July 2021 update
We’re really pleased that we can start to make some changes to get back to a more regular service, but we’re also really keen to make sure we remain an inclusive community where everyone feels welcomed and able to participate fully. We’ll keep talking about this and the situation will continue to change, but from Sunday 25 July we’ll apply the following guidance:
Since we reopened in March we’ve had a 2 metre gap between seats, which has limited our capacity to 40 people, and we’ve been full for the last few months. We’re going to drop the 2m gap but keep one spare seat between households, which will increase capacity, but still allow some distance. You won’t need to book a seat for this section.
We’re also going to keep one section of the auditorium free for those who would like to continue to socially-distance. The seats in this area will be marked out and 2m apart, as they’ve been since we reopened. If you’d like to sit in this section you’ll need to book (seats are released on Wednesdays on our Events page), so that we know how much space to keep.
We’re aware that this is one of the issues on which people have the widest range of views! Researchers are increasingly convinced that Covid spreads more through airborne aerosol particles than anything else, so mask wearing is one of the most effective ways of stopping transmission. So, we’re going to continue to ask everyone to wear masks during the service (unless you have a medical exemption) for the moment, and probably until all adults have been offered both vaccines – which currently looks like it’ll happen in mid-September.
There is good news, though – we’re bringing back congregational singing! It may seem strange at first to sing from behind a mask, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
We’re also restarting tea and coffee after the service! At the moment we’ll serve this in the auditorium for people to take and drink outside.
Our regular weekly Kids Church services will restart in September.
Opportunities to serve
As our services start to reopen, there are loads of opportunities to join the teams who are making this happen! Whether it’s kids or youth work, sound or visuals, music or welcoming, we’re always open to new volunteers – and it really is the best way to get to know some more people in the church community. If you’re up for getting involved, get in touch.
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!