Friday, September 22, 2017

Oxford Baptist Church

Discipling people to maturity in Christ

We invite you to join us

Sunday Service: 10:00am in Auditorium
Ignite: (Children's Church) 10:00am in Hall

Oxford Baptist Church

Discipling people to maturity in Christ

We invite you to join us

Sunday Service: 10:00am in Auditorium
Ignite: (Children's Church) 10:00am in Hall

History of the Church

Oxford Baptist Church has enjoyed well over a Century of service to the Oxford community.

 

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Oxford Baptist Church was founded in 1862. It is pictured above on its original site, 124 High Street, Oxford.

 

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The church moved to the present site at 166-168 High Street, in 1920. This was a traditional country church building, shown above, with a front entrance porch.

 

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In 1962 the Sunday School Hall shown above was added to the rear of the church building. A small but faithful congregation was maintained over that time, served by many ministers, usually retired or part-time.

In 1978 the church took a step of faith and invited Bill and Jean Gray from Spreydon Baptist Church, in Christchurch, to serve as full-time pastors. Bill and Jean led the church into the Charismatic renewal which brought new life, fresh converts and a vision for future growth. Bill and Jean moved on to Wellington in 1981, and in 1982 the current Pastors, Maurice and Miriam Atkinson, were called from the Christchurch New Life Centre.

 

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The inside of the auditorium provides a light airy atmosphere which can hold about 250 people; capacity can be increased by opening the folding doors to the left, which extends the church back into the foyer and youth hall.

 

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In 1999, a new youth hall was built (shown above), and in 2000 the Oxford Early Learning Centre, which was established behind the church in 1988, was further extended (below) and is a thriving regional business today.

 

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The church has a vision to serve the local community and offers various services. Recovery Groups including divorce recovery, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, and grief counselling are offered to any in need. The Early Learning Centre offers parenting aids and support and family support and counselling where needed.

If you would like to pay us a visit, you will be most welcome. Come on in...

 

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January / February 2011 this building built in 1920 was further extended and refurbished to what you see below
 
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Oxford Baptist Church - March 2011
 
                                                                    
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