We want our church to be a place of welcome and hospitality, a place that helps all-comers on their spiritual journey and a place that speaks out against injustice. Here are some of the ways we aim to do this.
A group of people from the church is committed to keeping the chapel open during the week, to provide hospitality, help and friendship to the city centre community. We are currently open 11am-2pm on Thursdays and Fridays, where good conversation, tea and coffee can be found. We usually hold a very short service of prayer at 12noon.
Our pastoral care team is always on the lookout to support those we know in prayer and practical ways. If you have a pastoral concern, contact Marion Fiddes: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07989 345913
Children & Young People
Caring for children and young people is very high on our agenda. We listen to them, respect and value their individuality and involve them in services and activities as much as possible.
The Mint House
New Road helped set up and is proud to host and support the Mint House, Oxford Centre for Restorative Practice. Now a charity in its own right, the Mint House is pioneering new approaches to repairing harm caused by conflicts, See https://www.minthouseoxford.co.uk/
Charlton Living Legacy Fund
This fund supports innovative mission across the county.
Bonn Square Events
Bonn Square is an ideal place for thought provoking and creative activities that shed light on issues and get people thinking. Events we’ve put on in the past include a labyrinth, ‘Game of Life’ and ‘Get in the Picture’ nativity scene.
Social & Political Engagement
We stand with other churches in work to tackle homelessness, including through the Gatehouse and the central churches Winter Shelter.
Other organisations and initiatives with which we are actively involved include:
The church supports Christian Aid with prayer and giving. The Oxford office for Christian Aid is based in our building.
– a charity providing education for vulnerable youngsters in Africa, that was born from this church.
We are part of Oxford Street Pastors, providing a base for the pastors each week to take their break. We serve on the management committee and have supported church members in becoming Street Pastors themselves.
Refugees & Asylum Seekers
The church has played an active role in supporting and campaigning for asylum seekers in our congregation and remains politically aware on the issue.