The early church came together in what the New Testament writers
called oikos. We can translate oikos as house or
household which would have included family and slaves. The home
often doubled as a place of work so the extended household would
also have included business and community networks, as well as
offering hospitality. Church was all about relationship - with God
and with each other. Interestingly, the idea of God’s people coming
together as an extended household was not new. We saw it back in the
Old Testament at the first Passover.
Today we are coming together as church in the east end of Okehampton
as HomeHub. We meet currently in the home of Alison and Paul
Duckers. Just as it was then, church is all about relationship -
with God and each other. HomeHub is at the centre of a growing
network church. Our oikos does not include slaves (although we are
concerned for those who are trafficked) and does extend beyond
business and community networks to include social media and the
internet. We’re a contemporary take on God’s original idea of
If you don’t already belong to a church we hope you will want to
come and join us!
The community magazine bringing residents of Okehampton together
Every three months several good
neighbours get together to produce the Good Neighbours magazine
which is delivered to around 1750 households. The town is growing -
mostly on its eastern side. They want to welcome those who are
moving in and create a sense of belonging by encouraging and
supporting good community life.
Alison Duckers is also the Editor of Good Neighbours. You can get in
touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to find
out more or get involved.
is about Christians actively pursuing justice in our world. It’s
about a different way of belonging to the Christian faith, an
alternative to ‘going to church’. The Christian faith is serious
about caring for the poor and the group works closely with Christian
Just Living supports the poor to work and to trade their way out of
poverty. The group sells general fairtrade products, and Zaytoun
products to help Palestinian farmers facing injustice. They can be
found outside St James on the third Saturday in the month 9am-1pm
and they pop up at other venues and events.
Just Living also joins in campaigns such as the cancellation of
unfair debts that keep people in poverty, or on climate change which
will mostly hurt the poorest.
The group also meets informally for discussion, reflection and
prayer, usually over a meal in the home of one of the members. The
aim is to keep its shared life simple, friendly - and joinable!
Email email@example.com if you’d like to know more.