Who We Are
Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Hampton!
We are a church of engineers and educators, retirees and parents of young children, people with disabilities and people of diverse economic backgrounds.
We value the traditions of liturgical worship, Bible study, caring for each other, and serving people in need, both in our community and around the world.
We are people created in God’s image, trying to follow and learn from Jesus, our Savior, as we are led by the Holy Spirit to live by God’s grace.
On average, about 75 people attend Worship each week. Sunday School classes for all ages include around 50 people each week. We have fabulous worship music provided by our Chancel Choir and Hand Bell Choir. We would love for you to visit us – plan a Visit to learn more about what to expect on Sunday mornings.
We welcome people of all backgrounds and seek 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, inviting and encouraging each other to keep growing in faith and Service. We encourage you to find ways to Connect and 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 News & Calendar page for a detailed calendar of events.
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History & Building
First United Methodist Church in Hampton is a heritage church whose congregations date back to 1789. The current Sanctuary was built in 1887, with additions made in the 1920s and the Education Building added in 1950.
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.
Mission & Beliefs
Our mission is to know and share Jesus Christ.
Our purpose as a United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
As United Methodists, we are followers of Jesus Christ who have experienced God’s grace, who seek to grow in our knowledge and love of God, and who try to put faith and love into action throughout our lives.
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.
In all of our beliefs and ministries, we seek to live out our faith with Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.
News & Calendar
Our Lenten study is on A Disciple’s Path, by James Harnish and Justin LaRosa. We meet Wednesday evenings over Zoom; call the church office at 757-723-6577 to get more details.
Maundy Thursday/Holy Week Worship: will be posted online Thursday, April 1 at 7pm. This service includes Holy Communion, organ and speech choir, bell choir, and the reading of the scriptures telling the story of Jesus’ last supper, arrest, trial, suffering and death. you are invited to prepare bread or crackers and juice to participate in Communion during the service. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified when we post new videos.
Good Friday/Holy Saturday: A brief worship experience will be posted online on Friday. This service will include a presentation of “Things We Thought We Knew” by Rev. Kerry Greenhill, a reader’s theater performance offering reflections from five characters who knew Jesus, from the perspective of the day after his crucifixion. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified when we post new videos.
Easter Sunday: We will hold worship in person for Easter this year, at 10am on Sunday, April 4. Please read about our COVID-19 adaptations, and make sure to register early in the week as we may reach capacity. We will also make Easter worship available online through our YouTube channel.
Find regularly scheduled ministries and future events on our church calendar below.