Important Change to Re-Opening

July 2, 2020

Watch the video update from Pastor Paul • Read the update below

Oak Pointe Milford Family,

It was truly a privilege to be able to gather with you in person on our property a couple of weeks back, and I am so looking forward to doing so again this Sunday.

Our original re-opening plan included gathering inside our building soon, however after much discussion with our Elders, other church leaders, and Milford officials, we have made the decision to keep worship services outside for the month of July.

Providentially, it is summer; this affords us the option of meeting outside.  While the data regarding COVID-19 may be unclear as to the exact nature of where we are in the pandemic “curve,” what is not unclear right now is the increasing sentiment within our church family and our community leaders that meeting outside is the more comfortable option for more people where we can still enjoy worshiping God, hearing His Word and connecting with people in a safe, friendly atmosphere.

  • Our practices & procedures for outdoor services remain the same. You can find them as well as links to register for the services below.
  • An online option for those who stay home or for weather cancellation will continue to be made available.
  • Plans for August services will be made later this month.

Colossians 3:15-17 comes to mind:

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

We look forward to gathering with you, in person and online!

Paul Jenkinson
Lead Pastor
Oak Pointe Church • Milford

Reopening Recap
July 5 | 8:30, 10:00a – Outdoor Service (with Online option)
July 12 | 8:30, 10:00a – Outdoor Service (with Online option)
July 19 | 8:30, 10:00a – Outdoor Service (with Online option)
July 26 | 8:30, 10:00a – Outdoor Service (with Online option)
August 2 | TBD


Next Week: Outdoor Service!

June 12, 2020

Oak Pointe Milford Family,

We are excited to be reopening for in person services after 14 weeks! June 21, Father’s Day, will be our first outdoor service.  Things are going to look and feel a little different than a normal Sunday morning experience. We want to prepare you so you can enjoy worshiping God, hearing His Word and connecting with people in a safe, friendly atmosphere.

So, what are you going to experience at an outdoor service? In the link below you’ll find new practices & procedures. As you review them, please know that the goal is for all of us to feel comfortable regathering physically.  It’s going to be a “new normal” for a while; and this is probably a good time to remind ourselves of what the Apostle Paul says: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2). Our attitudes and actions as we come back together are of the utmost importance.

If you are hesitant at all, and not ready to return to public services, that’s ok! We will still have the online services available for you to stream from your home.  If you are ready to jump right back into in-person church life with new practices & procedures, we are ready for you!

In order to maintain the correct number of attendees at our gathering (according to state health guidelines), we ask that you please register to let us know you are coming. If a service is full, please consider coming to the other service time.

I look forward to gathering with you, in person or online, on June 21!

Paul Jenkinson
Lead Pastor
Oak Pointe Church • Milford

Church Building Reopening

June 5, 2020

Oak Pointe Milford Family,

Since early March of this year, we’ve experienced a season unlike any other as a church, community, state, nation & world. These past few months, while the church building has been closed, “the Church” (i.e. the people who love and follow Jesus) has never been more engaged and active.

As the staff & elders of Oak Pointe Church Milford have been hard at work studying, praying, and planning the best way to move forward, you’ve been committed to prayer, flexibility & patience. For that, all of us are immeasurably grateful.

Today, I rejoice, because the time has come to share with you our plan for regathering physically in the coming weeks:

Now: Gathering in life groups & watch parties

Consider safely gathering with your life group, service team, neighbors or friends to watch online services.  What a treat it will be to hear each other’s voices in song, prayer and opening the Bible together. If you are looking for a group to join, Jenn Williams is eager to assist you in finding a place to watch services in community. Email

June 21 (Father’s Day) & July 5 (4th of July Weekend): Outdoor Services

We’ll safely gather in the field on our church property.  Bring your own lawn chairs, coffee, Bible & note taking.  A church online option will still be available for those who choose to stay home. Service times, registration links and more details to follow quite soon!

Please note: June 28 we will have church online.

July 12: Building Re-Opening Celebration

We invite you and your family to gather with us for services inside the building. A live stream of these services will be available for those who choose to stay home. Service times, registration links and more details to follow quite soon!

Will facemasks be required?

What about the kids & student ministries?

What safety precautions is the church taking on Sunday and beyond?

The staff and elders are hard at work addressing these questions. We remain fluid as new information becomes available.  You can expect very detailed responses to these questions and more in the next two weeks.

Please keep an eye on your inbox and the online services for further information.  I ask that you please remain committed in prayer as we move forward together.

I can’t wait to see you again, in person! Until then, I’m glad we can continue to meet online.

Paul Jenkinson
Lead Pastor
Oak Pointe Church • Milford

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

Initial Thoughts on Reopening Church

May 21, 2020

“When will we be able to worship together again?”

“When will our church be open?”

These questions are being asked more and more. We’ve been thinking and praying about them for quite a while. They are important questions that impact thousands of people in southeast Michigan. However, there are no easy answers. We have a cross-departmental staff team studying, praying, researching, and planning the best way to move forward. We are also consulting with other multi-site churches regarding their reopening plans and timelines. While we understand God may lead other churches differently than He’s leading us, we are learning from each other in the process.

Instead of providing a timeline that most likely will be inaccurate, we would rather share the guiding principles informing our decisions as we move toward reopening the physical locations of our Oak Pointe Churches.

Principle 1: Oak Pointe is open right now.

Sure, the church buildings in Milford and Novi and the Village Theater in Canton are not open. But “the church” (i.e. the people who comprise the church) has never been more engaged and active.

  • More people are engaged in our online environments than regularly attend weekly services
  • Many are joining us for the first time online and filling out online connection cards. The barrier to entry has never been lower.
  • Oak Pointers are actively sharing church services, videos, and posts on Facebook and Instagram, extending the reach of the church to many who would never walk through our doors.
  • Life Groups are quite active, meeting weekly for encouragement over Zoom
  • People are being generous in new ways through our Help and Hope campaign in response to community needs brought about by COVID-19.

Because Oak Pointe has never been more “open” than we are right now, we are not pressured to open our physical locations until conditions are acceptable.

Principle 2: Our witness to our neighbors and community is a top priority.

We know many in our congregation would be happy to be meeting now. While we both understand and respect that position, we also know that, due to the size of our spaces and services, many outside the church are watching us closely. We have been working diligently to be a good community partner through the season of COVID-19 and don’t want that work to be undermined by the perception that we are compromising public health by having large gatherings before it is deemed safe to do so.

Principle 3: Oak Pointe locations may reopen at different times.

Our Canton location, which just launched in February, is smaller in size. Milford is a mid-sized church, and Novi is large by comparison. We will reopen each location based on a timeline that makes sense in each context.

Principle 4: Plans are fluid. We will remain nimble and adjust as needed.

Just as we had to adjust quickly going into the COVID-19 crisis, we will do so as we come out. When we make adjustments to our schedules and plans, we will communicate them with you.

A Phased Approach:

We are prayerfully considering a phased approach to opening our three church locations. Implementation could look like the following:

Online Phase:

  • Come to weekends online for adults and kids
  • Students participate in online environments
  • Groups meet over Zoom

In Groups Phase:

  • Get in a group for watch parties of weekend services
  • Life groups begin meeting in homes
  • Some smaller groups and studies could potentially begin meeting on site

On Location Phase:

  • Come to weekends on site
  • Student ministries begin meeting on site as well
  • Studies, classes, and other mid-week groups resume meeting on site

Until we can meet face-to-face, we will keep being the church online and in our communities. We will continue to both know Jesus and make Him known while we bring help and hope to our neighbors, to those in need, and to frontline workers.

Paul Jenkinson, Lead Pastor, Oak Pointe Church • Milford

Update Regarding Stay Home, Stay Safe

March 23, 2020

Oak Pointe Family,
By now you are most likely aware that the Governor’s Office has issued an executive order called, “Stay Home, Stay Safe” to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. Therefore, Oak Pointe Church is closing the Canton, Milford, and Novi Church offices Tuesday, March 24 through Monday, April 13. During this period, only people doing essential work (classified as “critical infrastructure workers”) will be allowed to come to the church office.
Weekend Services Continue

The response thus far to Oak Pointe Online (our digital weekend services, student ministry teaching, kids programming, and social media videos) has been overwhelmingly positive. A huge thanks to all of you for sharing Oak Pointe’s resources with your community of friends!As for our weekend service, we will continue to record that at the Novi building using only a staff-based skeleton crew. We have been in dialogue with representatives from the Governor’s office to make sure we can continue creating our online service this way. Because we have no more than 20 people in a room that seats 1200, and are together for only part of a day, we are able to maintain proper social distancing practices and mitigation measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

If you missed church this past weekend, you can still watch it here.

Two Task Forces

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent needs it represents, Oak Pointe has established two key task forces that have been hard at work.

  • The Community Care Team will coordinate the donation and distribution of resources to those in need.
  • The Discipleship Resource Team will create resources to help us grow deeper with God through this challenging season of life.

Stay tuned to our website and future communications about key output from these teams.

We sure do miss seeing you! Please continue to use digital tools to connect as a church. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus in your community.

Sarah Dunlap
Programming Coordinator

Cancelling All Meetings at Oak Pointe Family of Churches

March 16, 2020

At the collective recommendation of our staff and elders, we are taking the following measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our church community and in our communities at large.

  • We are cancelling all regularly scheduled meetings at our Oak Pointe family of churches until at least April 6. This includes Life Studies, Renew Groups, Prayer Groups, Forged, ESL, Crossroads, and any other class or group that uses our facilities.
  • We are discouraging group meetings, including Life Groups. We know this walks back our call to view worship services in Life Groups and watch parties, but the more we understand about the nature of COVID-19, the more appropriate measures must be taken.

Again, we are not doing this based on fear, but out of our desire to be a great community partner and for the health and welfare of our neighbors.

What we are not discouraging is connection! It is still vital that we stay connected with one another. So in the coming days, we’ll encourage you with things the people of Oak Pointe are doing to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our communities. We’ll also share some recommended digital resources for you to stay connected to God and each other. Stay tuned!

This past weekend’s message came from Psalm 46, and the final verses are a fitting encouragement to us as social distancing slows the pace of life.

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

This is an unprecedented time in history, but since we serve a God who is the author of history, we can move forward in faith over fear!

Oak Pointe Weekend Services Suspended – Live Stream Only

March 12, 2020

Oak Pointe Family,

I have just completed several hours of meetings and discussions with both regional church pastors and key leaders of Oak Pointe Church, including elders and staff. What has emerged from those discussions, especially from our elder/staff meeting, is a consensus on how to proceed in the near future as we face the implication of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please understand that we are not making decisions based on fear. Rather, the measures we are taking come from a posture of love for our community, a desire to protect the health of our congregation, and a heart to honor the public health requests of our government leaders. With that said, we are taking aggressive measures to combat the spread of the virus. This impacts all large group gatherings at our churches.

Weekend Services Suspended. Live Stream is ON! As of today, we are suspending all large-group gatherings over 100 people at our Oak Pointe family of churches in Canton, Milford, and Novi for this weekend. This means the following:

  • No physical attendance at weekend services. We will live stream our weekend service and encourage our three congregations to join in (service details to come in a future email).
  • No Rock (middle school ministry) tonight at Milford and Novi.

Why are we taking these measures?

  • Many have been communicating with us, expressing their compassionate concerns about the vulnerable in our community. We share these concerns and, as a larger church, feel the responsibility to to mitigate the spread of the virus.
  • The Governor of Michigan has declared a state of emergency and recommended community mitigation strategies, including the recommendation that “organizations avoid large gatherings (e.g., greater than 100 people in a shared space) or move to smaller and staggered gatherings.” All weekend services at each of our churches is over 100 people.

Our COVID-19 Web Page We will post any updates and more detailed information to our new COVID-19 information page. Look for updates there, in future emails, and on our social media channels (e.g. Instagram and Facebook).

Again, it is so vital that we are praying for people around the world and in our state who have been and will be affected by COVID-19. May God be glorified! Our hope is in Him.

Pastor Paul

P.S. I know this email does not address all questions you may have regarding weekend services, mid-week meetings, studies and groups, etc. As we gain clarity on upcoming ministry activities, we will communicate that information with you.

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