New Hope United Methodist Church

New Hope United Methodist Church

Who We Are

Transforming Lives Through the Grace of Christ

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. 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.

Our Services

Service Times

  • 10:00am - Service

What to Expect

What are services like?
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.


Stephen Dale

Stephen Dale

Pastor Steve Pastor Steve started the Bennington AfterDark community in late 2018, and was invited to serve the Pownal UMC as pastor in July 2019. He began his appointment at New Hope UMC in July 2020. Steve started serving in 2010 as a Licensed Local Pastor, and served for five years in Boston until he graduated from Boston University School of Theology in 2015. His interests include practical theology, new expressions of faith communities, and radical hospitality. His hobbies include photography and riding his motorcycle.

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