Ministries

Worship


Our worship together is the heart of our church. Our weekly Sunday worship service begins at 10am.  It is held in-person in our sanctuary and online.  Our online worship page has links to livestreamed services as well as services from previous weeks.

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.

At various times of the year, Advent and Christmas or Holy Week and Easter, there are additional services.

Bible Study


All are welcome to meet Wednesday evenings via Zoom to study the Bible and other religious topics. We begin at 7pm with Prayer & Check-in, then continue with study at 7:30-9pm. Pastor Heather leads the group. All who want to reach for a deeper understanding of the Bible are invited to join.  Please contact Pastor Heather if you would like to receive the Zoom meeting invitation for Bible Study.

Lenten Study


Gather on Wednesday Evenings by Zoom at 7pm for Prayer & Reflection on the book “Good Enough.” Continue from 7:30pm – 8:30pm for a study of “A World Worth Saving.”  Contact Pastor Heather for the Zoom link.

Read Book Summaries

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 Group, a monthly, Saturday breakfast hosted by the United Methodist Men, and social and fund-raising activities sponsored by the United Methodist Women.

Ladies’ Book Group


Join us on Zoom, Wednesday, April 13 at 10:00 a.m., as we review through page 141 of our new reading selection, “The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times” by Jane Goodall, Douglas Abrams, Gail Hudson. This covers Reason 2: The Resilience of Nature and Reason 3: The Power of Young People.

Jane Goodall, the world’s most famous living naturalist, and Douglas Abrams, the internationally bestselling co-author of The Book of Joy, explore through intimate and thought-provoking dialogue one of the most sought after and least understood elements of human nature: hope. In The Book of Hope, Jane focuses on her “Four Reasons for Hope”: The Amazing Human Intellect, The Resilience of Nature, The Power of Young People, and The Indomitable Human Spirit.

While discussing the experiences that shaped her discoveries and beliefs, Jane tells the story of how she became a messenger of hope, from living through World War II to her years in Gombe to realizing she had to leave the forest to travel the world in her role as an advocate for environmental justice. And for the first time, she shares her profound revelations about her next, and perhaps final, adventure.

The Book of Hope is a rare and intimate look not only at the nature of hope but also into the heart and mind of a woman who revolutionized how we view the world around us and has spent a lifetime fighting for our future.

Please join us for wonderful fellowship and spirited discussion – everyone is welcome – not just ladies! Contact info@westportumc.org for the Zoom link or if you’d like us to order a book for you.

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.