Aldersgate is a class that has a wide range in ages and stages in their journey. Our goal is to support the mission of the United Methodist Church, the mission of “Gainesville First” and to encourage each other to grow in faith. We are a class who loves Jesus Christ, who serves the church and who brings this love and service to a small group setting where we worship with song, prayer, a devotion, a lesson and caring fellowship. We offer topical and Bible-based lessons, taught by a rotation of great teachers. Our average attendance is 50.
Outside of the Sunday class, we have numerous fellowship opportunities such as dinner groups, men’s breakfast, ladies lunch, retreats family prayer group, occasional trips and game nights. We also emphasize “hands-on” outreach to the church, community and world. Support of Orphanage Emmanuel is one of our highest priorities.
Our roots tie back to the evening of May 24, 1738 when John Wesley visited a house on Aldersgate Street in London to join a group reading of Martin Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. John Wesley had a “warming experience”, later described as a “internal witness of the Holy Spirit”. He considered it his mission in life to tell people about his experience and to invite them to share his beliefs. We carry forward this tradition with a class that is full of opportunities for service, witness and fellowship.