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For 170 years, Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church has been a cornerstone of the Newport community.  Though our world has experienced many changes since the church’s founding in 1850,  our striving to reveal the love of God and neighbor remains a constant.

It is our vision to be a welcoming community that provides opportunities for spiritual growth for people at all stages of Christian faith.  We invite you to join us as we share Christ’s love for the world through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Our doors are always open!

Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike?  May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion?  Without all doubt, we may.

—John Wesley

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We believe in-

Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

We live by two kinds of faithfulness:

  • Personal
  • Social

We follow three simple rules:

  • Do no harm.
  • Do Good.
  • Stay in love with God.

“‘What then is the mark?  Who is a Methodist, according to your own account?’  I answer: A Methodist is one who has ‘the love of God shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Ghost given unto him;’ one who ‘loves the Lord his God with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his mind, and with all his strength.’  God is the joy of his heart, and the desire of his soul; which is constantly crying out, ‘Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee!  My God and my all!  Thou art the strength of my heart, and my potion for ever!'”

John Wesley-“The Character of a Methodist,” in Works, Vol. 8; pg. 341.

Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Understanding of the Christian Life

Founder of the Methodist movement in England, John Wesley was determined to foster the disciplined practices that would lead to faithfulness in the way of Jesus.  These practices were outlined in the “General Rules,” and instructions in them and accountability to them was centered in the classes that formed the United Societies of the early Methodist movement (The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church-2004 (The United Methodist Publishing House, 2004).

1)  Do No Harm

“By doing no harm, by avoiding evil of every kind, especially that which is most generally practiced.”

-Discipline, 2004.

When we agree that we will not harm those with whom we disagree, conversation, dialogue, and discovery of new insight become possible.  When our words and actions are guarded by this first simple rule, we have time and space to think about consequences before a word is spoken or an action taken.

“It may easily be believed, he [Jesus] who had this love in his heart would work no evil to his neighbor.  It was impossible for him, knowingly and designedly, to do harm to any man.  He was at the greatest distance from cruelty and wrong, from any unjust or unkind action.  With the same care did he ‘set a watch before his mouth, and keep the door of his lips,’ lest he should offend in tongue, either against justice, or against mercy or truth.  He put away all lying, falsehood, and fraud; neither was guile found in his mouth.  He spake evil of no man nor did an unkind word ever come out of his lips.”

John Wesley-“Sermon 4, Scriptural Christianity,” in Works, Vol. 5; pg. 41.

2)  Do Good

“By doing good; by being in every kind merciful after their power; as they have opportunity; doing good of every possible sort, and, as far as possible, to all….”

-Discipline, 2004

The words of Jesus and of Wesley suggest that doing good is a universal command.  That is, doing good is not limited to those like me or those who look like me.  Doing good is directed at everyone, even when those who do not fit my category of “worthy” to receive any good that I or others can direct their way.  This command is also universal and no one is exempt from it.

“There is scare any possible way of doing good, for which here is not daily occasion….  Here are poor families to be relieved:  Here are children to be educated:  Here are workhouses, wherein both young and old gladly receive the word of exhortation:  Here are the prisons, and therein a complication of all human wants.”

John Wesley-“Journal from August 12, 1738-November 1, 1739,”

in Works, Vol. 1; pg. 181.

3)  Stay in Love with God

“By attending upon all the ordinances of God….”

-Discipline, 2004

While the word “ordinance” is strange to our modern ears, John Wesley used it to describe the practices that kept the relationship with God and humans vital, alive, and growing.  Wesley names public worship of God, the Lord’s Supper, private and family prayer, searching the Scriptures, Bible study, and fasting as essential to faithful life.

Worship

In-Person Indoor Worship

Join us for worship at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday.

For everyone’s continued safety, we will be following these safety protocols per the requirements of the Technical Assistance Manual provided by the Virginia Conference:

Each person will be asked several questions about their health as they check in with the greeter upon arrival.  A temperature check will also be taken.

Face coverings are required at all times inside the church.  If someone removes or refuses to wear a mask, the service will immediately end.

Individually wrapped masks will be available in the vestibule for anyone who might be in need of one.  Disposable vinyl gloves will also be available for anyone who would like to use them.

The worship itself will be an abbreviated form of the fourfold order found in the UMH/UMBOW.  Services will be around 35 minutes or so in length.

Music will continue to be supplied by our solo violinist.  There will be no congregational singing.

There will be no formal/liturgical reception of gifts.  A basket will be available in the narthex to receive offerings as attendees arrive.

Attendees must sit at least 6 feet apart during the service.  Attendance in worship will not exceed 50% capacity of the sanctuary.

Everyone will sit as close to the aisles as possible at the end of each pew.  There will be at least 6 feet between the people on each pew unless they are family members that have been together.  The pew in front of each person and the pew behind each person will be empty.  Please sit only in the pews marked with a verse from the Book of Psalms.

The two doors leading from the Sanctuary into the Fellowship Hall will remain open for increased air flow.  Pending temperature/weather, the front doors of the sanctuary may also remain open during worship for additional ventilation.  Ceiling fans may also be used as needed.

Worship will continue to be offered online via our church Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NewportMtOlivetUnitedMethodistChurch at 11:00 a.m. so that everyone can be included.  The Order of Worship and Message for each Sunday will also be sent out weekly via e-mail and posted on our church website.  Along with announcements and prayer concerns, the Order of Worship and Message will be mailed weekly to those who do not have Internet access as well.

Please remember that the first of the three rules given by John Wesley to the early Methodist class meetings in Britain is “Do no harm.”  Our precautions are not enacted with any intention to diminish one’s free choices or to establish a layer of bureaucratic-initiated inconvenience.  They are in place solely for the health and safety of all persons who desire to come and worship God.

Our primary weekly worship celebration is every Sunday at 11:00 a.m.   The sacrament of Holy Communion is typically celebrated on the first Sunday of each month and at other times throughout the year.

Children Are Welcome in Worship

Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes a child … welcomes me” (Matthew 18:5).  Children are our present and our future, our hope, our teachers, our inspiration.  They are full participants in the life of the church and in the realm of God. 

Additionally, a Nursery is available for children four and under immediately following the Children’s Moment on most Sundays.  Following United Methodist tradition, children are welcome to fully participate in Communion on the First Sunday of each Month.  Children’s Worship Bulletins and Sanctuary Sacks are also available as you come into the Sanctuary.  The Children’s Worship Bulletins have a secret code that unlocks hours of fun learning at home.  This secret code is unique to our church and allows safe and secure access to online games and activities that reinforce our weekly Scripture focus.  

NMO-UMC has been recognized as A Church for All God’s Children by the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church and has a Safe Sanctuaries policy for the protection of our children and youth.

Invitation to Holy Communion

The United Methodist Church celebrates an open Communion Table.  According to The United Methodist Book of Worship: All who intend to lead a Christian life, together with their children are invited to receive the bread and cup.  We have no tradition of refusing any who present themselves desiring to receive the bread and cup.  All ages are welcome to come and receive these gifts of God’s grace.

The Meaning of Holy Communion in the UMC

Worship Assistance Available

Hearing assistance devices and large print hymnals are available for your use.  Our Greeter will be happy to assist you with these items.

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