The Visitor’s Guide

Your Questions

Perhaps you’ve passed by our church and wondered if it was the right place for you and your family. And you probably have a lot of questions about Oxford United Methodist Church. Is it too big? Too traditional? What exactly do they believe? Hopefully, this New Member Guide will answer some of your questions.

Just like families, every congregation is unique. Oxford United Methodist Church, or as we refer to it OUMC, has its own personality and approach. The next five sections describe us.

Radical Hospitality

We practice Radical Hospitality through: our Sunday greeters and ushers, friendly church members who spot and chat up visitors, coffee hour fellowship time and welcoming visitors, written follow-up with visitors (cards, letters), always inviting friends, neighbors, co-workers, and others to church services and events, sharing our faith.

Passionate Worship

We practice Passionate Worship through: faithful weekly worship attendance, our articulate liturgists, our energetic Praise Singers, our pianist’s uplifting music, our pastor’s worship leading and preaching, our tech team’s sound and projection control, our special music (bell choir, praise singers, choir), our outdoor worship and VBS Sunday service (August), and other special worship services (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, All Saints Sunday, etc.) throughout the year.

Intentional Faith Development

We practice Intentional Faith Development through: Sunday School for children and youth, Children’s Church (summer), CREW youth group, UMC camps,
Vacation Bible School, Bible Sunday (Bibles for 3rd-5th graders), the children’s Christmas play, Wed. Bible study, men’s Bible study. Future ideas: a men’s Bible study on the New Testament, an Advent series program, an Advent/Christmas family event, New members class, Confirmation class for 6-8th graders

Risk Taking Mission and Service

We practice Risk-Taking Mission and Service through: our Wednesday Community Meal program (free meals, LOVE Inc.), Baldwin Center outreach meals (Pontiac), FISH Food Pantry food distribution, UM Men Potato Drop. Future ideas: youth mission trip, Cass Community Center (Detroit) mission trip, Appalachia Service Project (KY mission trip)

Extravagant Generosity

We practice Extravagant Generosity through: faithful giving to the General Fund and Special Funds (i.e. Steeple fundraiser, Memorial Garden, etc.). We plan on giving to the United Methodist Church apportionments to support UMC national and world missions and organizations (UMCOR, etc.). The UMC special offerings include: UMCOR disaster relief, Imagine No Malaria health initiative, World Communion, Haiti Hot Lunches (Methodist Schools), and other projects.