Ministry

We are not perfect people, but we are all people who are being transformed by the outreaching love of Jesus. We trust that the Holy Spirit is at work within us, and that we are called by God’s grace to a life of active, diverse local and global ministry. What does ministry look like at Wesley Memorial?

In this beach city and beyond, United Methodist ministry looks like living lives of thankfulness, worship, forgiveness, and celebration. It means learning to love and serve one another because that is what Jesus has told us to do, trusting that our love for one another is part of how we go about convincing other people that the good news of Jesus is real.

Don’t think that it’s only the pastors and staff who get involved in ministry at Wesley Memorial! As United Methodists, we believe that everyone is called to be an advocate of the good news of Jesus Christ. We’re all called to witness to what Jesus has done in our lives, and we’re all called to be people who show grace, seek healing, and make peace with one another. This is ministry, our visible love for others both in our church and outside of it. It is our God-given task, responsibility, and gift.

Your kids matter to God and they matter to us. At Wesley Memorial, we partner with families to support children from birth to 5th grade as they grow to become followers of Jesus. We join you in helping your children to build a strong spiritual foundation, teaching biblical truths in fun, relevant ways and empowering them to love God and others.

On the 1st Sunday of the month, your children are welcome to participate with you in Holy Communion, which takes place during the main worship services. On the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sunday mornings of the month, we have Kids’ Worship available for children (ages 4 -2nd grade) during both worship services. In Kids’ Worship, we encourage biblical knowledge and imagination through Godly Play, exploring the stories of Scripture in simple and powerful ways.

Between our worship services, Sunday School classes are offered in the Sanctuary building for children aged 2-3 years (Room 103), 4-K (Room 104), 1st & 2nd grades (Room 110), and 3-5th grades (Room 102). At Wesley Memorial, we use an exciting, Bible-exploring United Methodist Sunday School curriculum called Deep Blue Kids. Parents, be sure to check it out – it has tons of great resources for you, too!

If you are interested in teaching Sunday School classes, we’d welcome your help! To start the process, please sign up here. If you’re already a Sunday School teacher, weekly curriculum can be found here. Thanks for all that you do!

Nursery care is provided for children (ages birth to 3) every Sunday morning during both worship services and the Sunday School hour. The nursery is located in Room 101 of the Sanctuary building.

There are many other fun and faith-enriching opportunities for your children at Wesley Memorial, including children’s choirs, Kids for Christ (activities, field trips, and mission opportunities for 3-5th graders), our annual, week-long Vacation Bible School, and an exciting week of fellowship & worship at beautiful Camp Singletary every summer (open to children who have completed K-5th grades). We hope that your children will join us!

If your child is involved with Wesley Memorial’s Childrens’ Ministries, please join us on Facebook for regular news, updates, events, and opportunities!

For more information about Wesley Memorial’s Childrens’ Ministries, please contact:

Kelli Kosuda Tingen
Director of Children’s Ministries
(910) 791-4092 ext 105
kellit@welcometowesley.com 

At Wesley Youth, we love God, each other, music, and serving others in the name of Jesus. We know that everyone is at a different place on life’s journey, and we invite you to walk alongside us as we grow in faith together. All students in 6th-12th grades are welcome to participate.

In Wilmington, Wesley Memorial is often known as “the Pumpkin Church,” in large part due to the committed ministry work of Wesley Youth. Whether it’s selling pumpkins to fund local and international missions at Wilmington’s Favorite Pumpkin Patch, taking part in weekly Bible studies and small groups across the Port City, or serving God and others through group projects and mission trips, Wesley Youth are committed to developing seriously as Christian leaders and followers of Jesus.

On Sundays, join us for morning worship at either the 8:45 AM (contemporary) service or the 11:00 AM (traditional) service. Between services, at 10:00 AM, Middle School & Senior High School classes meet in the Activity Building. On Sunday nights (late August-May) from 5-6:30 PM, join us for UMYF (a fun time of service, fellowship, learning and team-building). During the school year, we gather on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings at 7:00am for Bible study at various restaurants near several of the area high schools and middle schools. We eat together, read the Bible, and talk about it. Anyone is welcome! Also, if you’re a student 6th grade and up who is interested in going deeper and committing to the Christian faith, consider joining us for one of our Confirmation Classes.

At Wesley Memorial, we’re excited to be able to regularly take part in Youth events sponsored by the NC Conference of the United Methodist Church and a variety of other spiritual retreats. These include a Pilgrimage at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville each November, a fall retreat and Senior High and Middle School Winter Retreat, confirmation retreats, Chrysalis, the NC Conference Summer Breakaway week at NC Wesleyan College and the ACS Annual Conference Session for Youth at Methodist University.

As developing Christian leaders, Wesley Youth are focused upon serving Christ through local and global ministry. Whether it’s working to buy bikes for kids in foster care at The Methodist Home for Children, providing snacks for students at Winter Park Elementary School, serving through missions with the Hinton Rural Life Center, or supporting a working group of orphaned young people in Malawi through ZOE, Wesley Youth regularly come to know Jesus more through service unto others.

For regular updates and news about Wesley Youth, join us on Facebook.

For more information about Wesley Youth, please contact:

Rev. Mary Frances McClure
Pastor to Youth and College Students
(910) 791-4092 ext 104
maryfrancesm@welcometowesley.com

Are you a new or current college student in Wilmington? Curious or unsure about God, the church, or what it means to be a follower of Jesus? In our bustling beach city, sometimes it’s all too easy to be surrounded by people and yet feel disconnected. We want you to feel welcomed. WOW: Wesley of Wilmington is the United Methodist campus ministry at UNCW and Cape Fear Community College, and we’d love to help you to connect, serve others, grow in faith, and know that you belong. Check out WOW online or sign up here for more information.

Also, come join us for a college-aged Sunday School class (during the 10:00 AM hour on Sundays throughout the academic year) at Wesley Memorial, or take part in our ongoing mission project, The Gathering Place, a monthly time of games, fun, and a dance party with people with special needs! We’re a church that welcomes college students in our church activities, mission projects, and Wonderful Wednesday meals (5:30 PM on Wednesday nights, and you eat for free). We’d love to get to know you, and how we can support and encourage you!

For more information about Wesley Youth or our ministries to college students in Wilmington, please contact:

Rev. Mary Frances McClure
Pastor to Youth and College Students
(910) 791-4092 ext 104
maryfrancesm@welcometowesley.com

Those who are in Christ are a new creation; the old has gone, and the new has come (1 Corinthians 5:17). Spiritual growth, however, must be something that we encourage in one another. Truly, just “as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). At Wesley Memorial, United Methodist Men (UMM) gather together for monthly times of fellowship, enjoying breakfast, coffee, prayer, conversation, and learning. Together, we seek opportunities for serving and encouraging our church and local community. We’d love for you to join us.

For more information about United Methodist Men, please contact:

Gary Francisco
President, Wesley Memorial United Methodist Men
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At Wesley Memorial, United Methodist Women (UMW) desire to grow spiritually, equip women to be leaders, provide transformative educational experiences, and to organize, advocate, and work together to support the mission and ministry of the local and global church. Through larger group meetings, smaller women’s circles, and different opportunities for fellowship and service, we are a community of women whose purpose is to know God and make God known. If you are a woman interested in more deeply connecting with Jesus and others, we’d love to welcome you.

For more information about United Methodist Women, please contact:

Lynn Weaver
Membership & Outreach Coordinator, United Methodist Women
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If you’re over 20, older than 90, or anywhere in between, Wesley Memorial has many opportunities for you to gather with other adults to enjoy Bible study, spiritual growth, fellowship, prayer, and more. There are currently 9 different one-hour classes for adults of a variety of ages, each of which meet in different areas of our church campus beginning at 9:50 AM on Sunday mornings.

Adults over the age of 55 are people who thrive at Wesley Memorial. Whether it’s through taking part in the Young At Heart luncheons and programs (3rd Thursday of each month @ 11:30 AM), craft workshops, Prayer Group gatherings (Tuesday @8:00 AM), a knitting and crocheting group (Monday @7:00 PM), annual holiday gatherings, or frequent travel and mission excursions, there’s a way for everyone to connect for fellowship and fun.

Bible studies, other study groups, and community groups are also offered on Wednesday evenings, weekday mornings, Sunday mornings, and during the summer months – join other adults in being transformed by the love of God through the study of Scripture!

To learn more about our adult ministry & fellowship opportunities, please contact the Church Office or call (910) 791-4092.

We love meeting and making new friends, knowing all people to be wonderfully, lovingly by God (Psalm 139:14). If you, a family member, or someone you love lives with some form of intellectual or developmental disability (IDD), we’d love to invite you to The Gathering Place at Wesley, a monthly gathering that is safe, loving, and often hilariously fun. We spend time playing games, laughing together, creating things, and even enjoying a regular dance party! We’d love for you to join us, and invite your friends!

If you’re someone who would like to volunteer to help with The Gathering Place at Wesley, or if you have any questions, please contact:

Adam and Shannon Wayne
Coordinators, The Gathering Place at Wesley
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