Oasis Life: May 2018
Keeping you connected with news, events and stories
Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Oasis Life, our quarterly Magazine for those both inside and outside of Oasis! The aim of the Magazine is to provide a longer, more in depth view of everything that’s been going on at Oasis lately, and everything coming up over the next couple of months; it’s not meant to be a quick read like our Weekly Email Blast, but rather is something to be enjoyed in a bit more time so pop the kettle on and make yourself a cup of tea or coffee.
Oasis Life is organised into three sections: ‘Home’, ‘Life’ and ‘City’. Put simply, ‘Home’ is all about who we are, ‘Life’ is about what we do together, and ‘City’ is about what we do in Birmingham and Beyond.
A Thought from Adrian
After winter, spring.
This past winter has been a long one, and one that has seemed to linger, however the signs of spring are starting to break through. The blossom on trees, flowers breaking out and even the temperature rising gives us a taste that summer is on its way.
What we have seen and experienced within nature seems to have mirrored something of our story as a church and for many individuals that it has been a long winter. However, as we take note of spring breaking out in nature I believe it is a sign post that the season of our story is changing…summer is on its way, with the warmth, joy and hope that that brings.
For now, spring affords a moment to pause, to breath out, to get ready as the season is changing. Whilst we pause I believe God wants to reminds us of something god spoke to us a family on our first Sunday at South Street from Psalms 46: 10 to “Be still and know that I am God”…God is in control, God is with us, God knows us, God will strengthen and sustain us. God has carried us through winter and now lovingly gets us ready for all He will do in and through us in this next season.
Love and peace,
Our Sunday resources are designed to help you go deeper into everything we’re looking at and living with as a community. So, every week we publish a blog with a recording of the talk from Sunday, notes, and discussion/application questions. Although designed primarily for small groups, we hope they’re helpful to everyone in applying what we hear on a Sunday throughout the week. You can find all our resources here, and can subscribe to our iTunes podcast for recordings here.
A number of the team are also currently reading ‘The Crucifixion’ by Fleming Rutledge and finding it incredibly helpful, inspiring and thought-provoking. If you’re looking for a book to help you explore the world-changing impact of Jesus’ death, this would be an ideal resource to pick up.
Trina Fernando: When you do kids work, you learn to expect the unexpected and no two weeks are ever the same. As we’ve all been settling into South Street we have faced all sorts of changes and challenges in serving the kids, from no heating in the middle of a very cold winter to the highs and lows of having one big space.
As we’ve been settling in, we have been looking at how we can make the best use of the space that we have. So, since the Easter holidays we have restructured kids work on a Sunday morning. OKC now takes kids from 3–11 years all in one space. We have worship and teaching together and spend other parts of the morning running different activities for different ages. Crazy you might think… but, we’ve found that it works really well for the kids and our teams. Our desire is always to see the kids connect with God for themselves. It’s incredible to see children as young as four beginning to hear from God and worship Him, and is such a privilege to be able to work with parents to invest in our kid’s lives!! As a team we are still figuring out exactly how it will all work, and it looks a little messy at times, but we believe that this is the best way to use the people and resources that we have.
Since moving we have also been able to restart a creche where parents can actually leave their kids and listen to the preach without having to worry about their little ones. We now have a lovely, safe play space for our littlest kids with lots of fun things going on. Thank you to everyone who has been part of making that a reality!
We’ve also recently updated our safeguarding policy, and run a Safeguarding training afternoon. All our kid’s workers are DBS checked, and together these help us to ensure that OKC is an environment that keeps everyone safe. We’re really excited for the future of kids work, and whether you have previous experience or not, you’re welcome to come and have a chat if you are interested in getting involved. Serving in kid’s work is a great way of adding in to the life of Oasis, and it really does make a huge difference.
With the Summer Term underway again, Small Groups are back from their Easter breaks and gathering once more. These are a key place for us to know others and be known ourselves, and we have groups that meet all over the city on different nights of the week to ensure that as many people as possible can find a nearby group on a suitable night. If you’d like to find a group just drop us a message on email@example.com and we’ll link you in!
Our growing community of 11–18 year olds gather every other Friday from 7:30pm-9:30pm at South Street for games, treats, discussions and small groups — exploring big questions and going deeper in faith together. Dates for this term are 18th May, 8th June, 22nd June, 6th July and 20th July. Engage Youth will also be camping together at the Catalyst Festival, so come along and join us for what promises to be a fantastic week!
Sunday 20th May: Our monthly Momentum Thirst meetings are a great opportunity for Students and 20’s throughout Oasis to gather as a community, connect with one another, share a meal, get some time to worship, and look at some key areas of faith together. All are welcome, so come along and join us from 6:30pm at South Street on 20th May, and then again on 24th June.
We’ll also be gathering for a social on Friday 13th July, with fun and games in Cannon Hill Park from 6pm, followed by a BBQ at Tom & Naomi Matthewman’s house — a great opportunity for anyone new around to get to know us better!
The Catalyst Festival
26th-29th May: Every two years, we gather with the network of churches we’re a part of (Catalyst) for four days spent worshipping Jesus, hearing from the Bible, enjoying one another’s gifts, and getting caught up in the bigger picture of what God’s doing in the nation and amongst the nations.
We’d love you to come and join us, even if you can only make it for a day on the Sunday (we won’t have any of our regular meetings at South Street on that day anyway). Book your tickets ASAP at catalystnetwork.org/festival, as there’s a good chance they’ll sell out, or email Rich on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Women’s Deeper: Retreat Day
Saturday 23rd June: The opportunity to take longer ‘pause’ moments doesn’t come up too often in modern life, and so when they do, it’s important not to miss out! On Saturday 23rd June, there’s the chance for the women of Oasis to do just that; taking time to relax and reconnect with God and others for a day we’re calling “Refresh”. It’s being held at the Red Hill Conference Centre (near Stratford-upon-Avon), from 10am until about 4.30pm in the afternoon. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Sunday 6th May: On the first Sunday of every month, we make it a regular rhythm to collect items to help resource local foodbanks — last term we donated a total of 29kgs of food and other items to help those who are struggling in our city. Just bring along a few of the items on the list here and drop them off in the Welcome Area to do your bit to help out!
Impact: Zawe & Midsummer
Sunday 13th May: We love celebrating live music and supporting new talent in Birmingham’s pioneering music scene, and Impact does just that — inviting artists to join us for a residency programme that helps them develop, record an EP, and put on a launch night. Our latest residency artist, Zawe, will be releasing their new EP, ‘Disadvantaged’ at the Kitchen Garden Cafe on 13th May, from 7:30pm, supported by Oasis favourites Midsummer. Tickets are £5 in advance, or £7 on the day, and are available here.
Sunday 1st July: Harborne’s annual street carnival, one of the largest in the UK, is taking place on 1st July with stalls, entertainment, fun, games and food. We’re aiming to play a part in the day, and so won’t be meeting as usual on that day, and the whole high street and side roads are shut off to make space for everyone coming and all the different activities. Look out for more info in the coming months!
MNF Summer Tournament
14th-15th July: Every Monday night, we gather at Holders Lane to play football from 7pm-9pm, and from 14th-15th July we’ll be heading off to compete in the National Christian Football Festival once again — a tournament we’ve had great success at in the past! If you’re into football, or just fancy giving it a go, come and join us on any Monday night (excluding bank holidays) to get involved.