Pastoral Ministries

The pastoral ministries of this congregation include worship, the sacraments, music, education,  spiritual formation, and membership care.

Worship

Our goal is for each worshiper to leave the meetinghouse with increased joy, strength and direction for living God’s call in their life.   Weekly worship services are at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday.  We worship God through the reading of the Word, children’s story and a morning message.  We lift one another through intercessory prayers, and offer thanksgiving and praise to God through joyful music and our offerings.  Members and friends of FCC serve as liturgists on Sunday mornings and, from time to time, to preach.

                 The Sacraments

The first Sunday of every month we celebrate the sacrament of Communion; children of all ages are welcome to participate with the approval and instruction of their parents.

Baptism is offered to people of all ages.  For more information, or to request baptism, please contact the Pastor for a pre-baptismal conference.

 

Special Services

Held to mark special times in the church year, these particularly moving services include:  All Saints Day (memorial for the departed), Hanging of the Greens, Christmas Pageant, Christmas Eve Candlelight, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday Office of Tenebrae, Easter Triumph and Pentecost.

 

 

                                           Music

Worship at First Church has been enhanced by an adult choir, soloists, instrumentalists and the handbell choir.  Our handbell and voice choirs performs regularly.  We hold a special Music Sunday worship service each year in May.

 

 Education

Education is an important part of spiritual formation, and a variety of formats are available at First Church.  In addition to the regular formats listed below are special events and services offered as appropriate:  Communion education for children and parents, retreats, Bible study groups, and personal counseling.

As part of our Safe Church Policy, all persons who work with children and youth must have a clean CORI-check.

For Children

Our Church School offers classes (September – May) for pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade.  Dedicated teachers share the love of God and age appropriate education.  The children learn to care about others through special Advent and Lenten projects.  The Church School presents a Christmas Pageant in December and each class contributes to the worship leadership on Church School Sunday in June.  

 For Youth

Ninth-graders (or older youth) are invited to participate in Confirmation Classes in preparation for confirming their faith on Pentecost Sunday.  There are meetings with the Pastor, readings and homework assignments in between meetings.  Confirmation mentors, chosen by each confirmand, are members of the church who volunteer their time to help the confirmands learn about their faith, our church and our denomination.

Membership Care

As new members are received into our church, all members covenant to “love, support and care” for the new members.  This care takes several forms:Colonial Tea 2013

 

    • Prayers for one another offered individually and during corporate worship
    • Pastoral counseling provided by the pastor
    • Hospital and home visits provided by the pastor and/or members
    • Post-worship fellowship hours to share refreshments and conversation with members and friends
    • Pot-luck suppers, receptions
    • Mentoring provided to our young people through the Church School and Confirmation Class
    • Informal assistance provided among members for each other (such as cards, phone calls, rides, meals during trying times)


Mission Statement

The mission of First Congregational Church of Oxford, UCC, is to:
Acknowledge our Christian heritage and the gifts received from a loving God;
Affirm our faith in our worshiping, in our witnessing to the community and in our reaching out to the world;
Celebrate diversity whereby the dignity of all is embraced and respected; and
Encourage individual growth and family enrichment by giving joyfully of our time, talent and treasures.

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    Contact us:

    Location: 355 Main Street (Route 12), Oxford MA
    Mailing Address: P. O. Box 585, Oxford MA 01540
    Phone: 508.987.2211
    Email: officeadmin@oxfordfirstucc.org
    Office hours: Tues - Wed 8-10:30 a.m.; Thur 8 - 11 a.m.

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