January 2020 update: pressing pause again
We’ve taken the decision to stop holding in-person church services temporarily, until the Covid-19 transmission rate in London drops. The Global Gathering will be online as usual at 11am on our Facebook page, and we’ll hold a coffee/chat time via Zoom after the Global Gathering, for those who would like to connect – email us for the link.
Throughout the pandemic we have held ‘live’ services whenever this has been allowed by the Government. We know that this is a lifeline for some of us – and we’ve tried hard to be present for each other, and to make sure that we can meet safely. However, the situation in London is extremely serious. Although the Government hasn’t chosen to take the step of asking places of worship to close this week, we think they should do. So, until this current moment of crisis is eased, we are back to meeting online only.
We are still a community, whether we’re meeting in person or remotely! Do keep in touch, reach out if you’re struggling, and check in with each other. We hope to see you on Facebook tomorrow – and on Zoom afterwards from 11.35am.
December 2020 update: Tier 4
Church services are allowed to continue in Tier 4, so we’re still meeting together on Sundays at 11am, with an additional service at 9.30am on the first Sunday of the month (except in January, where the early service will be on the 10th) – and the 9.30am service has kids work running alongside.
The Government restrictions around church services means that we have to ensure that everyone who attends signs up in advance. You can do so by going to our Events page from midday each Thursday, where there’ll be a link to sign up for the following Sunday’s service. You can also sign up for our mailing list and get a weekly email reminder, by clicking here.
Now that we’re in Tier 4, we also have to adhere to stricter rules around interaction between households – in addition to the usual guidance (everyone must sanitise their hands on the way in, and wear a mask throughout the service) we can’t allow any interaction between households. With positive cases rising sharply in London, we reiterate this guidance each Sunday morning so we can make sure church continues to run safely.
We’ll also be continuing with the Oasis Global Gathering – a short, informal service on Facebook Live at 11am on Sundays.
Sunday mornings at 11am
Our Sunday morning service starts at 11am. It’s relaxed and informal, with some songs led by a band, prayer and a talk from our senior minister Steve Chalke or one of the rest of the team. Children and young people stay in with us for the first part of the service before going out to their own groups.
Our weekly Sunday sermons are on a range of topics; for example a Bible passage, or a song, a Biblical character or something that’s recently been in the news. You can listen online here or subscribe to our iTunes podcast here.
If you’re new and would like to know a bit more about what goes on at Oasis Church Waterloo, click here.
Music plays an important part in our gatherings. While we know it is just one of the ways we can worship God, it plays a fantastic role in unifying us and helping us to have a time of focus in our week. As well as helping us to both feel energised and bring praise and thanks to God, it can also enable reflection.
If you’d like to get involved with our music team, we’re open to all instruments and all standards of musicianship – contact Felicity.
We pray together as part of our services, but there’s also an opportunity at the end of the service to pray with one of our prayer team. The team will be pointed out during each service, or feel free to speak to whoever’s leading the service or preaching.
Kids and Youth Church
On Sundays we want to ensure that every person feels welcomed whatever their age and so as well as times to worship together we also give the children of all ages the opportunity to explore the Christian faith in fun, interactive and age-appropriate ways.
Our vision is to see everyone included as we journey together in faith, discovering more about how God works in and through our lives, community and world.
For children under two-and-a-half we provide a parent/carer and baby space, available throughout the service, with a live-stream of the service on a big screen. There are three groups for older kids: Tots for those from two-and-a-half to school age, KS1 Kids for children in Reception up to Year 2, and KS2 Kids for Years 3-5. Our Youth group is for those in Year 6 and above.
All our leaders have DBS checks and receive child protection training.
We also run a Facebook group for anyone interested in children and faith and how we help to resource parents and kids’ workers; encouraging an open and progressive faith. Feel free to join and share!
Sunday evenings at 6.30pm – Hub Coffee House Congregation
Our evening service is at 6.30pm in the Hub Coffee House, and is a quieter, more reflective service, with no music. We cover the same topic as the morning service, but with a smaller group of people there’s more chance for discussion, and to quiz the speaker about what they’ve said. Our evening service gives us the opportunity to go deeper than we can easily do on a busy Sunday morning.