Oak Grove United Methodist Church
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
 
Oak Grove UMC is now officially a Reconciling Congregation,
affiliated with the Reconciling Ministries Network
 
During an All Church Conference on Sunday, May 21, 2017, the results of our May 14-21 vote were announced. Of 114 votes submitted by church members and regular attenders, the results were 108 yes, 6 no. Almost 95% of those who voted were in favor of adopting the following basic and expanded welcoming statements:
  
Welcoming Statement
 
At Oak Grove United Methodist Church, ALL are welcome — young or old; rich or poor; straight or queer; married, divorced or single; all ethnicities — everyone. You are safe here.

   

Expanded Welcoming Statement

  

At Oak Grove United Methodist Church we believe that through God's example, Jesus reveals a God whose love knows no limits. Through this inclusive love, we also believe we are all in this together. While we have always been a welcoming church, we want to make it clear that ALL are safe and welcome in our congregation. Every person is cherished, and differences are valued. This includes: 

 

those who think they have it all figured out and those who don't even know if they believe in God. 
 
those of every generation. 
 
those who are single, married, divorced, separated or partnered. 
 
those who identify anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. 
 
those who are male, female, non-binary or any other gender identity. 
 
those of any race and/or ethnicity. 
 
those who are immigrants or refugees, regardless of their home countries or the religion in which they were raised. 
 
those who are fully-abled, disabled, or of differing abilities. 
 
those who own their own home, rent, sleep on someone's couch, or are homeless. 
 
those who identify as liberal or conservative or anywhere in between. 
 
those who are at any stage in recovery. 
 
those who have an interesting past or may have just been released from prison.
 

In other words, EVERYONE is welcome here. You are safe to join us! 

   

We acknowledge no one is perfect, but we aspire to be a community of love and forgiveness.