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Whether it be in worship, studies, small groups, missions, music or more, there is a place for you at Boston Avenue UMC!

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You Matter at Boston Avenue UMC

Our vision is to be a thoughtful Christian community that connects all people with God’s unconditional love.

We believe that everyone is a beloved child of God with gifts and talents to share – and that means you too!

If you want to be part of Christ’s love in action, you’re in the right place.

A historic, theologically progressive church located in downtown Tulsa, Boston Avenue invites our congregation to think deeply, grow spiritually, and love generously. You’ll receive rich and meaningful worship, nourishing fellowship with others, and abundant missions and social justice opportunities.

Our Theology

At Boston Avenue, we believe that everyone is a beloved child of God. Our church embraces an affirming and inclusive theology that welcomes everyone into membership, leadership, and full participation in the church.

Our theology draws on the rich Wesleyan teachings and heritage of the United Methodist faith, including our understanding that everyone’s faith journey and questions will differ. We embrace theological tools like the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, which incorporates reason, experience, tradition, and scripture in theological development.

We strive for our missions and ministries to embody the teachings of Matthew 22:37-39  – “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Our Core Values

Our ASCENDS core values were discerned in 2018 by a diverse team through an intensive process. The process included feedback and data from staff and leaders, a review of the missions and ministries of Boston Avenue’s previous 125 years, an all-church survey, and more. We strive to embody these core values throughout all of our programs and ministry efforts.

Affirms everyone is a beloved child of God.
Sees spiritual growth as a lifelong journey.
Cultivates music, architecture, and the arts as a means of experiencing God.
Embraces a reasoned approach to faith and scripture.
Nurtures our congregation to be ambassadors for reconciliation.
Develops mission partnerships as Christ’s love in action.
Strives for excellence in service to God.

Our Core Values

Our ASCENDS core values were discerned in 2018 by a diverse team through an intensive process. The process included feedback and data from staff and leaders, a review of the missions and ministries of Boston Avenue’s previous 125 years, an all-church survey, and more. We strive to embody these core values throughout all of our programs and ministry efforts.

Affirms everyone is a beloved child of God.

Sees spiritual growth as a lifelong journey.

Cultivates music, architecture, and the arts as a means of experiencing God.

Embraces a reasoned approach to faith and scripture.

Nurtures our congregation to be ambassadors for reconciliation.

Develops mission partnerships as Christ’s love in action.

Strives for excellence in service to God.

Join Us In Worship

Traditional worship services are held at 9 and 11 a.m. in our iconic art-deco Sanctuary. Join us from anywhere in the world – the 11 a.m. service is streamed live on our website, YouTube, and Facebook pages. You can also tune in via television locally – our 11 a.m. worship service is broadcast live each Sunday morning on KTUL-TV, Channel 8!

Alternative Worship at Boston Avenue is a new service (launched January 2024) designed for the religiously disenfranchised – those who have felt alienated by or disenchanted with the churches that raised them. This worship experience blends ancient spiritual practices, liturgical worship, and modern worship into a new and nourishing experience. Join us in Jubilee Gym at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning to be a part of this new faith community!

Sunday mornings also offer Sunday School for all ages at 9:50 a.m., along with childcare for families with young children.

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Music

Boston Avenue’s music ministry offers people opportunities for all ages. Whether it’s singing, ringing handbells, playing an instrument, or performing in a musical…we have something for you!

Children

We want children to know they are beloved children of God. We provide safe, fun, age-appropriate, and meaningful faith formation opportunities for all children to learn the Christian story, study the Bible, and be Christ’s love in action through missions.

Missions

We are called to go forth into the world and be of service, and if service is your calling, you will find many like-minded and kind-hearted people to work alongside to help bring Christ’s love into our daily living.

Small groups

Small groups offer a more intimate community of fellowship and connection in a larger church like Boston Avenue. We can help you find a Sunday School class, study group, or community like United Women in Faith to begin new friendships today!

Life events

As we journey through the stages and ages of life, it’s important to celebrate and mark these transitions as well. Boston Avenue honors the journey with services and classes to help navigate life’s changes.

Adults

From faith formation to missions, there are countless opportunities to be of service. You can be sure you will have space to develop, question, grow and to serve here at Boston Avenue!

News and More

Restore Hope With Rice and Beans

Restore Hope With Rice and Beans

By Ed Payton, Missions Facilitator Hunger is a largely hidden crisis in our community. Yet many families struggle with empty pantries and difficult choices between food and other necessities. The Work Area on Mission (WAOM), in keeping with Boston Avenue’s Core Value...

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Word of the Week: Lent

Word of the Week: Lent

Ash Wednesday was Wednesday February 14. Falling on the day which is mostly known as Valentine’s Day raises the contrast between romantic love and sacrificial love or loving-kindness as embodied in Jesus as the Christ. Both kinds of love can play an important role in...

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Word of the Week: Enrich

Word of the Week: Enrich

January was a month full of ministry around Boston Avenue. So many good things are happening across age levels, inside and outside of the church! February promises more engaging opportunities. Our staff and lay leaders do incredible work to make all of this meaningful...

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He has told you, O mortal, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8 (NRSVUE)