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Coronavirus - all our News

Our Communications Team is directed on behalf of the Leadership Team by Methodist Minister George Bailey and Anglican Vicar Kathryn Fitzsimons

Calendar and What’s On pages are maintained by our Church Administrator who is the Editor of our magazine  THE BROADCAST and maintains our Church Notice-Boards (To arrange for a Notice to be posted on our Notice-Boards please follow the procedure on our What’s On page)

Our facebook page Editors are Fran Bailey and Kim Wood

Our twitter page Editors are Fran Bailey and Kathryn Fitzsimons

To post Volunteering opportunities please contact our Website Editors

Our Website Editors are David Donaldson and James Sheasby Thomas

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Covid 19 / Coronavirus - all our News

Other Activities [A-Z]

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2nd Roundhay Brownies

Contact Carol Massey Here

16 March 2020

“Sadly 2nd Roundhay Brownies is cancelled tonight, and for the unforeseeable future. Please share this post! Thanks”

2nd Roundhay Guides - Swimathon


In memory of Robin - Debra Cooper

for Cancer Research UK & Marie Curie Donate here

Contact Carol Massey Here

16 March 2020

“It is with great disappointment that we have had to postpone Swimathon 2020, originally due to take place on 27-29 March. We are actively exploring options for our local Swimathon events to take place later in the year and we will update you as soon as possible, once we have consulted fully with our partners. MySwimathon dates have been extended until the end of October but please continue to closely follow UK Government and Public Health Authority advice on Coronavirus.”


5th Roundhay St John Guides

Contact Carol Massey Here

14 March 2020

“Sadly 5th Roundhay St John Guides is now cancelled until the next school term starts”

Art Group - Everyone Welcome

Contact David Donaldson Here

27 March 2020

The Art Group has established the capability to broadcast emails to its members

At 7.30 p.m. On Friday evenings 27 March and 3 April we will be experimenting with meeting from our homes using Zoom. If anybody else wants to join in please get in touch with me

 17 March 2020

“Having discussed with Barry Claughton the Government’s latest advice about social distancing, to protect those over 70 and NHS capacity, we agreed that all meetings of the Art Group will be cancelled until further notice.”

“Following today’s advice from the government, this year’s Roundhay Artists Open Studios event on 25/26 April has been postponed. It was to have been partly staged at Oakwood Church with the support of Art Group members. A new date will be posted Here in due course.”

Babies and Toddlers - Tuesdays

Contact Jeanette Shipley Here

17 March 2020

“Apologies, but Babies and Toddlers is closed today and for the unforeseeable future. Please spread the word!”

Embody Pilates

Contact Louise Lowery Here

30 March 2020

Embody Pilates Connects

For the foreseeable future, all Embody Pilates lessons online via Zoom


Five classes are available to book each week and all are suitable for every level

All bookings go through www.bookwhen.com/embodypilates

If you purchase a Class Pass it will not expire before the end of 2020

If you have any questions, please call me

27 March 2020

Embody Pilates is up and running on Zoom. Classes can be booked as usual. Please get in touch with me if you want help to join in

17 March 2020

“It is with a heavy heart and after much thought that I have decided to cancel all group classes with immediate effect. Its such as shame because I feel this is where a movement practice can really help our physical health and mental, social and emotional wellbeing. I hope as time goes by and we are given more information and guidance we can work together to help each other out. I can extend your passes indefinitely so when we get back to normality you can use it whenever you want.” 

Daeglith Music

Contact Lois Manning Here

14 March 2020

“Sadly, Daeglith music is cancelled for at least two months”

Grass Cutting Rota

Contact Duncan Holden Here

5 April 2020

“Morris Smith has volunteered to keep the church grounds neat and tidy during the ‘lock-down’. This means that the grass cutting rota is suspended until we get back to normal. Thanks to Morris for getting on top of this task”

Indoor Bowls

Contact Philip Raymer Here

18 March 2020

“We will meet next when the Government decides it is safe for the Church to re-open.”

Ladies’ Evening Club

Contact Jeanette Padgett Here

24 March 2020

We have taken the hard decision to cancel the remainder of our 2019/20 Programme. We hope we will all be able to meet again in September at the start of the 2020/21 season”

Luncheon Club

Contact Kim Wood Here

17 March 2020

Sadly our Luncheon Club will stop for the unforeseeable future, due to the current situation with Coronavirus. Our organiser Kim Wood will contact members and volunteers each week to check they are OK. Stay safe and well everyone!”

Men’s Fellowship - Snooker

Contact Don Banham Here

18 March 2020

“We won’t meet until the Government advises it is safe to do so and the Church re-opens”

Men’s Meeting - Last Thursday

Contact Morris Smith Here

27 March 2020

“At 8.30 p.m. on Thursday evening 26 March we successfully experimented with meeting from our homes using Zoom. We plan to hold Zoom meetings on the last Thursday (30 April, 28 May, 25 Jun and so on) until we can safely resume meeting at The White House again.

We have established the capability to broadcast emails to most of those who usually attend.

If anybody else wants to join in - and all are welcome - please get in touch with me for Zoom meeting joining details.” David Donaldson Here

18 March 2020

“As you would expect we will not be meeting at The White House or anywhere else in the foreseeable future.” Morris Smith Here

Men’s Meeting - Rail Ale

Contact Richard King Here

18 March 2020

“It is with regret that we must postpone our trip on 27 March. I will be planning for a Rail Ale outing in the summer, and this time we are to do something we have not done before on one of these trips, so life jackets will be the order of the day. I have something exciting for us all, so hang in there.”

Monday Café

Contact Linda Holden Here

17 March 2020

“Sadly our popular Monday Cafe will be closed until further notice.

Opera North Sing ON

Contact Elizabeth Jones Here

20 April 2020

Zoom links to our Sing ON sessions stay the same every week:

To join the Monday 11.00 a.m. session use link: https://zoom.us/j/783169022 

Meeting ID 783 169 022

To join the Tuesday 11.00 a.m. session, use link: https://zoom.us/j/716306700 

Meeting ID 716 306 700

2 April 2020

Sing ON will continue with FREE online Zoom sessions on most Mondays and Tuesdays at 11.00 a.m. Both sessions will be led by Jenny Sterling supported by Elizabeth Jones. Sadly, Opera North has had to ‘furlough’ Matthew and Maisie though Matthew may join some Tuesday sessions as a participant

26 March 2020

Sing ON launched online with a test session on Zoom today and 68 homes with members from our two Tuesday groups joined in! We plan to have sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays in future open to members of all four Sing ON sessions

If you want to be added to our email broadcast list for information about future online SingON sessions please get in touch

16 March 2020

“We have made the hard decision to suspend all Sing ON activity, including tomorrow’s sessions. We are so sorry to have to cancel – it really is such a shame, as Sing ON is all about wellbeing, something we all need to be looking after in times like these! I will be in touch with each of you in more detail in the coming week, but just wanted to keep you all informed as things are changing.

From the whole Sing ON team, we wish you all the best, and look forward to seeing all of you again very soon.”

Scottish Dancing

Contact Dorothy Bampton Here

17 March 2020

“In the circumstances, the sensible thing to do is cancel Scottish Dancing tonight, and all meetings until further notice. I hope that we will be able to restart the Group later in the summer.”

Scouts, Cubs and Beavers

Contact Morris Smith Group Scout Leader Here

6 September 2020

We are planning to re-open Scouting from 14 September with some meetings possible outside in smaller Groups and some on Zoom. Strict safeguarding conditions will apply. Leaders will communicate directly contact with parents.

16 March 2020

“Scouting’s UK Chief Commissioner has instructed me that all Beaver, Cub and Scout meetings must cease forthwith [and for the foreseeable future].”


Contact Lynda Pickersgill Here

27 March 2020

George Bailey writes “Thanks to everyone who puts food in our 'Big Blue Bin' - we cannot deliver food to organisations round the city at present so this is suspended. Food gathered so far this month has been donated to East Leeds Foodbank at Epiphany where supplies were running low. Thank you all!”

Toddlers - Fridays

Contact Church Administrator

17 March 2020

“In present circumstances we have decided to close on Friday Toddlers until further notice”

Walking Group - Last Saturdays

Contact Morris Smith Here

18 March 2020

“As it is impossible to combine travelling, walking and lunching together as a group with the Government’s present social distancing instructions I regret the Walking Group will not meet for the foreseeable future”

Walking Group

Contact Sue and Dave Noble Here

6 September 2020

Our monthly [socially distanced] walks recommenced on 27 August.

The Groups has arranged to meet at Keswick on the weekend of 9th to 12th October.

18 March 2020

“It is with sadness I phoned Helen and Howard [at Hazledene, Keswick] and as a result we have agreed to cancel the April weekend. They were planning to close next Monday if not before. All pubs, theatre, restaurants are closed. If you would like your deposits back please let me know otherwise I will put it towards the October weekend. Stay Safe. Blessings to you all. Love Sue and Dave.”

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David Donaldson

Website Editor



Methodist Church - Coronavirus Guidance Here

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National Methodist Church  - Virtual Church Choir Here

The Church of England - Coronavirus Guidance Here

NHS - Coronavirus Overview Here

UK Government:

Coronavirus Response Here  

Guidance on maintaining educational provision Here

Leeds City Council - Coronavirus help for people and communities Here

BBC News - Coronavirus Pandemic Explainers Here and Here

Oakwood Church

Church Response

6 September 2020

Morning Worship by Zoom

10.15 Every Sunday

Holy Communion at Church

17.30 Every Sunday in September

Book online here at the Eventbrite website 

Once you are on the Eventbrite page, make a reservation by pressing Register.

Or call Ruth Barlow on 07961 111629 by 12 noon on Saturday at the latest. Leave a message if necessary including your name and your phone number.

Morning Prayer by Zoom

9.00 Every Thursday

Unable to join us by Zoom (online or dial-in)?

This week’s Worship from Home service sheet Here

and on our What’s On Page


6 May 2020

Messy Church - Monthly by Zoom

5.00 p.m. Saturday - Monthly - Dates T.B.A.


Updated 6 September 2020

Closure of the“Eee, Baa, Gum” Café

We have decided at the end of August  that it was time for our Zoom Café to close. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the conversations and fellowship. It has been good to share with old friends and new.

“Eee, Baa, Gum” Café

Every Wednesday, 10.30 to 11.30 by Zoom

Our online drop-in church café hosted by Rev Debbie Nouwen our Assistant Curate More offers a creative space open to everyone who fancies a cuppa and a natter during lockdown

Usual Zoom Meeting joining credentials apply

Any queries, please contact Debbie on 07850 086 702


Prepare to Zoom

Click here to join one of our meetings

From a Zoom App our Meetings ID is 724 766 6207

Contact George Bailey for the Password

Subscribe to Email Alerts More

Email Alert Archive Here


Fresh Growth

We are Keeping Calm and Having Faith

Some Faith and Life activities continue online


5 April 2020

Holy Week Services by Zoom Here

Unable to join us by Zoom (online or dial-in)?

Download Short Acts of Worship Here

Messy Church by Zoom

11.00 Good Friday 10 April


1 April 2020

Holy Week

‘Worship at home’ packs Here

All the resources in the pack will be available on our website, but some of you who do have Internet access may also like to receive a post pack.

If you would like one, please email George Bailey as soon as possible.

And, if you know of a church person who would like a pack, please respond if you would like to check that they are on our postal list


Christmas Angels

Linda Holden Tel. 0113 293 1602

If you think you may be indoors more than usual over the next few weeks why not knit some Christmas angels?

We will be distributing them during Advent 2020

to the people of Oakwood to share our

 Christmas Blessings

Download the Pattern Here

View it at our What’s On page Here


 Morning Worship by Zoom
10.15 Sunday 29 March

Act of worship with hymns, prayers, readings, short sermon 

If you are unable to join us online you can

download Short Acts of Worship Here


Messy Church

17.00 Saturday 28 March by Zoom

A short all age celebration where we can share things we have created

Theme this month is:

 'Born from Above' (John 3:1-17)

Make something about ‘new life' or 'a new start'

There is lots of inspiration outside at the moment as Spring begins

It could be a picture, a collage, a collection of spring nature items from the garden, a model

(e.g. a bunch of flowers, a chick)…

or whatever your creativity leads to  :)


28 March 2020

Prepare to Zoom

Subscribe to Email Alerts More

Email Alert Archive Here


Sunday 22 March

Church Opened for Private Prayer

10.00 - 12.00 and 16.00 - 17.30

This was not a gathering for Public worship but an opportunity for people to make deliberate time and space in their week for prayer and devotion

Conditions of attendance Here

Individual Act of Worship Here

View them at our What’s On page Here


18 March 2020

Oakwood Church Notice

In accordance with government guidelines and the response of both the Methodist Church and The Church of England, Oakwood Church is ceasing to meet for any public worship and all church and community activities are cancelled forthwith

The Leadership Team and Caring and Learning Team are working to ensure that we have worship material for us to worship at home, that we can keep in touch with everyone, and that we can help people who are in need

We will keep you updated as we know what is happening and our thoughts and prayers are with all in our communities, from the youngest to the oldest. We will work together to support us all physically, emotionally and spiritually

Every Blessing