Wesley United Methodist at Frederica is a warm, friendly church on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Hospitality is an important hallmark of our congregation, and we welcome all to worship with us. We are located across from the Fort Frederica National Monument on what is considered the north end of the island. We would love to welcome you to a Sunday service! If you cannot join us in person, our pastor’s sermons are available on our Sermons page.
UPCOMING WORSHIP EVENTS
|Sunday, October 1, 2017||8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am||World Communion Sunday is a celebration observed by several Christian denominations, taking place on the first Sunday of every October, that promotes Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. It focuses on an observance of the eucharist.|
|Sunday, October 15, 2017||8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am||Children’s Sunday
We will celebrate children in all services, including special music at 9:00 and 10:45. Children will serve as liturgists in worship, using child-friendly liturgy, including a special prayer for all children. The Chorister and Primary Choirs will sing, including a special anthem with the Chancel Choir. The Kindermusik Class will present a Sharing Time at 10:45.
|Sunday, November 5, 2017||8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am||All Saint’s Sunday
All Saints is a day of remembrance for the saints, with the New Testament meaning of all Christian people of every time and place. We celebrate the communion of saints as we remember the dead, both of the Church universal and of our local congregations.
We will commemorate this special day with music and liturgy as we light candles for our dearly departed Saints.
|Sunday, November 19, 2017||8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am||Thanksgiving Sunday|
|Sunday, November 26, 2017||8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am||Christ the King Sunday
Today we mark the feast of Christ the King. It is a day for expressing our faith that, even though Christ was rejected and crucified, he rose and ascended, and forever reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit in glory. Jesus’ reign means that no mighty power, no tragic suffering, no evil force will have the last word; the last word is Jesus. It also means we may look to Jesus’ life – his humility, his sacrifice, his compassion for outcasts – for a model of true kingship. Our loyalty to this Christ goes before our loyalty to any other claim on our lives. Today is the last Sunday of the liturgical year: next week a new year begins with the first Sunday in Advent.
|SEASON OF ADVENT||The Christian season of Christmas begins on Christmas Eve and lasts for twelve days, ending on January 6 (Epiphany). The weeks before Christmas are a time of preparation known as Advent, which means “coming” or “visit.” During this season, we keep in mind both “advents” of Christ, the first in Bethlehem and the second yet to come. Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus by remembering the longing of the Jews for a Messiah. We are reminded of how much we ourselves need a Savior, and we look forward to His second coming even as we prepare to celebrate his first coming. Throughout the Advent and Christmastide seasons, the choirs and musicians at Wesley present special music in many worship services.|
|Sunday, December 17, 2017||10:45am (No 8:15 service)||Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert
The Chancel Choir and musicians present music for Christmas during a combined traditional worship service at 10:45.
|Sunday, December 24, 2017||10:45am (No 8:15 or 9:00 services)||During a single, combined service, we observe the fourth and final Sunday of Advent.|
|Sunday, December 24, 2017||4:00 p.m.||Our 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service is especially designed for young families, with children. The liturgy includes the reading of the Christmas story from Luke, Holy Communion, and Carols by candlelight. Music is blended, including carols with organ and harp, the Children's Choir, and the Oasis Ensemble.|
|Sunday, December 24, 2017||6:00 p.m.||Our 6:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service includes a full, traditional liturgy for Christmas Eve. The liturgy includes a full set of scripture readings for Christmas Eve, Holy Communion, and Carols by candlelight. Music includes selections by the Chancel Choir, carols with organ and harp, and soloists.|
|TBD||8:15 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m.||Wesleyan Covenant Service
Around New Year's Day, we celebrate the beginning of a new year with the Wesleyan Covenant Renewal Service and Holy Communion, a tradition begun by John Wesley and intended to set the tone for the new year as we renew our covenant to be faithful disciples of Christ.
|Sunday, January 7, 2018||8:15 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m.||Epiphany Sunday
Originating in Eastern Christianity and later appropriated also in the West, the feast of Epiphany has traditionally been celebrated on January 6. “Epiphany,” signifies an appearance of God in religious contexts, or the birth of a king. During Epiphany, we celebrate the events of Jesus’ early life, including the Adoration of the Magi, Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan, and his first early miracles. In these events, God’s glory became manifest to us through the work of Jesus.
|Sunday, January 14, 2018||8:15 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m.||Baptism of the Lord Sunday
Come to the water, as we commemorate the Baptism of Jesus, as recorded in the Gospels, we will reaffirm our baptismal covenant through the meaningful Reaffirmation of Baptism liturgy. “Remember your baptism, and be thankful.”
|Sunday, February 11, 2018||8:15 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m.||
|SEASON OF LENT||Lent is an opportunity to go deeply into our hearts and the souls of our communities, and to recognize the horror and depth of our estrangement from God. In practicing the disciplines of Lent, such as self-examination and repentance, we seek systematically to put things right.|
|Wednesday, February 14, 2018||6:00pm||Ash Wednesday
Today marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday occurs forty days before Easter, not including six Sundays (which are considered feast days), and recalls the Israelites’ forty years in the desert and Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness.
|Sunday, March 25, 2018||8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am||Palm/Passion Sunday
Our service begins with a procession of the palms to recall the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The palms we wave reflect the fragility of the celebration—since a mere five days later, the crowd’s adulation turns to hatred.
|Thursday, March 29, 2018||7:00 p.m.||Maundy Thursday: Holy Communion
Maundy Thursday marks the beginning of the great Easter celebration. The word “maundy” is said to be derived from the Latin word mandatum, the first word of the Latin phrase, “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos” (“A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you”). Jesus uses this statement in John’s gospel to explain the significance of washing the disciples’ feet. Maundy Thursday is also the night that Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper with the words, “Do this in remembrance of me.” As a way to remember that night, all the worship articles and adornments are removed from the altar following communion. This act symbolizes both the suspension of Holy Communion, which is not celebrated on Good Friday, and the abandonment and humiliation of Jesus Christ.
|Friday, March 30||7:00 p.m.||Good Friday Tenebrae Service
On Good Friday, Christians recall the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Although Good Friday is one of the saddest days of the Christian year, many church traditions have continued to call it “good,” believing that Christ’s suffering and death were not in vain but served to liberate humanity from sin and death. Scripture tells us that the earth went dark at the “sixth hour,” or noon. We remember with deep sorrow the suffering and death of an innocent man who is revealed to be the Son of God.
Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows” or “darkness”) is a solemn observance of Jesus’ passion and death. Tenebrae services generally occur between Wednesday and Friday of Holy Week. The service marks Jesus’ journey to Golgotha and allows for extended meditation through proclamation of the Word in scripture and through music, increasing darkness, and silent reflection. At Wesley, we gather on the evening of Good Friday to enter into the dramatic narrative of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, and crucifixion, and to reflect on God’s wondrous love as we meditate on the Stations of the Cross.
|Sunday, April 1||8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am||Easter Sunday: Resurrection of the Lord
Join us for festival worship as we proclaim “Christ is risen!” with the sounds of brass, timpani, organ, and choir at 8:15 and 10:45. Easter Sunday is the principal feast of the liturgical year—the day Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. Sin, evil, and death are swallowed up in Jesus’ victory over the grave, and his atoning sacrifice has won for us eternal life. We are invited to place our faith in Jesus this morning, to receive his forgiveness, and to share in the glorious abundance of the resurrection life.
|Sunday, May 13||8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am||
|Sunday, May 13||10:45am||Graduate Sunday
This day, we celebrate the high school graduates from our congregation as they move forward with the next chapter of their education.
|Sunday, May 20||8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am||Pentecost Sunday
Today we celebrate Pentecost, often known as the church’s “birthday.” The name Pentecost comes from the Greek for “fiftieth day.” Its origins relate to the Jewish harvest festival of Shavuot, which commemorates God’s giving of the law on Mt. Sinai. Pentecost marks the day when the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples in Jerusalem fifty days after Easter.