The Oasis Youth and Community Centre was for many years the only church building owned by the Elim Pentecostal Church. The purchasing of a new worship centre, Grace Centre, in 2008 meant that the church premises in Merton Street are more available for the church’s mission to the community. Regular meetings at Oasis Centre include those for our kids, youth, senior citizens and asylum seekers.
The building has been used by various voluntary and community organisations over the years and is now more available to be more widely used by the community of Springwood and beyond.
Oasis is a common name for Elim Centres because the name Elim comes from an Oasis. In the Old Testament we read that the Israelites, having been freed from slavery in Egypt, were travelling through the wilderness and,
“...they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees: so they camped there by the waters."
Elim has always been a place of refreshment and we see our building in Merton Street being used as a place of physical and spiritual refreshment, for different age groups in our church, but also for the multicultural community in which it is located.