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Woodstock Baptist Church Life Today

 

Church Life Today

Sunday morning Worship 10.30am

               

We begin our time in church together with songs of praise and worship, prayer and a children’s talk. The words for the songs appear on the screen and the service is recorded and uploaded onto the church website.

              

We welcome children in our church community and provide Crèche & Sunday school classes for them to learn more about Jesus. Children are invited to Sunday school after the offering is taken up.

 

Our formal time of teaching, prayer and worship usually concludes before noon when the whole church comes together for refreshments which are served in the coffee lounge at the rear of the church.

 

Sunday Evening Worship

 

We will be moving our evening service to Witney in May 2014 - meeting at the premises of Open Doors, Range Road Witney OX290YB AT 5.00PM

This is part of an attempt to re-plant Witney Baptist church.

Looking back at the history of Witney Baptist church we find that there was a Baptist church in Witney in the 1800’s which did not endure and an attempt to re-plant was made by Woodstock (and other local Baptists) in the 1990’s which didn’t take.

 

Not the most encouraging story but It is felt right to try this now because:-

 

There is now to be a large house building programme to the West of the town (which itself has grown rapidly over the last 20 years) as well as developments in nearby Carterton.

 

 Witney is a strategic centre for local government and various care agencies base themselves there. Engagement with these and other agencies with a “Local voice” is helpful in matters of social action (Foodbanks etc)

 

Some of members of WBC come from Witney and other Witney residents attend Baptist churches in the area and in times past we’ve had visitors at WBC who’ve been looking for a Baptist church in Witney. These may wish to support a local Baptist church or commend others to it.

 

Ducklington Baptist Church (on the edge of Witney) recently closed leaving no viable Baptist presence in the area.

 

By meeting at the premises of Open Doors (who have a purpose built worship space and facilities within their building) in West Witney we hope to avoid getting in the way of the work God is doing through other churches in the town and believe we will bring a distinctive Baptist Identity to a part of the town that appears not to have a strong church presence.

 

 

We’re beginning fairly quietly in May meeting in the afternoons between 5PM and then from September we plan to augment these with a monthly celebration service to which, hopefully, our friends in the Cluster and other churches might come and join us on these occasions and individual may feel drawn to support us in the weekly afternoon meetings as well.

 

Prayerful, practical & financial supporters for the work would be welcome.

Lunchtime study and prayer

 

We gather on Wednesdays 12--1PM to study the bible and pray together during term times. On the first Wednesday we share lunch and communion.

 

 

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We have a monthly home group running in Woodstock.

Meeting at 8PM for study, prayer and times of waiting on God  we find our Christian life nurtured and supported by good folk who become good friends.

We are currently working (slowly!) through the book God on Mute which wrestles with tough questions about unanswered prayer.

Details of the venue will be on the newsletter and can also be fond by emailing nickdsharris@gmail.com

 

Men's Group

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We meet once a month for breakfast, study, fellowship and prayer 8.30 AM 1st Saturday of the month

 

Evangelism through conversation:-

Pub Talk – If you could ask God one question…

An invitation for a chat down the pub about stuff that matters with people who don’t claim to

have all the answers

When: Once a month on a Wednesday 8PM

What: A chance to explore the questions most folk wanted to ask

Why: If it’s true, it’s important

Where: The Dukes Head Woodstock

 

Evangelism through the movies - Flickering images God at the movies

Meets twice per month to watch and then discuss issues raised by a current film

 

Evangelsim through literature -

 

 

 

Sharon Dirckx will be speaking during the town's literary festivalat WBC Saturday 27th September 7.30PM

 

 

 

Sharon Dirckx (pronounced “Dirix”) is an Academic Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). Originally from a scientific background she has a PhD in brain imaging from the University of Cambridge and has held research positions in the USA and the University of Oxford, UK. During its founding year in 2004/5, Sharon graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). She has since been invited to speak and lecture in a variety of contexts and has also appeared on BBC Songs of Praise, Premier Christian Radio and BBC Radio 2. Her topics of interest include science and faith, suffering, and communicating the gospel with passion and relevance. Her first book, Why?: God, Evil and Personal Suffering, which interweaves the stories of people who have suffered, with a practical look at the ‘Why?’ questions on suffering, was published by IVP in January 2013. Sharon lives in Oxford with her husband and two young children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evangelism through art: - Seeking the Kingdom 

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A photographic interpretation of God's prioroities

28th October – 2nd November 2014

 

Evangelism through fun - Get in the Picture 29th November 2014

 

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Get into the Nativity story with your own group picture to be downloaded from the get in the picture website which links to stories of the real meaning of Christmas

 

Prayer

 

Regular times of group prayer as well as guided prayer are offered at various times in the week, details are fond in the newsletter or by contacting nickdsharris@gmail.com  

We believe prayer changes situations and prayer groups meet weekly and monthly to intercede on behalf of others and seek the coming of Gods kingdom in the lives of individuals and communities.

The Christian walk of faith cannot be undertaken alone, WBC offers a loving and supportive community for all ages and stages of life , seeking to encourage a deeper relationship with God and one another.

 

Social Action

WBC played a key role in establishing the local foodbank and we remain supporters of North Oxfordshire Community Foodbank and are a hub for collection and distribution of food parcels.

 

The wider commnity

 

We share in the life of the town as well as the local Cluster of Baptist churches, that God's kingdom might come in Notrh Oxordshire

 

Fun

There have been many social times in the life of WBC where we have met to share fun and food togehter  more are planned!

 

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A list of planned formal and informal meetings only tells part of the story of WBC. As a branch of Christs family, we aim to help, support and encourage one another in all parts of our lives.

 

Church Governance

A baptist church is interdependent with other baptist churches and aims to be self supporting in regard to its finance and property.

Authority to discern Gods will for the life of the church ultimately rests with the Church Members Meeting assisted by a Diaconate and Minister. Membership is open to all who profess Jesus as their personal saviour and Lord .

However membership of the church is not a requirement or expectation for all. We enjoy fellowship with folk at various stages on their personal journey of faith, recognising that for some formal membership of the church may not be the most appropriate expression of their links to our faith community ; we are fellow pilgrims traveling together; all are welcome.

As Baptists our faith is centered on the life and teaching of Jesus, believing that we are called to trust and follow him together in Christian discipleship.

Woodstock Baptist Church exists to bear witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world; to share in his mission and to make known his faithful and saving love for all creation.

As Baptists we believe that each Christian has a duty to share God's concern for his world with others. We work with the wider Christian family to promote justice, social welfare, healing, education and peace within our own community and in the wider world.