Welcome to the web site of West Point First United Methodist Church in West Point, GA. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to scroll through the site and learn a little about us, our worship services, our programs and our outreach.
On June 28, John Mattox Jr. arrived to begin leading our congregation. Link to News & Events and learn more about John and his family.
Our once bustling community has gone through some hard times in recent years. The textile industry, upon which we depended for most of our jobs, has been in decline since the 1980’s. Today, all of the area mills are closed and nearly all textile jobs are gone. During the 1990’s, it appeared that telecommunications—the dot com revolution—would take the place of textiles and restore us to economic health. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Now, however, a really exciting future truly seems to lie in store for us--and in fact is here--Kia Automotive is running three shifts per day, producing automobiles in their first North American assembly plant right here in our town! Between Kia and its suppliers, our area has gained several thousand jobs
Additionally, and, perhaps of even more importance to the growth and development of the community, Point University--formerly known as Atlanta Christian College--has moved to West Point. 500 students arrived in the Fall to begin classes in downtown West Point. The former corporate office of West Point Home (nee West Point Manufacturing) has been completely renovated and houses academic classes, the media center and offices. Additionally, a Fine Arts Center, Dining Hall, Book Store and Coffee Shop have moved into former retail locations in the city. Students are housed in an apartment complex in Valley and ball fields in West Point, Lanett and Valley are being utilized by the university. Thus, the entire Valley area is benefitting from this move. It is indeed a very exciting and challenging time for our community.
Likewise, we at First United Methodist are already involved, looking ahead and planning for what all this means and will mean for us. We invite you to join us as celebrate the present, look to the future and explore creative ways to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to all who hunger to hear it. Our planning committees are wide open for suggestions, ideas, dreams and visions and we would love to hear yours.
You’re invited to come to Worship, Family Night Supper, Bible Study, Sunday School and other small group activities and get to know us. Together, we can grow in the love of Jesus and share that love with a world that needs love more than ever. We look forward to meeting you at 306 East 7th Street—our little corner of the church universal of Jesus Christ.