Our 8th Street Dreams
Even before our church began, we knew we wanted to restore an urban building as part of our vision as a church of the city. We want to make something old, new again. The restoration of this building is a physical sign of the restoration we want to see in our parish and our city.
“What better place for God to do his Eighth Day work than on 8th Street? We dream of God making all things new – people, relationships, systems and structures – and we want to be a part of it.”
“It is a wonderful feeling to restore something to its true glory; to resuscitate it and rekindle its vitality. But my dream is more than the building. I dream of a church where we know the people around us, not just their names, but the stories of their lives.”
“I have a vision beyond the beauty of the stained glass stories. It’s an outdoor kitchen with blenders and griddles and a coffee barista and grills with the deep breath aromas drifting throughout the neighborhood. It’s drawing us; 8th Street Church, to dine, to dance to a rhythm that feels different, yet familiar...Home.”
"Early on in this church project, we started to pray for a home for our church. We wanted something with a story, that could root us in a neighborhood. Our dream is to reimagine what the church can be – we want to be a people of acceptance and belonging… we want to build a place to gather, pray, tell stories, share struggles, celebrate together, and serve… we call this kind a place – a church – which is just another way to say, 'We want to provide a home for those who need it.'"
– Pastor Chris Pollock
We want to hear your dreams, too!
Use #8thStreetDreams to tell us how you're dreaming about life in the 8th Street Church.
It takes work (and money) to make dreams come true.
We need your help to make this dream a reality. Will you join us?
Project Plans & Funding
Plans courtesy of ADG Architectural Firm.
The project total is $1.7 million, but by God’s grace and the generosity of others, we have already received $835,000! Our congregation has committed to giving $170,000 above our regular tithes to this project. This leaves us with a remainder of $700,000 needed to complete the restoration debt-free.
Thank you to these ministry partners & financial supporters who are already helping our dreams become reality:
- Bethany First Church of the Nazarene
- Oklahoma District Church of the Nazarene
- Southwest District Church of the Nazarene
- Board of General Superintendents Church of the Nazarene
- St. Anthony Hospital
- ADG Architectural Firm
- Rick Martin, Attorney at Law | The Bethany Law Center LLC
- The Christ Experience UMC
- City Presbyterian Church
- Segunda Iglesia del Nazareno
(Second Church of the Nazarene)
- Southern Nazarene University
You can give online through our parent church, Bethany First Church of the Nazarene;
make sure to mark your gift for "Midtown- 8th Street Project."
You can also send cash or check to PO Box 76266, Oklahoma City, OK 73147.
Contact Pastor Chris Pollock at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about giving.
Our congregation has committed to giving $170,000 towards the project.
To fill out a Faith Commitment Card to contribute to this goal, click here.
The 8th Street Story
The 8th Street Church, located at 701 NW 8th Street, was constructed by the First German Methodist congregation in 1907. It is a small building – only 7500 square feet – but it was built with care and craftsmanship. Originally it included 19 handcrafted pews and a Hinners pipe organ that was damaged in the Murrah Bombing in 1995. An original oil painting depicting Jesus’s Walk to Emmaus remains in the church today. There are 22 stunning Jacoby stained glass windows with one panel inscribed in German: “Donated by Anton Classen, in memory of his mother.” In its most recent days, it was the home of Skyline Urban Ministries.
In 2011 St. Anthony Hospital purchased 8th Street Church with the intent of preserving it, although they did not have any immediate plans for the building. One member of our congregation was familiar with the building and the area, and in early 2015, mentioned it as a possible future home for the new church. As conversations began between St. Anthony and Midtown Church, we found that we were both interested in helping to create a neighborhood church and make an old building new again.
Although it took another year to finalize the purchase agreement, individuals outside our congregation began to hear about this dream and invest to make it a reality. In the fall of 2016, St. Anthony Hospital offered to sell The 8th Street Church for the same price they paid in 2011, which is $350,000. The project total is $1.7 million, but by God’s grace and the generosity of others, we had received half that amount before the purchase agreement was signed!
The story of the 8th Street Church is far from over. We are proud and humbled to be a part of the next chapter of God’s work on this corner of the city.
You can be a part of this story, too. Will you join us?
Click the arrows above to see historic photos of the 8th Street Church