Ministries

Worship


Our worship together is the heart of our church. Our weekly Sunday worship service is online and begins at 10:00 a.m.  In-person worship in the sanctuary resumes on Pentecost Sunday, May 23.  If you’re watching online, please visit our online worship page to connect to a Sunday service or to watch services from previous weeks.  At various times of the year, Advent and Christmas or Holy Week and Easter, there are additional services.

Worship is filled with participation of members of all ages, inspiring music, relevant and scripture-based preaching, a special message for kids, and prayers for our neighbors and the world. We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month. Everyone is welcome to partake.

2021 Beach Service Schedule


Ecumenical Worship Services are held at 8:30am at Compo Beach throughout the summer.  All are welcome to attend this great event for community connection.  If you do not have a Westport beach pass, simply tell someone at the gate that you are there for worship and you may stay until 10am.  Each week, one of the five participating churches leads worship.  UMCWW will host the July 4 & August 8 services

July 27 – Saugatuck Congregational Church
July 4 – United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston
July 11 – Greens Farms Congregational Church
July 18 – Norfield Congregational Church
July 25 – Wilton Congregational Church
Aug 1 – Saugatuck Congregational Church
Aug 8 – United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston
Aug 15 – Norfield Congregational Church
Aug 22 – Greens Farms Congregational Church
Aug 29 – Wilton Congregational Church

Bible Study


Dear Church Friends,

On Wednesday, May 19, we will begin a new Bible Study topic – Proverbs: Pathways to Wisdom.  This is a four-week study by Dominick Hernandez on how the ancient sayings of Proverbs speak to the “teachable spirit” in all of us.  You can read more on Dominick S. Hernandez’s website   There is also a link to a book sample and ordering.  You are welcome, but not required to read along.  Bring your Bible and a willingness to explore.

We begin at 7:15pm with Prayer & Check-in; then continue with study at 7:30-9pm.  Contact Pastor Heather for Zoom Links.  We will be meeting for these four weeks, then taking a break for spiritual reflection and renewal for part of the summer.  Stay tuned for updates!

Peace,

Pastor Heather

 

Small Groups


Experience has taught us that small intimate setting are among the best ways to deepen our faith and grow closer to one another. Members are encouraged to participate in existing groups as well as form new ones. Ongoing small groups include Ladies’ Book Club, Men’s Saturday Morning Breakfast, and activities from the United Methodist Women.

Family Life


Family Life is a core value of our church. We offer many events to bring church families together. Favorite activities are cookouts and games on the lawn, Advent supper and craft night which includes lighting our tree and singing carols, Lenten Dinners, Trunk or Treat, mission projects and many others. Members of all ages look forward to these family activities.

Our Children


Every Sunday, children between the ages of 1 month to 3 years may attend our nursery from 9:30-11am so that parents can worship and join fellowship hour for coffee. Staffed by two professionals, the nursery is a safe place for children to play and grow. “Busy Bags” are available for children of all ages who are interested in staying for worship until after Children’s Time, a special moment during the worship service when all children are invited to the front of the Sanctuary for an interactive message with Pastor Heather. The entire congregation enjoys this moment!

Pre-school age through 5th grade children experience a hands-on way to understand Bible stories. They play games, brain teasers, and do word puzzles. The children are encouraged to attend Worship with their parents and leave for Sunday School after Children’s Time.

Middle School


Our Sunday School program for Middle School, grades 6-8, encourages spirited discussions, which connect the Bible, questions of faith and everyday life.

Confirmation Class


Confirmation Class is an opportunity for 8th graders and higher to explore their faith and make the choice to become a full members of the congregation. The class meets regularly with the Pastor to explore what it means to be a disciple of Christ, church history and the sacraments. The celebration of Confirmation takes places on or near Pentecost Sunday in the spring.

High School


High School class activities range from serving the community to Bible study to discussions of current events.

Senior Banquet


Every year we honor our graduating High School Seniors. This celebratory banquet is a collaborative effort between the Senior High School Sunday school class and adults from the congregation.

Member Care


One of the truest expressions of our faith in action is the mission of our Member Care Committee. Whether in celebration of a joyous occasion or reaching out a helping hand in times of need, this ministry is the essence of faith in action. Members can count on offers for meals and transportation during illness and hardship as well as organizing The Prayer Chain.

Music Ministry


For many of us, being in a place of grace means being surrounded by music. Our diverse music program is an integral part of our Sunday worship. Musical offerings include our Chancel Choir, Praise Band, Music & Movement for kids and the sharing of musical gifts by members of the congregation. All are welcome to lift their voice in praise!

Memorial Garden


The Memorial Garden was created on the church grounds as an area of beauty set aside for placement of memorial plaques, the interment of ashes and appropriate services associated with those activities as well as for the purpose of meditation.

Grace Connexion


Grace lies at the heart of Christian discipleship. Early Methodists called their small groups “connexions.”
Grace Connexion is a series of conversations on spiritual topics from understanding other faiths to practicing forgiveness, and the importance of gratitude in our lives. From time to time, Grace Connexion also includes congregational conversations and special events. Grace Connexion takes place for one hour on Sundays at 11 am after worship.