Wheatley Community Church | Christian Vocations

Wheatley Community Church

Type: Agency

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Wheatley Community Church was established in early 2015 by local Christians from different backgrounds coming together with the desire to share God’s love with their village.  We have a membership of 40 and around 70 attending on a Sunday morning. The largest group represented are families with children and teens, but the Church includes a wide age range drawn from Wheatley and surrounding villages.

Our aim is to build a church where what we know and learn about God from the Bible is seen in action through our relationships and where we make God’s love known to others through serving the wider community of Wheatley. This is represented in a wide range of participation in community and outreach activity organised both through the Church and within the local community. Many members actively participate in events organised by Fusion Youth and Community, an evangelical Christian Charity that has worked in the village for more than ten years. Two events- a Summer Club for children and teenagers and a fun day on the nearest Saturday to St George’s Day- have been run in the village for a number of years and provide opportunity to reach out to our local community. Both are largely led by Church members. Other outreach includes well attended women’s breakfasts with speakers; men’s meetings; a pre-Christmas craft evening, carol service and other informal activities.

The Church currently meets on Sunday mornings in the Merry Bells, a community centre at the heart of the village; however we are reviewing whether and when we should move to a larger venue. We have a thriving Sunday School for three age groups and we are committed to the inclusion of children and families. We meet for prayer twice monthly, have two homegroups running weekly and meet on a three monthly rotation for prayer, open discussion about Church and for a members meeting.

The Church is organised on independent evangelical lines, with a formal membership, a leadership group of five appointed on a biennial basis at the Members meeting and a Church Handbook laying out details of how we operate. We have adopted the Doctrinal Basis of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). We are an independent charity (registered number 1163593); our Trustees are the leadership group and treasurer. The leadership group contains men and women, is accountable to the membership and is supported by a Reference Group of Pastors drawn from Headington Baptist Church, Woodstock Rd Baptist Church and Cornerstone Church, Thame.

As a Church, we are committed to giving 30% of our income to mission. Currently, we are committed to the support of Fusion Youth and Community (Wheatley Group); a Church member working in church planting and outreach to refugees in Germany; the Oxford Schools Chaplaincy; supporting a pastor trainee in Albania and Christians Against Poverty. We have also recently supported a Christian school in Nairobi with a one-off donation. We see developing mission support, both at home and internationally as a key part of our work as a Church.

OUR VISION: Forgiven, authentic, vulnerable, given to hospitality - a community of all ages who meet and serve together under the lordship of Christ.