We love to see Oaks growing as disciples of Jesus. The ways we grow are through hanging out with other believers, serving one another and doing the stuff that Jesus did in reaching out to others.

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Band

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Worship is at the heart of our response to God and Jesus calls us to be a people who worship the Father in spirit and in truth, engaging with him both in our minds and in our hearts as we respond to His revealing of Himself. He has set us free, He has brought new life, new hope, new peace, He has seated us with Him in heavenly places and the very essence of Him and His holiness lives within us.

So coming to worship God, we recognise that He is amazing because of who He is, because of what He has done and for the amazing things He will do. We have an unimaginable amount to be thankful for, a secure hope and resources that are unlimited. This is the foundation for our worship of Him.

Our hope, our prayer, our vision is that each of us will come, choosing to be in that place of worship where the unseen eternal realities lift us out of our seen temporary insecurities, and giving ourselves to Him with open and abandoned hearts.

This is the challenge that faces the worship team each week as we strive to help create a space that facilitates this process of engagement, where, as we engage in worship, we are taken to a higher place where we meet God and return transformed by our encounter and with new inspiration.

Being part of the worship band is to be part of this process, and we look for individuals who are happy to give up their time to serve the church in this way. Specific roles would include:

  • Guitarists
  • Singers
  • Bass players
  • Drummers
  • Percussionists
  • Keyboard players

We generally ask that only regular church members contribute to the band. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Tony Willis.

To help with CAP go the the main Cap page.

Being part of the team that runs Children’s Church on Sundays afternoons means helping once a month from 3:30pm to 6:30pm.
What is involved:
  • Setting up the room,
  • preparing snacks and drinks,
  • welcoming children in,
  • singing worship songs (sometimes with instruments, flags and ribbons), r
  • eading stories (from the coolest Action Bible),
  • playing games,
  • chatting with children,
  • praying,
  • doing some crafts,
  • serving snacks and drinks,
  • occasional short team meetings.
Anyone who is interested to help on this team will be interviewed and vetted through the DBS.
Being part of the team that runs Creche means helping on Sunday afternoons (once a month) from 3:30pm to 6:30pm.
What is involved:
  • Setting up the room,
  • preparing snacks and drinks,
  • welcoming  toddlers in,
  • singing worship songs,
  • reading stories,
  • playing games,
  • chatting with carers,
  • praying for children,
  • serving snacks and drinks,
  • caring for the infants,
  • tidying up at the end
  • occasional short team meetings.
Anyone who is interested to help on this team will be interviewed and vetted through the DBS.

Hospitality and Managing is about welcoming people, making them feel at home whether it’s their first time at Oaktree or their thousandth while making sure everything else runs smoothly.

Hospitality is part of every Christian’s job description and we value being a community where everyone is made to feel welcome and part of the family. Some people are expecially gifted in offering a friendly smile and chatting to new people and we love having those on our hospitality team. It also provides a great way to get to know others if you’ve not been at Oaktree for long.

It involves:

  • arriving bright and early at 3:30pm
  • setting up for tea and coffee
  • serving tea & coffee before the service and tea coffee and munchies after the service with a smile and a friendly welcome
  • washing up
Managing the service is an important and vital role on a Sunday that helps to make everything run smoothly.

It involves:

  • arriving at 3:30pm and staying till the end of the service clear up at about 7pm,
  • overseeing other people’s roles and ensuring they have what they need,
  • being responsible for any problems that arise such as someone being ill and finding another to take over their role.
  • arranging bibles,
  • putting leaflets on tables,
  • helping the hospitality team as needed,
  • tidying up after the service
Being part of the team that runs Little Buds means helping on Friday mornings (weekly or forthnightly) from 9:15am to 12pm with some of these:
  • Setting up the main room,
  • preparing snacks and drinks,
  • welcoming carers and toddlers in,
  • playing with toddlers,
  • chatting with carers,
  • praying for people if they request it,
  • singing songs,
  • reading stories,
  • serving snacks and drinks,
  • tidying up at the end
  • occasional short team meetings.
Anyone who is interested to help on this team will be interviewed and vetted through the DBS.

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Being on the Screens & Projection Team means operating the screens for services on a rota basis (usually about every 4 weeks). This is a key role within the Worship Team, ensuring that the service runs smoothly, and somewhat unusual in that the operator is relatively invisible, but the results are very visible! The main duties include:

  • Arriving early to ensure that all the screens are running
  • Setting up the service schedule
  • Making sure the rolling notices are running before the first people arrive to the service.
  • Running the Easy Worship software system
  • Having a good knowledge of OakTree songs
  • Operating Powerpoint Presentations, playing online/offline video content as well as DVD content during the service on queue
  • Communicating well with the worship and service leaders

Easy Worship is a remarkably simple bit of software to master, but training is available for anyone interested in getting involved. Contact Tony for more information.

sounddeskBeing on the Sound Team means mixing the sound and being responsible for audio quality for services on a rota basis (usually about every 4 weeks). This is a crucial role in the Worship Team and has a dramatic impact on the service as a whole and how people engage with the service.

This involves:

  • Arriving to the service early with the Band and helping with equipment setup.
  • Sound checking and adjusting the mix.
  • Making sure the lectern mic is set up and ready for use.
  • Adjusting different channels during the service where this is needed.
  • Recording the sermons digitally through the mixing desk.
  • Editing and uploading the sermons to the website at the end of the service.

We use a modern digital mixing desk (Presonus Studiolive 24.4.2), which enables us to get a fantastic sound, but does require a fair bit of training. We would provide training by getting you to sit in with one of the sound team for a few weeks and point you to instructional videos on the internet. The important thing is to be able to listen critically and being willing to learn how to improve aural skills. If you have an interest in sound production and are keen to learn more contact Tony for more information.

Being part of the team that runs Youth on Sundays afternoons means being part of the team giving out the programme to our Youth. We try to spread the rota across the whole team so people don’t feel its a burden.
What is involved:
  • Planning sessions,
  • preparing snacks and drinks (sometimes they need to be purchased but any costs will be reimbursed at the office),
  • playing games,
  • chatting & engaging with youth both before and after the sessions,
  • praying,
  • laughing & having fun,
  • directing Youth to serve snacks and drinks,
  • stay on for the Youth Hangout till 8pm (the hangout is only every fortnight)
  • occasional short team meetings.
Anyone who is interested to help on this team will be interviewed and vetted through the DBS.