Oakhanger has two churches, both dating from the nineteenth century. The Methodist Church is part of the Alsager Mission Area in the Cheshire South Circuit and is to be found in Butterton Lane on the main road between Crewe and Alsager. St Luke's Church is part of the Anglican Parish of Christ Church (www.christchurch-alsager.org.uk), Alsager, and is situated in Taylor's Lane (CW1 5XB), north of the main road. Our two churches have worked together for many years, and now hold all our services and social events together.
We are determined that there must be a continuation of the Christian presence in Oakhanger, but acknowledge that the church must change to face the challenge of a changing world. Accordingly, we have a vision for the future.
The first part of our vision is to form a single church in Oakhanger, and we have signed a Declaration of Intent to move towards forming a Local Ecumenical Partnership, and our joint services and social events are a step to this end. The second part of our vision is to provide a community hall for the village. We invite the local community to all our events such as Burns Night, the Strawberry Tea and the Harvest Supper. We do not distinguish between the church family and the wider community — in Oakhanger they are one and the same.
Thirdly, we provide a physical and spiritual base for the Oakhanger Project (www.oakhanger.org). The Project is organised independently of the church, but is an important part of our mission. It works with children, young people and families. It has a Christian ethos, catering for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the people with whom it comes into contact. It is open to all, to people of all faiths and none. It trains young people, both schoolchildren and young adults, in leadership, with opportunities to take qualifications in kayaking and volunteering, developing such skills as evaluating risk and working with children.
In Oakhanger we seek to be a fresh expression of church, to do things in a different way. Instead of being a church which sees itself as part of the community, in Oakhanger we see the community as part of the church. Instead of organising things for ourselves and the community, we aim to be a servant church, supporting others. If you are able to visit us you will receive a warm welcome.
You do not have to be a Christian to be part of our community.
We hold services in St Luke's on the first and third Sundays of the month at 6.30 pm, with variations for the Christian festivals. Informal services and social events are held in the Methodist Church. A crafts group meets on Wednesday afternoons and prayers are held in the Methodist Church on Sunday mornings at 9.00 am. Anyone who wishes to visit us will be assured of a warm welcome.