As United Methodists, we affirm that we will always accomplish more together than we ever could if we were separated. Connected as a church, both through the power of the Holy Spirit and in our shared goal of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, we find comfort, purpose, and fulfillment in working together for the glory of God.
In acknowledging and rejoicing in our connections to one another as the body of Christ, we also acknowledge and celebrate our connections to the community around us. We work and minister in Charlottesville with individuals, partner organizations, and our civic leaders so that all people might be blessed.
It is because of our connectional foundation, along with our deep desire to do no harm, that the pastors have decided to cancel all in-person events at the church that might encourage or give people reasons to leave their homes. This includes the Curbside Communion opportunities that were scheduled for Sunday mornings, as well as any in-person meetings, events, or activities that were scheduled.
In consultation with church leadership and the Healthy Church Team, we will discern a date to resume in-person gatherings.
Although it is difficult to embrace these limitations, we believe that this is the best example we can set for loving our neighbors and caring for our community.
Rev. Gary Heaton
Rev. Phil Woodson
Why be baptized? God says that through baptism, children and adults receive many blessings, including the Holy Spirit which strengthens and gives faith, new life, and forgiveness.
In our United Methodist tradition we are privileged to receive new Christians to the faith through the sacrament of Holy Baptism. The sacrament is available to all people of any age and takes place in the context of Sunday morning worship.
To learn more about Baptism, contact email@example.com
On Sunday, December 29, 2019 we welcomed in baptism first cousins Aerietta Joy Gresko and Everly Ann Smith into our Faith Family. Congratulations to the proud parents and grandparents.
On March 19, 2019, the Church Council of WMUMC created a new policy that reads as follows:
The Pastor of Wesley Memorial will not pronounce marriages for any couple in our community until the General Conference of the United Methodist Church changes the Book of Discipline to allow LGBT couples to be married in the UMC. All marriages performed for the Wesley Memorial UMC community will be pronounced by lay members of the congregation.
Despite the church’s current Discipline, lay members of Wesley Memorial UMC will perform LGBT weddings. For questions, or to express interest in being married, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Weddings at Wesley Memorial UMC