Grace Church Cowley

Sundays

We're delighted to now be able to meet together on Sundays from Sunday 12th July 2020! 

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Sundays at 10.30am, with the Lord's Supper

For now, to manage our building capacity with social distancing, we're asking you to book to attend a Sunday morning service:

Please book to attend only once per calendar month for now.

Please note that the 1st Sunday of the month is adults-only.  This is in order to reassure the most vulnerable that they can attend a service without worries about social distancing.

We will seat you in groups by household.  As group bookings come in we'll be able to add extra places in the building.

Here's an explanation of how things will work:

Other services

On weeks when you can't attend, the live-stream is available every Sunday as normal.

In addition, we are trialling a shortened service of the Lord's Supper every Sunday at 4pm for those not attending in the morning.  There is no need to book for this.

Health precautions

We are following Church of England guidelines in order to ensure the safety of our congregation.  These include:

  • The Church of England srongly advise the wearing of face masks when attending public worship.  Church staff will wear face masks unless speaking up-front.
  • For now there will be no children's groups.  However, during the summer holidays we have permission to run a group for primary school aged children.  Please if your child wishes to attend this.
  • A creche room will be available for parents to use as they wish but no shared toys will be available.
  • Currently the congregation will be asked not to sing.
  • All seats will be 2 metres apart (except those attending from the same household).
  • Hand sanitiser must be used on entry and exit to the church building.
  • No refreshments or food will be served.
  • Bibles will not be provided so please bring your own if you wish.  All Bible texts will also be shown on the screen.
  • The Lord's Supper will be available in one kind only - only the bread will be distributed and this will only be handled by the minister with sanitised hands.
  • The congregation will be asked to leave prompty at the end of the service.
  • While those at extra risk and the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ should be advised of the risks of attending, the decision is theirs alone.
  • Government guidance includes a request for names of attendees to be recorded and kept for 21 days to assist ‘track and trace’ if required.
  • Toilets will be open as normal.

You can read our risk assessment here.

General information

When and where does the church meet?

We meet every Sunday at 10.30am in the former Temple Cowley URC church building.  That’s the building opposite the Police station on Oxford Road in Temple Cowley, OX4 2ES.  You can find us on Google Maps.

Is there parking?

Parking is limited in our small car park and we encourage people to a walk or cycle if possible.  A covered bike rack is available at the front of the Emmaus building next door, which Emmaus kindly let us use.  The closest car park is at Templars Shopping Park which is about a 5 minute walk.  However, Temple Cowley Health Centre, right opposite us on Temple Road, have generously let us use their spaces on Sundays.  Please only park in spaces marked, "Health Centre Staff."

What can I expect if I come to church?

Our service runs for about an hour and is very informal. Be sure to look out for our welcome team as you come in: as well as welcoming you, they'll be able to explain how things work and where to go.  No prior knowledge is assumed and we won’t ask you to say or pray anything you don’t believe, or force you to do anything you’re not comfortable doing.  

Some people have the idea that you need to be ‘sorted out’ before you can come to church. That's not true at all - the truth is that Jesus came for people with mess in their lives. We want you to feel at home and enjoy the service.

What happens to the kids at church?

Children are very welcome at our services!  We have currently suspended our children's groups but we hope to restart them as soon as possible.  For now, we will provide some colouring for the children to do while the adult talk takes place.

We also provide a crèche for babies and toddlers which parents are welcome to use, although we have had to remove all shared toys for now.  There is a feeding room with a sound and video relay of the service.

Is there a dress code at church?

No! Just wear whatever you normally wear!

I have more questions; how can I get in touch?

Please feel free to email with any questions you have and we’ll be happy to help you: