Oak Creek Village
All Saints Church is located next to an apartment community made up of over five hundred households. It is our desire to love our neighbors as a church, and we believe that the Spirit has led us to our current location for a reason. The vision of the Oak Creek Village Partnership is to love and serve and the community of Oak Creek Village by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed for God's glory.
The partnership began in 2010 and is made up of All Saints Church, the Gathering Church, Church of the Good Shepherd, and La Cosecha (a Spanish speaking congregation now meeting on Garrett Road). The people living in Oak Creek Village are our neighbors, and we are committed to knowing and loving them by walking in relationship with them and meeting their real and practical needs holistically. We are also committed to partnership and communal discernment as part of Christ's church. Though we represent various denominations, we worship and serve the same God--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--and we are participating in his mission to reconcile all creation to himself. Our partnership is dynamic and fluid and our goal is to make Jesus known and glorify him in our words and actions as we engage our neighborhood.
Current Programs and Projects
Saturdays 9–11 a.m. during the academic year
There are many different roles and levels of involvement. No Spanish is required to volunteer.
To learn more, contact Sharon Moore.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:45–6:00 p.m. during the academic year
Eagles’ Nest is an after-school tutoring program that seeks to love and empower children from Oak Creek Village by teaching basic reading skills, helping with homework, and building positive relationships between volunteers, students, and their families. Most Eagles' Nest students live in homes where English is not spoken and parents are unable to help with reading and homework. The program, which serves fifteen to twenty students and is sustained by over thirty youth and adult volunteers from Oak Creek Village Partnership churches and the community, meets twice a week at All Saints Church during the academic year. Volunteers meet with the same student for the entire semester to create strong relational bonds and to promote consistency. Most volunteers commit to one day per week, but some come both days. To learn more, contact Eagles' Nest Director Laura Yost Grande.
International Refugee Resettlement
Partnering with World Relief
Develop relationships and support refugees being resettled in Oak Creek.
For more information, visit www.worldrelief.org/durham.
Summer Kids' Club
July or August annually
Every summer the Oak Creek Village Partnership plans and runs a Summer Kids' Club for the residents of Oak Creek Village. Children do crafts, play games, sing songs, listen to Bible stories, and learn about God. The week culminates in a celebration that is designed to build community and to enable Oak Creek Village Partners to continue to grow in relationship with the neighborhood. Last summer our kids' club drew 75–80 kids each day and was a tremendous success.
Click here to see pictures from last year's Summer Kids' Club.
Each year the Oak Creek village Partnership teams up to provide hundreds of backpacks and thousands of school supplies to families in the neighborhood. The Back-to-School Party includes a community potluck dinner as well a gathering of many local ministries, nonprofits, and organizations all seeking to love and serve the community. Durham Public Schools is also on hand to answer questions and build relationships with the community. Volunteers from Oak Creek Village Partnership churches team up to stuff backpacks, hand out backpacks and supplies, cook food, and host tables. This is a truly joyful gathering each year. To learn more, contact Thomas Kortus.
Samaritan Health Center
Samaritan Health Center is a free medical clinic for the uninsured of Durham. Their new clinic is located at 4300 Garrett Rd. Suite C, has a bilingual staff, and is committed to serving our neighborhood.
For more information visit www.samaritanhealthcenter.org.
A Durham-based Christian organization that provides empowering legal services to our low-income neighbors, mobilizing legal professionals and law students to invest their resources in our community for the common good.
For more information, visit www.justicematters.org.
Help Organize or Lead a New Initiative
The Spirit is opening doors and presenting new and exciting opportunities for the Oak Creek Village Partnership. Is God calling you to lead or get involved in one of these areas?
- Weekly women’s gathering and children’s storytime
- Soccer ministry: coordinating and coaching youth soccer
- Kids' Bible Club meeting during the academic year
- Job search skills training
Do you feel the Spirit calling you to get involved in what is already going on or to address another need or opportunity?
Do you feel called to move into Oak Creek Village to begin establishing a permanent presence in the community?
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard." Isaiah 58:6-8