A BLESSED SANC­TU­ARY

The Covington News - - RELIGION - RASHEERA DOP­SON-ROBIN­SON news@cov­news.com

Allen Memo­rial Methodist Church sits on the scenic cam­pus of Ox­ford Col­lege. Founded in 1841 by renowned mis­sion­ary John Allen, Allen Memo­rial’s main sanc­tu­ary has been a part of the Ox­ford com­mu­nity for more than 100 years. The ed­u­ca­tion build­ing, nurs­ery and fel­low­ship hall, of­ten re­ferred to as Lovern Hall, were built along­side the main sanc­tu­ary in the late 1960s.

The church is led by Rev. Max Vincent. Mov­ing to the Ox­ford com­mu­nity in the sum­mer of 2011, Vincent has been head pas­tor at Allen Memo­rial for four years. He con­ducts church ser­vice Sun­day morn­ings as part of the of­fer­ings of Allen Memo­rial.

The church also hosts a Sun­day school, be­gin­ning at 9:45 a.m., as well as a tra­di­tional ser­vice, be­gin­ning at 11 a.m. Vincent also serves as an in­struc­tor in the Hu­man­i­ties depart­ment at Ox­ford Col­lege, teach­ing about the his­tory of the Methodist Church.

Still in­tact to­day, Allen memo­rial is a me­dian for both the col­lege and the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Es­tab­lish­ing roots in the mis­sion’s field, this church be­lieves in com­mu­nity out­reach. Com­mu­nity pro­grams such as New­ton Reads and Amer­i­can Her­itage are just a few to be hosted within their four walls. Other pro­grams they host are the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts Club; the GED pro­gram, which is held year round; and a 12step pro­gram, which is held on Mon­day and Fri­day evenings.

Putting their hands to use, the church’s con­gre­ga­tion also part­ners with other churches in a com­mu­nity-wide pro­gram called Fam­ily Prom­ise. This pro­gram, on av­er­age, sup­ports 15 fam­i­lies per week. Ev­ery quar­ter, th­ese fam­i­lies are hosted fi­nan­cially by a church and given room and board un­til they are sta­ble and able to make it on their own. How­ever, their com­mu­nity work doesn’t stop there.

Allen Memo­rial also has close ties with Ox­ford Col­lege. Al­ways open to stu­dents through­out the aca­demic year, they also of­fer mu­sic schol­ar­ships to stu­dents who are ma­jor­ing in any mu­sic re­lated field. All stu­dents are en­cour­aged to ap­ply.

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