Surely you’ve heard the Craig Morgan song “That’s what I love about Sundays.”
“Sing along as the choir sways Every verse of amazing grace And then we shake the preacher's hand Go home into your blue jeans Have some chicken and some baked beans”
Every time I hear that song, I’m reminded about what’s good and right in the world and somehow Sunday reawakens that, especially listening to this song.
Sundays in Oxford are certainly my most coveted. It's typically a quiet time, a slower pace. The college kids are either rolling out of bed or dressed freshly in their Sunday best walking into church. The grocery store is bearable, the restaurants are far and few between open and most retail on the Square in closed. Oxford pauses. It's nice.
I remember when I first became a “local” and a somewhat regular church goer at First Presbyterian Church. I was always SO touched by the college students who faithfully attended, no matter what the night or week before had in store for them. I was just moved. Moms & Dads: you did good. You did something absolutely right. Be proud of yourself.
Finding a church home, whether in college or as a local is nothing short of a version of speed dating, kind of. You of course have to love the preacher, the music, the people you sit next to, and then of course what the message brings to you. It’s a combination that requires patience, loyalty and open-mindedness.
If your child is looking for a new church home, offer them a few local insiders tips from POM. But of course, let's let them decide for themselves and their walk.
This should go without being said, but these are in no particular order:
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