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We meet at Oaktree School which is the school next to Cavendish Square in Park South. Our meeting is held in the main hall and you get to it by simply coming through the main gates of the school and if you are driving there is a large car park immediately within the school gates. Go to the main entrance of the School and you are immediately in the main hall.

You’ll be greeted at the gates by one of our welcome team and directed to the main hall from there. Our welcome team wear purple tops that identify them as helpers. They’ll familiarise you with the layout of the School and introduce you to someone else, especially if it is your first visit so that you can chat about what is going to happen in the service and basically feel at home.

Our service is divided into two parts. The first part starts at 10.30 am and is geared towards people who have already begun the Christian journey, (the second part begins at 11.30am see below). We start with a relaxed time of prayer when we pray for different people and different needs as a large group and sometimes in smaller groups of 5 or 6 people. All our children join us for this part and we provide a play area/colouring and crafts table for the very young children during this time.

At 10.50 am we then move to our specific teaching and reflection time. The younger children either go to their crèche (0 – 4 yrs.) or to Explorers (5 – 11 yrs.). Everyone else participates in our ‘Rooted’ series which is about looking at the historic roots of our faith and what we believe and why we believe it. It is a time of teaching and open questions. This lasts about 25 minutes.

At 11.15 am we break for refreshments (tea and coffee and cake). This is usually the most chaotic time when everyone gets an opportunity to catch up with one another and our guests arrive and those who wish to join us for the second part of the service.

At 11.30 am we start the second half of the service which is designed for both those who are on the journey of the Christian faith and those who are interested in finding out more about it. It is our time of praising and thanking God for the things he has already done. We do this mostly by singing songs that reflect these things and by reading the Bible to hear about what God says and does.

This time finishes at 12 noon and the children who have re-joined us for this part of the service now return for the second half of their Explorers/Crèche. At this point a message is shared from the Bible showing us what God says about how to live life and walk in a healthy relationship with Him. It is practical and we always talk about how to apply the lessons to our lives.

We finish at 12.30 when the children return and give us some feedback from their time and what they have been learning. An offering is taken at this point in the service and we encourage those who have made a commitment to God to give financially as part of their worship.

The only exception to this format is on the first Sunday in the month when we only meet from 11.15 am onwards for a family service that is one hour long and tends to be different each time. It is designed to engage everyone in the service and is both fun and interactive.

 
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