Have questions about FBCO? What to expect, where to go, how to get plugged in? Take a look below to see some answers to some common questions, and if you have a question that is not answered below feel free to send us an email to ask.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED? We are located right near the intersection of US Highway 301 and County Road 466. Our address is: 4060 County Road 108 Oxford, FL 34484
WHAT ARE YOUR SERVICE TIMES? Sunday 9:20am: Coffee Fellowship in the Family Life Center 9:45am: Sunday School for adults, children, and youth, located in the Family Life Center 10:00am: Pastor's Sunday School Class located in the main church sanctuary 11:00am: Worship service in the main church building 6:00pm: Evening worship service
Wednesday All classes/programs below begin at 6:00pm
Adult prayer and Bible study group (meets in sanctuary) College and Career study group (meets in Room 1 of the Family Life Center) Children's Program (meets in the Family Life Center) Youth Program (meets in Education Building)
WHAT IS THE "TRANSITION" FBCO HAS BEEN GOING THROUGH? In January of 2017, our former senior pastor (Dr. Don Manley) retired. Shortly after this, our worship pastor (Paul Young) also announced his retirement while agreeing to stay on staff until his replacement is found. FBCO's Personnel Committee is currently looking to fill the Worship Director position, and recently filled the Youth Pastor position after hiring Pastor Marc. With all these changes, Dr. Charles Roesel came and served in the role of interim pastor throughout 2017. With Dr. Roesel's departure as interim pastor last December, Pastor Andrew will step into the role of senior pastor at FBCO. All these moving parts have been referred to as "the transition" that we have been going through. Pray that God would give this church and its leaders wisdom during this time!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO FBCO? When you walk in to FBCO on Sunday mornings you will find the majority of members wearing anything from a business casual style of clothing to casual. Sunday evenings and Wednesday evenings you will find much more casual dress. However, while some FBC members traditionally "dress up" for church on Sunday mornings, their concern is for people's hearts--not how they dress. Feel free to come casually dressed at any service, knowing that you will be lovingly accepted by a congregation excited to worship alongside you!
WHAT MINISTRIES DO YOU HAVE? We currently have ministries for adults, the Deaf, young adults, and are building children and youth ministries. We do not currently have a ministry dedicated to singles. However, we are prayerfully working toward that and other goals, and part of our prayer is that you would come and be a part of these ministries so that we can begin them! We are confident that we will be able to get you plugged in to a ministry here to help you grow in your walk with Christ no matter what stage of life you are in. For more info, visit our Ministries Page!
WHAT IS THE TYPICAL SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE LIKE? After Sunday school has ended, the main worship service begins in the main church building and typically lasts one hour. A typical service will begin with a song from the choir led by the Worship Pastor, followed by an altar call and opening prayer. After this, the Worship Pastor leads the congregation in a few more songs which is then followed by prayer and the taking up of the offering. Then the pastor or guest speaker will take the stage for the morning's message, which is typically concluded with an invitation and a short closing song.
SOMETIMES YOU PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE CHRISTIAN AND AMERICAN FLAGS, WHY IS THAT? At FBCO we love the freedoms we have been given in the United States of America, we love the Constitution, and we support our troops and remember the men and women who have given their lives to defend our nation's freedom. For these reasons, we like to take the brief moment on some special Sunday mornings (those near Fourth of July, Veterans Day, etc.) to pledge to the American flag in honor of these. We also pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and this is because the Christian flag has long been a symbol of the Christian faith and serves as a constant reminder that our Savior Jesus Christ is the Lord of our lives, and the pledge to this flag is in remembrance of that fact and faith.
WHY IS THERE AN ALTAR CALL AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WORSHIP SERVICE? Before the pastor or guest speaker gives the sermon on Sunday mornings, there will be a call to the altar for anyone who would like prayer. The reason we do this is because there are many members (and guests) who have different circumstances going on in their lives, and this is an opportunity for them to pray concerning these things and to have the pastor and congregation keep them in prayer as well. During the altar call music is softly played as individuals come forward, and then the pastor or guest speaker prays.
WHAT IS THE MUSIC LIKE DURING WORSHIP SERVICES? Our music during Sunday morning and evening services is traditional, including the use of various instruments at different times (piano, organ, trumpet, etc.). We are moving towards more contemporary forms of worship as well, but as we make this transition we are asking that any individuals with musical abilities be willing to volunteer to play instruments, sing solos, or sing in the choir during these times so that we can be ever-improving in our times of praise through music. Churches grow and improve as believers faithfully use their God-given gifts to bless the body of Christ.
WHY DOES THE DEAF INTERPRETER STAND ON STAGE NEAR THE PASTOR DURING WORSHIP SERVICES? We are so thankful for our Deaf Ministry and for those who have so faithfully served as interpreters during worship services. If you notice during a service or when watching a service on Youtube, our interpreters are located directly on stage with the pastor/speaker. This is because it is a far more effective ministry when our Deaf members are able to both understand what the pastor/speaker is saying (by seeing the interpreter) and also seeing the expressions used by that speaker that help convey meaning and purpose behind statements. By allowing the interpreter to be close to the speaker, the body language of the pastor/speaker is also visible to our Deaf community.
HOW OFTEN ARE COMMUNION AND BAPTISM? Here at FBCO, we celebrate communion once every three months (a total of four times each year). To participate in communion all we ask is that you have a relationship with Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Baptisms are performed at various times throughout the year as determined by the pastoral staff. If you are interested in baptism please email us!
HOW CAN I GIVE FINANCIALLY AT FBCO? AM I EXPECTED TO GIVE? We have recently added the option of safely and securely giving online or on the Givelify mobile app (visit our Giving Page for more details)! You can also give at FBCO during Sunday morning and evening services during the brief time of offering. However, if you are visiting us for the first time please do not feel obligated to give! Let the collection plate pass by and please enjoy your time as our guest. Here at FBCO we trust that those who regularly attend and that those who are members will give to support the ministry here at FBCO. No one is required to give, for giving is between the giver and the Lord.
HOW DO I GET PLUGGED IN? Your first step is to join us for worship! As you spend time with us you will be able to find a particular Sunday school class that fits you best as we continue to expand our ministries. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer leader for children/teens, desire to use your musical gifts in the choir or praise team, or simply want to serve in any area of need please let us know. Send us an email so you can use your spiritual gifts to bless the body of Christ!
First Baptist Church of Oxford P.O. Box 5 4060 County Road 108 Oxford, FL 34484
Contact Us Phone: (352) 748-2392 Fax: (352) 748-6852 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Service Times SUNDAY 9:45am-Sunday School 11:00am-Morning Worship 6:00pm-Evening Worship WEDNESDAY 6:00pm-Prayer Meeting, Adult Bible Study, Youth Group, Children's Program