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Communion at The Oak - Part 1

I can remember sharing in communion as a new believer for the first time.  It was special, it was reverent, it was challenging and it was joyful.

Over the years at The Oak, we have taken communion in varying ways and with varying consistencies – sometimes in deep profound moments and sometimes very flippantly.  We have always held it as an integral and important part of our life together but have not had a clear way forward in bringing a consistent approach, often tagging it on at the end of a part of our service with little explanation.  This has served some but by no means all of those present at our gatherings.

As a Leadership Team, we have put together a small working group to begin looking at Communion with an aim of bringing some shape and guidance for the future.  Our aim is to bring an introduction and brief explanation of communion, answer some frequently asked questions, and give some direction as to how we take communion together in our corporate gatherings, our small Oak Communities sized gatherings and in our Life Groups.

In the short term, we have made some immediate changes to communion at our corporate gatherings addressing frequency and content.  We are now taking communion once a month on a Sunday morning and once a month at Fuel, our Sunday evening prayer gathering.  We have also adopted a sister churches structure as a temporary guide to communion whilst we prepare our own.   

We believe that communion is a powerful, God present, moment in the life of the church and should be taken with love and gratitude to God and to each other.  

If you’re part of The Oak, we would appreciate your prayer in putting together this document.

Chris Mason
20th November 2017

Communion at The Oak - Part 1

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Christmas hampers

This Christmas we are hoping to reach out practically and show God’s love to those in need locally by making and delivering Christmas hampers.

Would you like to be involved?

 

Who are they for?

Any families or individuals in our local area who may be unable to afford presents and treats this Christmas. Hampers will be offered to clients at FoodBank, through other local agencies and to anyone you know who would be blessed by a hamper.

How can I be involved?

  1. Most importantly, we’d love you to pray:
    • That hampers will bless those struggling with poverty and loneliness.
    • For the conversations with recipients, that people would be encouraged. - For God to lead us to those who most need this practical help.
  2. Make up a hamper
    • - Maybe from you/ your family/ your life group/ your community - Give some money or items towards a hamper

What are the practicals?

  1. Talk and pray about who you would like to receive your hamper (a single person/ a family/a single parent and children)
  2. Let Jo White know you are making one by filling in this form.
  3. Pack your items in a ‘Christmassy’ box or large bag
    • What to put in: Mince pies, Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, crackers, sweets/chocolates, biscuits, a Christmas card
    • Other items could include: Decorations, small gifts, toiletries, good quality food basics (pasta/rice/tins/tea/coffee), drinks, Christmas fun items (socks/mugs), a gift card
    • Please don’t put in: Home made or fresh food (so that everything will keep), Alcohol (we don’t know personal circumstances)
  4. Lastly - bring your hamper to The Oak on or by Sunday 10 December 2017.

Chris Mason
19th November 2017

Christmas hampers

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Join us as we get ready this Christmas

We've got lots going on in the run up to Christmas to help us get ready and prepare! For the latest information head to our events page, but take a look below for everything we've got planned.

 

Kids' tea-time Christmas club

28th November, 5th December, 12th December - 15:30-17:30

Join us for craft, a movie and a simple tea with your kids.
(Parents are required to stay with their children.)

 

Family carols

10th December - 10:30

An all age service with lots of carols and fun for all the family.

 

The big Oak meal

17th December - 11:00

Join us for a tasty Christmas roast dinner - everyone welcome.

 

Carols by candlelight

17th December - 18:00

A traditional candlelit carol service with mince pies and mulled wine.

 

Christmas Day

25th December - 10:30

Join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus on this special day!

Dan Kingsley
11th November 2017

Join us as we get ready this Christmas

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