Next Steps

Bridge Churches

Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, NRSV)

The Virginia Annual Conference knows that for those whose churches are disaffiliating, this can be an unsettling time if they wish to remain United Methodist. They may be angry, confused, or uncertain about what to do next.

As Joshua led the Israelites out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land, they too, were uncertain and afraid, yet God promised to remain with them. Churches in the conference are seeking to come alongside those left behind by disaffiliation, to serve as a bridge to support them as they discern what God has in store for them.

These Bridge Churches are United Methodist faith communities which are confident they will remain United Methodist. Bridge Churches will provide pastoral support, nurture, and opportunities for connection during this time of grief and transition, always in response to each individual’s needs, timing, and sense of God’s call. These congregations bring no expectation of church membership; rather they offer support based on the needs of each person and community. Such support may include:

  1. Individual pastoral care by laity and clergy from the Bridge Church;
  2. Physical space for groups to gather as they consider what faithful next step God is calling them to take;
  3. Ministry opportunities in which to engage – or not. There will be no pressure. These opportunities may include
    • Worship opportunities, either online or in person. These services will intentionally engage and welcome new people into their midst. They will also include the sacraments of communion and baptism.
    • The invitation to grow in discipleship, small group gatherings, Bible studies, and prayer opportunities.
    • Mission opportunities to serve through hands-on ministries. These might include anything that involves making a difference and sharing the love of God with others.
    • Assistance in finding and connecting with other individuals and groups displaced by disaffiliating churches, both for grief support and for discipleship and discernment about faithful next steps.
    • Help connecting with Conference and District resources to help them discern their next steps as they consider a new church home.

If you are searching for a Bridge Church, select your current District or view the map below:

Bridge Churches by District:

Chester UMC
12132 Percival Street
Chester, VA 23831
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Farmville UMC
212 High Street
Farmville, VA 23901
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Journey
19210 Patrick Henry Hwy
Amelia, VA 23002
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Trinity UMC (Chesterfield)
6600 Greenyard Road
Chester, VA 23831
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Benn’s UMC
14571 Benn’s Church Blvd.
Smithfield, VA 23430
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Warwick Memorial UMC
38 Hoopes Rd.
Newport News, VA 23602
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Fredericksburg UMC
308 Hanover Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Hillcrest UMC
2208 Lafayette Blvd.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Warsaw UMC
287 Main Street
Warsaw, VA 22572
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Amelon UMC
220 Amelon Rd
Madison Heights, VA 24572-3009
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New Hope UMC (Campbell)
2918 Browns Mill Rd.
Rustburg, VA 24588
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Fairview UMC (Lynchburg)
3041 Campbell Ave
Lynchburg, VA 24501-4635
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Providence UMC (Patrick)
1021 Providence Drive
Patrick Springs, VA 24133
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Fort Hill UMC
106 Oakridge Boulevard
Lynchburg, VA 24502
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Saint Luke’s UMC
3090 N Main St.
Danville, VA 24540-1741
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Main Street UMC (Bedford)
212 E. Main Street
Bedford, VA 24523
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Smith Memorial UMC
2703 Daniels Creek Rd.
Collinsville, VA 24078
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Floris UMC/Restoration UMC
13600 Frying Pan Road
Herndon, VA 20171
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Bethany UMC (Purcellville)
100 W. Main St.
Purcellville, VA 20132
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Hites Chapel UMC
150 Chapel Road
Middletown, VA 22645
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Duncan Memorial UMC (Berryville)
210 East Main Street
Berryville, VA 22611
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Howellsville UMC 
510 Hardesty Road
Front Royal, VA 22630
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Otterbein UMC
176 West Market Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
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Elkton UMC 
205 Warren Street
Elkton, VA 22827
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Montague Avenue UMC 
102 Montague Avenue
Winchester, VA 22601
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Rest UMC 
4713 Martinsburg Pike
Clear Brook, VA 22624

First UMC of Winchester
362 Apple Pie Ridge Rd.
Winchester, VA 22603
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Mount Sidney UMC 
2281 Lee Highway
Mt. Sidney, VA 24467
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Batesville UMC
6670 Plank Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903

New Song UMC
7450 Colts Neck Rd.
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
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Welborne UMC 
920 Maybeury Drive
Richmond, VA 23229
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Duncan Memorial UMC (Ashland)
201 Henry Street
Ashland, VA 23005
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Restoration Church (UMC)
5145 Dickerson Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22911
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Westhampton UMC 
6100 Patterson Ave.
Richmond, VA 23229
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Mechanicsville UMC
7356 Atlee Rd.
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
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Skipwith UMC
2211 Skipwith Rd.
Henrico, VA 23294
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Mount Olivet UMC (Albemarle)
2500 Old Lynchburg Rd.
North Garden, VA 22959
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Trinity UMC (North Garden)
4637 Plank Rd
North Garden, VA 22959
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Asbury UMC (Christiansburg)
500 Stuart Street
Christiansburg, VA 24073-5032
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edges
706 Harding Ave.
Blacksburg, VA 24060
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Blacksburg UMC 
111 Church St. SE
Blacksburg, VA 24060
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Oak Hill UMC
1862 Lyndhurst Road
Waynesboro, VA 22980

Calvary UMC (Stuarts Draft)
2179 Stuarts Draft Hwy
Stuarts Draft, VA 24477
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Trinity UMC (Lexington)
147 S. Main St.
Lexington, VA 24450
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Cave Spring UMC
4505 Hazel Dr.
Roanoke, VA 24018
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Windsor Hills UMC
3591 Windsor Road
Roanoke, VA 24018
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If your congregation wishes to be a bridge for those who wish to remain United Methodist after disaffiliation, learn more here.
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