Wolcott United Methodist Church

Welcome to the Wolcott, VT, United Methodist Church. We invite you to worship with us at 10:00am either in person or online. We look forward seeing you.

4023 VT Route 15 , Wolcott , VT 05680
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(802) 851-2031

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The United Methodist Church

New Handicapped Parking Sign

Front door with heritage site marker and brochure box

2022 Altar decorated for Pentecost with red geraniums

Rainbow over church

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.

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.

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 10:00am - either in person or on zoom..  

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.

Vermont Historic Roadside Marker

In 2010 a State of Vermont Historic Roadside Marker was installed to honor the Rev. George S. Brown.   

Church with Historic Marker

For more information, contact Rev. Pat Thompson at 802-888-2185 or pajt78817@aol.com

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.

Worship
Service for the First Sunday in Advent Hanging of the Greens November 27, 2022, at 10:00am

posted on November 26

                   

Click on the Link Above to see the Service for Sunday, November 27, 2022

      First Sunday in Advent   Hanging of the Greens

      

News & More

Church Restoration Project

posted on November 12

Church Restoration Project


UPDATE:  November 2022 - With the cooperation of the weather, we were finally able to complete the exterior work on the church building with the exception of painting the tower and the steeple.  This work requires a 90-foot lift which were unavailable this fall.  Painting of the tower will be completed in the spring of 2023.  A handicapped parking sign has also been added to the ramp.

Our next project will be the installation of a floor in the fellowship hall and the front hall.  We are in the process of procuring estimates for this work and raising the funds to complete the installation.


September 2022:  Due to a number of issues, including some rainy weather, the exterior work on the church building has yet to be completed.  It is the plan, however, that work will continue during the next few weeks as the weather permits with all of the exterior work being completed by the middle of October at the latest.

 While waiting to complete the exterior painting, we have also completed some re-ordering of our heating system.  In order to render the furnace more efficient, we re-installed ductwork that was re-moved with the initial restoration and installed a propane rennai heater in the fellowship hall.  This should save on our oil bill.

Phase Eight of our project began during the week of July 5th, 2021.  This phase includes the painting of the east and west and front sides of the building.  The front and the first three panels of both the east and west sides have received two coats of paint.    It had been the plan to complete the exterior painting of the front and two sides, including the cupola during the fall months.  However, the rainy weather, combined with the difficulty in renting the lift dela0yed that process.  Instead, the lower back wall of the building was insulated and re-clapboarded and it is currently our hope that we will be able to complete the painting of the entire exterior during the spring of 2022.  If  you would like to support this part of the project, you can send a check, designated for the historic restoration project to "WUMC - PO Box 94, Wolcott, VT" or go to the "giving" tab on our website and make a donation designated for the historic restoration project.

Phase Seven of our Historic Restoration Project has now been completed.   Phase Seven included removing the old clapboards at the top of the building on the east and west sides and the front, blowing insulation into the walls and covering with tyvek, and replacing the old clapboards with new pre-primed spruce clapboards.    Thank you to those of you who made donations during this phase of the project.  The funding for this particular phase was made possible, in part, by a Preservation Grant, made possible by a partnership between the Freeman Foundation and the Preservation Trust of Vermont.  We are very grateful to the Preservation Trust and the Freeman Foundation for their support of our historic restoration project.

Phase Six of our Historic Restoration Project was completed in the late fall of 2020.  Phase Six involved removing the clapboards on the front and side corners of the exterior of the building so that the front wall and sides can be insulated about 8 feet up.  Currently, there is little to no insulation in the front or side walls 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 new clapboards.  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.   

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.  

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 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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Wolcott United Methodist Church

(802) 851-2031