Wednesday, February 28, 2018

TABLE Inc. is recipient of February Offerings

Aldersgate is giving 100 percent of our February offerings to TABLE, Inc. (, whose mission is "to provide healthy, emergency food aid every week to hungry children living in Chapel Hill and Carrboro." We raised $3,205! TABLE representative Suzanne Tormollen will join us for worship and dinner on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 4 p.m. at Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliott Rd., in Chapel Hill. She will tell us about the good work that TABLE does. Join us!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Ash Wednesday Worship

Aldersgate and Evergreen United Methodist Churches in Chapel Hill will have a joint Ash Wednesday service of worship on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Evergreen, 11098 US Hwy 15/501 (on the left hand side of the road as you travel from Chapel Hill towards Pittsboro). Rev. Cheryl Lawrence, pastor of Aldersgate, will preside, and a brief reception will follow the service. All are invited to make this a good beginning of the season of Lent.

Monday, December 25, 2017

A New Thing: Dinner Church

Aldersgate has big news.  

One year ago, our church discovered that plans for the Durham-Orange light rail will have the elevated rail running so close to our building that it will literally destroy some of the front steps. After trying and failing to get the proposed rail path moved, Aldersgate began to talk in earnest about what light rail construction in three years would mean for our small church. After much prayer, many meetings, Christian conversation, and the blessing of the appropriate denominational authorities, a church conference was held at Aldersgate on June 26, 2017, at which a three-quarter majority of present, voting members decided to place Aldersgate’s property on the market for sale.
St. Thomas More Catholic Church, our next-door-neighbor, made Aldersgate an offer, and on Aug. 16, 2017, Aldersgate accepted that offer.  Closing was Jan. 24, 2018.  
However…this is not the end!
On Jan. 28, 2018, Aldersgate became a “dinner church,” combining worship, dinner, and Eucharist on Sundays at 4 p.m. at the Event Center of Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliott Rd. in Chapel Hill - . Since we relocated, 100 percent of our Sunday offerings benefit charities and benevolences. We selected Table Inc., a Chapel Hill organization that feeds hungry children, as the recipient of our February offerings --
You may be puzzled…. Dinner and church together? You mean at the same time? – Yes. What’s that going to be like? – Come and see.  We think you will be pleased, and dinner is on us. Worship is informal, and dress is casual.
A few more things to note:
Written into the contract to purchase is the assurance that St. Thomas More will keep Aldersgate’s Memorial Garden in perpetuity, providing access to those who wish to visit.
The Aldersgate Church Preschool found a new home at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Chapel Hill.
We will have a post office box for mail: P.O. Box 3296, Chapel Hill, NC 27515. You may reach Rev. Cheryl Lawrence at The church’s e-mail address is:

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas Eve

Aldersgate will hold its regular 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. We will light the Advent wreath and sing lots of Christmas carols as we welcome the newborn king! Come and join us; all are welcome.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Soup and Chili Time

Sunday, Dec. 17, 4 pm
Worship, pray, discuss: February offerings
Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliott Rd., Chapel Hill

          We’ll enjoy hot soup/chili, fresh bread, and desserts as we prayerfully discuss at our individual tables: Who will receive Aldersgate’s February offerings? Offerings over the course of a month often amount to several thousand dollars. We'll meet in the Franklin Room of Extraordinary Ventures event center, 200 S. Elliott Rd., in Chapel Hill. 
           Each table will bring to the larger group its recommendation for a worthy organization to receive our February offerings.  We’ll reach a congregational decision for one organization after hearing from the tables.
            Aldersgate plans to relocate in late January to the event center of Extraordinary Ventures, to become a dinner church who meets at 4 p.m. After that time, 100 percent of our Sunday offerings will benefit worthy organizations. 
            All are welcome all the time, and we mean that. 

Happy Advent!

Christmas caroling with Polly

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Anniversary Sunday is October 1, 2017

Aldersgate UMC in Chapel Hill will celebrate our "Anniversary Sunday" on Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Stan Smith, pastor in the 1970s, will return to preach. Our worship service will be followed by a congregational covered-dish dinner. Bring a dish to share, and join us! All are invited.