New Hope United Methodist Church

Transforming Lives Through the Grace of Christ
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Who We Are

New Hope UMC serves the communities of North Adams and Williamstown. We have a rich legacy being birthed from the merger of the two historic UMCs from these towns. Our calendar of events includes worship, Sunday School, short term Bible studies, book discussions, fellowship opportunities, and ministries to the local and global communities. We hold services at 4 Water Street in Williamstown, MA. As a Reconciling Congregation, we appreciate diversity and try to live the United Methodist motto: "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors."

Brief History
The First United Methodist Church of North Adams left their beautiful, but expensive to maintain, building in 2008 and began meeting in space at the First Congregational Church in order to focus their energy of serving the community. On the third Sunday of each month, they joined the First United Methodist Church of Williamstown to worship in Williamstown as we all seek to grow together in God's love.

The First United Methodist Church of Williamstown has been a vital congregation with a long history of concern for people and issues of social justice. Founders of the first day-care center in Williamstown, they supported local and global ministries, and facilitated a weekly cancer support group. A number of Williams College students have found here a church home away from home: a place to worship, sing in the choir, teach Sunday school, offer leadership to youth, or gather for Bible study.

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What are services like?

Meeting in a store-front provides some unique opportunities for worship. Currently, our Sunday worship has songs, prayers, preaching, and offering celebration (bring a can or two of food to add if you would like). During the service, we also have an opportunity to share God's peace through smiles, handshakes, and fist bumps. We have coffee, tea, and snacks following the service so people can visit with each other.


What is the community like?

We have about 40 regular attendees at worship, crossing all age groups (infant to retiree). New Hope actively works to serve the community through volunteering at the local food pantry, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, and the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative, among others.


What if I'm not a Christian?

That's okay. We welcome people of all stages and faiths to come explore with us what it means to be loved by God through Jesus Christ.

Our Services

Sunday: 10:00am

Our Weekly Service Times
4 Water Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
413 458-3183

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About Us

Denomination:
Methodist (UMC)

Language:
English

Size: Small

Music:
Traditional Hymns,Contemporary,Chanting

Vibe:
Casual, Traditional Liturgy, Down to Earth, Progressive, Gay affirming, Neighborhood-focused

Programs:
Community Service, Social Justice, Children's Ministry, Choir, Missions, Food Pantry

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Church Leader

Dan Randall

Pastor Dan previously served as executive secretary for missionary selection and accompaniment for the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church (UMC), in New York City. There he oversaw the discernment, recruitment, and selection process for United Methodist missionaries from around the world. Dan received his Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School at Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Education Ministry from Seattle Pacific University. He also has completed one year of study in the Master of Arts in Religious Studies program at Rothberg International School at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. After seminary, Dan and his wife, Courtney, a Methodist minister currently serving two congregations in New Jersey, were Global Ministries missionaries in Latvia. For two-and-a-half years Dan and Courtney worked with young adults, leadership development, local church ministry, and camping ministries. While in Latvia, they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Ceara (pronounced K-ear-a), who is now 4-years-old. After Latvia, The Randall family moved to Maine where Dan served as the mission interpreter for the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the UMC. In this role, he traveled to churches, district trainings, and conference events throughout the jurisdiction to promote relationships within the missionary community. While living in Maine, the Randall family expanded again to welcome a son, Caleb. In addition to his work with the church, Dan has often volunteered his time for disaster relief and response in such places as Uganda, Honduras, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Panama, Albania, and Nicaragua. Most recently, he volunteered as a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission team leader for the earthquake recovery effort in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. "The opportunity to join in ministry with NHUMC excites us," said Pastor Dan. "We thank God for the stories and lives - both past and present - that make a community like New Hope possible. We look forward to how God will transform our lives, transform the communities of North Adams and Williamstown, and transform the world through our deepening discipleship.”
Pastor Dan previously served as executive secretary for missionary selection and accompaniment for the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church (UMC), in New York City. There he oversaw the discernment, recruitment, and selection process for United Methodist missionaries from around the world. Dan received his Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School at Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Education Ministry from Seattle Pacific University. He also has completed one year of study in the Master of Arts in Religious Studies program at Rothberg International School at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. After seminary, Dan and his wife, Courtney, a Methodist minister currently serving two congregations in New Jersey, were Global Ministries missionaries in Latvia. For two-and-a-half years Dan and Courtney worked with young adults, leadership development, local church ministry, and camping ministries. While in Latvia, they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Ceara (pronounced K-ear-a), who is now 4-years-old. After Latvia, The Randall family moved to Maine where Dan served as the mission interpreter for the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the UMC. In this role, he traveled to churches, district trainings, and conference events throughout the jurisdiction to promote relationships within the missionary community. While living in Maine, the Randall family expanded again to welcome a son, Caleb. In addition to his work with the church, Dan has often volunteered his time for disaster relief and response in such places as Uganda, Honduras, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Panama, Albania, and Nicaragua. Most recently, he volunteered as a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission team leader for the earthquake recovery effort in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. "The opportunity to join in ministry with NHUMC excites us," said Pastor Dan. "We thank God for the stories and lives - both past and present - that make a community like New Hope possible. We look forward to how God will transform our lives, transform the communities of North Adams and Williamstown, and transform the world through our deepening discipleship.”

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