Our Commissioning Service on Saturday 15th October 2016 was a truly joyous time of worship and thanksgiving as a church family. Together with ministers from other churches in our area and our two previous pastors at SCF, we dedicated The Oak Tree Centre to God. Our weekend guest speaker, Jo Gambi, shared some of her life and faith experiences with us during the service, and our guest speaker for the service itself, was Pastor Mark Sherratt, who is the Senior Pastor at Milton Keynes Christian Centre. Joy and the worship team lead us in powerful worship, in what was a very special, enjoyable and memorable occasion.
The Commissioning Service was followed by a full four course dinner with champagne reception. The dinner was generously sponsored and was aimed at thanking our corporate partners and trusts who have given so generously to the Oak Tree Centre.
The Oak Tree Centre…Made for Community!
The Oak Tree Centre – Opening Soon!
The congregation of Shenley Christian Fellowship (SCF) have financed the building of the Oak Tree Centre, raising £1.8m plus VAT from a mixture of donations, fund raising events, grants and loans. The centre will provide a home for SCF activities, which include Acorns and Little Acorns (our Parent and Baby/Toddler groups), and a weekly Drop-in session as well as Sunday Services and other events.
The café and community centre are the first stage of a two-phase project. Work now begins to raise a further £1.65m plus VAT to finance the second phase, which will add a dedicated youth area and a space that can either be used as an indoor sports facility or a 400 seat auditorium.
God gives through His people towards Final Capital Appeal for Phase 1
Over the course of the three capital appeals between 2012 and 2016 and individual fundraising initiatives, the church family have given £360,000, nearly 20%, towards the total £1.8M cost of Phase 1.