Beginning again. You will be beginning again in just a few days. Whether you are arriving to UNC for your first or fourth year, you will begin classes again this fall. I have become accustomed to the familiar flow of an academic year and I’m excited for Wesley Campus Ministry to begin again. I’ve missed y’all!
A couple months ago I read an article in the Chapel Chimes titled “A Rich History in the Heart of Chapel Hill.” The article was indeed “rich” with information about how Methodists have been present and active in the community for over 200 years. I was especially struck by the statement that in 1843, 170 years ago, “the upper room at 157 ½ East Franklin Street was rented for worship services.” I had just ordered business cards with our new address: 157 East Franklin Street!! Funny, how God has brought us full circle, huh?!? Although I’m certain that our ministry looks a lot different than it did in 1843, we are happy to be back in the space where Methodism took root in Chapel Hill.
In the same way that the fire of the Holy Spirit spread through the Methodist movement, we have felt the Holy Spirit at work in a mighty way in our ministry. The Wesley Loft is the manifestation of a vision God gave us several years ago when we began our discernment process for Wesley’s future. We are excited to offer students a place to come and visit with one another in our lounge, grow in their relationships and knowledge of faith in our small group room, and find refuge and quiet in our prayer room.
In addition to our presence in the Wesley Loft, we will have our weekly meals in the UUMC Fellowship Hall at “The Gathering.” Wesley Worship will continue to take place on campus in Chapman Hall, room 201, on Sunday evenings. We are excited to reach out to more students than ever before and are praying for God’s guidance as we begin again at 157 East Franklin Street.
I hope you will stop by the Wesley Loft as soon as you arrive in Chapel Hill! Our office hours are from 9:30-4:30, Monday-Thursday. As the semester begins, office hours will be extended to accommodate the need for a place to hang out in the evening! We will have coffee and sodas available if you need to wet your whistle or need a little caffeine to make it through the day!
I’m so excited to begin again with you!! Please feel free to email me if you need anything at Amanda@uncwesley.org !
Big Wesley Love,
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