Church History?

A brief history of Wesley Church of Hope and the United Methodist Church.

Methodist Traditions?

The Christian calendar and Holy holidays marking the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.

Salvation?

Our beliefs, faith and values.

The Bible?

Both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible serve as sources of primary guidance for our faith.

Sacraments?

The United Methodist Church recognizes two sacraments – baptism and communion.

Starting Points?

When you need encouragement and refreshment for your soul, turn to these Scriptures and topics.

Your Personal Spiritual Gifts?

While all of life is a gift from God, these twenty gifts are lifted up within Scripture as the gifts of the Spirit, given specifically for the upbuilding of the body of Christ.

Discipleship?

Discipleship involves a ministry of outreaching love and witness to others concerning Christ and God’s grace.
Growing in Faith and Understanding

Back in the 1700’s, groups of people regularly gathered to share responses to this question. They were so methodical in addressing the question, and in utilizing practices to nourish their souls, that they were derisively called “Methodists.” The name stuck and is still in use today.

Journaling and reflection feed the soul

How can I feed my soul?

There are seasons when our souls feel as deep and thriving as a wide river. And other seasons when we feel our souls are parched streams. Perhaps by adopting some of these methods, we, too, can inspire some nourishment for our souls.

  1. Go silent
    The early Methodists fasted regularly. Fasting does not simply mean giving up food. Today we might fast from social media, television, or other distracting activities. The goal of fasting is to clear out space and set a feeling of expectation. We set aside distractions or other things in expectation that God will speak a sense of nourishment and satisfaction into us.

  2. Pray
    Fasting and prayer may sound intimidating to many. And while fasting is meant to be a challenge, prayer is not. Prayer, in its simplest form, is speaking to and listening to God. It could take the form of an internal conversation. Or a pray-er could utilize a practice like Centering Prayer.

  3. Read
    The founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley, said “all who desire the grace of God are to wait for it in ‘searching the Scriptures’.”1 His point is that a key means for learning about and experiencing God’s goodness is in the stories and ideas of the Bible. Reading the Bible brings us into contact with God’s story. Reading other spiritually-based books provides nourishment for the soul, too.

  4. Do good for someone else
    The early Methodists practiced “works of mercy” like visiting prisons and hospitals, feeding the hungry, and standing up for the oppressed. Such works uplift our souls. Identify the needs around you and look for a way in which you can interrupt the cycles of brokenness. Special feelings spring up when doing good things for those who can never repay the kindness. For some inspiration on doing good abroad, check out umcmission.org.

  5. Get together
    We complain that, at times, people around us drain our souls dry. But in reality, people feed our souls even more. In gathering with others we get inspired by their stories and in witnessing the acts of God in their lives. Their ideas shine light and provide nourishment for our own souls. We are especially affected by others when we join them in some of the above-mentioned activities.  You now have a church home at Wesley Church of Hope, and we are excited to connect with you online and in person.  Click here to see ways we get together.