Wolcott United Methodist Church

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, our churches are closed and we are worshipping "virtually" via zoom. Please see the invitation to the zoom gathering for 10:00 am on Sunday mornings in a separate post. During July we will continue to worship via zoom. However, we will also be holding live services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays at Rev. Pat & Vernon's home at 169 Paine Ave, Morrisville, VT. See the invitation to the zoom gathering for more details.

4023 VT Route 15 , Wolcott , VT 05680
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The United Methodist Church

Drive-through town to Honor Arlo Sterner

Drive-through town to Honor Arlo Sterner

Drive-through Wolcott to Honor Arlo Sterner

About a dozen or more cars and trucks, along with Fire Trucks from Hardwick and Woodbury, as well as Wolcott, drove down through the village of
Wolcott on Sunday, June 14, past Arlo Sterner's home to honor the venerable man who was so well known to the residents of Wolcott and the fire departments in many area towns.

Black Lives Matter

About 15 people gathered at the church on Wednesday, June 10, at 3:30 near the Rev. George S. Brown Historic Roadside Marker to protest racism in America.

Black Lives Matter

Another view of the protest.

Front Door Prepared for Trinity and Peace with Justice Sunday

Front door prepared for Pentecost

Front door prepared for spring

Front Door of Church Prepared for Easter 2020

Altar prepared for Easter 2020

Cross on Front Door Draped for Maundy Thursday/Good Friday 2020

Front Door of Church Prepared for Holy Week 2020

Celebrating Linda and Arlo's birthdays

Black History Month Celebrated with African Dinner and African Dances by Ballet Wolcott

Our African dinner and dances by Ballet Wolcott were thoroughly enjoyed by all,
along with the presentation on Geo.S. Brown's ministry and missionary work in Africa.

Christmas Eve 2019

First Sunday in Advent 2019

2019 Thanksgiving Baskets

This year we gave a basket to a family and a single individual.

Rocktoberfest Food Sale for Missions Great Success!

Many thanks to everyone who baked for the food sale at Saturday's Rocktoberfest and to all who bought the food.  $275 was realized for our missions' projects!

Pastor Mike presents backpacks and check to Evangelist Barbara Miller

2019 Backpacks for Evangelist Barbara Miller

Celebrating Pastor Mike and Sherry's birthdays

Altar decorated for Pentecost 2019

Celebrating Sally, Laurie and Vernon's Birthdays

Many thanks to Walter and Eric for cooking the syrup for our maple sugar dinner!

Our 2019 Maple Sugar Dinner was a great success!

Many thanks to all who attended!

Welcome to the Wolcott United Methodist Church

We are a small, but faithful congregation of diverse individuals, struggling to do our best to live out our faith in Jesus Christ.  We would love to have you join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30am.  

Historic Site Marker

As far as can be determined, the WUMC is the only white United Methodist church in the country to be organized by an African American - the Rev. George S. Brown - in 1855.  It was designated an official Historic Site of the UMC in 2008.

Sketch of the Rev. George S. Brown

This is a sketch (the only image that has been identified to date) of the Rev. George S. Brown, drawn by Henry Mack of Hardwick (who was probably about 13/14 years old at the time.)  You can view a video about Rev. Brown's ministry at http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/news/hidden-history-reverend-george-s-brown/648629943.

Church with Historic Roadside Marker

Rev. Brown oversaw the construction of the church building in 1856.  If you would like to visit the church and learn more about Geo. S. Brown, please contact Rev. Pat Thompson at 888-2185 or pajt8817@aol.com

Vermont Historic Roadside Marker

In 2010 a State of Vermont Historic Roadside Marker was installed to honor the Rev. George S. Brown.  PLEASE NOTE: The newly repaired marker has just been reinstalled this week and is available for viewing once again..  Thank you for your patience. 

WUMC Approved for State Register of Historic Sites

In October, the Wolcott UMC was officially approved to be listed on the State Register of Historic Sites, another step in our process to honor our founder, the Rev. George S. Brown.

Black Lives Matter

Another view of the protest!

Service and Pastor Mike's sermon for August 2, 2020

posted on August 02

Click on the Link Above to see the Service for Sunday, Sunday, August  2, 2020
We welcome parishioners from Binghamville
who may also be sharing this service with us, as well.

Invitation to Join the Wolcott UMC and the Binghamville UMC in Worship on Sunday Morning, August 2, 2020

posted on July 29

While Pastor Mike will continue to record the Sunday morning services via zoom, during
August, on the first and third and fifth Sundays of the month, we will also be holding live
services at Rev.Pat and Vernon's home at 169 Paine Ave, Morrisville, VT.  On the 2nd and
4th Sundays, live worship will be held outside at the Binghamville UMC.  Please wear a
mask and bring your own chair and some bread and juice/water/tea/coffee for the
communion service and join us live at 10:00am.  This coming week, weather permitting,
live worship will be held at Rev. Pat and Vernon's home.  An Ad Council meeting for
Wolcott will follow.

Mike Thorpe is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Sunday Worship
Time: Aug 2, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 881 296 1767
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News & More

Church Restoration Project

posted on June 27

Church Restoration Project

UPDATE:   Having completed Phase Five of our Historic Restoration Project, we plan to embark on Phase Six at the end of the summer and into the fall:  removing the clapboards on the front and side corners of the exterior of the building that the front wall can be insulated about 8 feet up.  Currently, there is little to no insulation in the front wall so that the hallway is very cold and we have experienced freezing pipes in the bathroom during the past two winters.  Once the wall is insulated it will be covered with plywood and then new clapboards will be placed the outside.  We hope that this will be the next-to-last phase before completion of the painting of the exterior and repair of the outer walls under the eaves which we will hope to complete during 2021.  It is estimated that Phase six will cost us in the range of $20,000.  If you would like to support our Historic Restoration Project - especially during this time of the pandemic which it is really difficult to hold fundraisers, you may click on the "Giving" tab on the home page of this website or send a check designated for the Historic Restoration Fund to WUMC, PO Box 94, Wolcott, VT 05680.

Phase Five of our Historic Restoration Project has now been completed .  Our kitchen cabinets, sink, and countertops have been installed.  Over the winter we insulated the outside walls of the fellowship hall and sheetrocked and painted the walls a light cream color which will make the entire hall much lighter and more inviting.  The front hall has been repainted and the finishing touches have been put on the kitchen and the fellowship hall.  Once we can open the church to the public once again, it is our plan to open up use of these rooms to anyone in the community who needs a place for meetings, events such as birthday parties, baby or wedding showers, or whatever is needed.  Stay tuned for updates.

We greatly appreciate all the support we have received for our Historic Restoration Project to date.  If you would like to assist us in moving this part of the project along, you may send a check to the Wolcott UMC, PO Box 94, Wolcott, VT 05680 or going to our web page:  www.wolcotvtumc.org and clicking on our "Giving Tab."

Phase Four - closing in the front wall of the Fellowship Hall, adding a wider, handicapped accessible door and painting the floor in the Hall so that we can once again use the hall for events-is now nearly completed with the exception of some finish work.  We held our first event in a year-and-a half when we hosted racism training for clergy and laity from the Vermont District.

We thank all of you who have supported our restoration project over the past year-and-a half.  If you would like to continue to support us, you can send a check to WUMC, PO Box 94, Wolcott, VT, marked "Historic Restoration Fund," or go to the "Giving Tab" on this website.

We have now completed Phase Three of our Historic Restoration Project.  We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our Restoration Project to date.   As a result of your support we have a new handicapped accessible entrance ramp and have been able to completely repair the back wall so that we will have no more worries re:  water infiltration into the foundation.  There is still a need to finish the entrance, floor, and kitchen and we will be working on that in the months to come.  We could not have come this far without your support and are praying that you will continue to support us as move forward to Phase Four - completing the front interior wall of the fellowship hall along with enlarging the doorway as well as painting the floor.  Once this is done, we will have use of the hall once again.

Week 26 saw the completion on our handicapped bathroom!  We now have a fully functional bathroom once again - much larger and more pleasant than our previous one.

Week 23 ended with more plumbing work being completed on our handicapped bathroom.  An additional wall needed to be added to accommodate the required grab bars, so we will now also have a small closet in the bathroom, as well.  And the door also needed to be moved.   We have received a number of donations in memory of Linda Clark, who died very unexpectedly on August 6 and who was one of our most active members and an avid supporter of the historic restoration project.  

Week 18 of our historic restoration project saw work beginning on our handicapped bathroom.  The framing of the room has been completed.  We now need to choose flooring for the bathroom before we can move forward.  It is our current goal to be able to install the bathroom prior to winter.  We are presently about $6,000 short of having enough funds to meet this goal. 

Week 17 saw the pouring of the concrete slab, completing Phase One.  Our next step is to finish raising funds for our handicapped bathroom.  Many thanks again for all of you who have supported our Historic Restoration Project. 

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