Showing Care, Sharing Hope
Open Church We are committed to an Open Church policy throughout the week, as a means of witnessing to the Christian life in the city centre. In this, we aim to make full use of our resources of buildings and people, and our Open Doors development project seeks to enhance this witness.
The church sanctuary is open in normal times for at least part of each weekday, to all who may wish to come in, for sightseeing, quiet or prayer. It may be staffed by volunteers.
Wednesday Prayer service - online during the coronavirus lockdown
Every Wednesday lunchtime at 12.30 a short prayer service is held in the church. This is an opportunity for those visiting and working in the city centre to spend a few minutes in quiet prayer and meditation. Prayer service is currently available on Zoom. Details on request via Contact form.
Every Wednesday morning in normal times, we serve coffee and tea to the public from 10.00 to 12.00. This is a very popular meeting place for friends each week. We are open most of the year, closed briefly during main holidays. Check with the Church Office: 01865 243216. (Closed for the time being owing to the Coronavirus outbreak.)
Friends at coffee time
Rainbow House for under-fives is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10.30 to 2.00 pm, during school term-time in the refurbished large hall. This drop-in centre for accompanied pre-school children offers inexpensive snacks and lunches, children's portions, space to play, toys, books, climbing frame and baby feeding and changing facilities.
For more information contact the Co-ordinator during opening times, or
via the church office. New customers and volunteer helpers always most welcome.
Check our FaceBook page.
CLOSED unfortunately at present, because of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Rainbow House in full swing
Oxford Phab is a social club for people of all abilities, who come together to enjoy each other's company and participate in activities together. New members, disabled and non-disabled, are always welcome. Club meetings are on Friday evenings in normal times.
Since March 2020 we have had weekly Zumba sessions on zoom each Friday, and also regular quizzes and chat sessions.
More details here .
The church premises also provide a base
for voluntary organisations including Cruse,
a national charity which offers help to anyone who has been bereaved.
Faith in Action 4-churches Group
With our city centre colleagues of St Michael at the Northgate Church, St Columba's URC, and New Road Baptists, we seek to address matters of social, political and ecological concern in meetings and workshops.
Wesley Memorial is involved in the good work of the Street Pastors. Oxford Street Pastors operate on a Friday night in the city centre and work with those who are vulnerable and require practical help or a listening ear. The Street Pastors are trained and screened volunteers from local churches. The minimum age for a street pastor is 18 years old; in Oxford there is a mix of people of all ages and backgrounds serving as street pastors. The oldest street pastor is 80 years old! They work alongside the police in helping to prevent crime, by diffusing situations that could become violent or helping to calm situations if they have already become difficult.
Oxford Winter Night Shelter 2018 onwards
In partnership with many Oxford churches, Wesley Memorial opened its doors every Sunday night from January to March, to welcome up to 10 homeless people. In 2019 more churches joined the project, and 20 beds per night were offered. St Mungo's staff sent us the guests they had chosen each night, and guests were able to reserve for the following night if they so desired.
A wonderful ecumenical success now completed in 2020, after successful years in 2018 & 2019.
Owing to the Coronavirus outbreak, opening in 2021 was not possible, but the Trustees have created a new project called the Living Room — a day-time drop -in centre for any who are homeless or vulnerably housed. See OWNS website