Oak Grove is a community church in the fullest sense of the word. We value God and people 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 our What’s On 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. Since 2007, after outgrowing the Chapel for our Sunday worship, we now meet at Catton Grove Primary School.
People describe us as welcoming and friendly, wanting to make a difference and recognise us as being family orientated in the sense we are part of one big family. We are informal but committed to following God.
Why not come along on a Sunday to find out more about us?
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 to be free. Noise and 'active' participation from our youngest members is never discouraged, so please 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 a mixture of 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.
THE HUB // THE CHAPEL
THE HUB // THE CHAPEL
Our main site is based at Oak Grove Chapel, where you will not only find the Chapel itself but also our church office and our great charity shop.
We use this site during the week as the location for most of our community activities and events. There is sure to be something to suit everyone!
Find out more about the different activities you can get involved in.
Our office opening hours are Tues: 11:00 - 14:00, Wed-Thurs: 10:00 - 14:00.
Catton Grove Primary School
70 Catton Grove Rd,
COMMUNITY GROUPS (COGS)
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!
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VISION & VALUES
VISION & VALUES
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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”
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.
Church is not about buildings, but people. We believe that the best context to do life and learn is together through community.
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
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.
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.