Winterville United Methodist Church

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

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About WUMC

OPEN HEARTS • OPEN MINDS • OPEN DOORS


At Winterville United Methodist Church, we strive to be an authentic, loving people who seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ by loving God and loving others.

We live out this mission by serving persons of various ages, race and economic status both inside and outside the church through a variety of programs, outreach events and fellowship opportunities.

Want to learn more about United Methodism?          There's training for that at United Methodism 101

Your First Visit

The first visit is always the most difficult so we hope to ease some of your concerns by providing a bit of information.

For Those With Children
Your children are welcome in our worship services. However, if it is your desire to bring them to our Nursery, the Children's Programs are welcoming and well supervised by trained caregivers. The Ushers will be happy to direct you to the children's areas.

Maps Of Our Church Building - 1st Floor   2nd Floor


Map & Directions To Our Church

Accommodations
From out of town? There are plenty of Hotel accommodations and local restaurants in nearby Athens, just 7 miles away. Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau

New To The Area?
Athens Banner Herald, City of Winterville, Census Reports, Athens-Clarke County Online

As always, please feel free to contact us.

What To Expect

What Our Worship Service is Like

TWO CHOICES FOR WORSHIP

8:45 am – Informal Traditional Worship, sanctuary

11 am – Energized worship with Traditional feel and contemporary spirit, sanctuary

WHAT SHOULD YOU WEAR?  People dress the way they feel comfortable from jeans to tie and sport coat, high heels to flip flops…What is important is to come with an open mind and heart, ready to experience the grace of Jesus.

NURSERY – An excellent nursery with caring loving staff is available.

The sermon message on Sunday morning is relevant to life today. It comes straight from the Bible. You won't need to walk away from our church service not understanding what the message was all about. The teachings of the Bible are explained in a way that you will find helpful in your efforts to be pleasing to God.

Our visitors are not expected to contribute to our weekly collection until such time as you feel you wish to become an active participant in the programs of our church.

While visiting on our Communion Sundays, you may partake if you like, or if you'd rather not, that's OK, too.

A time of prayer allows us to offer our praises and requests to God for comfort, for healing, for our country and its leadership, and unspoken requests.

The music is both contemporary and traditional. We have a traditional choir, vocalists, and worship teams and use both instruments and CD's for our music. We encourage people to sing along and to worship in a way that makes you most comfortable. Sit when you want to sit. Stand when you want to stand. And raise your hands if the Spirit moves you!

Anyone who wishes to become a member may approach the altar during the last verse of the hymn where the pastor will meet them. A simple ceremony will take place welcoming the person into the membership.

Meet Our Staff

Reverend Shirley Wright, Pastor
E-Mail: shirley.wright@ngumc.net

More to come...

Kristy Smith, Administrative Assistant
E-mail: wumc101@gmail.com

Tom Bouknecht, Music Director
Tom Bouknecht was born April 27th, 1949 in Troy, Ohio. At the age of 3, his family moved to St. Petersburg, FL, where he was raised. He graduated from Boca Ciega High School in 1967. He earned his BME degree from St. Leo College in Florida in 1971, with a double major in voice and piano.

In 1971, after graduation, he enlisted in the US Army and was stationed at Hunter Army Airfield/Fort Stewart with the 80th Army and then the 94th Infantry Division Band.

After he was discharged, he took a job with the Baldwin Piano and Organ Company in Athens, Georgia and worked with Consolidate Freight and Watkins Moto Lines until starting with the US Postal Service in 1987. Presently, he is Postmaster at Stephens, GA.

He has served as Music Director at several United Methodist Churches; Grace in Savannah, 1st in Watkinsville and now here at Winterville.

Tom has 5 children and 2 grandchildren and lives with his wife, Angela, and 2 children, Mallory and T.J. in Lexington.

Brenda Keen, Nursery Director

Greg Toler, Pianist (8:45 AM)