How we began!
Oakwood Chapel was formally founded in 1962, when a small group of people saw the need for a church in the newly-developing area of Little Parndon. The work that became Oakwood Chapel actually began a few years earlier, when a Sunday School class was started in the Colt Hatch "common room", in 1957. We celebrated the 50th anniversary of the start of that in September 2007.
Who we are
Oakwood is an independent Evangelical church. That means that we don't "belong" to any denomination (although we have joined a group called the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches and we are happy to work with other Bible-centred churches, whether in Harlow or further afield, to promote God's work, wherever it is being done.
We are Christians from all over the town, although many live in the streets around the church, meeting at Oakwood regularly each Sunday and during the week. There's a good spread of ages, backgrounds and cultures represented.
We try to be friendly and welcoming, most people are on first-name terms. You probably won't notice any special "dress-code". We're delighted if families want to join with us, and we do our best to make sure that feels welcome.
What we believe
We believe the Bible is the Word of God, and that it should determine all that we do. We believe that everyone has fallen short of God's perfect standards, and that the only way for us to be saved is by God's grace. "Through believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, his death and resurrection".
Oakwood Chapel is currently led by two elders, Martin Biddiscombe and Sam Pakala .
Martin Biddiscombe Elder
Sam Pakala Elder
Martin and Sam are supported by a leadership team who share the responsibility among other things Prayer, Outreach, Youth work, Finance and Maintenance, actical support for those in need, Social events.
Our friends and partners
Here's a selection of links to sites belonging to other organisations with which we are in some way associated...
Oakwood supports a number of missionaries in different places round the world who are working in different ways to both help the communities they're living among in practical ways and bring the Gospel to them.
- The Fellowship Afloat Charitable Trust provides exciting outdoor adventure activities for young people at Tollesbury, on the UK Essex coast.
- Gavin & Elaine Charlton: Gavin & Elaine run an orphanage in South Africa, providing for the needs of children who have been left without parents because of HIV.
- Kirs & Lois Mediconda : Kris & Lois are working in India .
- Trevor Charlton: Trevor works in Peru, and is also involved in translating Christian literature into Spanish for publication and affordable distribution to local church leaders.
- We also support missionaries working Asia ,Africa and Europe .