Oxford Community Church ’embraces’ community with Back to School Bash – The Oxford Eagle
The Oxford Community Church will be hosting its 7th Annual Back to School at the National Guard’s Old Armory Pavilion on Sunday August 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.
CCO pastor Fish Robinson said the church’s goal is to embrace all communities in Lafayette County, not just Oxford, especially as their followers come from all over.
“We hope to support families who need school supplies,” he said.
The event will distribute backpacks, notebooks, pencils and erasers to families in need, but the Back to School Bash is also a time to celebrate the start of a new school year. The Lafayette County schools year began on Thursday August 5 and the Oxford schools year began on Friday August 6.
“If they don’t need school supplies, they are more than welcome to come and enjoy the event,” said Robinson.
Participants can expect free hot dogs, burgers, drinks and fries. There will even be snow cones that will help them cool off on a hot summer day. In addition, the church will have inflatable houses to entertain the children.
Last year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, CCO dropped off supplies in the community of Brittany Woods, Spring Hill, Taylor and Harmontown in lieu of a public event.
The OCC will again this year organize a small event at the Harmontown Fire Hall in partnership with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday August 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Food and school supplies will be distributed free of charge.
“We really enjoyed the drive-by last year,” said Robinson. “Harmontown is across the lake and we have people over there going to our church. One thing about the community church: we’re not just Oxford. We represent the whole community. We want to be able to serve the whole community – all of Oxford and Lafayette [County]. We are a church that thrives on serving the community and that is one of the ways we can do it.
The rise in COVID-19 cases in Mississippi may make some hesitate, but Robinson believes everything will be fine.
“We think we’ll be spread out enough that people aren’t on top of each other,” Robinson said. “It will be a kind of back-and-forth event. People can wear masks if they wish and we will provide hand sanitizer. It’s just a way to help us get back to some kind of normalcy.
The CCO organizes year-round outreach events like Trunk or Treat, Cinco de Mayo events in partnership with the Spanish speaking congregation, and events that recognize service members in the community.
“The church needs to run after people instead of expecting people to come to church,” Robinson said. “Years ago these WWJD – What would Jesus do? – were so popular, but the problem is, we ask what Jesus would do. Why don’t we do what Jesus did?