By Christie McNeal/NEMS Daily Journal
Bro. Ray Rooney has spent 25 years in the ministry, but he said Wesley United Methodist Church in unlike any other church he has served.
“This is a very hospitable church,” he said. “If you come here, you are family.”
Since the church was established in 1946, Rooney said the surrounding area has changed. He said the church has no plans of relocating, though, and that they want to “become more relevant in this neighborhood” and find more ways to serve the community.
One way the church reaches out is through a food pantry that is open every Tuesday from 8:45 until 10:45 a.m.
“We serve anyone in the city limits of Tupelo,” he said.
The pantry gives out groceries, clothes, shoes and jackets in the winter and serves an average of 20 people each week. He said anyone is also welcome to come join them for their free Wednesday night dinner at 5 p.m.
“This is a wonderful, loving, open congregation that wants to make a difference,” said Rooney.
The church loves to see new faces, and “they’re just thrilled to death to see a visitor come in,” said Rooney.
“They are also helpful to each other – they won’t let a member do without,” he said. “A Wesleyan spirit congregation – that about sums it up.”
‘We are a congregation that seeks to be led by the Spirit. That’s where we are trying to go.’
• Denomination: United Methodist
• Pastor: Ray Rooney
• Established: 1946
• Average attendance: 130
• Worship style: blended (media, traditional hymns and choruses)
• Worship days: Sunday worship 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m., Wednesday meal 5 p.m., worship 6
• Address: 2010 W. Main St., Tupelo
• Website: www.wesleytupelo.com
• Phone: (662) 842-2377