Over 200 years ago, early Methodist preachers rode on horseback from place to place preaching and teaching in homes and towns. The first Methodist Church established in the Oxford area was a rural church known as the Harris Meeting House. A few years later some of those Methodists began meeting in the town of Oxford about 1812. This was the beginning of the congregation that has grown today to be called the Oxford United Methodist Church. After outgrowing three earlier church buildings, the present property was purchased in 1895 and a new church building was constructed with the first services being held in 1902. The congregation continues to worship in that church building today. Additional buildings for education, ministry, and offices have been constructed since then. The church is currently planning a major remodeling and expansion of the middle building in order to enable the church to better facilitate ministry and programs.
In the present, Oxford United Methodist Church continues its vital mission to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” The program of the church touches every age group from babies to children to youth to young adults, middle adults and senior adults. An active missions program responds to human and spiritual needs as a witness to the Gospel. Church volunteers work with God’s Garden, the Penn Avenue Baptist food ministry, and Area Congregations in Ministry (ACIM) to provide food for persons in need. Other volunteers are involved with TLC (Touching the Lives of Children) our school partnership with West Oxford Elementary School and other area schools. Still others are volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Feed the Hunger, and mission projects. The church sends several mission teams beyond the Oxford Community every year including several international mission teams and a youth team to the North Carolina mountains to work on mission projects with Carolina Cross Connections. International mission teams have worked in El Salvador, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and Slovakia. The church also impacts the lives of children through The Learning Tree Preschool and The Mustard Seed Academy after school program.
“The mission of the Oxford United Methodist Church is to love God, love people, and faithfully minister to human and spiritual needs in our community and beyond.”