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 $6.00 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 are on the tables in the sanctuary 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


Just as a reminder, the choir will be doing "Candles and Carols" at the 11 o'clock service on December 23rd.  This will take the place of an evening cantata this year. 

As we have done many times in the past, we will be accepting donations to Project Safe during this service.  This has become quite a tradition and we are so proud to be a part of such a caring organization.  We usually  receive toiletries and other items that displaced women and children would need every day when they have had to leave their homes quickly to a safe place.  If you prefer to donate money, you may either use cash or a check made out to Project Safe, not the church. We thank you so much for your generosity.  If you are unable to attend on the 23rd, feel free to put your donations under the tree ahead of that date.  If you have any    questions, please feel free to ask me.

In Christ,



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


Outreach Is Reaching Out For the Season of Our Lord’s Birth!

Merry Christmas Ya’ll!!

I will try to keep this short and maybe sweet.

There are a couple of events planned for this Advent Season.

     First– A Caroling Party, Friday, December 21st (which happens to be the Winter Solstice  - or the longest night of the year) we will meet at the church at 6 to hop aboard the WUMC  Magical Mystery Tour Bus.  The bus should be leaving around 6:45.  Ever wanted to be a rock star?  It is my dream profession.  We will be singing about 3-4 very easy carols that we all know.  I will have sheets with the words printed out for you.  There is no need for operatic voices, jus a smiling face and happy attitude.  If you have quests for the holidays—bring them along.  The more the merrier and this is the perfect time for merrier!  The plan is to go to 2-3 nursing homes and to a few of our church members homes.  I will need some suggestions as to which homes , so be thinking about this.  Afterward, it is back to the church from some refreshments and more comradery.  There is sign up sheet in the hallway so that you may   offer up your voice and make suggestions for homes and members to visit.  Please, please, please sign up.  Not only will you be spreading cheer to others—but you might just spread a little to yourself.

     Second—There will be treat bags, this year called “Hug Holders”, at our Christmas Eve service for each of you to take after the service.  These should be handed out to someone you come across on the way home that is having to work that evening or just looks as if they need a hug.  I believe this wonderful gesture was started y our own Kathey Williamson.  Doesn’t that sound just like her?  So be sure to grab 1 –or 2 on your way out.

     Well that is about it for now.  Please know that I appreciate each and every one of you and wish you and your family a most blessed advent season. Consider yourself hugged!

Pixie Pity-Pat









Mission News

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. 




We can be involved in missions anywhere in the world from our homes. Our prayer can have a vital impact on the mission of Christ. Pray for an area of the world to receive the gospel or choose a missionary or ministry that is bringing Christ’s light. The UMC Global Mission website has a list of United Methodist missionaries all over the world. Their website is

Another way to be involved is to follow Salvadoran Mission Projects on Facebook. The North GA UMC conference works with this mission outreach in supporting the work of twelve UMC churches in El Salvador, which is the mission bridge country for Winterville United Methodist Church. Praying for these churches and expressing your support on their page can encourage Christians in El Salvador and also those go to El Salvador to serve.

Thank you,







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

altMen 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 our Fellowship Hall.   There will be a devotional or Bible study and business meeting.

Upcoming Events


The UMM would like to give a big thank you to our church family for their support of our  recent Fish Fry. It feels so good to be a part of a loving and caring church family.  The local community was also a great supporter of this fundraiser. 

Please mark your calendar for Sunday Dec. 2, 6:00 pm for the UMW/UMM  Christmas Dinner. The UMM will provide the meat, but if you can bring a side dish or a dessert it would be great.

On Tuesday Dec 4th at 10:00 am the UMM will be setting up the stable for the Live Nativity, which is Friday Dec 7th.  We will possibly have a Litter Pickup that morning at 8:30am ,  depending on the weather. Will confirm it a little closer to the date.


 Thank you,                                                                                                                                         



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   - November 2, 2018 - 5:30 - 7 pm.                                                           Chicken BBQ                                                                                                                                                         Spaghetti  Dinner                                                                                                           Quarterly Trash Pickup around the neighborhood - September 8, 2018 - 8 AM



United Methodist Women

altFellowship 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.

The United Methodist Women (UMW) met on November 13 and had our Installation of Officers for the coming year.


The 2019 officers are:

President-Terrie Seagraves

Vice President-Amanda McCabe

Secretary-Debbie Tolbert

Treasurer-Judy Aldridge



A big THANK YOU to Carol Hodges who has served as our president for the last two (or is it three?!) years. We appreciate her enthusiasm and all she has done for our group and our church!

Thank you also to the other ladies who have served in various capacities for the last few years.

All women are welcome to join us on the second Tuesday of each month for fellowship.


We will be celebrating with the United Methodist Men (UMM) at our combined Christmas party on December 2 at 6 pm at the church. All ladies are invited along with a spouse or guest. The men will be providing the meat for the meal; UMW please bring a covered dish. For planning purposes, please let the church office know if you plan to attend. We will not have a regular meeting during the month of December; our next meeting is Tuesday, January 8.


Christmas is coming!

Just a reminder that the UMW sells Danny Duzit stainless steel scouring sponges for $2.50 each. Each Danny Duzit Scrubber is made from a special high-grade stainless steel that will not rust. They retain their shape well after repeated uses and can be cleaned easily by simply placing them in your dishwasher.  They make great stocking stuffers! See any member of UMW to get some! All proceeds go to the mission projects of UMW which support women, children and youth in our community and around the world. See any UMW member or the church office to purchase.


We also continue to support Clarke County Family Treatment Court by collecting incentive items for their participants and children. Small toys, trinkets, personal hygiene items, pocket planners, calendars, laundry soap, and office supplies are suggested donations. (Please no hand sanitizer or other hygiene items containing alcohol.) These items may be placed in the basket at the front of the sanctuary.


If you are willing to present or plan a program for one of our meetings during 2019, please let Terrie Seagraves know, or if you have an idea for a program or guest speaker, please let her know that as well.


January is a great time to come and join UMW. We are always glad to see new faces! We hope to have an exciting and productive 2019!

Terrie Seagraves




Group Opportunities:

Our Daily Bread
Mission Projects
Devotional Lessons
Book Reading
Fun activities



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 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 Sunday (1st 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. John 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




Christmas is coming! The Live Nativity presentation during Christmas in Winterville is a long-standing tradition for our church. We plan to continue the tradition this year. We need a minimum of TEN people to commit to one hour of presenting the live nativity to our community on Friday, December 7. All ages are encouraged to participate. Costumes are provided. Dinner is also provided!! No experience necessary. Help is also needed with set up and take-down. It is not Christmas without Christ, so let's commit to presenting this gift to the community.  If you are interested and/or willing to participate, please let Kristy, Terrie Seagraves, or Delores Wages know. Thanks in advance!  (We have it on good authority that a real baby might be involved! Surely you want to be a part of that!)














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.



On December 7th 9:30 am—twelve of us will be leaving for Lake Junaluska  to enjoy their Christmas weekend with shows. arts & crafts and fellowship. We wish everyone a merry Christmas and hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

We will see you all next year.

Charley & Linda









Young At Heart Branson Trip Videos