Skip to main content

Oxford Presbyterian Church marks 25th anniversary of church fire

05/20/2014 04:09PM, Published by ACL, Categories: In Print


On the Sunday before Memorial Day in 1989, the Oxford Presbyterian Church building in downtown Oxford was destroyed by a fire that leveled the building, with the exception of the bell tower.

This Memorial Day marks the 25th anniversary of the Oxford Presbyterian Church fire. The church will be remembering this tragic event by having a display of photographs, newspaper articles and artifacts saved from the fire available for viewing during an extended coffee hour after the 11 a.m. service on May 25. The community is invited to attend.

For two Sundays preceding the May 25 remembrance, there was a short presentation about the fire. On May 11, Dick Winchester talked about the church history as it related to the fire. On May 18, Chuck Deaver offered a firefighter's perspective on the fire that destroyed the building.

On May 25, Ed Jefferis will talk about rebuilding after the fire. Former pastor Ted Atkinson wrote a hymn about the church fire, and this hymn will be sung during the remembrance.

In observance of Memorial Day, Vern Ringler has assembled a community veterans chorus that will be singing at the 11 a.m. church service. Any area veteran who would like to participate in this chorus should contact the church office.

The last church service in the building on the day of the fire ended with the bell choir playing “America the Beautiful” from the balcony, so the bell choir will play this song—again from the balcony—during the remembrance.



oxford oxford presbyterian church fire


You might also like

Carrying out Eli’s wishes

Editorial for the week of August 20, 2014.
Thumb_dsc_0446

Town tour highlights Oxford’s historic district

Oxford is the southernmost stop on the Chester County Town Tours and Village Walks program.

  • Antique Appraisal Fair

    08/29/2014
    09:00am — 02:00pm

    We will have appraisers at the event to appraise your antique or vintage items Proceeds from thi...


  • Great Valley Nature Center Summer Camps

    08/29/2014
    09:30am — 02:30pm

    Our mission is to provide the best camp experience for your children - experiences that are fun a...


  • ECAHS Crabbet Celebration XXI

    08/29/2014
    10:00am — 10:00pm

    All breed classes. Special demonstrations, seminars, trail ride and more. A trail ride on Friday...


  • Kennett Flash schedule

    08/29/2014
    08:00pm

    The following acts are scheduled to perform at the Kennett Flash (101 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Squ...


  • Antique Appraisal Fair

    08/31/2014
    09:00am — 02:00pm

    We will have appraisers at the event to appraise your antique or vintage items Proceeds from thi...


  • Come on out for our opening UPICK Apple Adventure! We will offer Royal Gala, the ever so popular...


  • Taste Kennett Food Tours

    08/31/2014
    01:00pm — 04:00pm

    Taste Kennett Food Tours, creators of memorable, unique and fun food experiences, offer three-hou...


  • Kennett Flash schedule

    08/31/2014
    08:00pm

    The following acts are scheduled to perform at the Kennett Flash (101 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Squ...


  • Antique Appraisal Fair

    09/02/2014
    09:00am — 02:00pm

    We will have appraisers at the event to appraise your antique or vintage items Proceeds from thi...


  • Kennett Flash schedule

    09/02/2014
    08:00pm

    The following acts are scheduled to perform at the Kennett Flash (101 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Squ...


  • Antique Appraisal Fair

    09/03/2014
    09:00am — 02:00pm

    We will have appraisers at the event to appraise your antique or vintage items Proceeds from thi...


  • Zen Group Startup

    09/03/2014
    05:00pm — 06:00pm

    Find out for yourself why people have respected Zen for thousands of years. One hour introductio...


  • Kennett Flash schedule

    09/03/2014
    08:00pm

    The following acts are scheduled to perform at the Kennett Flash (101 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Squ...


  • Antique Appraisal Fair

    09/04/2014
    09:00am — 02:00pm

    We will have appraisers at the event to appraise your antique or vintage items Proceeds from thi...


  • Kennett Flash schedule

    09/04/2014
    08:00pm

    The following acts are scheduled to perform at the Kennett Flash (101 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Squ...


  • Antique Appraisal Fair

    08/29/2014
    09:00am — 02:00pm

    We will have appraisers at the event to appraise your antique or vintage items Proceeds from thi...


  • Great Valley Nature Center Summer Camps

    08/29/2014
    09:30am — 02:30pm

    Our mission is to provide the best camp experience for your children - experiences that are fun a...


  • ECAHS Crabbet Celebration XXI

    08/29/2014
    10:00am — 10:00pm

    All breed classes. Special demonstrations, seminars, trail ride and more. A trail ride on Friday...


  • Kennett Flash schedule

    08/29/2014
    08:00pm

    The following acts are scheduled to perform at the Kennett Flash (101 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Squ...


  • Antique Appraisal Fair

    08/30/2014
    09:00am — 02:00pm

    We will have appraisers at the event to appraise your antique or vintage items Proceeds from thi...


  • Come on out for our opening UPICK Apple Adventure! We will offer Royal Gala, the ever so popular...


  • Kennett Flash schedule

    08/30/2014
    08:00pm

    The following acts are scheduled to perform at the Kennett Flash (101 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Squ...


  • Antique Appraisal Fair

    08/31/2014
    09:00am — 02:00pm

    We will have appraisers at the event to appraise your antique or vintage items Proceeds from thi...


Chester County High School Sports