Who we are
Our community is part of The United Methodist Church, a global church. We share a great deal with other denominations, but we also have a unique heritage and areas of emphasis.
We believe God's love and grace is a work in our lives before we are ever aware of it. Here's part of what we mean when we talk about Grace.
When we talk about serving people, we put love into action to care for our neighbor. Learn more at Reflections on Our Faith.
We also encourage and challenge one another to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ, especially to grow more perfect in love, and to do so we need Tools. Check out the UMC podcast Get Your Spirit in Shape, daily devotions, inspiring videos, and prayers. We believe in personal holiness, but we also support social holiness and justice.
Thus we are called also to think and reflect on Social issues and world problems because Christ calls us to care for the world and all within it.
For further information about our church and denomination, please contact our pastor, Rev. Betsy Singleton Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org, get in touch at Connect or, to meet Rev. Betsy informally via Zoom for coffee and conversation, sign up for Coffee with the Pastor.
The original church was founded in 1868 as Little Rock's Second Methodist Church or Spring Street Church. In 1889, the congregation built a new sanctuary that was dedicated and renamed the Winfield Chapel, in honor of Augustus Roberts Winfield, D.D.
Church history records "The church is named in honor of the late Dr. A.R. Winfield whose eloquent tongue and pen for forty years was ever ready to defend and uphold the State and people he loved so well. We honor justly such a man by means of a house to be used for the advancement of the Christian religion which was dearer to him than life itself."
The church moved to 16th and Louisiana in 1926. In 1988, our church relocated to our present site on Cantrell Road when we merged with Mountain View United Methodist Church. Winfield United Methodist Church celebrated our 150 year anniversary with a month-long celebration in September 2019.
Changing the World
Our church’s service area to the community is located in West Little Rock, especially near the Chenal, Roland, and Pinnacle Valley area. Our campus is surrounded by an exciting place of growth and development near beautiful, natural surroundings.
We steward our exceptional facility, located at the corner of Cantrell and Hwy 300, to support community activities. We have an exceptional gym, separate Fellowship Hall with projection capability, large, industrial kitchen, a beautiful sanctuary, and park-like grounds. We believe our facility is an important use for good in the world.
Our facilities are tools to support scouting groups, AA, a skills and drills coach onsite, a home-school co-op, and other groups, including our own outreach into the community.
We also support outreach to others through groups such as The Arkansas Food Bank, The Roland Crisis Closet (and its Pet Pantry), Asociacion de Mujueres de Arkansas, local schools, Cooking Matters Classes, Methodist Family Health Behavioral Hospital, a sewing group, and more non-profits who do good for all neighbors.
We’ve added a new Pet Ministry, which does therapy dog training, assists rescue groups, pet pantries, donates pet prayer blankets, and provides pastoral care for those who have lost fur family. For more info, go to Pet Ministry.
We look for ways to change the world; that is our future. We serve God together beyond our walls, and safely worship - in these days of a pandemic - online at our website and at Winfield UMC | Facebook with a full worship service. We study together through online opportunities and other activities such as Zoom Sunset Yoga and Prayer. We make it a priority to welcome everyone, including members of the LGBTQ community, which includes a Reconciling Ministries Network Sunday school class.
Walking with Us - and Christ
As United Methodist Christians, we believe that God calls all of us to pray, worship, share our resources, serve others, and reach out in love in tangible ways that change lives.
What does our shared walk mean for you? As we walk together in worship, study, prayer, service, and giving, you join us in helping change the world. Our hope is that the world around us begins to look more like the kingdom of God that Jesus spoke about, lived out, and shared with everyone, no matter their status, ethnicity, gender, health, job, or anything else.
We believe nothing can separate us from the love of God. (Romans 8:38)