Of course the life of the community is more than just its ‘official’ gatherings, nevertheless here are the ways we gather ‘publicly’ with an explanation of each…
We gather at 5pm on Sunday (once a cycle we have the meditative gathering at the later time of 8pm) for our Eucharist (or Holy Communion). Our Sunday gatherings focus on a cycle theme (click here for information about the current cycle). Each gathering in a cycle is a little different. There’s a meditative gathering, a guest speaker, a discussion based service, an ‘open-source’ service (where people bring contributions), a children’s service, and another service with a speaker from within the Home community.
Expect some prayers, chants, songs (sometimes played live, sometimes using various pieces of electronica), readings, and other creative rituals. We always have communion at each gathering.
The Sunday gathering lasts around an hour and a quarter.
Monthly : Community brunch
Once a month we gather together to share food and talk. These are important times to be together . A good way into getting more involved in the Home community is to come along to the meals. Don’t wait to be asked! The brunches are open to any who would like to come.
Every now and then we also have ‘special’ gatherings, usually at important times during the annual cycle of the church year – Christmas, Holy Week & Easter, Harvest etc.
Escape Room Themed Service (Our First)
15 September, 2019 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
St Alban's, Charles Street, Oxford, OX4 3, United Kingdom
The Escape Room is a great way of getting into a story, playing and exploring. This evening will be our first venture into seeing if a Christian gathering can work learning from the themes of an Escape Room.
Following our Cycle theme, we will be thinking about Identity: What does it mean to be me? you? us? them?
The evening starts with he ancient ritual of Communion, this will kick start our adventure.
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Identity: Women and ancient Hebrew texts: With Deb Rooke
22 September, 2019 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
St. Alban's, Charles Street, Oxford, OX4 3, United Kingdom
Deb Rooke is joining us to speak about Identity from a perspective using the ancient texts that make up the Old Testament.
Towards the end of the evening we will share the ancient ritual of communion together.