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.  We currently host the offices for the Charlottesville Community ID Program, which we sponsor.

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.