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Music is an integral part of the worship experience at Washington Street — and it’s one of the many ways we express our gratitude and love for our Lord.

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Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC is a faith community steeped in rich history and led by an engaged congregation.

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A Church With Heart in the Heart of the City

The congregation of WSUMC praises and serves God from the heart of the city in ways which reach our neighbors near and far. We welcome all who seek the love and mercy of Christ regardless of race, creed, age, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or economic status. We honor traditions as rooted in our history, our expression of worship, and our respect for theological curiosity. We nonetheless see vital change and ongoing renewal as essential for spiritual growth.


The disciples at Washington Street United Methodist Church value the following:

  • a strong faith demonstrated by mission and service;
  • our love for one another and a deep sense of church community;
  • an historic connection with the local community;
  • meaningful sermons and an inspirational ministry of sacred music;
  • faith, power, and wisdom emerging from theological study; and
  • an openness to diversity and inclusion as expressed in United Methodism’s “open hearts, open doors, open minds” credo.

Renewal 2020: Making All Things New

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This Strategic Ministry Plan (SMP) for Washington Street United Methodist Church (WSUMC) in Columbia, South Carolina, was begun in the early fall of 2014. Commissioned by the WSUMC  Church Council, this long term plan has evolved through a number of specific, intentional steps: the appointment of a Vision Coordination Team (VCT) with Sam Waldrep and Nancy Whittle as co-chairs; consultation with Reverend Sara White, director of Congregational Development,  from the SC United Methodist Conference and coordination of WSUMC’s plans with those  proposed by the Conference for downtown Columbia; employment of a consultant, Reverend Mark Tidsworth, president of Pinnacle Leadership Associates; the commission of the entire  church to enter into a time of discernment held on February 8, 2015; Lenten preparation (February 18—April 5) involving 40 days of prayer; congregational feedback obtained by means of 20 Listening Group sessions in April and May with 133 persons participating; and a series of intense VCT meetings during which the congregational feedback was assessed and initiatives
were developed.

The purpose of this SMP is to provide vision through discernment, a strong set of recommendations for the next five years in the life of WSUMC, and a sense of direction as the congregation seeks to follow God’s calling.

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Upcoming Events

all-day World Communion Sunday
World Communion Sunday
Oct 2 all-day
Communion will be served at both the 9:00 AM service in the Christ Chapel, and the 11:00 AM service in the Sanctuary.
9:00 am Washington Street Singers
Washington Street Singers
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 9:45 am
The Washington Street Singers meet Sunday mornings from 9:00 – 9:45 in the 3rd Floor Choir Room.
9:00 am Worship @ Christ Chapel
Worship @ Christ Chapel
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 9:45 am
9:30 am Sanctuary Choir
Sanctuary Choir
Oct 2 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
The Sanctuary Choir practices on Sundays from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. in the Leavitt Choir Room.
11:00 am Worship @ Sanctuary
Worship @ Sanctuary
Oct 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm United Methodist Youth Fellowshi...
United Methodist Youth Fellowshi...
Oct 2 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
UMYF meets on Sundays from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the Youth Room.
3:00 pm Girl Scouts Meeting
Girl Scouts Meeting
Oct 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
8:00 am Tuesday Prayer Group
Tuesday Prayer Group
Oct 4 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am
Tuesday Prayer Group meets weekly at 8:00 am to 8:30 am in the Wesley Room.
10:00 am Circle 6
Circle 6
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Circle 6 meets at 10:00 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month (January – May and September – December) in the John Harper Classroom.

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