Perhaps as you were searching the web for a church in your area, you were actually searching for so much more…
Are you searching for a higher purpose? Are you searching for a church and a God who accepts you for who you are and loves you anyway? Have you been searching for a church that talks the talk AND walks the walk? Do you long for passionate worship that inspires and challenges, Bible studies that enlighten, and ministries that seek to serve as Christ first served us?
If you are, then you’ve come to the right place. We are so much more than friendly faces welcoming you with a smile and a hug on a Sunday morning. We are Christ followers and we have a place in our hearts and in our church reserved just for you. So take that next step. The arms of Christ and us are wide open waiting for you to walk into them. We’ve been searching for you.
...Perhaps you’re ready to be found.
The church is located at 531 Raleigh Ave., Norfolk, Virginia 23507. You can reach us by:
Main stops near the church building are:
- Colonial Ave. and Boissevain Ave. (Route 11)
- W. Olney Rd. and Colonial Ave. (Route 2)
- W. Olney Rd. and Mowbray Arch (Route 2)
- W. Olney Rd. and Stockley Gardens (Route 2)
- Raleigh Ave. and Colley Ave. (Route 2, 23, & 44*)
- Colley Ave. and Fairfax Ave. (Route 2, 23)
*Route 44 does not run on Sunday.
Directions are available at gohrt.com by entering your starting and destination addresses on the main page or click on the “routes” tab.
The closest stop to the church building is EVMC/ Fort Norfolk station. From the light rail stop:
- Walk northeast on Colley Avenue towards Ghent
- Turn right onto W. Olney Rd.
- Turn next left onto Stockley Gardens
- Turn second right onto Raleigh Avenue
- Ghent UMC is on the corner of Raleigh Avenue and Stockley Gardens
We have worship on Sunday mornings beginning at 10 a.m. with announcements. It is a relaxed traditional worship service with piano and organ music.
We have Sunday School for adults at 9:00 a.m. Children are invited to be a part of the 10 a.m. worship service, including our “Children’s Message”. Following this special time for the kids, children ages 3 through 5th grade may go if they wish to children's church in the church library for a brief Bible lesson, activity or craft; younger children may go to the nursery or stay in worship. We have other small group opportunities for all ages on a weekly and monthly basis.
Yes, we have safe, responsible care for our children. Child care is available for our 10 a.m.worship. We have two professional child care providers, CPR Certified. Many of the families choose to have the children remain in the sanctuary with them.
Children of all ages are always welcome at all worship experiences at Ghent. Our Sunday services feature a short message especially for children. Following the "Children's Message", children ages 3 through 5th grade may to go if they wish to children's church in the church library for a brief Bible lesson, activity or craft; younger children may go to the nursery or stay in the sanctuary.
Dress in a manner that is comfortable for you. At worship services, as well as at all other church functions, you will find people who are dressed casually and people who “dress up”.
Absolutely. At Ghent we know that no one is perfect, so everyone is welcome to come and learn of the grace, love, mercy and forgiveness that God offers us.
We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month. You do not have to be a member of this church or the United Methodist Church to receive communion. All who seek to lead a life following the way of Christ are welcome to the Lord’s Table. Children may receive Communion even prior to Confirmation. Some children may not want to receive communion. You may still bring them forward. The pastor will offer a blessing on the child rather than give communion.