As a church we believe that its important that we model generosity and giving and we therefore give away 10% of our income each year.
Organisations that we fund or have given to include the following:
Aylesbury Church Network
The ACN is a collection of churches based in Aylesbury who are working together to bring transformation to Aylesbury. They join up to put on town-wide events, including projects like HOPE on the Streets. The leaders of these churches also meet on a fortnightly basis to have fellowship and pray together.
Aylesbury Vale Youth For Christ
Youth for Christ's mission statement is "to relevantly reach every young person with the good news of Jesus." They do this in a wide variety of ways including Schools work, street work and youth cafes.
Great Lakes Outreach
Great Lakes Outreach is a charity that works for the spiritual and physical development of the people of Burundi, located in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. They partner with local Christian organisations to share God's message and to fund sustainable projects that transform lives.
"The Humanitarian Aid Relief Fund (HART) supports the forgotten people of Europe, Africa and Asia: the oppressed and the persecuted, and often those who are neglected by other organisations, largely out of sight of the world's media. Its aid is designed to relieve suffering and sow the seeds of longer-term solutions; its advocacy is designed to raise awareness of problems - and solutions - at home and abroad" - The Baroness Cox of Queensbury, HART Founder
Simon & Yanil Wolfe
Simon is a former member of Oaks who moved to Argentina in 2010 to join a YWAM base in Mendoza where he stayed untill May 2015. He is now married to Yanil and they are working in ministry together. They are currently in the UK working with YWAM towards starting a new ministry in Zimbawe.
Street Angels / Town Chaplaincy
Street Angels provide voluntary Christian support, reflecting the love of God during the night-time, and help to make the town centre safe and enjoyable for everyone.
Since November 2012 a team has been out each weekend (either on a Friday or Saturday night), between 10.30pm and 3 or 4am. They work in partnership with the police, door staff, taxis and other agencies and engage with the public by offering both a listening ear and practical assistance, acting as a calming community presence especially around local pubs, clubs and restaurants.
Street Angels teams comprise a team leader and usually 2 other volunteer street angels. All of these have been recruited from the local churches and have current DBS checks. We also ensure that they have received appropriate training and support before beginning to serve on the streets.
Typically, Street Angels will listen to those who want to talk and offer support to those who are distressed or upset as a result of homelessness, intoxication, drug abuse and/or other issues, referring people onto other relevant agencies when applicable. They can offer help to those who are isolated or separated from friends. They can provide wet-wipes and/or water for those who have been ill or have hurt themselves. On a practical level they give out space blankets on cold nights or flat shoes or wait with someone for a taxi or a lift. They can also safely dispose of bottles and glass.
Street Angels are easily identifiable by their branded jackets bearing the Street Angels logo and their fluorescent ID armband.