Who We Are
Wesley Memorial Church cares about one thing more than anything else, Jesus Christ. Wesley Memorial Church is a family of individuals who have found hope in Jesus and simply want as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom.
Where We Come From
Now situated at the corner of Chestnut Street and Westchester Drive, Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church had its beginnings when a small group of Methodists under the the leadership of Peter Doub, one of Methodism's most famous circuit riders, built a one room church on what was to become Washington Street in a town as yet unincorporated in 1856. This first congregation numbered seventeen people, seven males and ten females.
The congregation grew, and a second church was erected on the same site between 1888 and 1890. Known as Washington Street Methodist Episcopal Church South, this church housed the congregation until 1915 when a third church was built on North Main Street, and the name was changed to Wesley Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, South in honor of Methodism's founder John Wesley.
Membership continued to grow, and the site on North Main Street was landlocked , so in 1953 a tract of land was purchased on Chestnut Street. Construction was begun in 1958 on the Chapel and the Administrative/Education wing and was completed and occupied in 1960. By 1968 the present sanctuary had also been built and occupied. That same year the name was changed to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church due to the national merger of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren.
From its earliest years, Wesley Memorial has been a mission-oriented church supporting local and foreign missions. That continues today as members help in all phases of local food pantries, clothing closets, after school tutoring projects and feeding the homeless and hungry. Members have traveled to Haiti, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Kenya and many places in this country, helping to do whatever it takes to make people's lives better. It is a concerned, caring and loving church for all people.
For a complete history of the church, A History of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, High Point, is available in the church office for $15.00.
History of Our Sanctuary
Originally published in 1969, Christian Faith In Art & Symbol is a beautiful testament to the craftsmanship and intricacies of the Wesley Memorial sanctuary, all to the glory of God. Although the book is now out of print, we now have a digital copy of it available on our website.
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Where We're Headed
Wesley Memorial has over 2500 members and continues to add dozens of new people and families each year. Even though the church may be large, we are committed to connect all people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ.
What We Believe
God is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. He eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is God wrapped up in human flesh. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate his power over sin and death. He ascended into heaven and will come again to judge the living and the dead and to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation, providing power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. We believe in the full expression of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
ABOUT THE BIBLE
We believe that God inspired the composition and collection of the Old and New Testaments. Therefore, it is inspired, eternal, and true. The Holy Spirit preserves and protects God's Word in the church today and by it speaks God's Word to peoples of every age.
We believe that apart from salvation in Jesus Christ, people are lost and their eternal souls are in peril. We believe that people receive salvation and reserve their places in heaven through faith in Jesus Christ, not by good works (Ephesians 2:8-9). Human beings have their sins forgiven through accepting Christ's sacrifice on the cross. We further believe that those who do not accept Christ are separated from God eternally after death. Another name for that separation is hell.
ABOUT THE RETURN OF CHRIST
We believe that at some unknown point in the future, Jesus Christ will return in full glory and triumph. There will be a bodily resurrection of all persons and final judgment to both eternal reward and eternal punishment. God will have ultimate victory over Satan and will establish a perfect kingdom in a new heaven and a new earth.
As United Methodists, we join with our Methodist brothers and sisters around the world and claim the historic distinctives of Wesleyan faith: prevenient grace, free will, personal and social holiness, assurance of the believer, and a connected church.
What This Means For You
What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at Wesley Memorial Church. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you are in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of the Wesley Memorial family.
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