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Worship at State Street

State Street UMC is a historic church, formed in 1856, and Bristol’s first Methodist congregation. 100 years later the congregation moved from State Street to its current location in the Spring Garden community but retained the name of State Street. Today we are a church that appreciates our rich heritage and actively seeks God’s great future.

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Early service


For this service, we meet in our Chapel. It is a smaller, more intimate space compared to the sanctuary. The order of worship is very similar to the 11:00 service, and the music is accompanied by a piano or organ. Our pastors alternate leading this service week to week.

Contemporary service


For our Sunday morning Modern Worship service, we meet in the Fellowship Hall on the lower level. This sets a casual and more flexible worship space. The music is led by our Praise Band, usually consisting of vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, keyboard, and drums. This service includes multimedia audio and video. Our pastors alternate leading this service week to week.

Formal service


This service is held in the sanctuary. Our sanctuary choir sings each week, with the occasional addition of handbells and soloists. To help support the choir and congregation, we have an accompanist on our grand piano or our fairly elaborate pipe organ. Our Lead Pastor typically leads this service.



Our celebration service is a central part of the Recovery at Bristol program. With a band providing live, contemporary Christian music, exciting multi-media productions, and dynamic speakers, the Recovery at Bristol celebration service allows participants to put the day’s issues aside and focus solely on their Higher Power – Jesus Christ – and all the change that becomes possible through Him. This service takes place in the fellowship hall on the lower level.


Children’s ministry at SSUMC is a joyful and faith-filled place. Our primary goal is to help families and children learn and grow in faith together!

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Our goal for the students is for them to seek growth in their faith in Jesus Christ and in their love for Him and the people around us.

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At State Street United Methodist Church Adult Ministries, we seek to provide everyone with a place to learn and a place to serve.

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Bristol, VA 24201




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