Our church is essentially part of the community of Oxted and Limpsfield. As such, service to, and within, that community is a major concern. Apart from the voluntary service of so many members of our congregation, we support and serve our community in a number of ways.
A youth counselling service administered by Reigate YMCA. We provide premises and financial support to enable provision of this important service in Oxted.
The Snelling Voluntary Service Bursary
Helping young people help others. We offer financial support to young people undertaking voluntary work in this country or abroad.
To find out more about the bursary and how to apply, visit www.thesnellingbursary.org.uk. Alternatively, please write to Mrs Lesley Mitchell, Oxted URC, 21 Bluehouse Lane, Oxted RH8 0AA or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Snelling Lecture
Since 2006 the congregation has sponsored an annual Snelling Lecture by a distinguished speaker on topical issues of interest to the wider community. It is so named to honour the memory of Mrs Irene Snelling, whose legacy on her death in 2004 enables much of our community outreach.
Past speakers have included the cleric and broadcaster Rev Richard Coles, Baroness Shirley Williams, Sir Simon Jenkins, Baroness Julia Neuberger, Baroness Joan Bakewell, Falklands War veteran Simon Weston and BBC presenter George Alagiah.
The Bluehouse Festival
We sponsor this bi-annual arts festival, which makes an important contribution to the cultural life of the district. For information about the next Bluehouse Festival click here
In April 2012 The Bluehouse Cafe was launched as a joint community venture by Oxted School and the Church of the Peace of God. The Church approached Oxted School via the School Council initially to find out if students would welcome their own after school cafe to be run once a week in the Church. The School Council were very enthusiastic and were keen to choose the name for the cafe, decide on a colour theme and design a logo for it. They also wanted to include the sale of Fair Trade Goods in the cafe.
After a successful taster day in April 2012 the cafe opened its doors. It is open every Tuesday in term time from 3.15pm to approximately 5pm, though we are often still serving past that time. The cafe is run by Oxted School students and caters for students from Oxted School and any members of the community who would like to join us. We have special events like our ‘Pancake Feast’ on Shrove Tuesday and our summer BBQs. Last Christmas we were part of the Oxted Adventure and we have also catered for School concerts. We have raised money for Red Nose Day and Shelterbox and the students choose a charity for any surplus monies as we are non profit-making. Do join us on a Tuesday. The prices are ridiculously cheap and we sell hot and cold drinks, hot chips and chicken nuggets as well as ‘toasties’ and delicious cakes.
The Oxted Bereavement Group meets on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Thursday of each month between 1pm -3pm at Oxted URC. It is run jointly between St Catherine’s Hospice and Three Oxted Churches. Bereavement can be a very difficult and bewildering time as people try to rebuild their lives without their loved one. People who come to this informal drop-in group have found it hugely beneficial. By sharing experiences they have felt less alone and isolated and knowing other people experience similar feelings to their own has made some of those feelings more manageable. They are able to share ways of coping both emotionally and practically. Some people who attend the group go on to make their own arrangements to meet socially sharing each other’s company and interests.
These are some comments about the group from people who have been attending over the past months:
“Meeting others and sharing problems – making friends, sharing memories of your loved one . Helping each other – talking and giving help and advice if needed”
“Helpful guidance from the volunteers, sharing with other people, listening to others and their experience of bereavement and grief.”
The group is very informal and, over tea and biscuits, people attending can talk to each other or in groups or on a one-to-one with one of the trained helpers. All are very welcome.