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We pray that you will find our congregation
to be a warm and welcoming place. 

Please join us!

Sunday School 9:45 am
Worship 11:00 am

Who We Are

We are a small, loving congregation in the heart of Belmont. Our hearts are open to any and all who want to explore their faith, give glory to God, and serve their neighbor. 

Our mission statement is: The people of Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church Seek Christ, Serve Christ, Share Christ in Belmont and Beyond.

As United Methodists, we are part of the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States.  We are not just an American church, though – there are more than 12 million United Methodists in our global connection.

Our denomination formed when the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Bretheren church merged in 1968.  The “People Called Methodists” have been a movement for spiritual renewal and social justice since they were first gathered in England in the 18th century, by two brothers: John and Charles Wesley.

Hinton Avenue has been part of Belmont since 1909.  Over the years the congregation has grown and shrunk; different ministries have begun and been completed.  At present we offer free clothes and fellowship through our Clothes Closet, meals for the hungry in our Family Kitchen, worship and learning opportunities on Sundays and during the week; our building is home to a satellite campus of The International School of Charlottesville, a French and Spanish language immersion preschool, Boy Scout Troop 37, and several AA, NA, and Al Anon chapters.

One thing that has remained constant is our deep assurance of God’s love for all people and our desire to share that love in ways that change lives for the better. 

We don’t always get it right, but we do trust in God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit to lead us into lives that love like Jesus loved.

First Time Guest?

Sunday Mornings can be scary
if you’re visiting a congregation you’re not used to.

Our 11:00 service is traditional without being uptight.  Dress runs the gamut – Hawaiian shirts are as at home as suits and ties.  Our pastor and choir usually wear robes (but sometimes it’s just too hot!).  

We sing hymns, hear scripture read, say printed prayers together, and hear a sermon that connects the living Word to the lives we live.  All ages are present, and when there are children there is a special message for them.  We provide activity kits to help keep them engaged during the service and, if desired, can accompany them to a playroom where they can be more relaxed. 

Music is our strength and our joy and we try to incorporate a variety of traditional hymns, gospel favorites, and newer songs of praise.  Each week our Chancel Choir offers a choral anthem.  We typically celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month.

 

Blog

The Last Supper

Maundy Thursday services held together with and First UMC, Sojourners UCC, New Beginnings Christian Community included a living tableaux of Da Vinci’s The Last Supper.

End Gun Violence

#MarchForOurLives On March 24, Rev. Robert Lewis, Barbara Ruddy, and Fred Schneider took our prayer for an end to gun violence to the streets of Washington, DC.

Contact Us

We’d love to hear from you.  Let us know how we can help.

Give us a call at (434) 293-7049 ,
submit a comment or request via the form below,
email at church@hintonavenueumc.org,
or better yet, meet us in person on a Sunday morning!