New Hope United Methodist Church
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Transforming Lives Through the Grace of Christ
On October 10, 2010, the First United Methodist Churches of North Adams and Williamstown voted to merge into one church serving Northern Berkshire County. As of January 1, 2011, we officially became a new church in search of a new name and a new location. On March 15, 2012, we chose our name - New Hope United Methodist Church. We continue to consider where God may be leading us to call home.
We are a Reconciling Congregation
All persons are individuals of sacred worth. We affirm Jesus' example of love without reservation and covenant to deal compassionately and justly with each other. Therefore, this inclusive and nurturing community of faith will continue to welcome all persons of any age, gender identity, race, ethnic origin, economic reality, family status, sexual orientation, diverse ability or social standing as full participants in the life and work of this reconciling congregation.
The First United Methodist Church of North Adams left their beautiful, but expensive to maintain, building in 2008 and began meeting in space at the First Congregational Church in order to focus their energy of serving the community. On the third Sunday of each month, they joined the First United Methodist Church of Williamstown to worship in Williamstown as we all seek to grow together in God's love.
The First United Methodist Church of Williamstown has been a vital congregation with a long history of concern for people and issues of social justice. Founders of the first day-care center in Williamstown, they supported local and global ministries, and facilitated a weekly cancer support group. A number of Williams College students have found here a church home away from home: a place to worship, sing in the choir, teach Sunday school, offer leadership to youth, or gather for Bible study.
We now have an active combined congregation that shares one another's joys and concerns. Our calendar of events includes worship, nursery care, Sunday School, short term Bible studies, book discussions, fellowship opportunities, and ministries to the local and global communities. We continue to hold services at our temporary location at 4 Water Street, Williamstown, MA.