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Every Wednesday morning of the year, with the exception of the two Wednesdays before and after Christmas Day, a Chapel service is held at OCMS.
This is always a significant occasion which, for many in the OCMS community, marks the central point of the week. It is the one time when staff and students, together with friends and visitors, can draw aside from study and work generally to gather together to praise and worship God. For most, if not all, Chapel is a spiritual place where we can all be refreshed and renewed by Word and Sacrament, bring the needs of the world before God in prayer, and enjoy warm fellowship together. Chapel reflects the wide diversity of our church experience across cultures and continents, and also our varied Christian denominations and backgrounds.
The service starts at 9:30 and usually lasts for about an hour. A student, who is free to reflect his or her own church and cultural background in the choice of songs or hymns, leads chapel each week.
Each week we have a guest speaker, sometimes from within the OCMS community, either a member of staff or a student, though mostly our speakers are drawn from outside, often from the local church community, being local clergy or mission agency leaders in Oxford.
The services also include a time of intercessory prayer, when personal needs, together with the needs of our world, are addressed in prayer.
On the last Wednesday of each month the service includes the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
All are welcome to these services. It is our hope that increasingly we can see visitors, friends and local residents attending to enjoy, and contribute to, the rich Christian inheritance and ministry that is OCMS.
The OCMS Chaplain is the Rev. Andrew Anderson, a Church of Scotland minister. Andrew was ordained in 1981 into the parish ministry of the Church of Scotland and served at Greenside Church, in the east end of Edinburgh, for 30 years. With his wife, Hazel, who is the OCMS archivist, he retired to Oxford in 2012 and took up the Chaplaincy at the start of 2013.
For the last 20 years of his parish ministry Andrew became increasingly involved with the world Church through serving on the Board of World Mission of the Church of Scotland. He formed particular links with India, Pakistan, Israel, and south Germany. In 2006 he was appointed Chair of the organising General Council for Edinburgh 2010, the project and conference which marked the centenary of the famous and influential 1910 Edinburgh International Missionary Conference.
Andrew is responsible for the services in Chapel, and is always pleased to hear of any particular pastoral needs. He also serves as the OCMS Independent Monitor for the students.