What We Believe
As United Methodists, we believe in the following:
John Wesley and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. They placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today. We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage.
Through our support and our contributions, we participate in the far-flung ministries of The United Methodist Church—in our York River District and Virginia Annual Conference, across the nation, and around the world. Here in our congregation we take part in service groups and sign up for special action projects. We minister face-to-face in all kinds of ways, both when we gather and in our informal contacts.
Inspired by the example of Jesus and empowered by God’s love for us, we all carry out our ministry, both individually and together with others.
The important thing to remember is we believe in a way that reinforces the message of “Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors”.
A Brief History
First United Methodist Church in Hampton is a heritage church whose congregations date back to 1789. The current Sanctuary was built in 1887 and several additions were added later.
We have been serving the Hampton community since the late 1700’s during the beginning of our nation. The congregation has survived the War of 1812 and Civil War attacks on Hampton and helped in its reconstruction and preservation as a thriving community.
We continue to serve our community through the following:
- Our United Methodist Women have several small groups (circles) supporting numerous local, national, and international charities. The UMW has monthly meetings addressing today’s social issues of interest and supporting the women in our community.
- Our United Methodist Men meet each month and support disabled youth and adults through Camp Rainbow Connection and Heart Havens. They sponsor several dinners each year to provide help to needy charities.
- A church Christmas Bazaar is held every November with crafts, baked goods, lunch with Brunswick stew, music, and white elephant items for all.
You Might Want to Know…
The average weekly worship service attendance of the church is about 100 people. Sunday School classes for all ages include more than 50 people each week.
The church welcomes people of all religious (and non-religious) backgrounds and seeks to honor everyone, wherever they are on their spiritual journeys. In the United Methodist Church, pastors and members of the congregation serve as partners in ministry. We encourage you to find ways to participate that suit you.
Many activities and events take place each week at the church. You will find information about these activities in the weekly worship bulletin and in the electronic newsletter, The Pilot. Please visit the Calendar tab, above, for a detailed calendar of events.
We have fabulous worship music provided by our Chancel Choir and Hand Bell Choir.