We meet on Sunday mornings 10:30 - 11:45. In the meantime, watch us on YouTube!
The Cooper School
We meet in the Performance Hall of the school but it can be a little awkward to find! We put signs out to guide you from the car park and this film may help!
When are our services?Our services start on Sunday mornings at 10:30. In the meantime watch us on YouTube!
Where are our services?We meet in the Performance Hall at: The Cooper School, Churchill Road, Bicester, OX26 4RS On entering the school premises turn right and you'll see the car park; then follow the signs to find us. If you are still lost this video may help! Look out for the raised and wobbly paving stones - they're not our responsibility, but we don't want anyone tripping over!
What happens during the service?Our services usually start at 10:30 with a welcome, followed by 2-3 worship songs. 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, wave a flag – whatever you are comfortable with. Most people will stand during the music, but equally, feel free to sit if you wish. At some point we have the notices and ‘Church Family News’, when the congregation is invited to share upcoming birthdays, news, etc. Each Sunday we share Communion. It alternates between being in the first part of the service, with the children present, and the second part, after the children have gone out to their groups. 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 (non-alcoholic fruit juice). Around 11:00, the children and young people will go to their own groups. For the adults, the worship continues, with Bible teaching, prayers for the church, town and world, occasional testimonies, and further sung worship. The service concludes around 11:45. We assure you that you will not at any point 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 a month. Often these are café style services, sitting around tables with refreshments served at the start of the service.
What happens after the service?After the service we serve refreshments, giving plenty of time to chat and get to know one another. Members of our prayer team are available at the front of the hall for anyone who would like specific prayer. We also have to clear up in the hall - but we don't expect visitors to pile up the chairs!
Where do I park?There’s lots of parking spaces in the school. Please use the car park on the right after passing through the main gates.
What about my children?We all start the service together, then after around 30 minutes the children and young people go out to their groups. There is a crèche area set up in the hall, available for children under 3. For children aged 3 to 11, we run a group called Promiseland, they meet in one of the classrooms by the entrance. 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 here.
Where are the toilets?Toilets are located in the entrance foyer to the Performance Hall.
What should I wear?Most of our regulars choose to dress casually, but please wear whatever you feel comfortable in!
How long will the service be?Starting at 10:30 we aim to finish by 11:45 at the latest.
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.
We’ve tried to answer the questions we think you might have before you visit. If we fail to answer your questions in the list below, please feel free to email us here.