Things are strange and uncertain right now. A lot of these programs aren’t in place at the moment, but there will come a day when we’re back to our regular schedule. When that happens, here’s what you’ll need to know about OU:
Oxford University United Methodist Church offers three services each Sunday, two traditional services in the Traditional Sanctuary and a modern service in the Modern Sanctuary. Our 10:55 Traditional Service features our Chancel Choir.
Visitor parking is located in the front parking lot facing University Avenue. We encourage people to park on the Square on Sundays, as well.
Sunday School meets Sundays at 10 a.m. We have classes for all ages and stages in life, and we’ll be more than happy to help you find a class that fits you.
A LifeGroup is a gathering of between 10-12 people who meet once a month (or more) for food and fellowship, study, discussion, and prayer.
What should I expect?
Ideally, our LifeGroups meet in the home of one of the group members who has volunteered to host and can accommodate the size of the group.
LifeGroups will meet once a month on Wednesdays for about an hour-and-a-half.
- 5:30 p.m. Food (snacks or more)
- 6:00 p.m. Study & discussion
- 6.50 p.m. Prayer
- 7:00 p.m. End
What will be expected of me?
We encourage everyone to participate as much as they feel comfortable. You will not be put on the spot or expected to speak or pray aloud. Volunteers who feel comfortable doing so will be leading the discussion or hosting the evening.
What about my children?
When you sign up for a LifeGroup, you can also sign your child up for one (up to sixth grade). We will meet at the church and provide food, fellowship, learning, and prayer. Drop off at 5.15 p.m. and pick up by 7.15 p.m.
A wedding ceremony in the United Methodist Church is a service of worship. It is conducted in a manner that is in keeping with the dignity and reverence of a ceremony that is ordained by God and blessed by our Lord Jesus Christ. Although each wedding is an individual expression of love and commitment between two people, it is also an expression of corporate worship. Your ceremony should, therefore, be planned where traditions, symbols, and rituals of the church to enhance the corporate nature of the worship.
Because of the nature of the service, the participation of other worshippers in the congregation is of vital importance. Oxford University United Methodist Church facilities are available primarily to members of the local church. A member is defined as bride, groom, parent or grandparent of the bride or groom who is a member of OUUMC.
Children in Worship
Children of all ages are always welcome in worship at OU, and we believe that children are best formed in the worshipping community. But we also know that not all children are prepared for worship at the same age. We offer two options for our children:
Worship binders for children to use during worship are available in the back or from an usher. These binders are meant to enhance the worship experience for our children, but please return it at the end of the service.
We also offer a Worship Readiness program for Pre-K-2nd grade children during the 10:55 service. Worship Readiness will include child-friendly discussion and teaching to help children learn the elements of OU’s worship and spiritual practices, including the Doxology, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer.
We have a loving and playful staff to care for the youngest members of the church. The nurseries are for children from birth to those not yet in kindergarten.
We have childcare available for special church services, including Christmas Eve and Holy Week services, as well as for Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights.
If your Sunday School class or small group needs childcare for a special function, let us know, and we will be happy to provide it!
Nursery care is available on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. & Wednesday LifeGroup nights.
- Infant Nursery – Room 102
- Toddler Nursery – Room 104