Although fully part of the Church of England, Oak Tree is different from a traditional parish church. Having no set geographical boundaries, Oak Tree 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 61:1-3, a passage in the Bible that is at the very heart of and foundational to Oak Tree’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 Oak Tree its name. Not long after we discovered that the original meaning of “Acton” meaning “Oak Town”.