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We are a church family rooted in Christ and growing in grace.

At Wesley Chapel, it is our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We do this by focusing on four areas: Worship, Faith Development, Serving, and Generosity. We live together as people of faith to grow as disciples in each of these four areas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Our Mission

Serve the Church

When we serve we are being like Jesus. Jesus calls us to serve within our faith community so that we can grow in our faith and be equipped to go into the world to share the love of God with all people. The primary areas of Serve Here are Hospitality and Food Service. Serving at Wesley Chapel also includes other ministry areas such as Worship, Faith Development, and Facility Team just to name a few. There are always opportunities to serve and we would love to have you connected to Wesley Chapel through service.

 
 
 

Serve the City

We believe serving those around us is central to growing in our relationship with God. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we serve our local communities in Southern Indiana.
 
 

Serve the World

We are a church on mission to go into the world and share the hope of Jesus. Through local and global ministry partnerships, we are working diligently to be the hands and feet of God.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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We are traveling this journey of faith together, developing the character of Jesus within, and sharing the love of God with our community.

 

Tony Alstott

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Our Team

 
Tony Alstott
Lead Pastor
 
 
Cory Feuerbacher
Director of Worship +
Director of 20s/30s Ministry
 
 
Becky Perkins
Director of Faith 
 
 
Peter Williams
Associate Pastor
In charge of Youth and Mission
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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Love, Lepers, and Social Distancing

When we change from handshakes and hugs to social distancing, what remains? Read Luke 17:11-19. The Healing of the Ten Lepers in Luke 17 has always been a great text to teach about gratitude. During the Covid19 pandemic I have been reading Scripture with a different lens. There are ten lepers who are a distance from Jesus. Leprosy is a skin disease. In Jesus’ day, lepers were required to practice social distancing from the rest of society. They were not allowed to touch or hug their loved ones. They lost their jobs. They could not go to the market to buy or sell. They were not allowed to walk down the street. They were not even allowed to live in their own homes. They were forced to live in leper colonies outside of the town and they were dependent on other people to provide food, clothes, and medicine. They asked Jesus for mercy. Almost every healing miracle of Jesus includes some kind of touch. Jesus touched the blind man’s eyes and he could see. Jesus touched a leper in Mark 1 and he is healed. A woman touches the hem of Jesus’ garment and she is healed. The healing of the ten lepers did not involve touch. Jesus instructed the ten lepers to show themselves to the priest. One returned to thank Jesus for the healing. When I read this Scripture today, the lepers were quarantined because of their disease. When they speak to Jesus, we find them practicing “social distancing” which was a legal requirement in Jesus day. Jesus’ instructions to go to the priest is missed in the context of our culture. The priest would have declared the lepers clean, and therefore, would be able to “reenter” society. The priest was more than a medical examiner, he was a spiritual guide. After the leper would have been declared “clean” by the priest, the leper’s next step would have been to worship at the Temple. The joy that is experienced by the leper is hard for us to identify with but, we may be able to come close. Many of us continue to shelter at home. Many of us are dependent on others to bring us food and medicine. Many of us are missing the compassionate touch of another human being. Many of us miss being in a physical assembly worship our Lord and savior. When we cry for mercy, Jesus hears us whether we are near or far. We can still praise God from our living rooms. We can still be cleansed of our sins in the kitchen. We can still say our nighttime prayers from our bedrooms. We can still soak in the glory of God’s nature from our porches and balconies. We can still receive God’s spiritual touch when we practice social distancing. We can still be compassionate even if we cannot be by another’s side. When everything is changing, God’s love remains.

Come Holy Spirit, in the absence of physical touch, give us a spiritual touch. May our love fill us and may your mercies be new each morning. Give us compassion for one another. Amen.


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Four Questions to Ask Yourself Before Talking to Your Kids About Racism

Article from Orange Parent Cue

If you’ve been paying attention these last few years, you know this: Racism is real. But when it comes to talking to kids about racism, many parents are uncertain about how to talk about it with their kids. And while we want to address it, we wish we could shelter them from ever witnessing anything so reminiscent of our dark and painful history.
 

But somehow, we know that part of the solution for change starts with us. We also know that as parents, we have an opportunity to make a difference in this world through the incredible influence we have on our kids—who are watching, listening, and taking it all in—regardless of whether we intend for them to or not.

We also want to bring hope and comfort to our kids through our words and actions in troubling times, so as you think about how to talk to your kids about the realities and uncertainties of our world, we encourage you to ask yourself a few questions.

  1. How are YOU processing your feelings?

In order to have honest conversations with our kids, we need to be honest with ourselves. Check your heart and your thoughts. Be sure to take a step back and identify how you might need to change in your prejudices and in your interactions with others. Reflect on what it really means to love those whom God loves, and unrelentingly pursue forgiveness and reconciliation. Your kids will get many of their cues from observing your response. Yes, they’re really watching and listening. Are your reactions and frustrations to what is happening betraying any subtle biases?

  1. Do you celebrate diversity?

Some parents may be tempted to try to teach their kids to be blind to color, to shy away from acknowledging differences or just ignore them altogether. But the truth is that we are all very different in the way God made us—in our skin color, in our genetic makeup, and in our culture. And that’s something to be celebrated, not ignored. Do you model the belief with your words and actions that God made each of us unique and beautiful even in our differences? Do you demonstrate respect and honor towards those you disagree with? How diverse is your circle of friends and the people you associate with? How can you widen that circle for your family?

  1. Are you talking about racism?

Racism is a difficult and sensitive topic, but it does exist, often in the form of subtle comments and prejudice, but sometimes it’s outright hatred and violence. Not talking about it doesn’t make it go away. So talk about the issues with others outside your circle and with people of different backgrounds. Discover the truth from various outlets and seek to understand other perspectives. When you find the right words that honestly and respectfully express how you think and feel, choose which words you might share with your kids.

Then talk to your kids about prejudice and racism so you can equip them with the values and the words they will need to respect, celebrate, and stand up for those who are being discriminated against.

  1. Are you focused on love?

As parents, our hearts break in the shadow of these tragic events, and our anxiety, anger, and fear unfortunately leak out onto our kids. It’s okay to be honest with your kids, but it’s important to talk to them about how your family can respond to what’s happening in our world in a positive way.

As you navigate these important conversations, focus on what matters most: LOVE. Put love into action, and rest in the hope that is found there. And dole out love in especially large doses on your kids so they feel safe and secure. Hug them tightly and let them know that God is with them and they don’t have to be afraid.

For help with age appropriate conversations addressing recent events, check out this article: How to Talk to Your Kids About Racism: An Age-by-Age Guide

 


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What Remains

written by Pastor Tony Alstott

Everything is changing. Our rhythms of daily life include social distancing.  Our patterns of normal routines have shifted to on-line, drive-through and delivery services.  Our wardrobe includes facial coverings.  Our personal space has expanded to six feet of social distancing.  Our time together has included FaceTime and Zoom.  Everything is changing.  When everything is changing, what remains?

In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he addresses the things that will fade away and what remains.  Prophesies will cease.  Tongues will be stilled.  Knowledge will pass away.  These three remain: faith, hope, and love. (1 Corinthians 13:8-13.)

When everything is changing, what remains?  We are invited to follow Jesus.  We are called to love God and love people.  We are still comforted by the presence of the Holy Spirit.  We are still holding to God’s promises.  We are still called to make disciples of Jesus to transform the world.  When everything is changing, God’s love is what remains, God’s presence is what remains, God’s promise is what remains, God’s mission is what remains.

Let us work together to accomplish what will last beyond COVID19. 


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Pastor Tony recommends reading:
 

A Firm Foundation

What does the future hold for The United Methodist Church? It is the question being asked all around our denomination. What should be the response to the competing visions and notable division within contemporary Methodism in North America? Can we explore the issues confronting us in a post-Christendom era without rupturing our relationships?

This carefully curated volume engages the deep heart questions of United Methodists and casts a compelling vision by trustworthy voices for dynamic faith. Contributors explore the power of classic ideas such as:

The Lordship of Jesus Christ Engaging scripture meaningfully The power of the Holy Spirit The promise of sanctification Living with undivided purpose Fostering dynamic discipleship The gift of the global church

This resource is a useful tool not only in navigating present challenges but in pursuing the future promise for the people called Methodists. The foundational principles that have guided Methodist thought from the beginning of John Wesley’s countercultural movement remain rich resources as we explore what it means to remain faithful disciples in the tradition of the Wesleys.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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