The words composed here represent the work of the Holy Spirit in guiding this congregation toward a deeper understanding and love of God and Neighbor.

Mission Statement

"Changing lives through Jesus Christ." 

Welcoming Statement

First United Methodist Church, Charlottesville, welcomes and affirms people of every age, race, nationality, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and economic status. Join us in our faith journey toward greater love, understanding, and mutual respect.

Vision Statement

All enter into a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, discover, cultivate, and use their spiritual gifts to minister to others.

We are called to be a church where:

  • People are enthusiastic about worshiping together and are filled with the Holy Spirit,
  • All persons participate in spiritual growth opportunities and outreach ministries,
  • All persons support, uplift, and challenge one another as one body in Christ,
  • We support a vital and growing children's and youth ministry and the nurturing of all ages, and
  • We reflect the diversity of our community.

Core Value Statement

  1. Spiritual Faithfulness: We put the highest priority on the gospel of Jesus Christ and his example of love and forgiveness and on the spiritual disciplines which prepare us for such witness.
  2. Discipleship: We accept a life-long commitment to think and act more like Jesus Christ.
  3. Experience of Community: We welcome all people, take steps to be known to each other, and strive to exhibit the love and fellowship of the Christian community.
  4. Calls and Gifts: We celebrate each person's unique gifts and God's call for their use.
  5. Openness to Change: We accept the risks involved in responding to God's call.


As a United Methodist Church we are connected with the larger district, conference, and church.