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Memorial UMC (MUMC) is one of 50 UM churches in the Elizabeth River District of the Virginia Conference. There are a total of 18 districts in the Virginia Conference which is part of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United States. Our Pastor, Rev. Larry J. Edmonds, leads our congregation and MUMC is enjoying spiritual growth under his leadership. Typically, each congregation of the UMC is a "charge" although there can be several smaller congregations within a charge. Thus, our church has a Charge Conference every October with the District Superintendent and the District Lay Leader to give an account of the spiritual and physical status of the church.

The laity of our church participates in committees which oversee the spiritual and physical development of our church throughout the year. The Administrative Council meets monthly and hears a report from each committee chairperson. The Memorial congregation is as a family who love and care for each other. We welcome you to visit or revisit us soon and be a part of this church family!

Memorial United Methodist Church seeks to create disciples for Christ through outreach and evangelism. With a focus on triune worship, we seek to bring honor to God by following the model of Jesus Christ, which is made possible by the power of the Holy Spirit.

about us The flame in our church logo represents the work of the Holy Spirit in the world, which is seen in believers through spiritual gifts.
  • The basic beliefs of Memorial United Methodist Church include:
  • Triune God.
    God is one God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost).
  • Scripture.
    The writings in the Old Testament and New Testament are the inspired word of God.
  • Sin.
    While human beings were intended to bear the image of God, all humans are sinners for whom that image is distorted. Sin estranges us from God and corrupts human nature such that we cannot heal or save ourselves.
  • Salvation through Jesus Christ.
    God's redeeming love is active to save sinners through Jesus' incarnate life and teachings, through his atoning death, his resurrection, his sovereign presence through history, and his promised return.
  • Sacraments.
    Memorial UMC recognizes two sacraments: Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. In Holy Baptism, we believe that "Baptism is not only a sign of profession and mark of difference whereby Christians are distinguished from others that are not baptized; but it is also a sign of regeneration or new birth. We believe that Baptism is a sacrament in which God initiates a covenant with individuals, people become a part of our Church. Memorial United Methodist Church generally practices Baptism by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion. Memorial UMC affirms the real presence of Christ in Holy Communion, (the bread is an effectual sign of His body crucified on the cross and the cup is an effectual sign of His blood shed for humanity). We believe that this celebration is an anamnesis of Jesus' death, and we believe the sacrament to be a means of grace, therefore practice open communion.
  • Free will.
    Memorial UMC believes that people, while corrupted by sin, are free to make their own choices because of God's divine grace.
  • Grace.
    Memorial UMC believes that God gives unmerited favor freely to all people, though it may be resisted.