Ecumenical Partnership

Our Church is proud to be one of the very few Ecumenical churches in the country; what this means is that we are a partnership between different Christian faith traditions - Anglican/Church of England, Catholic, Methodist and the United Reformed Church. Though all of our denominations have their own rich heritage and particular ways of celebrating Christ's love for us, we recognise that it is our similarities that are of far greater significance than our differences.

"WE BELIEVE that GOD is one and that there is One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism and that He calls us to be One in JESUS CHRIST by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT. We believe that Jesus Christ revealed to us, on the cross and through his resurrection, God’s love and the mystery of reconciliation".

The Church building was officially dedicated on 29th May 1993 by The Anglican Bishop of Derby, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Nottingham, the Moderator of the East Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church and the Chairman of the Nottingham and Derby District of the Methodist Church.

Currently the Anglican, Methodist and United Reformed Church congregation worship together on Sunday morning and the Catholic congregation worship on Sunday evening. This is because on a national and international level the Catholic and Protestant tradition Churches are not yet in full Communion with each other. However, at the local level, Catholics can be assured of a warm welcome by the other Christians at the Sunday morning service and non Catholics will be equally welcomed at the Sunday evening service. For further information about Church doctrine, including receiving the Bread and Wine at Communion/Mass, please speak to either Reverend Peter Bates or Father David Cain.

At The Church on Oakwood we believe that the unity of Christ's followers is both a gift to be enjoyed and a task to be pursued. We have an established annual round of joint worship and activities between the morning and evening worship congregations. We meet together to plan and pray for services such as Christian Unity, Ash Wednesday, which is always followed by a shared 'frugal' supper, Good Friday and the annual Carol Service. We enjoy social evenings together at Harvest, and have had guest speakers and visits from other Faith communities such as Hindus and Muslims. We have learnt and prayed together at a United Lent course and have met for Wednesday Evening Worship & Prayer, as well as exploring different types of prayer such as 'The Quaker Way' and 'The Ignation Way.' We continue to look for opportunities to grow together as Christians. 

"Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long" Psalm 25:4-6