“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 in room 102 of the Education building and on Zoom. For a look at the lineup for Fall 2022, click here. Email here to get the Zoom link.
Lectionary Bible Study - Join Rev. Matt Seaton on Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Aldersgate Romm and on Zoom, to read and study the weekly lectionary passages together. 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 resume on September 14th. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up.
Evening Bible Study - This fall our weekday evening Bible Study will draw from "We Cry Justice," a study guide from the Poor People's Campaign. We will choose the day and time by the first week of September, so if you want to join, please let us know your availability before then. Contact our Director of Christian Discipleship email@example.com.
Open Table Fellowship -This is an opportunity to get to know other folks in our Christian community. Sign up, and once a month from September - February (but not December) you will share a meal with a new, randomly sorted group. This way you can connect and grow in faith with many others, including those you didn't know well before! Sign up by emailing our Director of Christian Discipleship, Rosie Snow, at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you the details.
Young Adults - Wesley has many fellowship and discipleship opportunities for young adults including regular young adult Bible studies, outdoor discussions/social time, once a month lunch after worship, service in ministry, music, and worship. Contact Juliana Piacentini for more information.
Prayer Group - meets every Wednesday at 11am - 12pm in person in the Aldersgate Room and 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.
Hymns & Pints - It's exactly what it sounds like - we sing hymns while enjoying good beverages. This is for the spiritually inclined and not so spiritually inclined (so invite your friends). Join Pastor Matt, and First Church Pastor Alex Joyner and their Minister of Music, Kevin, at Random Row Brewing Co. one Wednesday a month at 7 PM. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Chancel Choir - - provides music for the 11am Sunday worship service. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:00pm in room 101 of the Education building, 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. Contact our Minister of Music, Cameron Pampus, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 6:00 - 7:00. For Choir and Handbells, contact our Minister of Music, Cameron Pampus.
Book Group - meets the second Tuesday of every month at 10:30am in room 102 of the Education building and on Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, please email the church office.
The Vintage Group - meets the second Thursday of every month at 1:00 pm on Zoom. 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.
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.
Worship Arts - meets occasionally to discuss worship design, talk about themes for worship and decorations for the altar. Please email Rocky Shoemaker at email@example.com for more information.
Children's Ministry - every Sunday, we offer Sunday School curriculum for children and childcare for babies and toddlers. Our goal is to guide children's spiritual growth in learning and living out Christian values of inclusion and unconditional love, all while having a ton of fun! For any questions about our children's ministry, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome in this growing, thriving ministry.