Category Archives: Festivals and Events

Celebrating 25 Years of Ministry in Oxley Vale!

All past and current members and supporters of Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church are invited to join us in celebrating 25 years of Christian ministry in the Oxley Vale area at two special events – a celebration dinner on Saturday 16 July and a combined thanksgiving church service on Sunday 17 July.

To mark the occasion, we are launching the ‘Building Ministry Fund,’ aimed at securing and expanding gospel ministry in the area into the future. Would you please consider contributing a one-off gift to this appeal? Donations can be made at both events or directly via ‘Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church’, BSB 032621 Acct: 309306.

Canadian Thanksgiving

At OVACC we have a family on exchange from Canada. They were sad that they would miss thanksgiving in Canada, so as a church family we have joined them in a great day giving thanks to God for many things, including the family from all over the world united by Christ. OVACC is a church with members from many cultures. It was a great day that we could spend together.

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Easter Services @ OVACC

Our Easter services this year will be held in the Oxley Vale School Hall at 9:30 am Good Friday and Easter Sunday Services at 8 and 10am 20th April. Our church has a casual vibrant feel with people who are serious about being genuine Christians. During the service you would expect to have a time of reading the bible and hearing it taught, singing songs about our great God, and praying for our world, our nation and ourselves. All easter services include Holy Communion.

Easter Services
Easter Services

Easter Services @ OVACC

Easter Services
Easter Services

Our Easter services this year will be held in the Oxley Vale School Hall at 9:30 am Good Friday and Easter Sunday Services at 8 and 10am 20th April. Our church has a casual vibrant feel with people who are serious about being genuine Christians. During the service you would expect to have a time of reading the bible and hearing it taught, singing songs about our great God, and praying for our world, our nation and ourselves. All easter services include Holy Communion.

Kid’s Holiday Club – Registrations open!

Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church’s annual Kid’s Holiday Club is on again this October!

Registrations are now open for ‘Knights of the King’ – a 3 day program on 1-3 October, including a Thursday night performance for parents, grandparents and carers.

Brochures are available from Oxley Vale Public School or by contacting the church office. The price is excellent and fun is guaranteed!

Knights of the King, Kid's Holiday Club

LIFE FEST this Saturday 25 May!

Book the day for LifeFest in Bicentennial Park. That beautiful day when the churches of Tamworth get together and put on a party for their neighbours – and they come in thousands. A day for Christians to model the love of Jesus in many ways, and people go away different because they’ve had a brush with Him through the kindness of His people.

SATURDAY 25 MAY
11am – 3pm
Bicentennial Park, Tamworth

Everything is FREE!

A Dinner for the Future

The people of Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church enjoyed a great evening together last Friday, eating together and thinking about the good things happening in the church and hearing plans for how those good things might be shared with their community.

The Vicar, Simon Carter, encouraged those present to think about change, whether good or bad, and contrasted the inevitability of change in the world we live in with the unchangeableness of Jesus. Chaplain Tom Magill presented some demographic research on the Oxley Vale area and encouraged the church to think how best it can serve the people in that area. Year 13 Gap Year Student Matt Smith gave an outline of his involvement in this year with young people, conferences and training.

A big ‘Thank You’ to all who helped set-up, cook, clean or otherwise contribute on the night!

Church at Easter

Easter is a very special time in the year for Christian people. Each Easter we remember the death of Jesus but also his resurrection to life again. It is not only a solemn time of remembrance but also a joyous celebration!

Everyone is welcome to join us :

9:00AM on Good Friday

8:00AM or 10:00AM on Easter Sunday

Come hear about why Good Friday is so Good and about the even better news of Resurrection Sunday – plus there are hot cross buns and Easter eggs! All welcome.

Swim coach dunked by Vicar!

On March 10, about 75 people from OVACC witnessed a French national, living in Australia, publicly declare that he wanted to be part of that gathering. Nicholas, a local swimming instructor, was baptised (!) by Vicar Simon Carter, the culmination of a ten year journey for Nicholas and the beginning of an exciting journey of walking with God. Nicholas shared in church that since making the decision to follow Jesus, his priorities have changed and peace and joy abound in his life. 

Inquiries about baptism can be directed to the church office via the contact page.

 

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Men@Glen: OVACC men thinking clearly

MEN@GLENOn Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March, a number of men from Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church joined hundreds of others from around the Armidale region at the showground in Glen Innes to hear a number of talks on the topic of ‘Thinking Clearly.’

Former Principal of Sydney Missionary and Bible College, David Cook, delivered four challenging Bible talks on thinking clearly about God, yourself, the world and reality. And, in the afternoon, Ran Mitchell, a farmer at North Star since 1954, spoke about his lifetime of following Jesus and what that has meant for his life.

The blokes who attended brought home very positive reports of this year’s Men@Glen conference. Talks from previous conferences are available on the Men@Glen website: here.

Clean Up Australia Day

Sunday 3rd March was scheduled as Clean Up Australia Day, and the members of Oxley Vale Anglican pitched in to lend a hand, gathering bags of rubbish from around the premises of the school where we meet.

This is an important community event in communities around Australia, and, for the Christian community it is an opportunity to reflect locally God’s global love for his creation. As the Psalmist says in Psalm 24 –

The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains,
The world, and those who dwell in it.
For He has founded it upon the seas
And established it upon the rivers.

Clean Up Australia Day

OVACC at Country Music Festival

Tamworth CMF

The annual Tamworth Country Music Festival once again attracted huge crowds to Tamworth and the surrounding areas and the people of Oxley Vale Anglican were keen to be a part of the action and to welcome and serve those who came. Numerous OVACC people served tea and coffee to visitors to the Gospel Music Tent on Kable Street and our own Juanita Doody performed on stage a number of times.

Keeping Christ in Christmas

Merry Christmas and Joyous New Year to all! As we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and as we gather with family and friends to enjoy the holidays, it’s a great time reconsider again the reason for the season –

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:26-33 NIV)