ZOOM Room to Stay in Touch

In order to stay in touch and connected, we will make use of ZOOM, which allows us to connect either by phone or visually. We will likely use this for most meetings for a while.
Beginning March 17th, someone will be at the link Tuesday – Sunday at 7:00pm for you to call or click in. This will be a time when we can talk, or pray, or share concerns. All are welcome!
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Wesley UMC – Changes due to COVID-19

Like all organizations, we at Wesley are doing our best to stay up to date with current CDC and RI Public Health guidance on activities and gatherings. As such, we have made the following changes to our scheduled worship and activities:

Worship – will be provided via live stream each Sunday at 10 am from our church Facebook account. We welcome any and all to join us in Worship from your homes then. The recording will also be available to watch after streaming. We do not encourage attendance in person at the church.

Sunday School – canceled for the foreseeable future.

Family Movie Night – originally scheduled for March 28 is canceled. Will be rescheduled at a later date.

Bunny Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt – originally scheduled for April 11 is canceled.

We will continue to be the church together, even when physically separated.  We can do this by praying for each other and for all affected by the virus – either directly or indirectly.  Place phone calls to those who are most vulnerable or who are alone.  Reach out to each other and stay connected and share Christ’s love in whatever way you are able to.

If you are in need of assistance during this time, we encourage you to email Pastor Beverly Stenmark at pastor@wesley-umc.org. We will be activating various forms of support for those in need throughout this crisis, such as meal or grocery delivery and prescription delivery.

We recognize the need for social distancing/physical separation at this time, but also the need for community in a crisis. We can do both to help each other, our neighbors and the broader community through this challenging time.

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Lenten Bible Study & Worship

The events of Christ’s Passion, which take place during the last week of Jesus’ life, often don’t receive enough time in our worship and study. These stories are important to our faith journey and our identity as followers of Jesus. And yet, we often move too quickly from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with little time to take in the dramatic story of that last week.

During worship we will “freeze-frame” moments in Holy Week so we might put ourselves into the picture. How might taking a closer look at the ancient story open us to deeper conviction for our role in its ongoing message? Our worship will be inspired by material from Marcia McFee’s Worship Design Studio and Amy-Jill Levine’s book and study, “Entering the Passion of Jesus.”

The Bible Study will take place on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00pm. The dates and topics are listed below. If you would like to have a study during the day, please speak to Pastor Beverly and we can explore that option.

March 2nd:  Jerusalem: Risking Reputation
March 9th: The Temple: Risking Righteous Anger
March 16th: Teachings: Risking Challenge
March 23rd: The First Dinner: Risking Rejection
March 30th: The Last Supper: Risking the Loss of Friends
April 6th: Gethsemane: Risking Temptation

If you would like the office to order a study book for you, please let us know by February 9. Otherwise the book can be ordered through Cokesbury, Amazon, or likely your local book store.

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Wesley hosts District Conversation on Race and Racism March 21

*Note – this event has been canceled due to COVID-19

All we have to do is watch the news to know that the subjects of race and racism are not part of History, but are very much current events.

The Conference Committee on Religion and Race (CCORR) is doing a series of trainings on how to have “Vital Conversations” about race and racism in our local congregations.
This training will be held at Wesley UMC on Saturday, March 21st from 9:00am – 3:00pm. If you are interested in attending this training, please contact Pastor Beverly or go to the district webpage at http://www.neumc.org to register. The registration fee is $10, which includes lunch.

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Family Movie Night March 27

*Note – this event has been canceled due to COVID-19. We will reschedule at a later date.

This month the youth group will be sponsoring a free movie night on March 27th. So, invite your friends and family and come join us for fellowship, snacks and a great family-friendly movie…

Friday March 27th at 6:30pm ~ In Fellowship Hall ~ Bring a comfy lawn chair.

Youth Group welcomes all students in 7th – 12th grade to come and join us for fellowship and community service. We are dedicating at least one Sunday School class per month towards planning community service projects and event planning. Come join us on Sunday mornings!

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Wesley hosts Open Spirit Task Force RISEM District session

*Note – this event has been canceled due to COVID-19

General Conference will be meeting in Minneapolis, MN from May 5th to May 15th. This is a very important session as we expect decisions will be made about the future of the United Methodist Church. The New England Conference formed an Open Spirit Task Force (OSTF) to pay attention to what will be happening and to help our conference discern our direction after General Conference.

The Open Spirit Task Force will be giving presentations in each district in advance of our Annual Conference session in June. They will share the options that will be presented at the Annual Conference in June and provide educational materials that will help local conversations facilitate conversations about these options.

The RISEM District session will be held at Wesley UMC on Saturday, April 4th from 10 am – noon. Come and hear their presentation.

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New England Conference Districts are Changing

At Annual Conference in June 2019, members agreed to a new plan for New England that will move us from 9 Districts to 7 Districts, effective July 1, 2020. All the districts will have new names. We will become part of the Seacoast District which will include the churches in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and South Eastern Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the Islands.

Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster III, our current District Superintendent, will be leaving New England to return to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference where he will become the District Superintendent of the East District. A farewell celebration for him is planned for June, but we will also have the opportunity to welcome him to our pulpit on Sunday, May 3rd.

Rev. Dr. David Calhoun, who has been serving in the Cabinet for the past 6 years will become the District Superintendent for our district. Stay tuned for more information as we say goodbye to Rev. Foster, and welcome Rev. Calhoun – and as we learn our new name as the Seacoast District. You can read more about all of this on the conference website: http://www.neumc.org.

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