Where is McFarlin Located?
- 419 S. University Blvd., Norman, OK 73069
- Enter the church at the Southwest Entrance
- Our church offices are located on the 2nd floor
- Church Office hours:
- Monday – Thursday, 8AM – 5PM
- Friday, 8AM – 12PM
How do I contact McFarlin?
When are the Sunday Morning worship services?
- Traditional Worship: 8:30 & 11AM – The upper Sanctuary entrance is located at the top of the stone steps and the lower Sanctuary entrance is east of the steps on Apache St.
- Modern Worship: 11AM – Modern worship is held in Fenn Hall. The Fenn Hall entrance is located at the east end of the church on Apache Street.
- Online Worship: 9AM Modern worship and 11AM Traditional worship. These services are available on our McFarlin UMC YouTube Channel & McFarlin UMC Facebook Page.
What kind of handicap accessibility does your building have?
- Handicap parking is located at the lower Sanctuary entrance on Apache Street and in the northeast parking lot.
- Elevators are located in the lower Sanctuary and northeast Fenn Hall entrances.
- Wheelchair ramps are available throughout the building.
- Large-print hymnals and bulletins are available for Traditional worship services.
Who do I talk to if I'm interested in having a wedding at McFarlin?
How did McFarlin get it's name?
In 1890 Robert M. McFarlin and his wife, Ida Barnard McFarlin, moved to Norman from Texas to engage in cattle farming. They also opened a feed store.
The McFarlin’s only son, Robert Boger, was born here December 18, 1891. Tragically, young Robert died of typhoid fever nineteen months and 10 days later on July 28, 1893. During that sad time, the McFarlins were the beneficiaries of much sympathetic care and Christian concern by the local M.E. South congregation. This kindness was never forgotten.
When the WW I veterans began returning to the University of Oklahoma, two facts were obvious to members of the M.E. South congregation. Their church on “Silk Stocking Row” in the north part of Norman, was “off the beaten path,” and the little church where they had worshiped for more than twenty years was outgrown and obsolete. They also recognized the challenge to the church created by large numbers of Methodist and unchurched students coming to the university.
Having had tremendous success as an oil man, Mr. McFarlin offered to build a new church in Norman in memory of his infant son. He did so with two stipulations – first, that he would pay all the bills, and second, it was to be so well built that “if a tornado tried to blow it over, it would still hold together.”
In 1924, the building of McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church was completed with the dedication and purpose that the church would be a house of worship for the youth of Oklahoma and the people of Norman, and whomsoever may find it in their heart to worship here.