I'M NEW TO COMMUNITY

Welcome! Community is a United Methodist congregation of Christians located in the Kempsville section of Virginia Beach. We are a multi-generational church with members & attendees of all ages. Through worship, service, education, & hospitality, we offer ministries that foster a sense of community & belonging for all. We are committed to Loving God, Loving People, and Growing in likeness of Christ. We believe that the best way to grow as a Disciple of Jesus Christ is to be a participant in a small group. 


Community offers two worship experiences on Sunday mornings with a Small Groups/Sunday School hour in between at 10:00 AM. The Traditional service at 9:00 AM is oriented for those who prefer a worship experience in the Wesleyan tradition with hymns led by organ & piano. The Modern service at 11:15 AM is oriented for those who prefer a worship experience led by guitars, drums, bass guitar, and vocalists with songs that you might hear on Christian radio. All are welcome!



A BRIEF HISTORY

1952-1970s

Community United Methodist Church was organized September 7, 1952, with 87 charter members meeting at the Kempsville Community House. The Rev. Douglas Newman, pastor of Oak Grove Methodist, was the founding pastor.  In Oct. 1952, the congregation moved into Kempsville High School. The first worship service in the new sanctuary was on October 10, 1954. A parsonage was built next to the Church. There were 333 members. By 1955, with a membership over 400, the first addition (office and scout room) was built.  A second addition was built during the pastorate of Rev. Roach (1955 - 1960) and we had our first acolytes and the Men's Fellowship began. Our third pastor, Rev. Moseley (1960 - 1962) saw to it that the property located on Alton Road was purchased. Community Methodist went to two Sunday morning worship services during the pastorate of Rev. Kibler when our membership rose to 1,148. After having four different Pastors serve Community during the eighteen months from January 1967 to June 1968, the Rev. Abe Moyer was appointed. We built our current parsonage. Rev. Rose came to our church in 1974 and his strong guidance brought stability back to Community. We paid our debt off in full and restarted the United Methodist Men.

1980s-2000s
The present sanctuary was completed in 1984 under the pastorate of Rev. Logan, and we went back to two Sunday morning worship services. In 1989, during the pastorate of Rev. Morgan, the two-story educational unit was built and membership reached 1,600 in 1991. Community continued to see growth throughout the 1990's. In the early 2000's, brought many new changes and challenges for Community. In 2001, we launched a contemporary worship service on Sunday mornings. During the same period, It became necessary to expand our facilities once again and the new office wing and social hall were dedicated in 2002. Shortly there after, our congregation began to see a decline in worship attendance that unfortunately became a trend that lasted for more than 10 years.


2020 & Onward
​The Christian story is one of resurrection and new life and since the arrival of Rev. Meisenhelter, we have experienced God at work in so many ways among us. It is a new day  at Community and worship attendance and number of persons engaging in ministry are growing once again. Our story continues onward and we are excited about the things God is doing among us. We hope that you will be a part of it too!


QUESTIONS I MIGHT HAVE

Where are worship services held?

All worship services are in the Sanctuary, which is handicap accessible.

Do I have to be a member to participate in worship?
Our services are open to everyone. All of God’s children are welcome to participate in our ministries and programs, receive the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, and become members of the congregation.

Where should I park?
Community has multiple parking areas. We have designated parking for visitors, handicapped and the elderly along the side of the sanctuary on Alton Road. There are parking lots on the Burlington Road and Old Kempsville Road, as well as the in the field along Old Kempsville Road.

What should I wear? 
Come as you are. There’s no dress code at Community.  You will see people in their Sunday best and those in more casual clothing. Wear what makes you comfortable.

What if I haven’t been to church in a long time or never before?
Don’t let that keep you away. There was a first Sunday for all of us. Join in on the parts of the service you feel comfortable with, or just sit, watch and listen if you prefer.

What if I still have more questions? 
Feel free to contact us at cumc@cumcvb.org.

THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

United Methodist hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We are evangelical but moderate in our positions rather than fundamentalists. Methodists place a strong emphasis upon personal faith that is lived in this world. We are willing to ask questions and to wrestle with the many issues that face our world today. We place a strong emphasis upon the doctrine of grace and see God as a loving, compassionate God who seeks to bless his people and make all things new.

For more information on the United Methodist Church, click on this link: www.umc.org. If you would like to discuss the beliefs of the United Methodist Church with Pastor Matt, or if you are interested in becoming a member, call  (757) 495-1021 or e-mail cumc@cumcvb.org