And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
– Mark 16:15

Outreach Ministry

Outreach at Oxford Presbyterian Church seeks to offer the gifts of God’s grace to our neighbors and around the World. We are comprised of three committees including: Evangelism and Mission, Social Justice and Peacemaking, and Community Relations.

EVANGELISM & MISSION

The mission of the Evangelism committee is to reach out to the greater Oxford Community, to share the love of Jesus Christ, and to be “Lights of Influence” for Christ. We hope that through our words and actions we are able to welcome and encourage others to begin or continue their faith journey with the Oxford Presbyterian Church.

Look for our “welcome” table at both Sunday services; it contains information on our church and missions and we invite our visitors to review it. Our committee also works to follow-up with our visitors through phone calls or letters.

COMMUNITY MEALS

The Fourth Sunday of every month, Oxford Presbyterian hosts a free community meal to all those in the local area, as well as the members of our church. Dinner is served from 5:30pm – 7:00pm in Fellowship Hall. Please double-check our monthly calendar to confirm the date as sometimes we do have to change the Sunday. We always welcome groups, organizations, or committees from both the local community and church to host a monthly meal. Please contact the church office for more information on how you can be a part of this rewarding and wonderful program. View the 2017 Community Meal schedule.


SOCIAL JUSTICE & PEACEMAKING


The purpose and responsibility of this committee is to assist the Session in fulfilling its commitment to peacemaking by witnessing and working in the following areas: racial and ethnic concerns, hunger, community concerns, women’s concerns, ecological concerns, disability concerns, housing concerns, and justice and human rights.

Every year we sponsor and participate in various missions including:

Hunger Walk
➢ The John H. Ware IV Memorial HELP Hunger Walk was begun to honor the memory of a man who gave with a true servant’s heart. One hundred percent of the proceeds of the HELP (Hunger Exists in Local Places)  Hunger Walk stays in our local community and is divided equally between four agencies who work to end hunger in the Oxford area.
Ten Thousand Villages
➢ In November and December we host, in the church, the Ten Thousand Villages Gift Shop. All the items that are sold are made by artisans from impoverished communities around the world and the sales go back to these artisans.
Least of These Mission
➢ The “Least of These” Mission has been ongoing for many years. Canned goods, non-perishables, cleaning and toiletry items are collected and taken to Neighborhood Services Center with 1500 pounds being donated last year.
Fair Trade Coffee
➢ The “Fair Trade” Coffee Project sells coffee, tea, chocolate, and cocoa along with olive oil to benefit poor farmers in South America, Africa, and Asia. Items are available for sale the first Sunday of each month between services in the fellowship hall.

MISSION & COMMUNITY RELATIONS

The purpose and responsibility of the Mission committee is the distribution and oversight of all mission giving for Oxford Presbyterian Church. In conjunction with the Serving ministry, it is responsible to interpret the Mission work of the Church to the congregation and communicate the work to the greater community of Oxford. The Mission committee also seeks to understand the needs of the local community and to insure that Oxford Presbyterian Church is represented in all pertinent local community activities, issues, decisions, and discussions.

Local Missions & Beyond
In the past, local missions have included organizations such as Neighborhood Service Center, Lighthouse Youth ministry, Oxford Senior Center, Meeting Ground, and the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County. In addition, mission funds have been distributed locally to Wayfarer’s House, Varaso Family Mission, the Village, Shiloh (p/k/a Second) Presbyterian Building Fund, Oxford Fire Company, special needs playground with Oxford Borough, Presbyterian Disaster Fund for disasters in the U.S., Relay for Life, Camp Donegal, and the Lighthouse Youth Center Building Fund.

Mission beyond our area included such causes as Good News for India and the Onesimus Prison Ministry, which is our oldest mission.

Christmas Food Boxes
One of our largest programs is the Christmas Food Box Program which we support every year. The Outreach committee partners with the Deacons and also Oxford Neighborhood Services to organize and distribute around 150 Christmas Dinners to local needy families! Thanks to everyone who helps, this is truly a community effort with donations and assistance provided by local merchants, schools, and churches.