“Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.!”
— Psalm 25:4
People long to be connected and are searching for authentic community. We're wired for it as human beings. It is no surprise that one of the ways that we grow closer to God and become more deeply committed disciples of Jesus Christ is by being in community with others. We need a safe space to show up with our "True Selves" and be real with one another.
"Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved." ACTS 2:46-47
"Get Involved" -
At Wesley Memorial UMC, we believe that participating in a small group is the essential context for spiritual growth. We hope that you will find a small group for you.
Sunday Morning Forum - A weekly time of fellowship where we discuss both historical and contemporary issues through a Christian lens. We seek to strengthen personal bonds within our church family and to cultivate new realtionships through conversation and shared expereince. Sundays at 9:30 am on Zoom. Once we resume meeting in person, we will meet in Room 102 of the Educational building. For a look at the lineup for this Fall, click here.
Bible Study - Join Rev. Matt Seaton on Wednesdays at 10am on Zoom, to read and study the weekly lectionary passages together. Get a sneak peak into the direction of the coming Sunday's sermon. You may find yourself helping to shape Sunday's sermon. The study follows the Revised Common Lectionary, and requires no preparation before each session. However, if you're interested in following the lection, here is a link. This group will begin meeting on September 15, finishing up on November 17th. Email Rev. Matt for the Zoom link.
Tricky Bits - our evening bible study will focus on passages in the bible that give us pause - that we struggle with or that prove problematic. This study will begin on Monday, September 13th at 7pm on Zoom. Contact our Director of Christian Discipleship, Rosie Snow, or the leader of our Young Adults, Juliana Piacentini, for more information.
Young Adults - Wesley has many fellowship and discipleship opportunities for young adults including regular young adult Bible studies, outdoor discussions/social time, service in ministry, music, and worship. Contact Juliana Piacentini for more information.
Prayer Group - meets every Wednesday at 11am - 12pm on Zoom. This group of committed women raise with confidentiality the prayer concerns of our church family and beyond. Contact Mary Allen Ingram for more information.
Connect Group - want to know more about the history, beliefs and practices of United Methodism and Wesley Memorial, interested in joining as a member, or new to Christianity? This six week Connect Class is for you! Join Rev. Matt Seaton beginning Sunday, September 19 at 10:00 am on Zoom. Contact Rev. Matt for more information.
Chancel Choir - provides music for the 11am Sunday worship service. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00pm, and Sunday mornings at 10:30 to warm up before service begins. Feel free to join at any time! We are open to beginning and experienced singers alike.
Choir has been cancelled again due to the rise in Covid-19 in our area.
Handbell Ensemble - plays an average of two pieces a month. Knowledge of very basis rhythm patterns (whole, half, quarter, and eight notes) is helpful, but not required. Handbell Ensemble rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30. For Choir and Handbells, contact our Minister of Music, Cameron Pampus.
Book Group - meets the second Tuesday of every month at 10am in the Aldersgate Room or on Zoom. Various books are read and the discussion is led by Renita Banks. To learn more about what book is being discusses, please email the church office.
The Vintage Group - meets the first Thursday of every month at 1:00 pm. This group consists of ladies in their eighties and nineties who meet to share, support, and have some fun. If you are a similar age and would like to join, your are very welcome. Please email the church office for more information.
Blue Ridge Stitchers - meets the second Saturday of the month from 10am - 12pm in the Aldersgate Room. Anyone who likes to sew or wants to learn and pays to join the American Sewing Guild is welcome. You can attend two meetings for free and then you will need to join.
IMPACT - Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together. Wesley Memorial is one of 26 congregations in Charlottesville who work to build strong relationships across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic lines to significantly address local community problems at their source. Next IMPACT meeting is Sunday, September 19th at 12:30pm. Please contact Maury Early for more information.
Buckingham School Supplies - every year we gather school supplies and deliver them to Buckingham primary school. We get a wish list from the school and then collect supplies or money to fill that wish list. When the delivery is made to the school, it takes a few people to carry everything in to the building. These supplies are then distributed to the students most in need.