Whether you’re new to campus or just new to Bama Wesley, we can’t wait to meet you! We know going into a new group of people can be intimidating, so we want to give you some idea of what to expect. Have a question not answered here? Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our staff will get you the answers you need.
Where to Find Us
Bama Wesley is located on the “God Quad” behind the Regions Bank on Bryant Drive and across Hackberry Lane from the Burke Residence Hall. We have parking available on-site, and if you’re taking the Crimson Ride the closest stop is Burke/Parham on the Crimson or Blue routes.
Meet Our Staff
Most likely, at some point you’ll meet one of our staff. To meet all of our staff members, including our pastoral staff and our student interns, click here.
Bama Wesley’s main event every week is The Rising, which begins at 8pm on Wednesday evenings and is held in our main worship room. If you’d like to check us out before you come, you can watch or listen to our past messages. In worship each week, we’ll sing songs led by our all-student band (don’t worry if you don’t know the words – they’ll be on screen!), pray together, and hear a message.
Bama Wesley offers two free Common Meals each week at 6:00 pm on Mondays and 11:30 am on Wednesday. Both meals are free and open to any student who would like to join.
We have lots of small group options whether you’re brand new to campus as a freshman or in the last semester of your senior year. Spark groups are our class-specific discussion groups held after The Rising (our weekly worship service) on Wednesday nights. Whether it’s your first time at Wesley or you’re a grad student, these groups are right for you! They take place on Wednesday nights from 9-9:30 and involve a max of 12 students, with 2 student leaders. Our goal is to build relationships within your class as well as discuss the sermon from the evening.
If you’re wanting to go even deeper in your faith, the place to get started is with Flight Paths, where you’ll be introduced to who we are, what we do, and what we believe at Bama Wesley. Flight Paths are the first step in our Discipleship Process, where during your time in Tuscaloosa we’ll help you discover your God-given identity and the unique purpose for which you were created.
These are just a small sampling of the near-daily events that happen at Bama Wesley. We also offer intramurals, regular events to help students get to know each other, and lots more. For more information, visit our calendar.
What to Wear
Hey, it’s a question we get a lot. At Bama Wesley, we completely get that it’s college. At all of our events, we have students wearing everything from what they wore while running before coming to the building to what they wore to a job interview. Either way, as long as you’re wearing clothes you’ll fit right in.
“What do you believe about _____?”
Bama Wesley is the United Methodist campus ministry to The University of Alabama, and as such we adhere to the teachings of The United Methodist Church (you can find more about what United Methodists believe by clicking here).
Here’s what you need to know, though: our students come from a wide range of backgrounds. We’ve got everyone from Catholics to Baptists to those who have never been in a church other than Wesley, all of whom come to Wesley because they’ve found a place where they can belong on campus. And, we think that’s a big part of what makes Wesley unique. Whatever you believe (or don’t believe), we want you to be part of the conversation we have about really big, important, complicated, messy issues. We believe that we’re all better off when we can have respectful, honest, (sometimes spirited) conversations about the things that matter most in our lives. And we believe that none of us have all the answers, but that God calls us to be part of a community that tries to figure life out together. Most importantly, though, we believe that God’s grace is more powerful than we can imagine and that regardless of what you have in your past God longs to know you and be known by you. (And yes, that’s even in spite of what you’re thinking about as you read this. We promise.)
That said, if you have a particular issue or question, set up a meeting with one of our pastors. They’d love to buy you a cup of coffee and hear your questions.