For nearly a century we gathered in a building where the cornerstone contains these tell-tale items:
The Methodist Discipline
The Richmond Times-Dispatch
Histories of Grace & Clay St. Churches
Contributor & participant rosters
Certificates & obligation notes
A photo of the garden predating the building
1910's Boulevard, however, was not a building and then a community. It happened the other way around.
A handful of people looked out over their new neighborhood. It was missing something. So, they convened a Sunday School. They started a new urban fellowship. The building that they would, in time, build, merely sheltered what already had life and shape.
It is a legacy we aim to honor. They inspired us to do it.
Like them, we follow Jesus. We're longing and learning to, anyway.
We are roughly as many as they were when they decided it was time to do a new thing.
We are a church continuing to claim United Methodism. That looks like an emphasis on grace (the kind at work before we can recognize or ask for it). Our heritage compels us to bring Tradition, Reason, and Experience to our Bible reading. We believe that growth requires a measure of discipline -- hence the method in Methodist -- and we are a part of a larger body, the Virginia Conference, which allows us to engage in connectional ministry without forsaking our local roots.