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Salem United Methodist Church is located on Salem Road just three miles from the center of Oxford, North Carolina. Our congregation was founded in 1828, and the current sanctuary was constructed in 1860. Our church is on the National Registry of Historic Places and provides a contemplative space for congregational worship. 

The members of Salem United Methodist Church seek to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ.  We are active within our church and the Oxford and Granville County community that surrounds us. Salem UMC makes a difference worldwide through generous support of United Methodist Church missions and activities in other countries and inside the United States.

We invite you to visit us and continue your walk with Jesus Christ.  You are welcome to join us for 11:00 a.m. each Sunday. 

This Season on the Liturgical Calendar: Lent

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday (March 5) and ends on Holy Saturday (April 19). It comes from an old word that originally meant “spring.” Historically, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparing for baptism. Then it grew to include a time of penance for all Christians. In these days we try to focus on the season’s original meaning as preparation for baptism and for Easter, living out the baptismal covenant more faithfully. It’s not primarily about penitence, and Ash Wednesday is the only day when we focus on that aspect. The rest of the Sundays and weekdays in Lent are about living as those who are baptized, and what it means to be forgiven for our sins.

Scripture Reading Plan for Holy Week

Mon: Psalm 118:19-29. Give thanks to the Lord.

Tues: Acts 10:34-43. “We are witnesses to all he did.”

Wed: Colossians 3:1-11. We have been raised with Christ

Thurs: John 20:1-10. Mary, Peter, and John at the tomb

Fri: John 20:11-23. Jesus appears to Mary and then all

Sat: Matthew 28:1-10. The resurrection, Easter morning.


  • Holy Week Services

    During this most important week of the church calendar, we have several additional worship opportunities:

    Maunday Thursday, April 17. 7:00PM. Join us at the sanctuary to celebrate the Lord’s Supper and then fellowship with a meal together.

    Easter Sunday, April 20. 7:00AM. Join us at for our Easter Sunrise Service at the sanctuary of our sister congregation, Harris Chapel UMC. Service followed by breakfast and Sunday School in the fellowship hall.

    Easter Sunday Worship Service. 11:00AM. Celebrate the risen Christ together. During this service we will hear special music from our pastor and choir.

  • March & April Church Newsletter

    Click here to read an online version of our newsletter for March & April.

  • How to Pray

    Sometimes we need some practical help in learning how to pray. We're not born with the ability to do it, nor does it come naturally. Even Jesus' disciples had to ask how to pray (Luke 11:1). At our church dinner on January 23rd we learned some tips about how to pray. Click on these links for the handout and the recording of the session.

  • Pastor Glenn's Blog

    Pastor Glenn writes a blog at Check it out for posts on a variety of topics related to worship in the church, which include some details about his mission work in the Philippines.

  • Article in the Henderson Daily Dispatch

    The Daily Dispatch published an article about the Harris Meeting House, the original Methodist congregation that Salem UMC was birthed from. Four other United Methodist Churches in the area trace their roots to the same place, including our sister congregation, Harris Chapel UMC. Salem member Carolyn Barker is featured in the article.

    Note: The link to the Dispatch article requires a free registration on their website.

  • Donation to ACIM

    Area Congregations in Ministry (ACIM) helps provide basic needs for those who are facing difficult circumstances. Right now they are very low on food. Salem UMC recently decided to give ACIM ten percent of a large donation. 

    ACIM Director Sue Hinman receives a check from Salem UMC Treasurer Nancy Burnette and Pastor Glenn Stallsmith.

  • Sermons Available Online

    Each Sunday's sermon from Salem UMC is now available on the website

    Check this link to go directly there:

  • Stations of the Cross Paintings

    Salem UMC is the proud recipient of a very special gift from artist Marjorie Lumpkin.  Majorie has completed a series of 15 paintings that include the Stations of the Cross.  This artwork captures various scenes of the Passion of Jesus Christ.  The artwork is a testament to God's greatness and Majorie's wonderful talent that is a gift from God.  

    The artwork will be on permanent display throughout the year so that members and visitors at Salem may walk through the gallery to contemplate the scenes and pray among them. 

    The artwork is given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Majorie's husband, Bobby Lumpkin, who was a lifetime member of Salem until his death in 2011. 


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Upcoming Sermons

Easter Sunday: April 20: He Lives!

April 27: Later That Same Day

Sermons Online

Click here to listen to Pastor Glenn's sermons.