Church Vision Evening (part 1)

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

Last night we had the first of 2 vision evenings. You can listen to the recording of the evening here.

Andy O'Connell (on behalf of the Elders)

We love Community Groups!

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

We’ve just completed a short series on Sundays entitled “Renewing our Community Groups”. Community Groups have long been really, really important in the life of OCC! Community Groups are OCC's midweek groups, small groups, house groups, fellowship groups – whatever you want to call them!

Andy O'Connell and Sanjay Mahtani (on behalf of the Elders)

Renewing our Community Groups - FAQs

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

“What are Community Groups for?”

Our Community Groups seek to be community in our transient, multi-cultural, 21st Century city. They love, serve, and reach the wider community, which could be those you live and work with, people in your local area, a certain demographic, or a group that you serve through a particular project.

Andy O'Connell and Sanjay Mahtani (on behalf of the Elders)

God's Heart: Speaking confidently

By Sanjay Mahtani

Over the past few months, in response to prophetic words throughout 2020, we've been drawing near to God.

We've done this through our series on Identity and by exploring God's Heart - his heart for people, justice, mercy, family, and for all of us to play our part.

Church: a place to belong, not (just) attend

By Andy O'Connell and Elizabeth Clayton

The idea of belonging to a church - or any other organisation for that matter - is increasingly alien in the world today. Tim Keller tweets: "Everyone says they want community and friendship. But mention accountability or commitment to people, and they run the other way." Krish Kandiah discerns a movement "towards a more eclectic individualistic spirituality.”

Why then does OCC hold to a habit of 'formal church membership'?

Church: a family, not (just) an event

By Andy O'Connell

Recently I came across this tweet, which could sum up pretty much all that needs saying on this topic: "Church is a Spirit-filled family, not a weekly experience."

Assistant Pastor Sanjay Mahtani often puts it this way: "OCC: Community is our middle name!" And I can sometimes be heard to complain, "We don't go to church, we are the church!"

The queen is back!

By Andy O'Connell

During the early days of lockdown, many of us who lead churches were frantically looking for advice and learnings from others as we sought to navigate a confusing season. We were asking what was the church supposed to be, and to be doing, and to be praying in this "unprecedented" season?

Cafe Church

By Steve Jones

I've just got home from the first Cafe Church at Costa on the Cowley Road. There were about 25 of us, including 4 or 5 people who I'd not met before. It was great to meet new people, and a great venue to sit and talk about things that really matter.

The subject for the evening was 'Confidence', as in self-confidence and self-esteem. Now, I can confess that I went to the evening thinking that the subject would be of interest to others, but not something that felt tremendouly meaningful to me.