Oasis Church Waterloo is a community of ordinary people exploring life together, where everyone is welcomed. Our mission is simply this: To be an example of what an inclusive community, living Christ’s way, looks and acts like. To help us to do this, we wrote three goals which we're continually seeking to work towards, and five core values, which we aim to exhibit as a community as well as through our individual lives. Read our vision, goals and values here, along with a poem, written around a decade ago, which is a reworking of Revelation chapter 21 and sums up our aspiration for our whole community.
We also ascribe to the Nicene Creed, written in 381 and used by the Christian Church ever since as a universally-acknowledged statement of faith.
We've also signed the Open Church Charter, committing ourselves to the full inclusion of LGBT+ people (click here to read it) and we run Open House, a safe place for those who identify as LGBT+ to share their story.
Recently we came across a poem that we've edited to turn it into a welcome to Oasis Church – which we hope encapsulates this more fully.
Welcome to Oasis Church
Here we try to practise the generous Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This means you may be mixing with,
seekers, searchers and those who have been bruised,
those who rejoice and those who mourn,
those who are worn out, burnt out and exhausted,
those for whom life is filled with purpose and direction,
those in fulfilling relationships and those who have failed to love, been cheated in love or who are afraid to receive love,
those of various nationalities and sexualities,
those who are strong in their faith and those who are besieged by questions and doubts,
those rejected by other churches and those who have found meaningful community here for the first time,
those who have broken their promises,
those who have been betrayed,
those bowed down with burdens,
those for whom the grip of alcohol or work, drugs or sex, money or unnamed powers is getting stronger and those for whom that grip is loosening,
and goodness knows how many others...
indeed anyone like those Jesus chose to spend his time with.
We are not a private club – we are a community open to all people of goodwill.
And, though we are not yet strong and vulnerable enough
to show the unconditional love of God at all times,
we hope we are moving in that direction.