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Church Building/Urban Setting:   Wesley UMC is a downtown church, located in Worcester. It is a multi-ethnic congregation involved in urban ministry. Built between 1925 and 1927, it has a large facility that also houses a Korean congregation. Wesley’s urban context and multicultural identity make for a challenging yet exciting ministry.

Wesley Church

 

Multicultural Worship:   Wesley’s worship life includes two Sunday worship services at 8:30 and 10:30. The 8:30 service is fairly traditional while the 10:30 service is seeking to be more multicultural in expression. Pictured here is the annual conference of the Association of Ghana Methodist Church choirs, which express a different style and format of worship.

multi-cultural worship

 

Annual Harvest:   Another gift that the Ghanaian community has introduced to Wesley is a different way of giving and celebrating the gifts of God. The annual harvest follows the African traditions of offering to God the first fruits of harvest of crops to support the work of the church. Since we are an urban church and not agricultural community, Wesley’s harvest is a fund raising ceremony whose funds contributes approximately 8-10% to the operating budget.

annual harvest

 

Ghanaian Choir:   Wesley has the blessing to have two adult choirs, the Wesley Choir and the Ghanaian Choir, a Bell choir and a children’s choir. In celebrating our diversity and multicultural identity, Wesley seeks to integrate various forms of spiritual expression in our worshipping life. As a member of the Association of Ghana Methodist Church Choirs in North America, the choir participates in an annual conference where they learn new music and celebrate the ministry of Ghanaian choirs. Wesley’s Ghanaian choir has helped to introduce new African music and spiritual expression in our worship context.

music and worship

 

Liturgical Dance:   Led by one of the youth, Wesley has had the privilege of forming a liturgical dance ministry. The ministry team has tended to lead in worship on special Sundays such as Easter and Youth Sunday. Pictured here is a fundraising dance show the dance team put on one summer. The dance ministry is an expression of Wesley’s spirituality which values the arts in worship and is an extension of our youth ministry.

liturgical dance

 

Youth Ministry:   Wesley has a vibrant youth ministry, currently being led by Lisa Fagerstrom and myself. We have over 20 middle-school and high school youth. Pictured in this slide is a conference-wide youth conference that the Wesley youth designed, planned, and self-led based on their experience at Youth 2011, a national gathering of UMC youth. Wesley is committed to developing leaders among our youth because our youth are today’s church.

youth ministry

 

Young Adult Ministry:   Wesley has a small young adult ministry which functions mostly like a small group. These young adults gather together once a month for a meal, fellowship and conversation on a variety of topics of interest. At various points in its life, the Young Adult Ministry has connected with students from a couple of the seven area colleges in Worcester. The challenge the young adult ministry often faces is the transitional nature of the population targeted.

young adult ministry

 

Children’s Ministry:   Christian formation for children and youth has long been a focus and priority for Wesley UMC in Worcester. This continues to be a priority for our church with over 60 children and youth on our roles. Our ministry for children recently handed out new Common English Bibles to every child and youth in the church. Our children’s Sunday School is using the new Deep Blue curriculum supported by the “Deep Blue” study Bibles they received.

childrens ministry

 

Vacation Bible Camp:   Vacation Bible Camp is always a highlight of the year at Wesley. This year was no exception with our Everest-themed week. Each night had a different theme helping the children to understand the power that God has in our lives and world. Songs, Bible study, activities, dinner, and Spiritual practices were a part of each evening’s program. It was a great way to get adult and youth volunteers involved along with children and their friends from our congregation and neighborhood.

vacation bible camp

 

UMW:   The five fellowship circles of the United Methodist Women meet regularly at church or in each other’s homes. Members undertake mission work on a smaller scale and serve as sources of mutual support and spiritual formation for one another.

umw

 

Bible Study/ Christian Formation:   Numerous and varied opportunities are available at Wesley for Bible Study and Christian Formation. There are weekly and seasonal Bible Studies that are on-going throughout the year. There are small groups that meet for study and covenant time… including a men’s group, a women’s group retreat, and a Disciples Study Group. Additionally, we have four other Spiritual Practices ½-day retreats Fall, Advent, Lent, and Eastertide.

bible study - small group

 

Sunshine Girls:   One of our members inherited her mother’s songbooks full of old “campfire” classics and Broadway show tunes and wanted to make some use of them. She prayed about what to do, and what emerged was an idea for a group to sing the songs at nursing homes. And, voila! The Sunshine Girls were born. The group rehearses a new group of songs seasonally and performs them at half-dozen or so area nursing homes. The ranks of the Sunshine Girls continue to grow as we welcome others who are inspired by this ministry.

sunshine girls - singing

 

Mission Trips:   Our congregation supports mission not only through monetary contributions but adult volunteers have offered direct service as team members on mission trips to New Orleans, Haiti, and Nicaragua, and our youth have traveled to Eliot, Maine with U.M. Army.

mission service and witness

 

Youth Basketball Program:   Wesley has a Youth Basketball program, which was started by one of the youth when he was in 10th grade. The group meets usually in the summer to participate in the summer league. They begin and end with prayer. They are involved in community service projects and educational programs, such as the time they brought in members of the police department to talk about youth understanding their rights.

youth basketball ministry

 

International Luncheon:   We celebrate our diversity and engage in table fellowship in our annual International Luncheon, a feast of traditional foods prepared by members to reflect the nationalities of their family heritage.

international lunch

 

Community Supper:   Our monthly community supper program was established in 2014 to offer a free home-cooked meal to anyone who wishes to come. Invitations are sent to six shelters and the meal is also advertised through local food pantries. We serve an average of 70-80 meals each month. New relationships have started to build as some of our guests have begun to occasionally attend Sunday morning services.

community suppers

 

Carty Cupboard Thanksgiving Baskets:   Over the years, Wesley has provided meals for individuals and families in need. Volunteers support the ministry by shopping for the Carty Cupboard Food Pantry or giving their time and service in distributing the food. Rather than seeing a lessening of need over the years, hunger remains a serious issue in our communities. Through the Carty Cupboard, people have a place to turn to when their cupboards are bare and resources depleted.

carty cupboard food pantry

 

Prayers and Squares:   The Prayers and Squares Quilt Ministry offers comfort, compassion, hope and healing to those experiencing challenges of mind, body and spirit–as well as offering companionship for the quilters. Many people now know first-hand to comfort and gift the quilting ministry provides.

prayers and squares (2)

 

Medical Ministry:   Providing affordable health care is one of the biggest challenges facing our society. Through its Medical Ministry, Wesley ensures that those without adequate resources have access to quality eye care and hearing.

medical ministry

 

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