Welcome to Brecksville United Methodist Church

Have you heard about Brecksville United Methodist Church?  We are a medium-sized congregation right on the square in downtown Brecksville.  We are all about sharing lives of faithfulness, mutual support, spiritual growth, and service to the community.

Our doors are open to everyone. Whatever your gender, age, race, background, vocation, orientation or belief system, we invite you to come and experience God’s grace with us!

If you’re not active in a local place of worship, come and spend some time with us!

Peace and Blessings, Pastor Clark

Pastor's Charge Conference Report, 2019

Each year as part of the Charge Conference paperwork, the pastor is asked to give a report. I thought it fitting to share my report with you this month:

As I write this, I’ve been at Brecksville United Methodist Church for three and a half months. In many respects that’s hard to believe. This congregation has been welcoming and receptive to me and my family, and so much has happened in such a little time. 
I spent most of my first month and a half doing Home Gatherings. These helped me to get to know individuals, as well as peoples’ hopes and desires for Brecksville UMC. I learned this church family is responsive to new ideas, is willing to make space for new individuals, and is open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. (I learned a lot of church history and church family dynamics, too!) 

In August we began praying together the 6:50 prayer, asking God to open us to the possibilities we haven’t even imagined yet. And after 6-weeks of praying each day, we met to discuss where we heard God’s prompting. 

In September we met for the first time to intentionally begin a visioning process, building on things learned through the Home Gatherings (that connect well with Dr. Martin’s work from last year), the 6:50 prayer discussion, and staff brainstorming. 

In worship, we’ve started with the essentials of who we are called to be as disciples. We don’t have to be perfect (thank you for the example, Simon Peter) but we are challenged to worship, learn together, serve others, and give financially. These basics can be summarized as Worship + 2 and a Tithe, and set the foundation for what we are called to do as a church. 

October brought a focus on gratitude, with our stewardship worship series “Waking up to Gratitude,” and Gratitude Journals. I’ve challenged everyone to take some time each day to write three things they’re thankful for—they can be big or small, a story, a picture, or a word. Gratitude is a lens or posture, and focusing on gratitude helps you to see the abundance with which God has entrusted you. 

Finally, I’ve gathered together a Reconciling Task Force, to help me discern the best ways of communicating with the congregation information regarding General Conference 2020 and all that entails. We will have congregational gatherings to learn about the plans being put forth regarding the future of The United Methodist Church, and what options are available. This Task Force will also be working on “bold but not foolish” ways we can proclaim our belief that all are welcome and are worthy of space in the body of Christ.  

Looking to the future, we will continue to discern God’s vision for our church—connecting our unique gifts to the unique needs of our community. We will discern what it means to be inclusive rather than welcoming or accommodating. And we will seek God’s guidance every step of the way. The vision God gives us will guide us as we navigate the unknowns of the future of the UMC. 

I am excited to be the Senior Pastor at Brecksville United Methodist Church, and look forward to learning and serving alongside this wonderful group of God’s beloved!  

- Respectfully submitted, Rev. Heidi M. Welch

About Rev. Heidi Welch

Pastor Heidi was in her third year of service at Medina United Methodist Church when she was ordained by the United Methodist Church. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Youngstown State University and a Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Her ministry experience also includes Johnsonville Grace and Steam Corners UMCs.

In service to the Conference, Pastor Heidi has served as District Representative to Commission on the Status and Role of Women and the District Committee on Ordained Ministry, both in the Canal District.

Pastor Heidi is married, and has two children, Joseph and Cornelia. The family includes a boxer named Hans. Her husband, Rasul's, parents were Heidi's pastors when she was growing up - but that's not how they met. Ask her to tell you the story sometime!

Pastor Heidi says, "I'm excited to see what God can do with us and through us as we work together to bring God's kin-dom on earth!"