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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.

Offering

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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Gathering together in person - we are ready when you are!

Posted by Dan Kingsley
on 16th May 2021

It feels like now is the time to be looking at further ways for us to be gathering together in person on Sundays. Restrictions are lifting again and we have new options of how to move forward; finding ways for The Oak family to be back together in person. From lots of conversations with many of you over the past few months we've heard loud and clear that once we are able to sing, to socialise and have kids work again, then you’d love to engage again in person on Sunday mornings. Therefore we've been working hard over the past few weeks and months (a special thank you to Ali in particular) to figure out ways to make this happen.

So from next Sunday, 23rd May 2021, we'll have an outside space available - including our marquee and the whole front car park (weather dependent). This enables us to live stream our worship from inside The Oak into the marquee. Those in the marquee will be able to sing together. Not having been able to sing in person as a church family for well over a year now - there is something really exciting about finding a way to do that as we now move into this next season! It also gives our families a bit more space to help their kids engage/dance/sing along too.

After our sung worship and news, one of our amazing Treehouse leaders will be ready to support and engage children in the activities and they'll be able to watch the pre-recorded video together with their parents/carers in the marquee. All those who want to listen to the talk can head upstairs at this point to listen live (but still wearing a mask). For now, Oak Youth will be continuing their Youth Alpha online on Sunday evenings.

Our amazing refreshments team will be back serving, and therefore hot drinks and maybe even some cakes will be back - although please do bring your reusable cups to make everything easier for us if you can!

With the rules now also enabling more social contact outside (although there are still some limits) this means that conversations with others will be allowed in the marquee and external areas throughout our time together - there are some of you who I haven't seen in person since we first went into lockdown, and I can't wait to see you all.

We'd love to see you back when you are ready. There will be lots of things for us to figure out as we go, and rightfully there are still areas we need to be cautious about and there are still rules to follow to help keep us all safe, but let's work to gather safely in person to worship God and be family together. Our live streams will be continuing for those who aren't ready to gather in person just yet too.

To book you or your household in please head to our Live on Sunday page anytime from Monday morning.

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New song - Jesus has the victory!

Posted by Chris Mason
on 30th April 2021

Written by Adam Glass, 'Jesus has the victory' is one of a few new songs written by members of our church family over the past year or so.  The beauty of homegrown songs is they are written based not only on the unchanging truth of God but also on our shared life together.  We hope to introduce more new songs over the coming years...watch this space!

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