Local Church Structure


"It is primarily at the level of the charge consisting of one or more local churches that the church encounters the world. The local church is a strategic base from which Christians move out to the structures of society…Therefore, the local church is to minister to persons in the community where the church is located…to cooperate in ministry with other local churches…and to participate in the worldwide mission of the church..." (2012 Book of Discipline)

The local church is governed by the Church Council as outlined in the Book of Discipline. The Church Council envisions, plans, implements, and evaluates the mission and ministry of the church. Members of the Church Council include the lay leader, treasurer,
youth representative, and pastor; as well as representatives from church governing committees include Staff-Parish Relations, Finance, and Trustees. Within the church a number of committees and ad-hoc committees may be developed and people may volunteer or be selected to oversee or participate in specific areas of worship or mission.

Leadership at Bridgewater United Methodist Church


  • Lay Leader: James Piquette

  • Music Director: James Youngworth

  • Church Council Chair: 

  • Board Of Trustees Chair:

  • United Methodist Women President: Brenda Cannon

  • Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Chair: Joanne Mathews

  • Mission Committee Chair: Jonathan Palmer

  • Reading Program Coordinator: Gloria Moran

District and Conference Structure


Each Methodist Church or charge (may include two or more churches) is part of a District. The District is under the administrative oversight of the District Superintendent. The church reports to the district through yearly Charge Conferences which report on
mission, worship, and budgetary goals. Bridgewater UMC joins 60 other churches that form the Rhode Island/Southeastern Massachusetts District. In turn each District is assigned to one of 56 conferences each of which is overseen by a
Bishop. Bridgewater UMC is a part of the New England Conference.


As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to
Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness. To fulfill
this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving
to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.


508-697- 9165 Church

508-443-4909 Parsonage


35 School Street
Bridgewater, MA 02324


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