John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
At John Wesley United Methodist Church, we seek to nurture and to raise up disciples of Christ. We strive to put our faith in Jesus Christ and our love for Jesus Christ into action.
We invite you to visit our church to worship and to fellowship with us!
From the south, take Highway 17 toward Charleston. Just past the red light at Magnolia Drive (on the left) you will see Gerald's Tires, and then Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. John Wesley's parking lot is immediately on the left. The Sunday School wing is immediately adjacent to the parking lot, with the sanctuary down the walkway in front of the church.
From the North, take Highway 17 South toward Charleston. Cross the Ravenel bridge. Stay on the main cross-town street and you will come to the Ashley River Bridges. Across the bridge, you will pass two red lights , approximately 1/2 mile, and on your right you will see John Wesley United Methodist Church. The parking lot is just past the church, with the Education wing immediately adjacent, and the sanctuary is down the walkway in front of the church.
Top Ten Questions Asked By Potential Guests
Where is the church and where do I park?
The church is located at 626 Savannah Highway. It is in the West Ashley area of Charleston. The church grew out of the post WW II expansion of the city, so we are just off the peninsula of Historic Charleston. Parking is as far away from the sanctuary as we could manage. Really. The main parking lot is on the western side of the property away from the old city. We did not plan it that way … it’s just the way it got to be. If that's too far to walk, drive around behind the Sanctuary. There is a row of handicap spots for those with appropriate tags, and a row of yellow-painted spots designated for those that need a shorter walk.
Will there be some one to help me find my way in?
In the first door next to the parking lot on the front of the building there will be a “Coffee Spot”. There will be people there between the Sunday School hour and the 11:00 service. They will be helpful. At other times, come all the way down to the Sanctuary at the far end of the property from the parking lot. Ushers and Greeters will help you there.
Is the place handicap friendly?
Mostly. We could do better, but most of the building is handicap accessible by ramps or through the elevator. There are handicap parking spaces on all sides of the building and we do provide hearing assistance devices for those who could use them. For those who need the privacy of a separate/smaller space for worship, we have a projection system in the chapel with a live feed from the Sanctuary for our services. Feel free to contact a greeter for information about any or all of the above mentioned resources or for any others.
As a guest will I be singled out during the service?
We don't single out guests, but we will give you the opportunity to provide us with contact information by the passing of an attendance registry. You have a chance to shake hands with our greeters at the doors, and during the service we have a "pass the peace" time where the congregation stands to greet those sitting around them in the pews.
Is there a dress code/ will I feel out of place in “tourist” clothes?
Only you know how easily you embarrass. That being said, rest assured, we live in a tourist town. We know that. And we love that you have come to visit our town and we love that you've taken time to consider visiting with us. You will find folk here in “Sunday Go to Meetin” clothes. You will also find folk here in rather comfortable attire. You will find some of the former that are jealous of the latter.
What is the service like?
The 8:30 service is described as “more casual”. More casual than what? We are not sure. The contemporary service, beginning at 10:50, is our most casual (jeans are fine) service that includes music from our praise band, and that takes place in our smaller chapel. The 11:00 service is “traditional”. It’s not quite high church, but it is pretty liturgically organized. Our services are ordered and follow a pattern, but have a friendly, open flavor to them. We use hymnals and bulletins; there are choral anthems, and yet there is time for the kids to participate as well. We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month and all are welcome to receive the holy elements. Both the 8:30 and 11:00 services take place in the sanctuary.
How long are the sermons?
It all depends on who you ask. Some folk say that they last forever, while others say that they are too short; still others say that they are just right. The truth of the matter is that they are usually about 15 - 20 minutes long, give or take. It is our hope that the time spent in worship is so engrossing that, no matter how long the sermon, it seems timeless~not eternal.
Is there a nursery?
We provide nursery care for children age 6 weeks – 3 years for all regular and special worship services, Sunday School, Wednesday Night Out, and other church-wide events and activities. Our Nursery Staff is CPR/First Aid Certified as well as trained and certified in Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children and our Safe Sanctuaries policy.
What about children in worship?
Aren’t we all children at heart? Children are welcomed to attend anything and everything here at John Wesley, which means that they are welcome to stay in the sanctuary during worship. There is a children’s sermon that sometimes is more interesting than anything else that happens on Sunday Morning. After that, those that choose to, can go to Children’s Church. And of course there is a great nursery that is staffed by well trained and certified workers. The nursery is available for all worship services and for almost everything else that happens around this place. And the overflow/private space of the chapel is available if you just need a moment alone with a child, but do not want to miss the service.
If communion is served will I be allowed to participate?
The invitation to participate in Holy Communion is as follows: “Christ our lord invites to his table all who love him, all who earnestly repent of their sin, and all who seek to live in peace with one another.” If you can answer affirmatively those conditions, you are welcome to participate. The truth is we are all in need of the grace of that Holy Meal. Come share in it with us. Like most southerners, we fix too much for just us.
What About Sunday School?
The classes are strong small group communities. Yet they are also welcoming and open to new faces. If it’s just for one visit, or to join in forever… drop in on one. Try one on for size. There are ten adult classes that are loosely organized around ages and stages in life. We’ll help you find one when you get here. And if that one does not work out … there are all those others. For children, the ages and grades system help them cluster in terms of skill and ability.
The class time is set for 9:45 until 10:45 every Sunday.