Welcome to Oxford First United Methodist Church
We are men, women, children, students, educators, stay-at-home parents, caregivers, business men and women, carpenters, photographers, retired, but most of all we are FAMILY! We are an active, growing church in the fastest growing part of Calhoun County. We offer a great children’s program along with an exciting youth ministry. Our purpose is to be a place where you can experience the grace and love of God through worship, study and fellowship. If you are currently looking for a church home or just seeking a place to find love and acceptance, we hope you’ll give us an opportunity to serve you. We invite you to be our guest. We are located at 216 Snow Street in the historic part of Oxford, Alabama.
Our Church History
The date of organization is uncertain, but it is believed a building was erected around 1840. This first building was made of hand-cut weather boarding; there were not windows – only shutters. Candles were used for lighting.
This crude structure was used until 1872 when the present building was begun. The Panic of 1872 caused a delay in the construction, and the building was not completed until 1875. During the construction years, the Methodist congregation worshipped with the Presbyterians.
The interior of the main sanctuary has been changed twice. In the beginning the pulpit was at the south end of the sanctuary, then it was reversed. During the 1960’s it was changed back to its present state and the floor was leveled rather than inclined toward the pulpit.
Special features of the sanctuary include the tower bell manufactured by the McNeely Co.; the pulpit made of solid walnut, built by Elbert Green Morris; the rose-colored windows; the stained-glass portrait of “Christ in Gethsemane” above the choir loft; and the pipe organ purchased in honor of former member H. T. Stanford. Handbells were purchased in 2003 and a baby grand piano was acquired in 2005. The Tommy Moore Memorial Center was completed in August 1986 and is used as our Family Life Center.
The church has a rich history, with many fond memories for its members and a valued place in the Oxford community. A wide range of activities are available for all age levels and interests. Our doors are always open and we invite you to be our guest.