This congregation was formed in 2010 from the union of the “old” North Chatham United Methodist Church and the Wesley at Malden Bridge United Methodist Church. These congregations were well over 150 years old and had a long history of working together. The union has brought new energy and vitality to the combined congregation.
We are very blessed to have Rev. Darienne Gagne, a United Church of Christ serving as our Pastor; she leads worship services that are lively, spiritual and enlightening. Read Pastor’s Welcome letter.
We have a strong focus on doing Mission work, locally and around the world. One of our members has gone to Mozambique and Nicaragua to do Mission work, and has made two trips to Iowa for the same purpose. Others work in local food pantries.
We have actively supported Heifer Project for many years (mainly through the efforts of our Sunday School), and we have raised over $15,000 to benefit this cause. This is 5 ARKs. We have also supported a Pastor in Mozambique as he pursues his theology studies.
Closer to home, we provide financial support to Dr. Bob Pagelow as he provides medical care to impoverished residents of Albany.
In 1867, the Methodist Society had outgrown its church building (now a residence) and contracted a local carpenter named Abram Ring to build the structure that is now our Sanctuary and Fellowship hall. Our pipe organ is a vintage Tracker instrument that is well over 100 years old and still sounding wonderful. The barn, which houses our clothing barn and is used for storage of Auction donations, was built by the members of this church in 1997. The carriage house that it replaced was moved down the street at the time, was completely renovated, and is now quite visible from Route 203 in the center of the hamlet.
Regularly Scheduled Events include the Following:
– Worship services at 9:30 am during the summer months and 11:00 am the rest of the year.
– Christian education from 9:45 to 10:45, early September through mid-May, available for ages three through adults
– Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 7:00 and 11:00
– Soup and Games (for adults) happens on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at noon, in the Education Building
– The clothing barn is open from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Saturdays of the month, May through September
– The annual Lord’s Acre Auction and Sale always happens on the Saturday after the Columbus Day holiday
The VISION of this church is to be a beacon of moral and spiritual leadership by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ through witness, service and prayer. The mission of this church is to nurture and uplift the lives of all we touch in both the immediate and the global community.
In affirmation of “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors,” the North Chatham United Methodist Church embraces people of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, abilities, family structures and cultural backgrounds. All people are welcome to be full participants in the worship, membership and ministry of this church.