attitude in giving, the aim of our giving, the amount we give, and what God does when we use our money for His Kingdom. Through it all, we remembered that we give because God is the ultimate giver - for God so loved the world that He GAVE Jesus! 

  • Introducing: Sam Saunderson

    By Sam Saunderson

    Hello, I am Sam Saunderson and I have just started as the new OCC apprentice, following on from Jo last year. I have been a part of the OCC community for the last 3 years as a student studying History at St John’s College. 

  • Forward Together!

    By Sanjay Mahtani (on behalf of the Elders)

    September is here, a new year has a begun! Perhaps more than usual this year, the autumn can be a time of particular hope, vision, and expectation. As people move to Oxford during Sept-Oct, it’s our habit to take a few weeks looking at our vision as a church. But this autumn, we’re spending four weeks looking at both vision and money. Why would we do that?! 

    Sanjay Mahtani (on behalf of the Elders)
  • Investing in our Future - Gift Days 2021

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

    In 21-22 we want to invest in development / growth / breakthrough, especially in our four Future Focus goals. 

    To do this we want to invest in releasing more time from some members of staff and leadership, in order that they can increase their focus. Ideally, we want to increase capacity (time) for these people. If you're not sure who's who, look here

    Andy O'Connell (on behalf of the Elders)
  • OCC and 'Freedom Day'

    By Sanjay Mahtani, for the Covid team

    On Sunday 18 July 2021 I gave a verbal update, on behalf of our Covid working group, about OCC's plans for Sunday services after 'Freedom Day' Monday 19 July.

    For more details on what I said, please visit www.occ.org.uk/coronavirus#services

    Sanjay Mahtani, for the Covid team
  • Supporting our youth work on the Leys

    By Sanjay Mahtani

    Last Sunday, Steve shared with us that God wants to punch holes in long-standing barriers... ethnic barriers, geographical barriers, and cultural barriers. One longstanding barrier in the city of Oxford is between different socioeconomic groups, expressed as 'town and gown', or 'rich and poor'. 

    As a church, we know that Jesus' death on the cross was the birth of a new community, not joined by ethnic identity, economic status, or geographic location, but by our shared commitment to following Jesus! 

    Sanjay Mahtani
  • OCC and further easing of lockdown

    By Steve Jones

    As we all know, there are going to be further easing of lockdown on Monday 19th July and even though we know some of what will be said, we don't know the full extent of what changes there will be for churches. So, before we can respond fully, we are waiting for the government to publish advice and legislation next week.

    In the meantime, Steve shares some news and thoughts about refreshments, restrictions and the word of the Lord in this next season!

  • Broaden your diet!

    By Andy O'Connell

    As we looked at Isaiah 51-52 we saw the repeated encouragement (that's a gentle British way of saying "challenge"!) from God to his people to wake up, and really get what he wants to say and show them. A short paraphrase of the passage could read: "Listen, listen, listen! Awake, awake; awake, awake; awake, awake!"