Lenten Worship Services

“When Christians Get It Wrong”

“Following Jesus can be more about open doors than locked fences, more about serving people than judging them, more about joyful living than angry fighting. (from “When Christians Get It Wrong” by Adam Hamilton)


Fellowship Meals will be served each Wednesday during Lent at 5:30 pm in the Family Life Center. After each Wednesday meal, Pastor Bryan will lead this church wide Lenten Study from 6:30-7:30 in the Sanctuary. 

Our Lenten study this year will invite us to look at some places in life where the church has not been as grace-filled as we could be. We will consider the church’s relationship with non-Christians, with science and politics, when speaking of other religions, when bad things happen that we cannot explain, and about human sexuality. The fact that we will allow the Lenten Spirit to enable us to do this says that deep within our hearts, we want to get it right. We want to be more loving. We have an earnest desire to be more open than closed, more kind than curt, more engaging than repelling. Let us join and see where the Spirit of God leads us!

   Ash Wednesday   

Worship Service

Ash Wednesday Worship Service, February 14th, 6:30 pm in the Aldersgate Sanctuary. There will be an " Imposition of Ashes" during this service. 

Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent season, a 40-day period dedicated to reflection, prayer and fasting ahead of Easter.

On Ash Wednesday, Many Christians will have ashes applied to their foreheads in the shape of a cross. People generally wear the ashes — which symbolize penance, mourning and mortality — throughout the day to publicly express their faith and penance.

The ashes used on Ash Wednesday are made from the burning of palms blessed in the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebration, when Christians carry palms to recognize the Gospels’ reference to Jesus’s path being covered in palm fronds on the day he entered Jerusalem. On Palm Sunday, churches bless and hand out palm fronds that come from distributors in tropical and subtropical climates.


2018 Holy Week

Holy Week Worship Services

March 25th - Palm Sunday - We are waving palm branches, singing songs of praise, and at the same time beginning our Holy Week journey with Jesus to the cross. The Children’s Easter Egg Hunt will be immediately after the 11:00 am worship service in the picnic area.


March 29th - Maundy Thursday Worship Service of Holy Communion 7:00 pm Aldersgate will join with Mt. Sylvan UMC to Experience Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples, through music and shared communion, and the washing of hands. This service will be held at Aldersgate UMC in the Sanctuary


March 30th - Good Friday - Tenebrae Worship Service 7:00 pm - Lights and candles are extinguished as the Passion story unfolds, until one light is remaining “The Christ-light.” The dramatic Gospel readings are interspersed with hymns and special music by a combined choir from Aldersgate & Mt. Sylvan. This service will be hosted at Mt. Sylvan UMC, 5731 Roxboro Road, Durham NC 27712.


April 1st - Easter Sunday - Three Worship Services


Sunrise Service - 6:30 am Sunrise service will be held in the Columbarium. In case of rain, we will move into the Sanctuary. Message by Pastor Bryan.  


8:30 and 11:00 am Easter Sunday Worship Services at Aldersgate UMC Sanctuary -  Join the celebration with AUMC Brass ensemble, handbells, and Chancel choir.  We will lift our highest praise on this special holy day.  Message by Pastor Bryan.  Bring a flower for the “Living Cross” located outside the Sanctuary.