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Loving our church family well - Covid update

Posted by Ali Bowstead
on 15th September 2021

It’s wonderful to be able to be together again at our Sunday Gatherings, to worship, learn and socialise together. We understand that it might feel strange after the length of time we have been away from the building and having had so many restrictions to adhere to in all areas of life. Our biggest priority is to love each other well and to all play a part in doing what we can to keep each other safe. 

We acknowledge that Covid has not gone away and that restrictions may come back into play over the winter and we will respond to any changes as and when they come into force. We’ll also continue to monitor numbers and space and put in additional measures if required. 


These are some of the things we will continue to do at The Oak:

  • Open windows to increase the ventilation in the rooms

  • Encourage the wearing of face coverings while singing and moving around the building (unless excempt)

  • Hand sanitiser stations will remain in place 

  • Increased cleaning of regular touch points and cleaning supplies readily available at all times

  • Keep the marquee up and encourage socialising outside

  • Continue streaming our Sunday gatherings online so if you’d prefer, or are feeling at all unwell, you can join us from home


Things you might want to consider doing to protect yourself and our church family:

  • Wear a face covering in crowded places, or whenever you feel more comfortable doing so

  • Consider the distance between you and other people. You can put something on the chair beside you if you’d like, to keep it empty. 

  • Communicate how you are feeling - not everyone is ready to hug yet and that’s totally understandable

  • You may want to take a lateral flow test before gathering together (if you have no symptoms)

  • If someone in your household is feeling unwell, stay at home, book a test, and join us online. 

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Sundays from September 2021

Posted by Dan Kingsley
on 29th August 2021

I'm very pleased to say that from next Sunday, 5th September 2021, we'll be taking our next steps forward after eighteen months of COVID restrictions. We want to be very aware of everybody, and fully recognise that everyone is responding differently to the lifting of the restrictions so please do continue to care for and respect each other in how we gather and connect as a church.

From next week we'd love you to join us back inside where we'll be restarting our kids work in person and joining together upstairs to worship God! Masks will still be highly encouraged when moving around the building and when singing. The marquee will remain up for socialising after our gathering for the time being, but the TV won't be streaming our gathering. For those who are unable to return back in person, or for those who are needing to isolate, we will be continuing to live stream online moving forward.

This is a significant and exciting time for us as a church as we get to gather, worship God, and be family together in the same space, but we also recognise that for many it may take time to adjust and get used to that again. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has played such vital roles in helping us as a church gather and connect over this past season - thank you!

The Nest will be taking a slow start, with the space being available from next week, but content for parents/carers and their children not being provided until October. For those with children in Treehouse, Matt will be communicating the plans in the coming days, but we'll be running in person sessions from next week! Becks will be in touch with those in Oak Youth shortly too.

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Catalyst Festival 2021

Posted by Chris Mason
on 21st May 2021

On Friday 28th to Sunday 30th May, we'll be joining with our wider church family, Catalyst, for an online festival.  There are lots to get involved with - main sessions, kids, youth, arts!

Firstly, check out the Catalyst website for up-to-date details on the meetings and links.

Secondly, sign up to get all the details straight to your inbox including kids and youth resources!  Click here to do that.

As a church family we will be joining together, at our building, inside and out. This will start at the later time of 11am, and then we'll split into indoors for the main talk with the kids session in the marquee. Bring a picnic blanket and a picnic and make a morning of it!

Please book into the conference online here and also book in to come to The Oak premises on Sunday here.

Full details of the kids and youth sessions plus the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening sessions are available when you sign up to the festival.

There will be a Zoom Webinar for the Together Gatherings (main meetings) showing the meeting with the option for live translation in a number of languages, including Russian and Turkish (more to be confirmed). They will last for around 90 minutes each.

Note: On Sunday 30th May, The Catalyst meetings will replace our usual Treehouse resources and 10.30am live stream Sunday Gathering.  Please book into the conference to receive the Catalyst Kids Resources and links to the Together Meetings...or join us at The Oak at 11am.

Global Prayer Room
From 9pm on Friday to 7pm on Sunday (pausing during Together Meetings), there'll be a non-stop, 24-hour global prayer room that anyone can join at any time, led by individuals, groups and churches from across the nations.

Each hour will have a different focus (published in advance in the coming weeks), giving opportunities to hear from, share with and pray alongside our Catalyst family around the world – including sessions in a variety of languages. This will be hosted via Zoom with the details on how to join emailed out to delegates in the week of the Festival.  Our Hub is leading the prayer room on Saturday morning 10-11am.

Kids & Youth
The Catalyst Kids and Youth Teams have been hard at work putting together a number of fantastic ways for children and young people to get involved across and beyond the Festival weekend.

For kids, there will be two 20 minute online sessions for ages 2-4 which can be accessed whenever, and a 45 minute online session for ages 5-11 which we'll play during our Sunday 30th gathering. Alongside this will be resources to use across the weekend – a Treasure Hunt Prayer Walk that parents and guardians can tailor to their local area, and a Passport To The Nations to help kids connect with what God is doing around the world. Catalyst Kids will also be releasing Parenting For Faith; a collection of short videos designed to help equip parents, guardians and carers in how to disciple kids so that they can thrive in following Jesus.

Catalyst Youth will be running three live meetings via Youtube, at the same time as the Together Meetings from 7pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, as well as a live Instagram Devotional and set of Youtube Seminars at 11am on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Other Ways to Connect
Catalyst Sputnik: Faith & Arts network will be running a number of features, including an online gallery and evening with creatives showcasing their work.


As part of the Festival, we'd like to invite you to join us in partnering financially together with the wider church family. While most of our wider Catalyst activity happens through our local churches and our hubs, there are still some things that we do better coming together as a whole movement. This year we'd love to play our part in helping to raise £150,000 towards Catalyst's ongoing vision of supporting those most impacted by the virus, training the next generation, releasing church planting and helping to carve out new apostolic teams in developing nations.

You can see the vision video here which will be shared during the Festival, but we'd love to invite you to prepare for that offering and partner with us in our continuing adventure together.

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