On a Sunday evening in March 2013, a group of church leaders and volunteers from Ambassador for Christ Church and the Church at Brook Hills met to organize the start of a Bible Club in Marks Village. In the Sunday afternoons following that day, we came to understand what great stories God was writing in that community! The Bible Club began with 20-30 kids ranging 4-18 years old who gathered with a group of volunteers from both churches at Ambassador for Christ Church just outside the community.
That Bible Club has continued ever since, growing to include 100-150 kids each week with volunteers from several churches across Birmingham and the Marks Village community itself. As the club continued, God began placing a burden on the hearts of a few of us that we needed to spend more time getting to know the kids in our discipleship groups, and being available to work alongside the community as it grows more in God’s glory. We knew there was more the community could be doing than what could be done in 3 hours on a Sunday afternoon.
It was from that burden of God that Oak Tree Ministries was formed. Founded by volunteers from the Bible Club, in close partnership with the churches that started it, we exist to further the work we saw in the first two and a half years of the Bible Club.