WORSHIP

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

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, March 1 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, April 9 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.
Friday, April 14 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 16 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, April 23 10:00 a.m. Prelude Begins Wesley at 30: A Celebration of History and Growth
The congregation and guests will celebrate 30 years of ministry and worship at Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica. With many special guests, including former pastors, staff, and musicians, we will worship together in a single sanctuary worship service including Word and Table. The prelude will begin at 10:00 a.m. and move into the worship service. Following worship, we will enjoy Sunday dinner on the grounds at Wesley. Join us!
Sunday, May 14 8:15am, 9:00am, 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 28 8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am

Ascension Sunday
Forty days after Easter, the Church celebrates the Ascension of Jesus as described in Acts, Luke, and Mark. Today we mark this celebration. In many traditions, the Feast of the Ascension is one of the holiest and most celebrated moments in the liturgical year; it is also among the most ancient of Christian traditions. The Church holds that the day of Ascension is a day for celebration because all the work that Jesus came to do has been accomplished, and he returns to the right hand of God the Father.

Sunday, June 4 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.