“The risen Christ eats. Indeed he makes a point of doing so publicly. ‘They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it before them.’ Eating in the presence of God is our future. Food will be part of the renewed creation. Food is not left behind with the resurrection. References to a future feast are not just metaphors for our future existence. Our future is a real feast.” -Tim Chester, A Meal with Jesus
A key component of Oak Church’s Sunday morning ministry is a weekly potluck to nourish all attendees physically, socially, and spiritually. All are invited to partake and everyone who is able is encouraged to generously bring enough food to feed not just your self or your own family but plenty to extend hospitality to strangers and visitors.
One of the first things we did as a new church was to plant a garden. This garden signifies the hope, healing, and hospitality in and through Christ we long to experience and express. It also represents our rootedness in Lakewood and will doubtlessly provide many opportunities for creative collaboration, care, and feasting.
We gather each Sunday evening at 5:00pm to tend to the garden. All are welcomed! Contact Nancy Breslin with questions.
Mustard Seed Groups
Jesus once told a story likening the Kingdom of Heaven to a tiny mustard seed that then grows into maturity in size and stature for the sake of the “birds of the air.” It is our hope that Oak Church exists throughout the week, scattered as Mustard Seeds, growing as small local kingdom outcroppings, places where God’s reign and rule is present, groups of people growing in hope, healing, and hospitality in and through Christ together, little enclaves that provide shade, safety and flourishing to our neighbors around us, colonies of the kingdom where we grow closer to each other and to our King.
Click here to hear the The Kingdom is Like…A Mustard Seed (sermon on 9/20/15).
Contact Rachel Breslin to find a group.
Midweek Morning Prayer
“To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.” -Karl Barth
Each week we gather on the front steps of Oak Church, hot or cold, rain or shine, to pray for our neighbors and each other. We long together that God’s Kingdom might come and his will be done, in Durham as it is in Heaven. Aided by Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, we gather from 7:30am-8:15am on Wednesday mornings to hear God’s Word. All are welcome and coffee (and sometimes a pastry) is provided.
Throughout summer of 2016 and into the fall a group of artists and creatives from Oak Church collaborated in a mixed media worship arts project. On October 30, 2016, they presented a new communion table, textiles, pottery, & music as we explored the “Give Us the Bread We Need for Today” petition from the Lord’s Prayer.
- 100% cotton jersey fabric (I believe Alex had some to bring. I found some at the Scrap Exchange. Feel free to bring an old T-shirt to deconstruct as well)
- Button craft thread – sturdy and slick enough to hold cotton jersey together and provide a showy stitch
- Embroidery floss – for embellishments
- Sewing needles – preferably #9 sharps, embroidery, or milliners needles
- rubber finger caps
- fabric scissors
- rotary cutter + cutting mat (I have this and will plan to bring. Perhaps we could use a couple rotary cutting stations?)
- Permanent or textile markers
- Textile paint
- Clean spray bottles with adjustable nozzles, for spraying textile paint onto fabric
- Butcher paper (for masking off areas that don’t require stenciling or to place between layers of a T-shirt)
- 4″ embroidery scissors, for small detailed applique work