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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Oxford Bible Church Services

Updated Saturday 13th March

 

National Lockdown - Services Continue

 During this present nationwide lockdown, governement guidelines still permit Churches to continue holding Communal Services. The official government website states that: You can attend places of worship for a service. However, you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. You should maintain strict social distancing at all times.

For this reason, Sunday Services at Cheney School will continue at this time. If the government should change its guidelines we will respond accordingly. Do check this website and our Facebook page for all updates.

 

In line with the updated government guidelines for Churches, and after consultation with Cheney School, we are still meeting for Worship Services on Sundays at 11am. It is important that we adhere to the current guidelines and keep to social distancing measures when we gather together.

Please read the information below carefully, for full details of what to expect on Sunday mornings. Don't worry if you're not able to join us at Cheney School - as all Services are still Live Streamed on YouTube.

To watch the Live Stream visit OBC's YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRbQ-9Rv53nTzKaNYFG1EIA

 

FROM SUNDAY 14TH MARCH & ONGOING

 

ARRIVAL & ENTRY TO CHURCH

Ushers will need to keep people at least 1.5 metres apart as you enter the building, so it may mean queuing briefly if many arrive at the same time. Of course, families and those from the same household can enter together.

Upon arrival, everyone must sanitise their hands using the sanitiser dispenser provided by the School or the Usher at the door.

To comply with the government NHS Test and Trace Service we will also need a record of all people who attend each week. On a slip of paper, one person from each household should write their name, phone no. and/or email address, plus the names of all other family/household members who are attending the Service. The date of the Service must also be on the slip. Slips will be collected by Ushers upon entry to the Church.

Blank Test and Trace slips are available in the Lobby, although to speed up entry we do encourage you to write the details at home and bring them with you to Church.

These details are kept securely by us for 21 days and then destroyed.

 

DURING THE SERVICE

* Face Coverings: The government regulations on face masks mean the wearing of them is enforceable by law, in all indoor spaces where there are people who do not normally meet (including places of worship). To comply with the regulations, we must ask that all people wear a face covering, covering the mouth and nose, while inside Cheney Hall (unless you have a medical condition which makes a mask inadvisable). 

Masks are available in the Lobby if you need one and should be disposed of after the Service. As well as safety for oneself, the wearing of a face mask is also a demonstration of love for others, showing care and consideration for them.

* The chairs in the Main Hall will be set up 1m apart, but we would like couples, families and those from the same household to move their seats closer together. These family 'bubbles' will then increase the spaces between other chairs. Ushers are on hand to help you to your seats and oversee the seating arrangements if necessary.

* Although normal congregational singing is not allowed under current guidelines, one Worship Leader will lead at the front, with recorded songs played through the sound system. People can still sing softly unto the Lord, only it should be no louder than a normal speaking voice.

There will be an offering bucket and offering bag with an Usher at the door, where you may place your offerings. The offering bags will not be passed around the congregation as usual.

* There will be no teas/coffees, other consumables for now.

* After the Service we kindly ask you to leave the main hall quickly and exit the building, being sure to maintain social distance. This is a key requirement for us, under government guidelines.

 

CHILDREN AND YOUTH

* All Children's Church groups are holding Sunday Sessions, meeting in special Covid-safe classrooms on site. Children will join adults in the Main Hall for the Worship time at 11am before being dismissed to their classrooms.

Parents & Babies - The regular room for parents to take babies/toddlers is open

Kinder Church (ages 3-6), are meeting in their regular space in the Community Hall

Junior Church (ages 6-8) & Super Church (ages 8-13) are meeting in Lane Building as usual.

Youth Church (ages 13-17) are also meeting in a ground-floor classroom in the Lane Building

 

FURTHER POINTS

* There are currently no Evening Services, only the Service at 11am.

* The Main Hall, including all surfaces, door handles, chairs etc will be thoroughly cleaned & sanitised.

* Anyone who has symptoms (the recent onset of a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell) should not attend, nor should anyone who has been asked to self-isolate. Anyone who has been shielding, as per government guidelines, also anyone who has travelled in from abroad, must follow the relevant updated government advice.

* We understand that not everyone will be able to return to the Services at this time. You can still join us online, as Services will still be Live Streamed on YouTube each Sunday morning.

* Only the 11am Sunday Service is happening at Cheney School at this time. Other meetings, such as the Encounter Prayer Meeting on Fridays, remain closed. Also, until further notice, Home Groups will continue to meet online and with outdoor, socially distanced gatherings only. For up-to-date info on exactly which groups are meeting and how, please contact the Home Group Pastor, Mark Makau on 01865 310558.

For any further information, or if you have any questions, you can contact the Church Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01865 515086.

 

David Hathaway

David Hathaway

THE MINISTRY OF DAVID HATHAWAY

David Hathaway is the Founder and President of Eurovision Mission to Europe and has ministered worldwide for over 60 years. In September 2016, he was presented with a medal in the Israeli Parliament, from the United Nations, in recognition of his many years of humanitarian and evangelistic missions in the former Iron Curtain countries and Israel. 

After 11 years as a full-time pastor and evangelist in Britain, David's ministry to Russia and Europe began in 1961 when he organised the first ever expedition to Jerusalem by road, through the Iron Curtain countries. Out of this experience, David began smuggling Bibles into Russia and Eastern Europe until, in 1972, he was arrested, tortured and imprisoned in Czechoslovakia. After serving just one year in prison, David was released by Prime Minister Harold Wilson. This miracle and his experience with God in the prison meant that before returning to work in Eastern Europe, David told his story around the world, leading more than a quarter-of-a-million to Christ in just two years. 

Over the following 40 years since his release, David's heart has continued to burn for Eastern Europe, the last words of one of his fellow prisoners continually ringing in his ears: 'David, don't forget us. No one knows, no one in the West cares.' In 1976 he organised the successful worldwide campaign for the release of Georgi Vins, a renowned Russian pastor from Kiev, sentenced to long years in a Siberian prison for his faith. After this, David continued to go into the underground churches to preach until eventually, in the 1980s, he began to openly hold services and conferences in the communist countries; this grew and developed throughout the 1990s and 2000s - preaching to tens-of-thousands of people in stadiums and arenas, and broadcasting these services live on television across all Russia, Ukraine and East Europe, with hundreds of thousands responding through the free-phone call centres being operated. 

Despite his age, David continues travelling and speaking extensively. Since 2011, David has ministered to Russian Holocaust Survivors and their families living in Israel: in partnership with Israeli public organisations, he provides spiritual and material support; for this work he has received numerous awards and letters of appreciation from the Knesset. Whilst in Ukraine, David organises the annual National Day of Prayer, which is fully supported by every Christian denomination, and recognised by the President of Ukraine.

Join us at Oxford Bible Church for 2 powerful Services with David Hathaway on Saturday 21st April at 7PM and Sunday 22nd April at 11AM. Venue: Cheney School Hall, Cheney Lane, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7QH.

Entry is FREE and no registration is required.

 

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Church Events

SUNDAY SERVICE 2nd MAY

11am: Pastor Derek Walker: The Parable of the Good Samaritan

 

THURSDAY 6th MAY - BIBLE STUDY LIVE STREAM

7.30pm: Pastor Derek Walker: The Book of Jonah (3)

 

SUNDAY SERVICE 9th MAY

11am: Pastor Derek Walker: Sanctified by BLOOD and OIL

 

To watch our Live Stream Sunday Service & Mid-week Bible Study online visit our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRbQ-9Rv53nTzKaNYFG1EIA

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Updates on OBC Services

 

  

HOME GROUPS - Due to COVID-19 Restrictions Home Groups are meeting online and with socially distanced outdoor gatherings. For up-to-date info on groups and their meetings, please contact our Home Group Pastor, Mark Makau on 01865 310558 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meeting across Oxford throughout the week, Home Groups are the heart and life of the church. Each group has its own unique flavour and they are a great way for Christians to develop friendships, pray for one another and receive pastoral care. Why not try one of our Home Groups and get connected! For a list of our mid-week meetings click here. 

For more details about OBC Home Groups contact the Church Office.

 

 

 

Machine Gun Preacher

MGP Sam Childers at the main gate  to his orphange in Nimule South Sudan 3

 

One Man Can Make A Difference!

Come and hear the true story of Sam Childers, who overcame a life of drugs and violence to embrace Christianity and wage a 13 year 'war' to free enslaved child in Northern Uganda and Southern Sudan.

Oxford Bible Church is pleased to host Sam Childers, the 'Machine Gun Preacher' on Monday 19th March. Sam's story is one that will inspire and motivate you - from being a drug dealer/user & gun toting thug - to rescuing thousands of South Sudanese and Northern Ugandan children.

Sam Childers grew up in the hills of Pennsylvania. His parents were decent, honest people but at an early age Sam started to show a knack for getting into trouble. His father, a former marine, grew fond of saying “Boy, somebody’s gonna kill you one of these days!”

By his early teens Sam was sliding deeper into a life of violence and crime. He became a Shotgunner – an armed guard for drug dealers. It was during this stage of his life that he met Lynn, a stripper, who would later become his wife.

Haunted by his father’s words, Sam distanced himself from his former life and, together with his wife, found new hope through faith in Jesus Christ. Slowly, things began to change for the better. Lynn gave birth to a healthy baby girl and Sam started his own construction business. Little did they know that their greatest challenge was just around the corner.

Our miricle rescue  babies   Peter  and Paul   LR2

 

In 1998, Sam arrived in Southern Sudan. The African nation was in the midst of the Second Sudanese War, and Sam, urged by his Pastor in America, had joined a mission group to help repair huts damaged in the conflict. During this assignment Sam stumbled across the body of a child torn apart by a landmine. He fell to his knees and made a pledge to God to do whatever it took to help the people of Southern Sudan.

Sam established and run a mobile clinic and later began building an orphanage for the children on the Ugandan border. The local people though he was mad. At the time, the Lord’s Resistance Army, a brutal rebel militia that had kidnapped 30,000 children and murdered hundreds of thousands of villagers, was laying waste to the area. But Sam was adamant and slowly the orphanage began to take shape. During the day Sam cleared the brush and built the huts that would house the children. During the evening, he slept under a mosquito net slung from a tree: Bible in one hand, AK47 in the other.

With the orphanage finished, Sam began to lead armed missions to rescue children from the LRA. It wasn’t long before tales of his exploits spread and villagers began to call him “The Machine Gun Preacher.”

MGP   Sam Childers with some of the  Older kids hes rescued in years gone buy  Northern Uganda 2014 2

 

Today the orphanage is one of the largest in Southern Sudan and has fed and housed over 1,000 children. In 2017, more than 185 children call the orphanage home.

Sam is just as dedicated today to the plight of the Sudanese children as he was to when he first went there. Sam’s biography, Another Man’s War, was made into a Hollywood feature film starring Gerard Butler. The film was released in September 2011

MACHINE GUN PREACHER: Come and hear Sam's story and invite others to join us too. All are welcome to what promises to be a powerful evening: Monday 19th March, 7:00PM for a 7:30PM start at Cheney School Hall, Cheney Lane, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7QH.

Entry is FREE. There will be a free-will offering for the work Sam does in South Sudan & Northern Uganda.

For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01865 515086

 

 

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