What to Expect

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We are a growing community right in the heart of Oakland. Our church is diverse generationally and culturally, and our worship service reflects that. We represent all ages and professions. Our spiritual backgrounds vary - some of us have grown up in church and some are just checking out church for the first time.

Whether you've never stepped foot in a church before, or you've attended a church your whole life, you're very welcome at Oakland City Church. We understand that visiting somewhere new can be a bit nerve-racking, so we'd like to help you learn more about what happens when you visit us over the weekend.

You can find our location on the Service Times and Directions page.

What time should I arrive?

We aim to start our services on the advertised time, but you might like to arrive a bit earlier to find a car park (this can be tricky!). Coffee and pastries are available before the service, so feel free to come a little early. Welcomers will get you a bulletin and introduce you to our children’s ministry if you need to check your kids in.

How to get there?

By Car
There is no onsite parking, but there is parking available in the Loard’s Ice Cream parking lot on the other side of Coolidge Ave.Street parking is available.

By Public Transport
Our fruitvale location is right next to a bus-stop for the following lines: More more details online here.

Several bus lines go right past the church on MacArthur and Coolidge.

How long does the service go for?

Our AM services both run about one hour and fifteen minutes.  You are also welcome to join us for coffee, tea and snacks before and after.

What should I wear?

We want you to feel comfortable joining us for a weekend service. Please just come as you are - church is about the people you're with, not the clothes you're wearing.

Where do I sit?

You are welcome to sit anywhere. There's no reserved or VIP seating, so as long as no one else is sitting on the seat, you're welcome to sit there!

What happens during the service?

Our Sunday morning services begins with 2 energetic songs and a welcome. Then we hear a little from our community and read from the Bible. We will then listen to a talk on the Bible (about 30 minutes) followed each week by communion.

Communion is an opportunity to express your faith in Jesus, and everyone who trusts Jesus is invited to share in it, no matter what church they are a part of. However, there is no pressure for everyone to join in. You can simply use it as a time of silent reflection.
We finish our time with songs of praise and a prayer to send us out into the world.

We are a diverse congregation so our worship and preaching styles will vary. Some weeks we will sing hymns, praise songs or gospel music, depending on who is leading. Our two primary preachers, Larry and Josh work closely together to prepare their messages, even though they have very different styles.

Are children welcome?

Absolutely - church is for people of all ages and stages. Children’s Worship takes place during our services space at 9:30am and 11:15am. There is also a nursery at these services, and a room for mothers to feed their babies, upstairs near the balcony.

Kids and adults join us at the start of the service, and then the children go to the Children’s Worship ark and garden classes about 15 minutes in. At Children’s Worship, children are well cared for by leaders who sub: receive excellent training and ongoing support. Leaders walk children to the narthex where their adults come to get them for communion.

What participation is required?

We want you to feel welcome to come and listen in, without fear of being asked to do anything you're uncomfortable with. You can leave whenever you like, and while you can remain as anonymous as you want to be, we encourage you to introduce yourself to us - we'd love to meet you.

I'm not a Christian - am I welcome?

Absolutely! Our doors are open to everyone, as we believe that the good news of Jesus is for everyone. We believe that there is a need for a big ‘back pew’ where you can come and listen without having to agree with everything or sign up for anything.

Our 9:30 and 11:15am worship services have music, prayers, sermon and communion.

All our services have communion each week.

Accessibility

Our sanctuary has wheelchair access, although our fellowship hall at Fruitvale is not presently accessible.