FAQs


The following questions are often asked regarding Christianity and church life.  We offer some of our thoughts on these matters...


Irrelevant? 

Hardly. We are concerned with the big issues of the day: the economic crisis, climate change, global inequality and more. We address the issues in our preaching and in our mission activities.


Boring? 

OK, maybe sometimes. But definitely not always. We strive to reach and to serve a diverse congregation – of all ages, shapes and sizes.  We’re learning to love one another and celebrate differences. Not everything on every Sunday will appeal to everyone – but there should be something for everyone if their hearts are open to the good news of the kingdom of God at hand. 


Judgmental? 

No way! We believe strongly in the right of conscience and the duty to respect others. We promote open conversation and know that we are all on a journey.


Exclusive? 

For years now, we have been working on being an inclusive church. We offer a warm and affirming welcome to seekers of all backgrounds and to those who have been excluded from other churches.


Sexist?  

While labouring in a patriarchal tradition, we seek and celebrate the fresh winds of the Spirit that feminism and women’s leadership have brought to our church.  


Homophobic? 

Unconditionally not! We believe that LGBTQ people are made in the image of God like everybody else and that homosexual activity is not a sin, but rather that homosexual loving (like heterosexual loving) is an act of grace. We are the only church in Oxford city centre that proclaims and embodies an affirming welcome to LGBTQ people… this makes us sad but determined to get the good news out. [For more information, see First Sunday.]