378 Bishops Drive, Oakwood, DERBY DE21 2DF
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Website: The Church on Oakwood
The Church on Oakwood is a Local Ecumenical Partnership of Methodist, Anglican and URC Christians worshiping and working together in one fellowship, and in a Covenant Partnership with the Roman Catholic congregation which meets in the church on Oakwood on a Sunday afternoon.
9.00 am (Said Holy Communion First Sunday of the month only)
10.30 am (All Age worship – first Sunday of the month; Holy Communion – second Sunday of the month). The children’s groups occur every week except the first Sunday of the month.
5.00 pm (Roman Catholic Mass)
Mondays 2:00 p.m. Oakwood fellowship – social group
Wednesdays (Term time) 1-2.30pm “Walkers and Talkers” for children between 18 months and 4 years with their parent or carer
Thursdays 10:00- 11:30 Coffee morning or craft club
We’ve had an amazing summer, welcoming 60+ children into the Church for ‘Extraordinary Explorers’ holiday club with crafts, songs, (very) messy games and lots of fun, as the children learnt about Peter; becoming a disciple, trusting and doing amazing things with God’s help, letting his best friend down but then going on to create churches.
Also over the summer, we held Picnics on the Park for people in our local community to join together for crafts and games on Wednesday afternoons and every Saturday night, we had a Film Club with sweets and hot dogs!
In September we warmly welcomed our new Minister, Rev’d Neil Draper and his family into the Church and with Neil’s help have continued to seek God’s guidance into what we should be doing in Oakwood, what to do next and beginning to pray and plan a Church vision.
Our Messy Church continues to grow, as we welcome new families into this fresh expression way of being Church. We meet 3rd Saturday of each month 11am-1pm. (All welcome!)
During October half term, we welcomed families into the Church building for games, competitions, crafts and refreshments 10am-12 noon, Monday-Friday, on the theme of ‘Light in the Darkness’. It was busy but very relaxed, a perfect opportunity to build relationships with families. A simple, but strong message was advertised through the activities each day, that the children and young people were encouraged to take home. It was very well attended each day and as a team, we thoroughly enjoyed being part of something very special.
As a Church, we are beginning to get ready for Christmas as we head towards our Advent Reflection evening; visits from 2 local nurseries for their Christingle services; Experience Christmas for the local school, to name a few, along with other activities and events planned, to invite others to come and know why we celebrate Christmas and what Christmas is really all about.
I consider it a great privilege to be called to work among you in the Derby Circuit.
My roots originate in Derbyshire. I grew up in a small village and attended a little chapel where I made a commitment to follow Jesus for the rest of my life.
I have been married to Tracy for almost 32 years and we have 3 children: Joshua, Hannah & Zara. Tracy works full-time in the pharmacy at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Joshua also works at the same hospital, as a Charge Nurse. Hannah has just returned from a mission trip in Hong King and is off on her next venture soon. Zara has been studying in Nottingham and has commenced her BA Theology course at Cliff College, which is where I have studied.
As a minister, my heart is for encouraging churches and individuals to aim for their potential as disciples of Christ. I believe each person has a ministry or gift from God, whether ordained or lay.
My passion is experimenting with different styles of worship and music and expanding understanding of the bible through teaching.
The church has everything to offer a world deprived of love & peace. I believe God has chosen us all to be part of that great commission, to go into all the world and preach the gospel.
I am looking forward to getting to know the Derby Circuit and to working with the churches in elevating Jesus Christ and making him known to the world.
We have had a really blessed last few months at The Church on Oakwood. Links with the local school have grown massively. ‘Open the Book’ continue to lead assemblies each Wednesday morning at two local schools; Becky, our new Family Worker, leads a lunchtime club for junior aged children every Monday. In the lead up to Easter, we were joined by children in Year 1 as they were invited into the Church to take part in Experience Easter. In June, Years 5&6 joined us for a morning called ‘It’s your Church’. This was a truly amazing morning of inter-generational working and the feedback from both the school and volunteers, who made the morning happen, was so positive and encouraging.
We are looking forward to a range of summer activities such as Holiday Club for children aged 5-11 years; Wednesday picnics and games on Oakwood Park for all ages; Saturday Family Film nights, to name a few! Also, Oakwood Gala – as a Church, we are pleased to be serving refreshments in the Community Centre and able to offer an Open-Air Service again with Woodlands Church for the local community, before the formal opening of the Gala.
In September, we are looking forward to welcoming our new minister, Rev’d Neil Draper and family into the Church and wish Rev’d Peter and Cathy Bates all the best as they move to their new Circuit.