About

Our Values and Beliefs

The words of the founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley, echo the words of Jesus: “A Methodist is one who loves the Lord our God with all their heart and mind and strength and loves their neighbor as themselves.” Our commitment to Christ is not limited to worship on Sunday mornings but lasts throughout the week in living a life of love and service. We believe the grace and forgiving love of God is available for all people.

This is why we welcome all who wish to be part of our fellowship, and why our Communion Table is open to all people of all ages and faith backgrounds who wish to receive the love and grace of Jesus.

Our Mission 

  • To Know the love of Jesus in personal ways through worship, prayer and study.
  • To Live the love of Jesus through acts of compassion, gentleness and justice.
  • To Share the love of Jesus in our homes, our community and the world.
  • To Welcome all of God’s children regardless of age, race, ability, sexual or gender orientation, and economic circumstance.

From the Pastor

November 11, 2021

Dear Church Friends,

On this Veterans Day, we give thanks for the service of generations of men and women to the armed forces.  We give thanks for their bravery and sacrifice.  We give thanks for those who are with us still today and the memories of those who have passed away.  Take a moment today to give thanks for the freedoms we hold so dear and the people who have given so greatly for peace and justice.

The following link will lead you to the story of a Methodist hymn “Remembrance.” https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/remembrance-once-crimson-poppies-bloomed

The lyrics remind us of our continual longing for peace, justice, safety and security for all people.  May we commit to that peace begin with us and in our daily actions.  As we hold this vision, so we also seek ways for the church to be vehicles of peace in the community and the world.

This Sunday we will celebrate Visioning Sunday.  We will be lifting up the developing vision of our congregation and the ways that we are all called to give to that vision.  Following Worship at 10am (in-person and livestreamed at WestportUMC.org) there will be a time for conversation in the Sanctuary.  This will be the first of many opportunities conversation on “Giving to God’s Vision.”   Two Stewardship letters and Giving Commitment cards have been sent to home addresses.  If you have not received those by Monday, please contact the church office.

Sunday School is also meeting this week and beginning an exciting new project which will prepare us for Advent, Stewardship and learning about Jesus.  See details below.

See you in church!

Pastor Heather
Rev. Heather A. M. Sinclair

Church Staff

Rev. Heather A. M. Sinclair

Pastor

Chris Hisey

Music Director

Ahyoung Son

Organist

Marilyn Smith

Administrative Assistant

How to Join our Church

We welcome everyone to our Church! Members, regular participants, and first-time visitors all will find the same welcoming embrace. Becoming a member enables you to make a public commitment to Christ and the church and claim the values of love and service that we hold dear.

Members hold a diversity of beliefs, but all profess faith in Christ and promise to faithfully participate in the church through their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.

Membership classes are offered on a regular basis and introduce newcomers to our church and to Methodism.

Our History

The current church on Weston Road celebrated a 50-year anniversary in 2017. Several of the families who took out 2nd mortgages on their homes to help fund the construction of the church are still members! But the Methodist Church roots in the area go back to 1790 when Jesse Lee, a Methodist from Virginia, rode his horse all around this part of Connecticut gathering people in homes for fellowship and worship.

The Church on Rabbit Hill

The site of our current church was adjacent to the home of Robert Lawson, author of the children’s book “Rabbit Hill.” And the reason why it has been known as “the church on Rabbit Hill” ever since!