Join Us for Worship
Sunday Mornings, 10:00am In-person at First UMC.
Services are Streamed live on our Facebook and Messages page.

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Beacon of Hope UMC now has an Online Giving option! If you would like to make an offering, a building fund donation, a donation to the pastor's discretionary fund, or a monetary gift to the Faith in Food pantry, you may do so by clicking the button above, or this Online Giving link.

Checking account information or a credit/debit card is required. You will have the opportunity to set up giving at your preferred frequency (one-time gift, weekly, monthly, etc.). You can also set up a personal profile which will enable you to view transaction history and save your payment method information for future gifts.
If paying in person or by mail with a check Please make checks payable to:
Our address is: 360 Water Street, Framingham, MA, 01701

First and Wesley United Methodist Churches have come together and are now Beacon of Hope United Methodist Church of Framingham.
We are in the church building at 360 Water Street, Framingham, Mass. Get Directions.

Recurring Events

Saturday Morning Prayer Time, 7:30 am on Zoom

Worship Service
10:00 am In-person & Live on Facebook and our Messages page.
Sunday School is during the worship service.

Choir Practice
9:15AM - 9:45 AM & 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
All Are Invited!

Wednesday Bible Study: on Zoom at 7:00 pm

Pastor Heather Kattan's Office Hours
Thursdays from 10 am to 1 pm, or by appointment.
Pastor Heatherís email address:

Save the Date

Monday, September 25
Council meets at 7 PM

Friday, October 6
Faith in Food is from 4 PM to 6 PM

Monday, October 10
Trustee/Finance Meeting at 7 PM

Thursday, October 19
The Worship Meeting will be at 7 PM
SPRC Meeting starts at 7 PM

Sunday, October 22
Worship Without Walls begins at 10 AM (see information below)

Saturday, November 4
The Annual Church Conference begins at 10 AM

World Communion Sunday

World Communion Sunday is October 1 - It is one of The United Methodist Church's Special Sundays. World Communion Sunday provides racial and ethnic students with scholarships, grants, mentoring, and training for leadership development.

In 2022, UMC gave over $457,000 to this offering. The donations provided scholarships for undergraduate or graduate-level studies for both international and U.S. students. Thank you for your generosity that allowed those unable to afford an education to become leaders who embody the mission of The United Methodist Church in all places and at all times.

Repair Cafe

Do you have an item in need of repair?
Volunteers at the Repair Cafe will repair clothing, bikes, toys, appliances, jewelry, etc.

The Repair Cafe is FREE!
Saturday, October 7 @ 2 pm - 5 pm
First Parish, 24 Vernon Street, Framingham.

see attached Flyer for more details.

Save the Date

Mark your calendars for a harmonious celebration of faith and community! The Advent Festival of Faithful Voices brings together eight local Methodist Churches in a joyous chorus of song and worship.

On Saturday, December 2, 2023, we invite you to join us for an evening filled with the spirit of the season, as voices unite to share the message of hope and love. This festive gathering not only showcases the rich musical talents within our congregations but also reinforces the bonds of fellowship that unite us in faith.

Save the date for a memorable evening of spiritual inspiration and beautiful music that will warm your heart and prepare your soul for the Advent season.

Wednesday Evening Study

On September 13th, we started the book of Judges. This is be a 10-week study, which will take us up to the week before Thanksgiving. We'll take the week of Thanksgiving off, and then start the Advent study.

Judges is the 6th book of the Bible, after the Israelites moved into the promised land and conquered the Canaanites. However, there were some Canaanites left behind which ultimately was the downfall of the Israelites. They started to lose sight of God.

In order to help, God sent a series of judges - political and military leaders to help. The cycle began - the people fell into chaos; God allowed the enemy to conquer them. A judge was appointed to help bring the Israelites back on track, which led to peace and devotion to God. Until they fell wandered off God's path again. There were several judges, including Deborah, Gideon and Sampson -people you may have heard of before.

It's a disturbing book in that it tells the story of the fall of the Israelites, and really shows them practically (if not totally) at their worst. But - it is also an important book to read, since we can see how they wandered off the path. And by studying that, we can learn from them, and recognize when we start to wander off the path. (And hopefully have an AHA and come back home!)

7:00pm on Zoom Click Here

Worship Without Walls

"Worship Without Walls" at Beacon of Hope United Methodist Church is a transformative and inclusive spiritual experience that transcends the boundaries of traditional worship. At this unique gathering, attendees are invited to connect with their faith and community in unconventional settings, breaking free from the confines of the church walls.

This innovative approach encourages participants to explore their spirituality amidst the beauty of nature, fostering a deeper connection with the divine.

Through prayer, music, and reflection, Worship Without Walls at Beacon of Hope United Methodist Church creates an atmosphere of unity, allowing individuals to embrace their faith in a more profound and meaningful way. It's a testament to the church's commitment to embracing the spiritual journey wherever it may lead, offering a refreshing and inspiring way to worship that begins on Sunday, October 22nd at 10:00 a.m. See you there!

Shaw's reusable bag program

Get ready,
your month is starting soon!

Just a reminder that Community Victory Over Hunger Garden will receive $1 from every $3.00 GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag sold during June 2023 at:

Shaw's 509 Boston Post Road, Sudbury MA

Get my Tools of the Month

Faith in Food

Faith in Food is a ministry of Beacon of Hope United Methodist Church in Framingham, providing food, toiletries, paper goods, and cleaning supplies to those in need north of Rte. 9. The First United Methodist Church fellowship hall (360 Water Street, Framingham) is open on Fridays from 4:00-6:00 pm.

We are a 501C3 (nonprofit). Monetary donations will be accepted for use in purchasing needed items. Make checks payable to First U.M.C. (note Faith in Food) 360 Water St. Framingham, Ma 01701.

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Faith in Food Needs the Following Items
This week's list is:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Black beans
  • Rice (1 or 2 lb. bags)
  • Spaghetti
  • Cereals
  • Juices
  • Corn oil
  • sugar
  • flour
  • Monetary donations (preferred)

Dropoff bins are located outside the Hall door.
They are checked on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Faith in Food is open on the 1st and 3rd Fridays, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, in the Beacon of Hope UMC Fellowship Hall.

Let's Celebrate


  • 9/23, Beth Howard
  • 9/22, Rich Olsen
  • 9/26, Diane Lusk
  • 9/27, Paul Brefka
  • 9/30, Charlie Walseman

  • 9/04/1954, Ruth & Paul Brefka
  • 9/10/2022, Tom & Julie Tebo
  • 9/21/1957, Jim &Elaine Zeboski

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