Great Open Door (GOD) is a Christian schools ministry serving Harlow and the surrounding area.
Our story starts…
Following a mission trip to Uganda in 2002 with ‘Christians in Business’ (CIB) Phil Gray contacted a children’s charity called ‘An Open Door Into Your Heart’ (AOD) based in South Wales to explore setting up joint micro finance initiatives in Uganda. He was amazed to discover that their roots were in schools ministry – the very thing God had placed on Phil’s heart for Harlow.
A ministry team from AOD South Wales subsequently visited Harlow in February 2003, following which a team from Harlow then visited South Wales for a training weekend with AOD in May 2003. The GOD team delivered its first assembly programme in September 2003 and remains indebted to AOD for providing the initial training, confidence and encouragement to undertake schools ministry.
The ministry’s calling verse ‘A great door for effective work has opened to me’
1 Corinthians 16 v 9, received in June 2003, provided the basis for our name ‘Great Open Door’.
Great Open Door was established by Commonside Christian Fellowship as a non-denominational para church organisation, believing that schools ministry was of strategic importance to the town. Great Open Door has consistently ‘sown seed’ and ministered in schools over the past 13 years.
Great Open Door is presently staffed by 8 volunteers from 5 local churches. From September 2016 one volunteer begins Teacher Training and another retires bringing the team to 6 volunteers from 4 churches.