As state and local leaders allow more options to resume onsite gathering, we have been praying, planning, and preparing. Please watch this video announcement for our current decision and details on upcoming onsite worship options.
The staff and leadership of the church have decided to begin holding on-site worship options starting Sunday, June 14 at 50% capacity while practicing social distancing. We are providing multiple on-site options each Sunday as we continue to take small steps towards being back together fully. Please do not feel any pressure to attend on-site services as we still believe that the online worship experience is the safest option, especially for those in an at-risk category.
Onsite Service Times:
8:30 am & 10:00 am
To ensure capacity requirements everyone should register for the service they plan to attend. You can do this anytime by clicking the "Register For Service" button below. Services will be held in our Student Center with overflow into the adjacent "Commons." All services are family worship as we are not able to provide Children's Ministry at this time. You are welcome to attend as a family with the understanding that it is your responsibility to ensure all members of your family, including children, respect social distancing protocol for the safety of everyone in attendance.
Special Notes and Guidelines:
- Because we care about you and your safety, we do not recommend attending if you are in one of the "at-risk" categories for the virus.
- Please take your temperature before coming. Do not attend if you have a temperature of over 100.4 degrees.
- Please do not attend if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, vomiting, diarrhea, or fever in the last 48 hours.
- Please do not attend if you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- We request all in-person attendees to wear a face mask for the safety of everyone. (In response to Tuscaloosa's mask ordinance, starting July 12 masks will be required to attend service. Please come prepared with your mask. One will be provided for you if you do not have one).
- You will need to register for the service you plan to attend (Click the button below)
- The front doors of the Student Center will open 10 minutes before the service starts. Please remain 6ft. apart while waiting to enter.
- No children's ministry: all services are family worship
- Everyone will be expected to stay 6ft apart (2 seats) from other "family" units
- You will not be handed any items for worship: please bring your own (i.e. Bible, pens, paper)
- There will be no greeting or welcome time during service
- We will not pass offering baskets/plates but will have a place for your offering as you exit.
- Self-serve coffee or other refreshments will not be served. You are welcome to bring your own.
If you plan to attend one of our onsite services
Please register by clicking the button below
Message from Pastor Scott Moore
On Sunday, Pastor Scott shared his passion to help people discover their One Hope in Jesus. To cut through the noise of our world today, and clearly proclaim this hope, we strongly believe that our name should convey this truth. For this reason, the leaders of the church (Pastor Scott Moore, the Staff, along with the Local Board of Administration) are recommending that we change the name of our church to One Hope Church. Our name is our message. We exist to help people Discover One Hope in Jesus.
From your Local Board of Administration
"Our unanimous vote in favor of changing the name of the church from First Wesleyan to One Hope was not a decision that we made casually. Throughout scripture, the names of people and places are profoundly important. We believe that changing our name to "One Hope" will not only help us attract a generation that has an increasingly skeptical view of denominations, but it is also a name that represents what our church has always believed - that Jesus Christ is the one hope for us as individuals, the hope for our families, and the one and only hope for our nation and world." - Local Board of Administration: Leslie Bean, Dee Chambers, Willard Corley, John Cormier, Butch Ellard, Cindy Jensen, Bryan Kindred, Brenda Miles, David Truhett
We know that a change of this nature raises a number of different questions. We have provided answers to the most common questions on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
The decision to change the name of the church requires a vote by the membership. Normally, we would vote on this decision, onsite using paper ballots. Due to our current situation, we are not able to do this, so we provided multiple options to vote this past week. Voting has concluded. We want to thank everyone who participated. Pastor Scott Moore will be announcing the results this Sunday during service!
During the live stream service we will reference a digital Connection Card to share a prayer request or let us know that you are new, how to give online and from home, and our Children's Ministry worship and lessons to view and discuss with your children this morning and throughout the week. Simply click on the icon and you will be sent directly to these pages.