Background to OAKS
OAKS resulted from an observation that, in today’s world, many men in particular are under a lot of pressure from work and life in general. At the same time, there did not seem to be many opportunities for men in the church to get together socially and so build meaningful, supportive relationships, encouraging each other in whatever way is appropriate to our many varied situations.
Isaiah Chapter 61 : 3 talks about people who are afflicted, bound up, tired out, faint-hearted (many of us can identify with that description!) – and yet continues to show how God turns all that around, “That they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” This is the inspiration behind OAKS.
That is what we believe God wants of (particularly) men in His church: Planted by Him, supporting and encouraging each other to be ‘Oaks of Righteousness’, and ultimately glorifying God! Central to what OAKS is about is NO PRESSURE and, perhaps surprisingly, NO COMMITMENT. The only ‘commitment’ we’re interested in is one which evolves naturally because we want to be in relationship, not because we feel we should. In other words, it’s not something that men have to ‘join’ or ‘sign up’ to. OAKS is open to any and all men in the church, and facilitates times of fun, relaxation and fellowship.
We are increasingly encouraging men to invite work colleagues and friends to come with them and join in OAKS events. We are also looking forward to building relationships with Christian men from other Churches, thus helping to unite God’s Church in Yeovil.
We try and make sure that there is an opportunity to meet regularly – for instance, the first Wednesday evening of each month normally sees us at the William Dampier pub in Yeovil for a bite to eat and a beverage at a very reasonable price!
We will also meet at other pubs in and around Yeovil, but we agree that variety is the spice of life, so every now and then there are things like 10-pin bowling, karting, ‘laser gun’ shooting, skittling, going to football matches and embarking on weekends away.
The range of events is constantly expanding, but new ideas are always welcome! Please feel free to come along to OAKS.
If you are interested in finding out more the OAKs, or you would like to be added to our circulation list, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Please ensure that OAKS appears in the subject line).