Winterville United Methodist Church

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

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Group Activities of the Church

We would love an opportunity to meet with you and help you to feel welcome and at home at the Winterville United Methodist Church.  We are happy to assist you in becoming familiar with our church and its programs.  If you are looking for a place to fit in and serve, please check out our ministries below.


Food Services

Wednesday Night Suppers have been a very successful family-oriented evening of delicious food, devotion, ministry, and entertainment. We welcome everyone to join us at 6 p.m. Wednesday evenings!

The Kitchen Committee consists of four groups of four people each - one group per Wednesday night. We have three alternates from which to choose when needed. The Chairperson is responsible for keeping on hand a supply of plates, cups, utensils, etc for kitchen use.

The cost is $5.00 for adults and Free for children 12 and under.

Please make a new reservation, whether it be for one night, or as a standing reservation. The forms will appear in the bulletin each Sunday or you may call the church office.  It is very important that reservations for supper be made by Monday before 1 pm. This is so the person buying the supplies, usually on Tuesday, knows how many to prepare for.

There will be NO TAKEOUTS, except in case of illness at the last minute. These meals are prepared for fellowship at church -- not as a convenience.

Food Service Opportunities:

Wednesday Night Suppers
Covered Dish meals
Special Events

Contact Henrietta Tucker for more information

Music & Drama

Choir Rehearsals on Wednesday evenings during the summer, 7:00 p.m., 7:15-8:30 in the fall.

Winterville United Methodist Church has a very active music & drama ministry. There are several different groups to choose from that give all ages the opportunity to participate.

The Adult Choir meets on Wednesday nights and in addition to providing anthems each Sunday, also performs a major musical or musical/drama at Christmas, and has enjoyed doing dinner theaters on several occasions. They also have done an interactive mystery dinner theater that provided great humorous entertainment. They plan to do another in the coming year. Solo and ensemble work within this organization is encouraged and as a result, has blessed the congregation many times.

We are sure that all those involved in the music ministry are blessed by the experience and that it is all pleasing in God's eye.


Positions Open: In soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass Section. No others need apply.
Physical Qualifications: Must be able to carry light musical notes part way across the church. Must have good vision to see director 20 ft. away.
Experience: No applications accepted from persons who not at one time sung, hummed, or whistled in the shower.
Beginning Wages: Guaranteed satisfaction and joy in the service of the Lord.
Advancement Opportunity: Members who demonstrate ability and courage might sing a solo sometime.
Fringe Benefits: Social Security--We promise you the security of Social Fellowship with other fine members of the choir.
Hours: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings for practice, and on Sunday mornings for Services. Occasionally, there may be opportunities for overtime.
Retirement: After your voice reaches the place where it can hit two notes at once you may sit in the congregation and listen to others use their God-given talents.

Music Opportunities:

Worship Team
Solos, Duets, Groups
Bell choir
Special Events
Services of praise & worship

Outreach & Missions

Community Events:

City of Winterville Annual Events

Winterville UMC Sponsored Annual Community Events

C A N (Cancer Assistance Network)   We provide for individuals and families of loved ones who have cancer. Learn more about our Cancer Assistance Network

Congregational Care

Mission Trips


Honduras Mission Trip

This is mainly about the children Mrs. Joan Derda, her husband, and my wife Nancy and I are sponsoring.  But it gives a good overview of how most of our sponsored children live.  I will be working on a video next week on the preaching and singing and worship services we experienced and should be sending it out next week. 


Winterville United Methodist Church Recycles!

Save Aluminum Cans - Please drop them off outside the fellowship hall in plastic bags. All proceeds go directly into the Building Fund.

Children & Youth Fundraiser - We have an ongoing cell phone and inkjet cartridge recycling fundraising drive to benefit our Children & Youth programs. There’s nothing to buy. We are simply asking everyone to safeguard the environment by donating their old digital cell phones and used printer ink cartridges. The tax deductible cell phones and ink cartridge donations will be recycled in accordance with EPA regulations or refurbished and sold.

Other qualifying items:
  Inkjet Cartridges 
  • Only digital phones will be accepted (no walkie-talkies, two-way radios, pagers, PDA’s, cordless home phones, mock display units, analog phones, or “bag” phones).  No manuals or accessories will be accepted.  Damaged phones are OK.
  • Printer ink cartridges must not be damaged; I.e. cartridge case, circuitry and print head must not be broken.  Use zip lock bags to individually wrap each cartridge. Laser & toner cartridges are also now accepted.
 We also accept the additional items for recycling:
  • cellphones
  • radar detectors (Escort, Beltronics, Cobra)
  • laptop computers
  • MP3 players (Microsoft Zune, Creative & Sandisk)
  • digital cameras, digital video cameras, digital frames
  • electronic book readers (Kindle, Sony)
  • GPS devices (Garmin, Mio, Magellan, TomTom)
  • Portable DVD players
  • Handheld game systems
  • Gold, Silver & Platinum Jewelry (even broken jewelry)
Download a printable poster to attach to a box, which can be placed in your office or other place of employment, school, church, etc. for collecting cell phones and ink cartridges.  Once filled or have at least 20 cartridges, please deliver it to the office at Winterville UMC.

100% of the proceeds will go toward our mission projects.  A receipt for tax deductible purposes will be provided for those who request one.  Please email requests for a receipt, or if you have any questions.

Technical Support

There are many opportunities for you to contribute to our church website. This is more than a website, it's a web ministry. Opportunities for you to get involved include writing, editing, photography, website checkers, pray-ers, and more. If you're interested in getting involved, contact the Web Servant, and we'll be happy to find a role that best matches your gifts and your availability.

Audio Team
Someone is available at the 11 a.m. service to tape and monitor the sound system during the worship service.

Technical Opportunities:
Video team
Sound team
Stage light

United Methodist Men

Men of all ages are invited to be a part of this growing group that meets the THIRD Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Loco's in Athens.   There will be a devotional or Bible study and business meeting.

Upcoming Events


   Their next meeting is Thursday, October 19 @ Loco’s in Athens.  All men are      welcome.

Johnny White


Tool Box Ministry

A Tool Box Ministry for anyone needing a small job done around the house, please call the church office at 706-742-2445.

Men's Group Opportunities
Bible Study
Mission Project
Fish Fry



United Methodist Women

Fellowship of the United Methodist Women meet on the SECOND Tuesday at 7 p.m. of every month for a time of devotions, general business discussions, mission projects, fun activities, and refreshments. All ladies of the church are invited to participate.  Please contact the church for more information.


Our October meeting will be at Dorothy Heintz  home with the  program by Debbie Tolbert's daughter Megan Almon. She is with Life Training Institute (LTI).
     I am sorry we had to cancel the last meeting. I think we should bring a baby item that Terrie requested since we missed her program. Please ask Terrie  what items she would like.
     Again Danny Stevens thanks you all for the donations you bring for   Family Treatment Court. He also said  you are always welcome to come to the FTC proceedings and hear the participants stories about drug addiction. I sat in last week and I was touched by the testimonies the ladies gave. It is  amazing what drugs do to a person. Please pray for each participant  as they struggle and grow.
     Nominations committee, please do not forget to make your nominations so we can install the new officers at the November meeting. As always I am thank  for this opportunity to be your president this year. I am Humbled and honored. Happy fall ya'll.

Carol Hodges


Group Opportunities:

Our Daily Bread
Mission Projects
Devotional Lessons
Book Reading
Fun activities


United Methodist Youth

Youth Fellowship 

Service Mission!
Our Youth truly love having servants hearts and they're always asking for ways to give back to our church through gifts of service.  If you have jobs around the house or tasks that need to be done, let us know--we would be glad to help!

The WUMC Safe Sanctuaries policies requires at least 2 adults be available when the group meets. We’re always looking for volunteers! Please see Kristy Smith to volunteer your time.

Other Volunteer Opportunities: 

  • Retreats
  • Mission Projects
  • Camp
  • Mentoring
  • Chaperone
  • Provide meals


FAITH KIDZ (ages 4 years to 5th grade)


Our Sunday mornings begin at 8:45 AM with worship in our sanctuary. 

Our 11:00 AM worship and is more traditional in style also in our sanctuary. You can expect to see people of all ages.

You won't need to walk away from our church services 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.
There's no need to feel nervous about what to wear...wear what you want. If you are more comfortable in casual attire, then wear jeans! If you prefer a shirt and tie, then wear a suit! The idea is to feel comfortable as you enjoy the service.

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 (8:45 is the 4th Sunday of each month and the 11:00 is the 2nd Sunday of each month) 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 or clap your hands if the Spirit moves you!

Anyone who wishes to become a member may go up to 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. You may decide first to meet with Rev. Shirley for counseling.

Worship Opportunities:

Service of praise & worship
Sunrise Service
Easter Worship

Veteran's Worship
Thanksgiving Worship

Christmas Eve Worship
Christmas Worship
Biblical preaching
Special Events
Communion Table
Bible Study

Young At Heart

Currently, we have a "Young At Heart" group (ages 55+) that gets together once a month for an outing and fellowship time.  Bus transportation available for most outings. See the bulletin board for sign up sheets for our events.


September 14th we journeyed to Walhalla, SC.  We discovered an unfinished pre-civil war rail-road tunnel and pretty Issaquena Falls.  Most of us ate chicken at the famous steak house.                          Lastly, the men kept a close eye on the ladies spending at Hamricks.

    Our next outing is posted on the board.  Friday, October 13th we will go to Woodrow

Wilson’s boyhood home in Augusta.  Lunch will be at Sconyers BBq.  Then stops at Laurel & Hardy Museum and McDuffie Museum.

    Reminder to our Nashville group, all monies due by October 1st.

    November 10th we will head to Hartwell to see a USP type show “A Salute to Our Troops”, sing up sheet will be posted soon.

     November 27th there will a potluck dinner at the church.  Meat will be provided.  The Nashville Travelers will pick up the trip packets that night.  All Young at Heart are welcome.  There will be an informational meeting.

     And last but not least circle December 14th on your calendar for the

Young at Heart Christmas Party.  Details will be posted in the near future.

                                                                                             In God’s Love,

                                                                                    Charley & Linda Bernard



Young At Heart Branson Trip Videos