Oconee Street United Methodist Church welcomes all people regardless of age, color, race, ethnic background, immigration status, economic status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, involvement with the criminal justice system, struggles with addiction, physical and mental challenges, or educational level. We come seeking the healing balm of salvation through Jesus Christ.
How do I get there?
The church is located at 595 Oconee St., Athens, Ga.
WALK OR BIKE: The church is less than a mile from downtown Athens and the heart of University of Georgia campus.
DRIVE: Leave downtown like you are headed to Mama’s Boy, or the eastside Walmart, or the Clarke County Jail. Just after you cross the North Oconee River on Oconee Street, you see the church at the top of the hill on the right. Veer right onto Oconee Street or turn onto Poplar Street at the light.
BUS: The church is on Route 27, which runs from UGA and downtown from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the week.
Where do I park?
Parking is available adjacent to the main building, behind and adjacent to 717 Oconee St., and on the street.
Where do I find …
THE SANCTUARY: Walk in the brown double front doors (which face Poplar Street). You can’t miss it.
THE BATHROOM: From the main entrance, men’s and women’s restrooms are off the hallway to the left. Or, take the elevator down one floor to find a gender-inclusive, family restroom on the first floor.
FELLOWSHIP HALL: This is the lower level. If you are coming for an event, enter through the back door that faces Mama’s Boy/Dudley Park.
717 OCONEE STREET: This is the white house further up the hill. Children, youth and young adult programs often meet here, as do recovery groups like AA.
THE NURSERY: [NOTE: Childcare is temporarily unavailable due to Covid-19.] Childcare is available for most all services, meetings and special events. Enter through the front door and turn left. The nursery is on the left. All staff and volunteers who work with children or vulnerable adults have background checks and training. See our Safe Sanctuary policy.
What can I expect?
Our Sunday service is traditional and participatory.
Dress is eclectic – shorts and sandals, suit and tie, and everything between.
Seating in the sanctuary is available on the main floor and in the balcony. People tend to move around week to week; there are no assigned seats.
Service dogs are welcome. The main building is handicap-accessible with an elevator and assistance equipment for the hearing impaired.
In the United Methodist Church, anyone may take communion. We have communion the first Sunday of the month and all are welcome at the Lord’s table. The celebration continues after service, when we eat a potluck meal together. This Fellowship Meal is also open to everyone – especially first-time visitors.