Christmas services in church

I am pleased to write with the good news that, beginning this Sunday, 6 Dec we shall return to hold services in church. Spaces will continue to be limited (according to the safety guidelines) and booking via either the website or the church office will continue to be necessary.

Services will continue to alternate weekly between a traditional style and the less formal style of Oxshott Praise. Listen & Pray will form the core of each service, which will then be followed with a short form of Holy Communion for those in church. We will need to maintain all safety precautions, including wearing masks in church, no singing and overcoming the temptation to stand and chat with our friends outside!

Christmas services are on the horizon and information about each of these is available on the Weekly News, in the magazine and on the website. Some of our festive services will be ‘live streamed’.  We are really grateful to Mike Shand, John Henshall and others involved in installing new equipment to enable this.

We would encourage most people to stay at home and experience Christmas services online. However, there will be a limited number of places available in church, which can be booked. We shall once again give priority for key services (the 6pm Carols,  Midnight Communion and Christmas Day service) to those who have no access to the internet or to those who will be spending Christmas alone. We know most of those who are in these groups and will be in touch with them individually. Once we know how many spaces remain for each of these services bookings will be opened more widely: please check the website or contact the office in the week before each service.

A special element of our Christmas Day service will be the Christmas Greeting online zoom at 10.45am. Following our successful first attempt at this on Commitment Sunday, 29 November, we shall join one another on zoom to wish each other a Merry Christmas! Please do join in if you can.

Finally, another exciting prospect over the next few weeks is that the plans for our new ancillary buildings will be shared with all Life Groups by the BYC team, having been overwhelmingly approved by the PCC at their recent meeting. Anyone who is not currently in a life group and who would like to join for one of these presentations is encouraged to contact Patrick Fleming ( or via the office – 01372 842071).  Further presentations will be arranged for other audiences in the New Year as regulations permit. At the presentation you will be informed of the ways in which you can feedback your responses to the PCC. Do please pray for all concerned: for clarity of communication and for us all to capture the vision of which the plans for our buildings form merely a part.

Blessings,