Where have we come from?
In October 1993, at the invitation of the Bishop of Willesden, fifty members of St Barnabas Church, Kensington (a church initially started by Holy Trinity Brompton) began a new, experimental church in the Acton area…..and OakTree was born. Although fully part of the Church of England, OakTree is different from a traditional parish church. Having no set geographical boundaries, OakTree sees the whole of Acton, with its 85,000 residents, as its mission area. Before the church officially began, God directed its leaders to Isaiah 61:3, a passage in the Bible that is at the very heart of and foundational to Oaktree’s original three-fold mission:
- To be a church in Acton
- To be a church serving the other churches in Acton
- To be a church for the unchurched in Acton
The Isaiah passage not only gave us our vision but gave Oaktree its name. Not long after we discovered that the original meaning of “Acton” meaning “Oak Town”.
We have been a nomadic community over the years. For two years Oak Tree’s home for its Sunday worship was a shared church building in North Acton. Our third anniversary heralded a relocation to Twyford High School. Then, in April 2000, Oak Tree was offered a home in South Acton at The Church of St Albans on South Parade.
In 2005, it was felt that the time had come to go back to meeting nearer the centre of Acton, so from January 2006, we began to meet back in Twyford High School.
Then in February 2011, we finally had a home of our own when we moved into 216, Acton High Street.