Wesley Classes
We are at a pivotal time in Methodism and in Christianity in the United States. Every four year our church has a denominational event called General Conference in which delegates from Untied Methodist Churches and Annual Conferences from around the world come together to discuss and in many circumstances speak for the United Methodist Church as a whole.  Only the General Conference can speak for the United Methodist church. In May of 2016 General Conference will be convening and many topics will be open for discussion and debate.
I believe strongly that at this time in the life of our church. One of my primary roles as your pastor is to help us rediscover what it means to be United Methodist. We have more in common with other denominations than we have differences however we have a distinctive Methodist seasoning that we bring to Christianity.
With this in mind we will be starting “Wesley Classes” on Sunday evenings. Starting August 16th- Nov 22 programming will run from 5-7pm.  All age levels will meet at 5 for a Kid friendly meal.  From 5:30-6:30 Adults, Children, and Youth will be meeting for their “Wesley Class”

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First United Methodist Church has a rich history.  For more than one hundred years the people called Methodist have had a profound impact upon the city of Winchester and Franklin County.  The sanctuary has a wonderful atmosphere that emphasizes the majesty and the grace of the God who loves the world.

If you are new to Franklin County or just new to First UMC, we want you to know that we are glad that you are here.  God has something special in store for you in this place.  Please receive this pamphlet as a personal invitation to come and worship with us.

You will find a diverse group in this place.  We come in all sizes, shapes, ages and backgrounds.  We dress in everything from jeans and shorts to coats and ties.  In our various worship services you will see hands lifted in praise or someone quietly kneeling in prayer.  You may hear a drum and keyboard, a pipe organ, a choir or a gospel quartet during one of our three Sunday morning worship services.  Yes we come from all walks of life but the one thing we all hold in common is our desire to encounter God and to become more like Jesus.

As the pastor of this congregation, I hope you will feel free to contact me if you have anything you would like to speak with me or someone on our church staff.

Yours in Christ,

Steve Angus