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Smith Leads Newly Formed Methodist Church

Smith Leads Newly Formed Methodist Church

By on Jun 18, 2013 in News |

By Thomas Lark at the Lincoln Herald MOORESVILLE—There’s a newly formed Methodist church in the Lake Norman area. It’s West United Methodist, created as a satellite of Williamson’s Chapel UMC but now independent. These days, the congregation is meeting for morning worship services on Sundays at 10 a.m. at Lake Norman High School in Mooresville, according to the minister, Rev. Andrea F. Smith. Friday, Smith spoke about her church and one of its new ministries: “WoW” or “West on the Water,” an outreach to boaters on Lake Norman. “WoW” services will be held in boats on the lake on Saturday mornings at 10:45. It all starts June 22 (see related story in this week’s Herald). “‘WoW’ is a part of West United Methodist Church continuing to be a faith community that seeks to meet people where they are,” Smith explained. “So many boundaries exist when people think of ‘church.’ At West, we believe it is those boundaries that keep people from experiencing the hope that comes from a journey with Christ. ‘West on the Water’ is a way to worship in a non-threatening way and enjoy what many around this area want to enjoy (in the morning): Lake Norman. “People are busy,” she added. “Lives are busy. We’ve found that when people do have a little spare time, they are trying to spend it engaged with those closest to them and make some memories! In my opinion, for so often, preachers and churches have berated people for choosing to sleep in, go to sporting events, travel, etc. on Sundays. How could people choose something other than church? Perhaps it is the ‘guilt gospel.’” When He walked the earth, Christ met people as they were, where they were, as Smith noted. So “WoW” may not involve walking on water, precisely, but worshipping on water it is an effective way of reaching people. And for Smith, it’s a win-win. “I like to be on the lake!” she observed. As for the hour and venue, she added, “I don’t believe Jesus would have berated folks for not worshipping at a particular time in a particular place. Instead, He went where the people were. Churches are man-made institutions. And at West, we seek...

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