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About Us


GET TO KNOW US

 

EXPLORE

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About Us


GET TO KNOW US

 

EXPLORE

About Us

Oak Grove is a community church in the fullest sense of the word. We seek to value people and God above all things. We look to serve each other and our neighbours both in Norwich and around the world.

We have a wide range of different groups and community activities which take place across the week – many of these take place at Oak Grove Chapel. Check out the events page for details of upcoming activities.

Oak Grove Community Church originally started meeting in Catton in a stable in 1935 and then built Oak Grove Chapel in the late sixties. After outgrowing the Chapel for our Sunday worship, we now meet at Catton Grove Primary School in the main hall. 

People describe us as friendly, wanting to make a difference and also family orientated in the sense we are one big family. We are informal and committed to following God.

Come along on a Sunday to find out more about us.

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Sundays


SUNDAYS

Sundays


SUNDAYS

SUNDAYS

Join us at The Hub from 9.30am on Sundays for coffee – the service starts at 10am.  There is plenty of parking available and the entrance to the hall where we meet is found by following the signs. Members of our friendly Welcome Team will be on hand to guide you as you come through the doors.  Feel free to say you are new to them! We generally dress informally and so feel free to come as you are.  The first Sunday of the month is a ‘Café Church’.

We are a family friendly church and welcome children to be themselves and be free. Noise and 'active' participation from our youngest members is never discouraged. There are great children's and youth programmes during the service too. We also have a crèche.

There will usually be music, prayers and also a talk where we will often look at how we think Jesus wants us to live today.  Feel free to take part in as much or as little as you like.  We want you to feel ‘at home’ with us. 

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Location


SUNDAYS / FIND US

THE HUB // THE CHAPEL

Location


SUNDAYS / FIND US

THE HUB // THE CHAPEL

Locations

SUNDAYS

Join us at The Hub from 9.30am on Sundays for coffee – the service starts at 10am.  There is plenty of parking available and you will find the entrance to the hall where we meet by following the signs. Members of our friendly Welcome Team will be on hand to guide you as you come through the doors. We generally dress informally and so feel free to come as you are.  The first Sunday of the month is a ‘Café Church’.

We are happy for babies and children to make noises during the service so don’t worry about that. There are great children's and youth programmes during the service too. We also have a crèche.

There will usually be music, prayers and a talk where we often look at how we think Jesus wants us to live today.  Feel free to take part in as much or as little as you like.  We want you to feel at home with us. 

Oak Grove Chapel

During the week you will find many of our community activities happening at Oak Grove Chapel. These range from community cafes, a Foodbank, drumming workshops for young people and much more.

We have a great charity shop next door as well as our office. Find out more about the different activities you can take part in.

Our office opening hours are Tues: 10:00 - 12:30, Wed-Thurs: 09:00 - 12:30.

THE HUB

Catton Grove Primary School
Weston Rd,
Norwich,
NR3 3TP

OAK GROVE CHAPEL

70 Catton Grove Rd,
Norwich,
Norfolk,
NR3 3NT

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CoG's


 

 

COMMUNITY GROUPS (COGS)

 

 

 

 

CoG's


 

 

COMMUNITY GROUPS (COGS)

 

 

 

 

We want new people to feel at home in our community and what better way to do that than to meet in each other’s homes, to share food, enjoy life together and to reach out to others. We believe that the church is a family where everyone can find a place of belonging. In COGS we seek to explore how we can love Jesus, love people and also work out how to do this in our daily lives.  Each group has a different feel and focus. COGs often take place in people’s homes but they can include a walk in the country, helping in the community, going to a cafe and much more! 

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The Team


 

LEADERSHIP TEAM

 

 

 

The Team


 

LEADERSHIP TEAM

 

 

 

Everyone can have an important part to play in our community but our Leadership Team has overall responsibility for the church. 
They pray and meet regularly to discern and work out our next steps as a church. Feel free to chat to them on a Sunday!

Darren Woodward 

Norwich born and bred, Lynette & I have been part of the family of Oak Grove since 1989. We have 2 grown-up children, Sophie, (married to Daniel) and Ryan. I enjoy cycling, endure running and am an erstwhile follower of Liverpool FC

I took on the Senior Leader role in Oct 2013 after being the church’s community worker for about 10 years.  As senior leader I believe that our aim as God’s family is to learn to live, love and lead like Jesus, and as we grow in our relationship with him, we will be able to do the things that Jesus did, and see transformation in our communities today.” 

LYNETTE WOODWARD

Darren and I visited Oak Grove 27 years ago as an engaged couple and have been part of the OG family ever since.  It has been a great place to bring up our two amazing children, Sophie and Ryan. I work for Norfolk SENDPartnership, supporting parents of children and young people with special educational needs. I enjoy making crafts and love being with my family - especially walking with Darren on our days off.  

Sian Pearce

My husband Simon and I have been part of the church since 1997; I joined the leadership team in 2009 and also work for the church in an administrative role.  We spend a lot of time outdoors as a family, and especially near the water as both my sons sail. I believe church should look like an extended family, working together across the generations to impact the communities in which we live and work.  

BEN RAYNER

I became a Christian at an early age and have been part of the church since I was 9 and try to carry on growing in my faith a little bit every day. I am husband to my wonderful wife Katy and father to my two amazing children. My outside hobbies include board game/ hobby gaming, playing American football and all sports that involve engines. I work for Norfolk County Council as a Highway engineer. 

Kate Ash

My name is Kate, I grew up in Norwich and was a part of Oak Grove. I returned with my family in 2006 after living in Staffordshire for 14 years. I am married, have 2 children, and a dog! I work as a community nurse, and enjoy gardening, sewing, walking and spending time with friends and family.

Matt Baxter

I’ve lived in Norwich for past 29 years and run a small garage specialising in Porsche cars.  I’ve been a member of Oak Grove community church for 28 years ish.  I have two daughters 19 and 18 years old and one flatulent dog! My hopes are that God's kingdom be established in the local community and beyond and to press into the life that Christ died to give  us.

 

DANIEL STARLING

I've known Oak Grove my whole life but started coming regularly when I moved to Norwich in 2009. I got married in 2014 to the beautiful Sophie and we love serving the church and growing in God. I am a youth worker by day, working for Integrate Youth for Christ and North Breckland Youth for Christ and in my spare time I enjoy making artwork for games.

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Vision / Values


VISION & VALUES

Vision / Values


VISION & VALUES

Vision

Building Community

Church is not an event I attend, but a community that I belong to

As Christians, we are clearly called to do life together. Following Jesus is a contact sport! We believe that the best analogy for the church is one of community or family. We want to build strong relationships with God and each other in the context of community.

Growing in Discipleship

In the words of Dallas Willard, Discipleship is “learning from Jesus to live my life as he would live my life, if he were me”

Having decided to follow Jesus in faith, we need to develop obedience to what Jesus taught, and then live that out in word and deed in our daily lives. We believe that this learning and application is best worked out together.

Multiplying through Mission

As 21st Century followers of Jesus, we are included in the command recorded in Matthew 28:18-20 to “Go and make disciples”

We are called to go and tell others about the Jesus and the good news that he personified through his life, death and resurrection. To teach others what he commanded and then to train and equip them to do the same


Values

Knowing God

We are known by God, the creator of the universe. He wants to be in relationship with his people, his family. Our desire is to know him more

 

 

Worship

We believe that God deserves to be glorified, honoured, praised and exalted by his people.

It is a command in his word, but we believe it is also a natural response to the grace gift of salvation that God has shown us

 

Spirit

We believe in a triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When Jesus ascended to heaven, as promised God sent his Holy Spirit to live amongst his people. We believe that the Holy Spirit and the spiritual gifts detailed in the New Testament are still available to us today

 

PRAYER

We believe in the power of prayer, that when we pray God hears and something happens as a result. As Jesus taught us we pray that “his will be done”

WORD

We believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God, that it is true, without error and is the authority on which we base our faith, conduct and doctrine.

COMMUNITY

Church is not about buildings, but people. We believe that the best context to do life and learn is together through community.

Mission

We believe that we are given a mandate to go and spread the good news, as God’s community we want to be part of God’s great mission here on earth

Social Justice

Jesus demonstrated a clear heart for the poor and marginalised of society, we believe that we are likewise called to serve and to stand in the gap for the poor and marginalised of today.

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What's Next


 

 

WHAT'S NEXT?

 

 

 

What's Next


 

 

WHAT'S NEXT?

 

 

 

Have you been attending Oak Grove for a while? Then please visit the Information Desk or speak to one of the leaders about how you can become more involved.   

Or you can contact the church office using the button below with any questions you have and we'd be glad to help you.