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Court Street United Methodist Church, located in historic downtown Lynchburg, VA is dedicated to "making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world". "Court Street", (as the members like to call it) offers a traditional worship service in a beautiful "turn of the century" sanctuary.

Come and join us on Sunday to worship the Risen Christ. You will hear a powerful message delivered by our Pastor the Reverend Dr. A.J. Edwin Clever.

You will also take in the inspiring music led by a world class pipe organ, a talented and accredited staff second to none, and frequent solo and instrumental artists.

"Court Street" ministers to our local community through numerous outreach programs, and our influence reaches throughout the world through our affiliation with The United Methodist Church.

So, browse our site, join us Sunday mornings for bible study and worship, or pop in on Wednesday evening (check church events for "Wednesday Night Alive" Schedule) for good food, fellowship, and great programing and bible study.

May God bless you, and see you soon at "Court Street"!


Our Pastor’s Message

"While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." Acts 13:2

Dear friends,

In this passage from Acts the disciples had been fasting and God filled them with something new. In this case it was new direction and vision for a new ministry. Fasting is all about making room for God to fill you with something or work in you. When your hand is closed tight or tightly holding on to something, you cannot put anything new in that hand. When our hearts or lives or hands are tightly holding on to what we want, we cannot receive what God wants to give.

In this Lenten season I am praying that you will be fasting, in big or small ways, by making some space for God to work in your life. I am praying for Court Street that we will fast and God will give us new ideas, renewed vision, and enthusiasm to serve Him.

I believe that fasting hits a primal fear in our lives. We are afraid that if we let go, nothing else will come. We will be empty. But God’s love casts out fear and allows us to let go knowing God will not only provide but give abundantly more than we can imagine. I believe this poem sums it up well:

For some time now,

the conviction has been growing on me

that finally there are only two realities—

Love and Fear.

Love is confidence that there is enough,

and therefore one can live with courage and generosity

in the assurance that whatever one faces.

Being sons and daughters of abundance,

we can make the best of things.

On the other hand,

Fear is the suspicion there is not enough

and never will be…

Each of us has a choice—

in which of these primal realities

will we plant our lives?

John Claypool 1991

In this season of fasting and self denial, know that God is waiting to give us better than we can imagine! He has given the best – JESUS!

In His love,



PS See you in church!





W.N.A. will begin on Wednesday, March 5 and conclude on Wednesday, May 21. The meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the program at 6:15 p.m. We look forward to seeing you!

Program Schedule for Lent, March 5 – April 16 will be 24 Hours that Changed the World.

March 5:          The Last Supper

March 12:        The Garden of Gethsemane

March 19:        Condemned by the Righteous

March 26:        Jesus, Barabbas, and Pilate

April 2:            The Torture and Humiliation of the King

April 9:            The Crucifixion

April 16:          Christ the Victor 




The Mid-Day Music series was instituted in 1981 to introduce the area to Court Street’s new Schantz organ. Concerts are held on the first and third Wednesdays from May through September. Following each 20-minute concert, lunch is served in the Church Refectory.

















The Reverend Dr. Edwin Clever

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