Your First Sunday ?
This page describes what our Sundays used to be like! Hopefully we'll be able to update it to describe a 'new normal' very soon!!
We’ve tried to answer the questions we think you might have before you arrive, so that your visit with us will be as comfortable as possible. If we fail to answer your questions in the list below, please feel free to email us here, use the form below or use the "Visit Us" Page.
How do I get there?
We meet in the Performance Hall in Cooper School, Churchill Road, Bicester, OX26 4RS
Where do I park?
There’s lots of parking spaces at the school. Please use the car park on the right after passing through the main gates.
Who should I find if I have any questions?
Welcomers at the doors are there to provide any information you might need, and direct you to the children’s work leaders, toilets, crèche, etc..
There’s also a welcome desk in the entrance foyer which contains various information, our weekly bulletin, etc
What about my children?
On Sunday mornings we run a full children and youth programme. Our children join us for the first half an hour of the service before going to their age-appropriate groups.
There is a crèche available for children under 3. Parents are welcome to stay with their children in the crèche area, or may leave them to be looked after by our crèche staff.
For 3 to 5s we have a small group called Seedlings. Both crèche and Seedlings meet in adjacent rooms to the main worship area.
The 5 to 11s group is called Promiseland, they meet in a different block and the leaders accompany the children both there and back. Parents are welcome to settle their children into the groups if needed.
We also run an active and welcoming Sunday Youth for 11 to 16s.
All staff are trained, and have been appointed following our Safe Recruitment Policy. We operate a Safeguarding Children Policy which is available on request.
Where are the toilets?
These are located in the entrance foyer to the Performance Hall.
What can I expect to happen during the service itself?
Most services follow a similar pattern. They start with a few songs. Our music is upbeat and contemporary. The words will be on the big screen for you. If you don’t know the songs, just relax and listen. Feel free to sing, clap, tap your feet – whatever you are comfortable with. Most people will stand during any music, but equally, feel free to sit if you wish.
Following the first few songs, the children will be invited forward to listen to a short talk. After this we usually share ‘Family News’ where the congregation is invited to share upcoming birthdays, news, etc.
Once a month we share Family Communion during this first part of the service. We aim to explain clearly how this is done so that no one who is new will feel embarrassed. We leave it to the parents’ discretion as to whether they feel their children should receive bread and the wine.
Around 11am, the children and young people will go to their own groups. For the adults, the worship continues, prayers for the church, town and world, occasional testimonies, Bible teaching and adult communion (once a month).
The service concludes between 11-45am and noon. Coffee is then served in the foyer, and a prayer team is available for anyone who would like prayer. We assure you that you will not be made to feel embarrassed, asked to speak, made to come forward, etc.
Sometimes you’ll find the format a little different. In particular, we have All Age Services once every couple of months. Often these are café style services, with refreshments served during the service.
How long will the service be?
We aim to finish by noon at the latest.
What happens after service?
Please join us for free Fairtrade coffee, tea and biscuits straight after the service. Time to chat with each other is an important part of our time together.
What should I wear?
Most of our regulars choose to dress casually, but please wear whatever you feel comfortable in!