What is the Charlottesville District of the United Methodist Church?
The United Methodist Church is a global church. The mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. To organize the work of the church, groups of churches in a geographic area are organized to form a district, somewhat similar to the way cities and towns are organized into counties. The Virginia Conference consists of 16 districts. Often, churches in a district will work together to provide training and mission opportunities.
The Charlottesville District consists of 73 United Methodist Churches in a ten-county area of Virginia. Approximately 12,150 people are members of these United Methodist Churches. Rachel’s Haven has been a combined effort of all 73 churches and our Wesley Foundation at UVA ministry for six years.
The counties that are part of the Charlottesville District are: Albemarle, Amherst, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Rappahannock, and the City of Charlottesville.
The Vision Team is the small group who is partnering with Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church to lead the district’s effort to build Rachel’s Haven. The Vision team consists of twelve people. Some are members of the clergy; most are not. What we all have in common is that we are all volunteers and that we are all responding to God’s call to celebrate and walk alongside people who have developmental disabilities.
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Who is Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church?
Great question! For over one hundred twenty years, Hinton Avenue has worshiped and served in Charlottesville’s historic Belmont Neighborhood. Long the home of a soup kitchen and clothes closet, Hinton Avenue also shares with other congregations seeking local solutions to problems of injustice through IMPACT, supports the winter housing ministry of PACEM, works for racial justice through the Charlottesville Clergy Collective, and shares sponsorship of the Charlottesville Area Community ID Program. They currently host the International School of Charlottesville in the former Educational Wing, but hope soon to see that space become safe, affordable, supportive homes. Hinton Avenue is a congregation that takes seriously Jesus’ command to love its neighbors, and longs to welcome new neighbors to Rachel’s Haven with a warm and loving embrace. Check them out by clicking here!