UPDATED FRIDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2020
As the UK starts to emerge from Covid-19 lockdown, Oxford Community Church (OCC) is restarting Sunday services at The King's Centre (TKC). This FAQ page should be read in conjunction with our Sunday webpage and our Coronavirus webpage.
Alongside our Communities, Sunday meetings are a vital part of the life of OCC. They provide a weekly opportunity for worship and preaching that fuels our daily lives in our homes, neighbourhoods and workplaces, and are a great opportunity for guests to find out more about the church.
New to OCC? What do we do on Sundays?
While we are currently rethinking exactly what Sundays looks like in light of Covid, a typical Sunday looks like this:
meeting_room Doors open at 10:15 and ushers will help guests feel at home and find a seat for their household. Because of Covid, for now, we are not able to serve refreshments - see below.
access_alarm We start at 10:30. We aim to end by 11:45.
child_care At a certain point, children (YR-Y6) and youth (Y7-Y13) go to their own groups. For now, we are not able to provide activities for younger children. All our key volunteers have DBS checks, and we have Covid-safe arrangements - see below.
chat_bubble_outline There is an opportunity to give financially to the work of church, and a speaker explores a Bible passage or theme, asking how it applies today.
location_city There will be opportunity to pray or respond, and we are commissioned as God's people to go back to our homes, communities and workplaces.
Can I help?
As we prepare for this new season of church, we need more volunteers to make things work properly: More stewards (practical setup), ushers (a new role managing entrance and helping people to seats) and AV technicians. To find out more please email us on @email
What about streaming?
For those unable to attend services at TKC, we will continue to stream via our website and Facebook Live. Each week we will publish the details for the stream on our website. If you can't join in real time, or have technical problems, then after the stream ends you will be able to watch again.
GDPR privacy rules require us to inform you that, as we will be streaming, there will be video cameras recording at TKC. If you prefer not to be on camera, please ask a steward, and they will help you find a seat out of the view of the cameras.
How are we going to meet Covid-securely?
In order to meet safely at The King's Centre, OCC staff have worked hard to comply with all current government guidelines for the re-opening of places of worship, and undertaken a risk assessment (as required by law) of all church activities.
Of course, our services will be slightly different to before! But we will be able to gather, enjoy fellowship, worship, teaching and communion! As we comply with guidelines and considering our risk assessment, there are also some constraints on what we will be able to do, for now:
- Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 (new continuous cough, high temperature or loss/change in normal sense of taste or smell) or who has been asked to self-isolate should not attend.
- No congregational singing is allowed. We will be working out how to worship God together without singing!
- No food and drink. For now, we are not permitted to serve refreshments or arrange lunches together at TKC.
- Children and youth. There will be changes to what activities we can offer, and how we organise them. Key points are here.
- Hygiene and distancing: Our measures include a one-way system, regular cleaning, and socially distanced seating for households. Please stay in your seats and do not move around to chat to people. Face coverings are now required by law. After the service, please leave the building promptly and do not hang around for a chat, even in the car park!
- Pre-booking. To assist with track-and-trace, and to safely manage numbers, we are asking everyone to pre-register for services through September.
A fuller explanation can be found on our Coronavirus webpage.
Changes to toilet allocation
One of the changes we were about to make, before lockdown, was to designate some toilets for children-only use only during church services. This is seen as Safeguarding best practice, where possible, and as we have lots of toilets at TKC, it is easy for us to do that.
The Atrium toilets are now only for adults. No under-18s should use these toilets without an accompanying parent/guardian.
Other toilets in the building are designated for under-18s only, and group leaders. We have written separately to parents and group leaders with the details of this.
Please help to get this working by not allowing your children to use the Atrium toilets unaccompanied, so that we can continue to ensure the safeguarding of your children and youth.